Just Another Fun Find at Walmart


You gotta know I love my local Walmart.  I always seem to stumble upon something a little unique that’s perfect for creating an activity.  Well, my newest find are these dry erase sticky circles from Elmer’s.  They were in the sale basket too!


So what can you do with these sticky circles?  They are perfect for sound sorting!  I simply placed a sticky circle on a cup and wrote a letter on the circle.  You can change the letter/sound matching activity by simply erasing the letter and writing another. So simple.


I’m sure there are many uses for these dry erase circles.  If you’d like to use the circles for sound sorting, these pics are just one activity contained in the Response to Intervention Alphabetic Principle Kit.



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Alphabet Cupcakes

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It’s always important to incorporate hands-on activities into learning letters and sounds.  Our little preschoolers and kindergarteners really enjoy matching activities.  Matching activities are great for independent centers or as an activity for direct instruction.  These activities can be easily differentiated as you can choose how many and which cupcakes to use.  Simply  place the cupcake tops and bottoms on the table and have your student(s) match the beginning sound of the picture to the lowercase letter.  An upper- to lowercase matching activity is also included in the downloadable file.


I like to store my activities in baggies.  A label for each activity is included.




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



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3 Freebies for Teaching and Practicing Short Vowels and CVC Words

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Here are a few of my favorite activities for introducing and teaching short vowel sounds and CVC words.  There’s a little bit of assembly involved for each activity, but you’re done, you’ll have three activities that will last for years!  Enjoy!

1. Vowel Sticks

Those short vowel sounds can be so tricky!  It’s so important that our kiddos learn to hear the differences between the short vowel sounds so that they can decode and write words correctly.  These vowel sticks are quite helpful in teaching students discriminate the sounds.  You can easily differentiate the activity by choosing which and how many vowels to use during your lesson.  For students who are having a great deal of difficulty with vowels, I recommend starting with only 2 vowels with very dissimilar sounds (e.g. “a” and “o”).  You can then increase the difficulty by adding more sounds and similar sounding vowels (e.g. “a” and “e”).   For those students who are quickly learning this skill, try providing words (e.g. “cat”, “beg”) and have them hold up the correct vowel.


 Just click HERE to download the printable for creating your own vowel sticks.  The directions for assembling the activity as well as using the activity during instruction are included in the file.


2. Word Family Sliders

Word sliders are often helpful when introducing word families.  When you download this file you’ll receive the printable for creating 18 word family sliders. You could print the activity on card stock and call it good, but if you’d like to add a little color and durability to your activity print the word family cards on a full size Avery label and adhere them to Glidden paint samples (Home Depot).  I color-coded the borders of the word family cards to the paint samples and the letter sliders are also color-coordinated so that the students can easily match them to the card.


 Just click HERE to download the printable for creating your own word slides.


 3. Build It- Write It Cards

The Build It-Write It cards are great for your independent centers.  To create this activity you will need counting tiles, adhesive chalkboard paper and liquid chalk.  You could substitute adhesive dry erase paper and a dry erase marker for the chalkboard paper/liquid chalk.  For specific directions for assembling this activity, visit the Build It-Write It for CVC and CCVC Words.


Just click HERE to download the printable for creating the Build-It Write-It deck

 Enjoy these freebies!


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Hands-on Activities for Teaching Contractions

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Last year I created the original File Folder Phonics activities and they fast became a favorite for introducing and practicing phonics concepts.  They are great for independent centers as well as first introducing the concept during small group instruction.  Since creating the initial file folder activities bundle, I’ve been receiving request after request for additional activities.  Two of my new favorite file folder activities are the ones that introduce the concept of contractions.  This is a skill that is typically introduced mid-first grade; however, I find that many second graders could use added practice.   As with all the file folder activities, an explanation of the concept or a statement of the rule is included as well as a hands-on activity for learning the concept.

The first file folder activity for contractions includes 20 colorful dog dishes (some on the back too) with coordinating dog bones.  Students simply match the dog bone to the dish.  This activity is ideal when first introducing the concept of contractions.



 The File Folder Phonics- Contractions #1 can be found in my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.

The second file folder activity is an extension of the first.  For this activity, students write the contraction on the dog bone.  When the student is finished with the activity, simply wipe the file folder clean and the activity is ready for use again!



The File Folder Phonics- Contractions #2 can be found in my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.

These activities are two of 13 file folder phonics activities contained in the Even More! File Folder Phonics.  Activities contained in this bundle include activities targeted at the following skills: contractions, FLOSS rule, doubling rule, past tense -ed, -s/-ing endings, plurals and more!

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Dry Erase Pocket Phonics

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I just love working with dry erase pockets.  They’re great for small group instruction as phonics pages can slide right inside and then later erased so that they can be used over and over again.  Last year I was able to pick up quite a few dry erase pockets at Walmart during the back to school sale and I have been using them ever since.   I created these dry erase pocket activities for working with short vowel sounds and dry erase pockets.  There are 17 differentiated templates.  They’ve been great for our little learners.

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The Dry Erase Pockets Phonics Activities for Short Vowels/CVC Words can be found in my online Teachers Pay Teachers store or on the Make, Take & Teach website. 

Here’s a link to purchasing the dry erase pockets in bulk as they are not always available in larger department stores.

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Even MORE! File Folder Phonics

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I absolutely love activities that are super easy to set up and can be used over and over again.  Sure, it takes a little bit of cutting and laminating on the front end, but when they are all assembled you’ll have activities that will last for years!  Last year I created file folder activities for my second grade teacher friends to address higher level phonics concepts.  They were such a hit and the students absolutely loved them.  I just couldn’t wait to create a series for kindergarten and first grade.  The File Folder Phonics for learning the Alphabet is just one in a series that I have in the works.  When you download this file you’ll receive 26 file folder activities for teaching letters and sounds.

Forming the upper- and lowercase letters with Play Doh or homemade dough is always an engaging activity for teaching letter formation.  After the students form the letters with the dough, be sure to have them trace the letters with their finger while saying the letter sound.


When teaching beginning sounds, there’s nothing better than sorting activities.  When you download this activity you’ll receive 16 colorful pictures per letter (pictures that begin with the target sound and pictures that do not begin with the sound).


Just turn the file folder over and you’ll have a practice template for letter formation.  After use, simply wipe the page clean and it’s ready to used over and over again!


I purchased these file folder containers at our local Office Max.  It’s an easy way of storing the file folders.  I’ve included the stickers for you just in case you’d like to store yours in the same way.


Both File Folder Phonics Bundles are available through my Teachers Pay Teachers store or on the Make, Take & Teach website.

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 The Make, Take & Teach File Folder Phonics for the Alphabet is available through my online Teachers Pay Teachers store or through the Make, Take & Teach website.


The File Folder Phonics Bundle is available in my online Teachers Pay Teachers store or though the Make, Take & Teach website.


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