One of the best little tricks-of-the-trade is to capitalize on a student’s interest to keep them engaged in learning the basic skills needed for fluent reading. Your sports-minded students, particularly your little basketball shooters, may enjoy the “Swish!” activities for practicing various phonics skills. I love this activity as it is a fast-paced game and allows for multiple practice opportunities. To play “Swish!”, simply scatter the balls word side down on the table and have your students take turns choosing a ball and reading the word. If a player chooses the “Swish!” ball, he/she can choose several more balls. If a “Penalty” ball is chosen, all the balls must be placed back in the pile and play continues. Easy to make, easy to play and the kiddos just love it!
When you download the Swish! activity for sight words, you’ll receive all 220 Dolch sight words printed on colorful basketballs.
The Swish! Dolch 220 Sight Word activity is available through my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.
The Swish! R-Controlled Vowels activity is also available in my TpT store.
Yeah! It’s nearing the end of March and that means MARCH MADNESS! I LOVE watching college basketball! Although I haven’t completed my brackets I’m sure Michigan State University is going to take it all this year. GO STATE! Just for our little basketball fans I created two phonics-based activities. These activities are great for independent centers or for activities for small group instruction. The It’s All Net! for Consonant + le contains 45 colorful basketballs for sorting by rule.
The Make, Take & Teach It’s All Net! Consonant + le activity is available through my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.
A few of my first grade friends and second grade friends are working with regular past tense forms and the 3 sounds of ”-ed”. Here’s a fun little sorting activity for practicing this skill.
The It’s All Net! -ed Endings activity is also available through my online Teachers Pay Teacher store.
So, what’s your prediction for the NCAA winner? Just leave your guess in the comments. I’d love to see how many MSU fans we have.
Our kiddos just love it when we add a little holiday fun into literacy centers. The 4-In-A-Row games are ideal for literacy center activities as students can play these games with partners while learning targeted phonics skills. Playing 4-In-A-Row is pretty easy. Students just take turns reading the words on the game board and placing their colored chips in the square. The first player to have 4 of their colored chips in a row wins the game. When you download this activity you’ll receive 12 phonics-based game boards for practicing vowel teams, long vowel sound spelling patterns (for example: i/ie/igh/y), and r-controlled vowels.
Here’s another fun center activity! This activity is designed for practicing sight words. When you download this activity you’ll receive 9 game boards containing words from the Dolch 220 sight word list. This activity is easily differentiated as students use the game board with the words they are learning and practicing.
Oh…St. Patrick’s Day! It’s just around the corner. St. Patrick’s Day activities are always fun to incorporate into centers and small group instruction. For our little first graders still struggling with their short vowel sounds, the Pot O’ Gold activity might do just the trick. You can easily differentiate this activity by choosing which and how many vowels to use. Students simply name the picture and then places the picture on the correct pot.
Many of my first grade friends are struggling with consonant digraphs. Sorting the pictures in the Pot O’ Gold activity may help them distinguish between these sounds. When you download this activity you’ll receive 40 colorful gold coins with pictures containing sh, ch, th and wh.
The Pot O’ Gold activity is also available for r-controlled vowels and word families.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
File folder activities are great for classroom literacy centers. They are typically used to reinforce skills so they are ideal for independent work. For these activities, I’ve included a word sorting activity, a word writing activity and then a fill-in-the-black activity on the back of the file folder. There’s a little bit of assembly involved, but it’ll be well worth it as, if laminated, the folders can be used over and over again. Here’s a few pictures:
Here’s the activity for Consonant + le:
…and here’s a picture for the oi/oy file folder activity. You’ll notice that some file folder activities have 2- , 3- and 4- areas for sorting and writing. I’ve included step-by-step assembly directions for each format.
The File Folder Phonics activities are available for a variety of phonics skills. You can find the activities in my online Teachers Pay Teachers store or on the Make, Take and Teach website:
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!
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
Just click the following link to download the Parent Handout for Learning Sight Words Learning Sight Words-1
Just click the following link to download the Parent Handout for Oral Reading Fluency Oral Reading Fluency- Parent-1
Just click the following link to download the Parent Handout for Reading Comprehension Reading Comprehension-Parent-1