It’s always so much fun listening and watching our young readers figure out those “longer” words. Many of our little ones are pretty solid decoding one-syllabe words and are now ready to learn strategies for decoding multisyllabic words. So, really, what is a syllable? Simply put, a syllable is a unit of pronunciation containing a single vowel sound. ”Syllabication” is the process of analyzing the pattern of vowels and consonants in a word to determine where a word is broken into its syllables. The ability to break a word into syllables helps students decode those longer words as well as helps the student remember spelling patterns. Understanding the 7 syllable types helps students to become better readers and writers.
There are 7 types of syllables that occur in all words of the English language. Every word can be broken down into these syllables. These 7 syllables include: closed, open, magic e, vowel teams, r-controlled, dipthongs and consonant le. After teaching each syllable type, having these posters readily available for reference in your classroom can help your students. The Make, Take & Teach 7 Syllables Types Classroom Posters can be downloaded for free in my TpT store.
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Kyle (fabulous artist) made this adorable reindeer clip art just so I can create a few Christmas-themed activities. Many of our kindergarteners, first graders and second graders are working on various list of the Dolch 220 sight words, so I thought it’d be fun to make an activity just for sight word practice. You can easily differentiate this activity by choosing which and how many sight word reindeer to use. Playing the game is quite simple and that’s why it’s ideal for an independent center. Students take turns choosing a reindeer and reading the word. The first student to choose a reindeer with “coal” must put all their reindeer back in the pile and play resumes. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
Many of our first graders are working on blending Consonant-Vowel-Consonant words. The Santa’s Reindeer activity may just do the trick for keeping them engaged right before Christmas vacation. This activity contains 104 CVC words!
I like to store the activities in baggies. I’ve also included a label in each file. I simply print the page on a full-sized Avery label, cut the label and then adhere it to the baggie.
Many of my first grade friends are now moving onto more advanced phonics concepts. They can blend CVC words, know blend and digraphs, and are now ready to move onto working with r-controlled vowels. How exciting! I just love first grade. Most enter first grade knowing their letters and sounds and then 9 short months later, leave with chapter books in their hands. It’s really quite amazing. To address r-controlled vowels, I made a few little activities which can be used in your centers or for small group instruction. The first activity is the sorting penguins activity. Students read the word on the penguins and then place the penguin on the correct corresponding arctic scene. There are 60 colorful penguins!
Lotto games are ideal for center activities as students can play the game independently with a partner or two. Students take turns choosing cards and placing the card over the pictures on their boards.
4-In-A-Row games are great as they offer lots of opportunities for practice. There are 5 game boards in this activity pack, each for a different r-controlled vowel. Playing the game is quite easy. All you need is about 10 colored chips for each player. Players take turns reading words and placing their colored chip in the square. The first player to get 4 of their chips in a row wins the game.
Who doesn’t love the old-favorite I Have, Who Has game? This game is also a fast-paced game which offers many opportunities for student response.
175 cards containing words with r-controlled vowels are included in this activity pack. The cards can be used for sorting activities or just for flashcards.
Although these activities are fun for the classroom, they can also be sent home for extra practice. Some of my teacher friends place the games in baggies and send them home with students over the weekend or over a holiday. Students just love playing the games with their parents.
My fabulous artist created these adorable snowmen last year. I quickly used them to create the Build A Snowman activities for beginning sounds and word families. They were such a hit with our kindergarteners and first graders! If you live in the great white north, winter can literally last for months making these activities ideal for use from November (yes, there’s snow on the ground right now) through the end of March.
When you download the Build A Snowman for Word Families, you’ll receive 15 different word family snowmen each with 3 word family pictures. This activity is ideal for your first grade literacy centers.
The winter season is just now beginning. Be sure to enjoy the great outdoors!
