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
The Superbowl is coming up this weekend! Although my favorite team isn’t playing in the big event, my second favorite team will be taking the field. I have to admit I’m a pretty big Peyton Manning fan so I’ll be cheering for the Broncos! To celebrate the Superbowl festivities this weekend, I created a new football-themed activity for my second grade friends working on consonant + le. This activity is a fast moving activity with lots of opportunities for response.
The Big Football Game for Consonant + le is available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.
Earlier this year, I created the game for the sight words and CVC words. These activities will be great for your first grade centers!
The Big Football Game for Sight Words can be found in my Teachers Pay Teachers store or in the Make, Take & Teach website.
The Big Game Consonant-Vowel-Consonant activity can be found in my Teachers Pay Teachers store or in the Make, Take & Teach website.
Enjoy Superbowl Sunday and may your favorite team win!
It just hit me one day! I was cleaning the basement and came across a whole stack of old Disney movies. I just couldn’t throw them away- oh, the memories. What could I do with all those movies? Okay, maybe it’s not the best solution for the movies themselves, but the CASES! Perfect for storing activities! My teacher friends are always looking for ways to store their activities. These old video cases are absolutely perfect! It kind of became an obsession–well, not “kind of”- it became a big obsession. I decided to create 17 different activities which could fit in these cases.
I had about 10 cases so I had to hop on over to the Habitat for Humanity Restore to pick up the remaining 7. You can find the cases at any second-hand shop or you can even order them through eBay. They are super cheap! I guess everyone by now has DVDs. Here’s Lizzie (daughter) sorting through the cases to find the cases in the best shape.
You can absolutely store the activities in baggies or in other containers, but if you choose to use the VHS cases, you’ll have to be sure to get the right cases. The cases are pretty popular so you won’t have a problem finding them. They are the soft covers with two large open areas. I find that the Disney movies use these cases.
So here’s the really cool part. I made the directions sheet to fit on the inside cover. The other section holds your activity with any needed materials. You just store the cases on a shelf- grab and go! You’ll have everything you need. Here’s a picture of Activities to Go! Blending. When you download this activity you’ll receive 44 race tracks. I love how the race car fits so nicely in the case.
Here’s the Activities to Go! Consonant Digraphs activity. For this activity, students either circle or write the correct digraph on the card with a dry erase marker. Again, all the materials are right there in the case. These activities are great for classroom volunteers or support personnel- they can just grab the case and begin working with a student.
Well, here’s all 17 activities– from rhyme to vowel teams–stacked neatly on a shelf.
Activities on the Go! Beginning Sounds, Activities on the Go! Ending Sounds, Activities on the Go! Writing Letters, Activities on the Go! Short Vowels, Activities on the Go! CVC Words, Activities on the Go! Digraphs, Activities on the Go! Blends, Activities on the Go! Magic e, Activities on the Go! R-Controlled Vowels, Activities on the Go! Vowel Teams
Gotta tell ya- that was quite a project. I’m hoping now I can get some sleep.