Rhyming Ice Cream Cones

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These rhyming ice cream cones have certainly been a hit with our little preschoolers and kindergarteners!  The activity is easily differentiated as you can choose how many rhyming cones and scoops to use.  For those kiddos just learning the concept of rhyme, you’ll likely want to start with just 2 cones and gradually add more cones as they become proficient with the skill.  For those students who just need added practice, you can use more cones and just place them in an independent work center.  When you download this activity, you’ll receive 18 rhyming cones with 60 rhyming scoops!

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The Build An Ice Cream Cone activity is available through the Make, Take & Teach website or through my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.

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Rhyming Caterpillars

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I have such fond memories of reading The Hungry Caterpillar to my own children and to my preschool students.  It was one of my very favorite books.   I use to have a puppet which started as a caterpillar and then flipped inside out to turn into a butterfly.  Now that my preschool-teaching days are long past gone and my own kiddos are now in college, I just couldn’t part ways with that caterpillar and he sits proudly on the shelf above my desk.    Since many of my teacher friends are putting away their St. Patrick’s Day-themed activities and are bringing out their spring activities for small group instruction and centers, I thought creating a few spring-themed activities would be fun.  Here are a few caterpillar-themed activities that I hope you may enjoy.

The Rhyming Caterpillar activity contains 16 colorful leaves with corresponding rhyming caterpillars.  Each rhyming leaf has between 4-5 caterpillars holding pictures.  Now you can certainly just print the activity and cut the leaves and caterpillars along the dotted line and have a ready-made activity, but you may wish to glue those caterpillars on clothespins to add a little fine motor practice as well.

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The Make, Take & Teach Rhyming Caterpillar activity is available through the Make, Take & Teach website or in my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Since I was in the caterpillar-making activity roll, I updated the Creepy-Crawly Caterpillar activities for beginning sounds and word families.

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The Creepy-Crawly Caterpillar for Beginning Sounds is available through the Make, Take & Teach website or in my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.

The word family activity contains 15 word families!  These activities are ideal for your independent literacy centers.

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The Creepy-Crawly Caterpillar for Word Families is available through the Make, Take & Teach website or in my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.

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Parent Handouts- Phonemic Awareness, Sight Words, Oral Reading Fluency and Reading Comprehension

So it’s almost mid-year conference time.  Parents often ask for ideas for helping their child at home.  Here are few handouts that can come in handy.  I’ve developed handouts for each area of literacy.  Each handout briefly explains the area of literacy and then ideas helping their child develop those skills are provided.  Hope you find them helpful!

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Click the following link to download the Parent Handout for Phonemic Awareness Kindergarten Phonemic Awareness Parent Handout- Kindergarten

Click the following link to download the Parent Handout for Phonemic Awareness First Grade Phonemic Awareness Parent Handout- First Grade-1

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Just click the following link to download the Parent Handout for Learning Sight Words Learning Sight Words-1

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Just click the following link to download the Parent Handout for Oral Reading Fluency Oral Reading Fluency- Parent-1

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Just click the following link to download the Parent Handout for Reading Comprehension Reading Comprehension-Parent-1

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Super Fun Activities for Valentine’s Day!

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and it’s time to change it up the literacy centers and small group activities.  Here are a few fun little activities for rhyme and learning letters and sounds.

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When you download the Valentine Hearts activity, you’ll receive 48 colorful hearts with pictures that rhyme.  Your students will have tons of fun finding the matching rhyming heart halves.

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The Make, Take & Teach Valentine Heart Matching activity can be found in my online Teachers Pay Teachers store or on the Make, Take & Teach website.

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Here’s a fun activity for learning letters and sounds.  Students just match the letter to the beginning sound of the word.

ValentineBSpg1gifThe Valentine Match Beginning Sounds activity can be found in my Teachers Pay Teachers store or on the Make, Take & Teach website.

Have a fun Valentine’s Day!

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Teaching Phonemic Awareness Skills

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Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear and manipulate the sounds in spoken words and the understanding that spoken words are made up of sequences of speech sounds.  The child’s level of phonemic awareness upon entering school is one of the strongest indicators of how well he/she will learn to read.  Children must have an understanding that words are made up of separate speech sounds that can be broken apart and put together to form words.  Without this understanding, learning the alphabet doesn’t make much sense.  Although some children enter school with an appreciation of the sounds of language, many do not.  The exciting part is that, as teachers, by assessing our students’ phonemic awareness skills early on, we can identify those who may be at risk for reading difficulties and provide intervention right away.   Research also indicates that phonemic awareness skills can be developed through instuction and that by doing so, the child’s reading and writing development improves.

This little activity can help children understand and isolate sounds in words.  Actually, there are really 2 different activities in this free download.  For this activity,  you’ll need the printable of the dog for each child in your group.  The dog is divided into three parts: head, body and tail.  You’ll also need a little bone.  I found these mini-rawhide bones at our local department store (Meijer).  For the first activity, you’ll say a 3-phoneme word (e.g. cat, met, fed…) and then a sound in the word.  So, for example, “cat /k/”.  If the sound is in the beginning of the word, the child places the bone on the dog’s head.  If the sound is in the middle, the bone is placed on the body and if the sound is at the end, the bone is placed on the tail.

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This activity is available through the Make, Take & Teach Freebies Page on our website or through my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.

For the second activity, you’ll show the student 2 pictures (e.g. mouse/house).  Your student will have to decide if the “different” sound is at the beginning, middle or end of the word.  Again, a bone is placed on either the head, body or tail.

If you like this activity, you may also like the activities contained in the Phonemic Awareness Intervention Kit for Teachers.  This kit contains 15 hands-on activities for teaching isolating sounds, phoneme segmentation/blending, and phoneme manipulation.   All the materials are provided in this sturdy Sterilite container and the printable activities are printed in color and on 90lb card stock.

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Candy Corn Activities

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Kyle (fabulous artist) did such a wonderful job designing these candy corns.  I just love them- and the kiddos do too!  They were such a hit last school year.  This year I added the vocabulary activity.  They are super easy to make.  Simply print the candy corns on card stock and cut them into three separate pieces.  That’s it!  Your center activity is all set.

The Candy Corn Alphabet activity is perfect for students just learning letters and sounds.  Students match the beginning sound to both the upper- and lowercase letters.

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 The Candy Corn Alphabet activity is available through the Make, Take & Teach website or through my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Many of our preschoolers and kindergarteners need extra practice with rhyme.  Rhyming activities help students develop critical phonemic awareness skills.  When you download this activity you’ll receive 16 colorful rhyming candy corns.

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The Candy Corn Rhyme activity is also available through the Make, Take & Teach website or through the online Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Candy Corn RhymePortprevpg1Okay- so here it is!  The brand new Candy Corn activity for vocabulary.   This activity is ideal for our little preschoolers, students with language delays or students learning English.  When you download this activity you’ll receive 24 colorful candy corns with pictures that “go-together”.   Not only can you have your students match and name the pictures, you can also have them say why they think those pictures are matched.  Great activity for expanding oral language.

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The Candy Corn Go Togethers activity designed for vocabulary is available through the Make, Take & Teach website or through my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.

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 It’s always fun to put a little seasonal spirit into centers or your small group activities.

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