I’ve been wanting to make this activity for quite some time. Kyle (fabulous artist) created these super cute cupcakes just for this activity designed for learning compound words. This activity contains 48 compound word cupcakes which are ideal for use either within your literacy centers or for small group instruction. Your students simply match the cupcake halves to create words. A recording sheet is included so that they can write their words. This activity is easily differentiated as you can choose which and how many cupcakes to use.
The Cupcake Matching Compound Words is available through my Teachers Pay Teachers online store.
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Many of my first grade teacher friends are looking for fun and interactive center activities. Here’s a fun little freebie for practicing the magic e rule. When you download this freebie you’ll receive 4 colorful game boards.
I’ve been absolutely lovin’ those dry erase pockets I picked up at Walmart during their back to school sale. My goodness, they were only a little over a $1.oo each! My mind is literally spinning with activities to create to use with them. The kids really like this twist on what would normally be a black and white worksheet. The pockets are particularly helpful during small group instruction when working on targeted phonics skills.
I know so many of my first grade friends are working on short vowel sounds so creating a dry erase pocket activity for short vowels seemed to be a logical fit. For each vowel, there is a word family page where the student is to write in the beginning sound of the word.
Many children confuse their vowel sounds. Vowel discrimination activities for the most common confusions are included. When you download this activity, you’ll receive 16 differentiated vowel pages. Of course, if you don’t have the pocket charts, you can simply laminate the pages. Have the students write the letters with a dry erase marker, wipe the page/pocket clean and use over and over again!
Just in case you missed the back-to-school sale at Walmart or don’t have them in your classroom already, you can easily order online.
Click HERE to download this free activity from my online TpT store.
Here’s a fun little freebie for practicing addition and subtraction facts. It’s great for either your small group instruction or as an activity for your math centers. The game is super simple to play. To play, you’ll need two players each with different colored chips. Each player takes a turn solving a math problem and then placing their chip in the square. The first player to have 4 of their colored chips in a row wins the game. Sounds simple? Not so fast- players have to be sure to block their opponent as they try to get their 4-In-A-Row. When you download this file you’ll receive 4 colorful 4-In-A-Row boards for practicing addition and subtraction facts to 10 and then to 20.
If you like the 4-In-A-Row activity for math, you may like this same activity for practicing sight words. Just to add a little fun, try substituting Halloween themed erasers for chips. You can typically find these erasers in any dollar store.
Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear and manipulate the sounds in spoken words and the understanding that spoken words are made up of sequences of speech sounds. The child’s level of phonemic awareness upon entering school is one of the strongest indicators of how well he/she will learn to read. Children must have an understanding that words are made up of separate speech sounds that can be broken apart and put together to form words. Without this understanding, learning the alphabet doesn’t make much sense. Although some children enter school with an appreciation of the sounds of language, many do not. The exciting part is that, as teachers, by assessing our students’ phonemic awareness skills early on, we can identify those who may be at risk for reading difficulties and provide intervention right away. Research also indicates that phonemic awareness skills can be developed through instuction and that by doing so, the child’s reading and writing development improves.
This little activity can help children understand and isolate sounds in words. Actually, there are really 2 different activities in this free download. For this activity, you’ll need the printable of the dog for each child in your group. The dog is divided into three parts: head, body and tail. You’ll also need a little bone. I found these mini-rawhide bones at our local department store (Meijer). For the first activity, you’ll say a 3-phoneme word (e.g. cat, met, fed…) and then a sound in the word. So, for example, “cat /k/”. If the sound is in the beginning of the word, the child places the bone on the dog’s head. If the sound is in the middle, the bone is placed on the body and if the sound is at the end, the bone is placed on the tail.
For the second activity, you’ll show the student 2 pictures (e.g. mouse/house). Your student will have to decide if the “different” sound is at the beginning, middle or end of the word. Again, a bone is placed on either the head, body or tail.
