Phonics Based Word Sorting Activities

If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of picture and word sort activities. These activities are super helpful in the beginning stages of teaching a phonics concept. When using word sorts, students begin to see patterns of where certain letter combinations for sounds most often occur. For […]

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More Ideas and Activities From Our Blog

Cookie Sheet Activities for Beginning Sounds

I just LOVE the cookie sheet activities. They are perfect for our little learners who need a hands-on approach for learning their letters and sounds. When you download the cookie sheet activities for beginning sounds you’ll receive 20 templates for matching the beginning sounds of words to the letter. The templates are organized in the […]

Spring Themed Game Boards for Teaching Sight Words

Yeah! May is here! It’s really here. Living in the north, when the calendar says it’s spring it often doesn’t feel like spring at all. It is not uncommon to still have several inches of snow on the ground well into April. But when we flip that calendar to May- well, that’s when it feels […]

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Even More Make, Take & Teach Activities!

Fun Little Activity for Teaching the -k and -ck Spelling Pattern

The popcorn activity for sorting words containing the final /k/ spelling pattern was such a hit I decided to create an ice cream cone version to add a little variety.  Sorting activities are a perfect way to introduce many of our spelling rules as students can see right away how the rule applies.  Just as a […]

Activities on the Go! R-Controlled Vowels and Vowel Teams

A few years ago my daughter and Lizzie and I were checking out the donated movies at our local Habitat for Humanity store and it just hit me! Those old VHS cases would be perfect storage for teaching activities! They would store so nicely on shelves and you’d just be able to pick the skill […]

Teaching the -k and -ck Spelling Pattern

It’s important for our young readers to understand that phonemes (sounds) can be represented by multiple spelling patterns.  Teaching students the spelling patterns for different sounds is critical for accurate decoding and encoding. When the /k/ sound is at the end of a word it can be spelled with either the letter “k”  or the […]

St. Patrick’s Day Games!

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and it’s always fun to add a little holiday twist into small group and center activities.  The Lucky You! activities are super quick and easy to assemble. Just print and cut the word cards and you’ll have a holiday themed activity ready to go! Especially if you […]

My Favorite Dollar Tree Hack!

You just have to love that Dollar Tree! It seems like it’s been forever since I’ve been able to have the time to just wander the aisles of our local Dollar Tree. It used to be one of my favorite things to do when I needed to kill 30 minutes or so while waiting for soccer […]

Teaching the Magic e Rule Using Word Sorts

Those vowels can be so tricky for our young readers. After learning the letters and sounds of the alphabet, we introduce the concept that vowels can have two sounds- a short sound and a long sound where the vowel says its name. One of the first phonics rules that we teach is the “magic e” […]

Valentine’s Day Themed Activities Round Up!

Valentine’s Day is just a few short days away! It’s always fun to add a little holiday themed activities into small group instruction and centers. These activities are especially fun for my kinder and first grade friends. The Valentine Rhyme Matching activities are two of my favorite activities this time of year. The Valentine Rhyme […]

Valentine’s Day Activities for Rhyme and Beginning Sounds

I just love Valentine’s Day! Living in the great white north where the winters can be absolutely brutal, Valentine’s Day is kind of an indication that spring may just be around the corner. That’s why when February comes around, it’s always fun to bring out those Valentine’s Day themed activities. Two of my favorite activities […]

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