Long Vowel Spelling Patterns

Many of my first and second friends are now working with long vowel sounds.  Those vowels can be so tricky as sometimes the vowel says a short sound and sometimes a long sound, and then to top it off, there are several different spelling patterns for long vowels.  When our young readers are learning these patterns, reference posters often help.  I created this poster just for this purpose.  You can download this freebie by just clicking the link below.

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 To download this poster just click the following link Long Vowel Sounds Poster

I created the Long Vowel Sounds Spelling Patterns activity for my first and second grade friends to practice the long vowel sounds spelling patterns.  Each booklet contains 16 practice cards with the spelling patterns presented on the cover.

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Simply laminate the cards and bind them together with a loose leaf ring.  Have your students write the correct spelling pattern for each word using a dry erase marker.  After use, wipe the card clean and use over and over again.  This activity is great for either independent centers or as an activity for introducing long vowel sounds during small group instruction.

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 The Make, Take & Teach Long Vowel Sounds Spelling Patterns is available in my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.

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Word Family Penguins- Fun Winter Themed Activity for Teaching Word Families

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Last year Kyle (fabulous artist) created these adorable penguins.  I absolutely fell in love with them.  I created a few activities for my kindergarten friends at that time using the penguins, but not so much for my first grade friends.  Well, many of my first grade kiddos are now working with word families and what a wonderful time of year to use these friendly little guys to create an activity.  When you download this file you will receive 21 word family ice cubes with over 200 corresponding penguins with the words.  This activity is ideal for either small group instruction or as an activity for your independent literacy centers.

 

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21 word families and 200 penguins!  That’s quite a bit- so much so for our little ones to handle at once.  You will want to be sure differentiate this activity by choosing which and how many word families to use.

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The Make, Take & Teach Word Family Penguins activity is available in my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.

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Write It Phonics Cards Now Bundled!

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In the past year or so I’ve received tons of emails asking if I’d bundle the Write It Phonics Cards.  The Write It cards were one of the very first activities I created and I’ve not only wanted to bundle them, but update them as well.  I now have so many more pictures for each phonics concept.  The revised edition of the phonics cards now includes 59 pictures per set!  The cards are great for either small group instruction when introducing the concept or as an independent activity within your centers.  Simply print, laminate, cut the cards and then bind with a 2″ loose leaf ring.  Students write the correct letter(s) with a dry erase marker to correspond to the picture.  Just wipe clean and use over and over again!

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 The Write It Phonics Cards Bundle is available in my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.

  Of course each set can be purchased separately.  If you interested in single phonics concepts, just click the link below:

Write It Phonics Cards for Beginning Sounds
Write It Phonics Cards for Ending Sounds
Write It Phonics Cards for Short Vowels
Write It Phonics Cards for Consonant Digraphs
Write It Phonics Cards for Consonant Blends
Write It Phonics Cards for Magic e
Write It Phonics Cards for R-Controlled Vowels
Write It Phonics Cards for Vowel Teams

Enjoy!

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Free Phonics Cue Card

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I’m so lucky to be working with kind and dedicated educators!  When my two school friends, Kim and Robin, asked me to create a cue card for them to use with their students, well of course, I was happy to do it.  They had cue cards for the letters and sounds and just needed something a little more advanced that would address long vowel sounds, digraphs and diphthongs.  The cue card is intended to be placed on student’s desks for reference during reading and writing activities.

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Now when I showed another school friend the cue card she asked that I substitute the digraph pictures with the cues that we use when we are teaching digraphs.    If you’d like to check out the Digraphs Cue Card, just click HERE.  That’s why I created two versions of this cue card.  Feel free to download this cue card for use with your kiddos!

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 To download this freebie just click the following link:  Phonics Cue Card

Hope you enjoy this freebie!

 

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Free Digraph Posters

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Have you ever had a project that you’ve been meaning to get to, but for some reason it just lingers on in your to-do list?  That’s kind of how it was with these consonant digraphs posters.  They’ve just been sitting on desktop for literally over a year.   Well, my friend was helping me with a computer project and he literally gasped when he saw the mess of files on my desktop.  That was motivation enough to get to work on a few of those projects.

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If you’d like to download these posters, just click HERE.  They are available for a free download in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

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Teaching the Hard and Soft “C” and “G”

Our little first graders will soon be introduced to the two sounds of  “c” and “g”.  Those two consonants are a bit tricky as they make different sounds depending upon the letter that follows in the word.  We typically teach students that the “hard” sounds of “c” and “g” occur most often, but they do need to know when these letters make the “soft” sound.  We tell the students that when the letter “c” is followed by the letters i, e or y, the “c” makes the /s/ sound just like in the words “city”, “cent” and “icy”.

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The letter “g” is similar.  When the “g” is followed by an i, e or y it makes the /j/ sound as in “gem”, “gist” or “gym”.  Visuals often help students to remember phonics rules.  You may find these posters helpful when you are teaching this rule.  When you click the link below, you’ll be able to download 6 posters!

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 To download these posters, just click the following link:  Hard and Soft G and C Posters

We often reinforce and re-teach phonics rules during small group instruction/intervention.  Tent cards often come in handy.  If you’d like, download this file and just fold the card in half.  It’s perfect for your small group instruction table.

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To download this tent card, just click the following link:  Hard and Soft G and C Tent Card

I created this activity just for my first grade friends.  The sorting activity is great for small group instruction when introducing the concept.  It also has a self checking feature which makes it ideal for added practice in literacy centers.  When you download this activity you will receive two sorting mats and 69 colorful cards containing words and pictures with the hard and soft “c” and “g”.

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 The Make, Take & Teach Sort and Hard “C” and “G” Sorting Activities is available through my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.

When teaching phonics and spelling rules,  it’s very important the student apply the rules right away in text.  Unfortunately, there aren’t too many books available that target this specific skill, but I did find a few.  You may want to check out these books on Amazon.

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Cindy, Cedric, and the Circus, Cat and Dog at the Circus and Giant Giraffes

 Hope you find the freebies helpful.

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