If you like this activity, you may also like the activities contained in the Phonemic Awareness Intervention Kit for Teachers. This kit contains 15 hands-on activities for teaching isolating sounds, phoneme segmentation/blending, and phoneme manipulation. All the materials are provided in this sturdy Sterilite container and the printable activities are printed in color and on 90lb card stock.
Halloween is just around the corner and it’s time to add a little holiday spirit into centers and small groups. These Halloween-themed game boards might just do the trick. There are 9 boards using words from the Dolch 220 sight word lists. You can easily differentiate your literacy center activities by choosing which boards to use with specific groups. Your kiddos might even enjoy taking a few home for added practice.
Click the following link to download the FREE game board for list 4 of the Dolch sight words Halloween Sight Word Game Board List 4
If you like this little freebie, you might like all the Dolch sight words printed on Halloween-themed game boards. When you download this file you’ll receive 13 game boards with words from the Dolch 220 sight word lists (I’ve included a few blank boards so you can add your own words). There are 4 different colorful game boards.
I absolutely love these game board templates so I created game boards for blends/digraphs too! A few of my first grade teacher friends are introducing blends and digraphs right now. This file contains 7 game boards with words containing common consonant blends and digraphs.
Let’s not forget about our Consonant-Vowel-Consonant words. There are 4 different game boards containing CVC words. This activity is great for your first grade literacy centers.
Are you ready for some football? I absolutely love football! From our friday night high school games, to traveling to Michigan State University to watch the Spartans to weekend pro games. Love it all! Your little football fans just might get a kick out these activities.
Here’s a little football FREEBIE for you. The Make, Take & Teach Football Addition Game makes for a fun center activity for practicing math facts to 12. Super quick to make.
Need a little activity for practicing sight words? When you download this file, you’ll receive all Dolch 220 sight words printed on these colorful footballs. This game is a fast-paced game with lots of opportunities for practice. To play the game, students take turns choosing footballs and reading words. If the player chooses a “Touchdown!” ball, he/she can pick 3 more footballs; however, if a “Penalty” ball is chosen, all the balls must be put back in the pile. The player with the most balls at the end of time wins the game.
The football-themed sight word game was such a hit, I thought I’d make the same game for working with consonant-vowel-consonant word. This particular activity is ideal for our little first graders who are learning to blend sounds into words.
Do you have those very special go-to activities? The spider web game is definitely one of mine. I started my career as a Speech and Language Pathologist many years ago and the spider web game was one of the first games I made. My very dear friend and mentor, Jill, introduced me to this game as she was using it with her students working on specific sounds. I quickly made one of my own for my therapy sessions. This game was so much fun the kiddos started asking to play it in September and kept wanting to play it through Thanksgiving. This activity is so versatile, I just adapted it for use with sight words.
To create your own game, you’ll have to make a spider web. All you’ll need is poster board and a black Sharpie marker. You can make your web any size you wish, but I wanted mine to fit on the table so I cut my poster board into a 14″ x 16″ rectangle. This way I have 2″ at the top to put my title. Now print the word cards on cardstock and the title and spiders on a full sized Avery label (you can also use office paper and then glue them on). Cut out the word cards and the spiders. Now place the small spiders on the lines of the web. Be sure to put at least 2 spiders on each level of the web and one spider on a line going into the center.
To play the game have each player place their game marker on the outside layer of the web on a space without a spider. Players take turns drawing a card, reading the word, and then moving the marker the number of spaces listed on the word card. If the player lands on a space with a spider, he/she can move to the next inside layer. Players continue taking turns reading words and moving their markers within the layers. The first player to reach the center of the web wins.
When you download this activity you’ll receive word cards with all 220 sight words, the title and spiders needed to make the game, and the directions for making your own spider web.
Just for my first grade friends, we made the Spider Web Game for practicing consonant-vowel-consonat words. This activity is also available through the Make, Take & Teach website or through my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.
Well, that’s it! The game is super fun! Hope your students love this game too.