As soon as students learn a few sound-symbol correspondences, it’s important that they begin putting those letters/sounds together to form words. Nearly all reading programs begin phonics instruction by introducing a few common consonants with a vowel so that students can quickly begin reading and writing simple words (e.g. m, a, s, d, t…). How exciting is that for our young readers! By learning only a few letters and sounds, they can actually read! For example, just by learning the sounds of m, a, s, d and t, students can read and write words such as: mad, mat, Sam, and dad. Word building activities with known letters and sounds is a crucial component of our phonics instruction. During a word building activity, the teacher provides the students with selected letters. The lesson begins by having the student(s) build the base word (e.g. pet). The teacher then has the student(s) remove and place a different letter in a position to create a new word. So, for example, if the base word is “pet”, the teacher may say “change /p/ to /v/- what’s the new word? (vet), now change the /v/ to /w/ what’s the new word? (wet)”. The lesson continues and all letters in initial, medial, and final positions are changed to create new words. Word building activities are typically embedded within the lessons for the sounds already introduced.
During word building activities, it’s very important for students to have their own set of letters to manipulate. You can purchase letter tiles and word building mats commercially and I’ll leave a link below if that’s what you’d choose to do. Of course, purchasing a classroom set can be pretty expensive, so why now just make your own. Making the word building mat is very simple. I had some Washi tape left over from a previous project so I thought I’d put a border around the word building board, but that doing so is certainly optional. If you are pretty artsy like to “cutesie” your materials, just a word of caution for this activity. You want to keep it relatively simple as you want the focus to be on the letters and not on a distracting background. That’s why I kept the background for this mat a plain white.
Here are the directions for creating your own word building mats:
Step 1: Cut a 5 x 9″ section from poster board.
Step 2: Measure 1″ from the bottom of the 9″ side and make a mark on each side.
Step 3: Optional: Create a border using the Washi tape. I place half of the tape along the side and folded the other half behind the board.
Step 4: Fold the bottom of the board up from the measured 1″ side and staple the ends
Step 5: Place another strip of Washi tape across the opening of the pocket. Since there was a little white space left on the bottom, I added another strip of tape below.
Step 6: Print the letter cards on cardstock and cut each letter. Click the following link to download this free pdf file Letter Tiles
If you are not using an updated reading series and need lists for word building activities, Isabel and Mark Beck’s book Making Sense of Phonics has numerous lists that you can use. Not only do they have lists for building CVC words, their lists expand to include more advance concepts such as digraphs, r-controlled vowels and vowel teams.
Not sure you want to make your own? Here’s a link to the Making Words Mat Pocket Chart. The neat thing with this pocket chart is that it rolls up which makes it easy to store.
Here in Northern Michigan winter can last for months (and I mean months and months). We often have snow from late November through mid-April. Although I love winter, I’m more than ready for the warmer weather by the end of March. Well, up in the north, putting on your boots, mittens, hats, coats, and snow pants is an everyday event. It can take up to 10 minutes to get our little kindergarteners ready to go outside–and then another 10 minutes to get undressed! Multiply that routine by at three times a day–craziness! Whether you live in a winter wonderland or in warmer parts of the world, the Mitten Match activity is sure to be a hit with your kiddos during the winter months.
Last year, my fabulous artist created these adorable mittens. They were perfect for creating a matching activity, so I made activities for beginning sounds, rhyme and vocabulary. They are especially ideal for your literacy centers. Students simply find the matching mitten pairs and clip them together with a clothespin. If you choose to store your activities in baggies, I’ve included a label for you. I print my activity labels on a full size Avery label.
I am so envious those arts and crafts people who come up with these fabulous ideas for decorating clipboards, pencil cans and any other item with washi tape. I’ve purchased several spools of washi tape a few weeks ago and it’s been just sitting in my drawer waiting for the perfect project. Okay, so this is certainly not the most creative use of the washi tape, I know, but the dots of the tape nearly match the dots of the mittens. LOVE IT! I simply cut a strip of tape and placed it right on the clothespin.
When you download the Mitten Match Beginning Sounds activity, you’ll receive 26 beginning sound mittens. This activity is available through the Make, Take & Teach website or through my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.
There are 30 colorful rhyming mitten pairs in the MT&T Mitten Match Rhyme activity. This activity is ideal for preschool and kindergarten centers. This activity is also available through the Make, Take & Teach website or through my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.
The Mitten Match Vocabulary activity contains 35 matching mitten pairs. This activity is ideal for vocabulary development as the students pair pictures that “go together”. You may want to use this activity during small group instruction as you can expand oral language by having your students explain why the pictures go together.