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Easter Egg Activities for Rhyme, Beginning Sounds and Vocabulary

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I absolutely love these Easter eggs that Kyle created.  They are so colorful and make for fun and interactive center activities during spring.  I created three different activities for my preschool and kindergarten friends just for learning and practicing the early literacy skills of beginning sounds, rhyme and vocabulary.

When you download the Easter Egg Alphabet activity you’ll receive 26 eggs with upper-, lowercase letters and a picture with the beginning sound of the letter.  Just for the sake of organizing the pieces, a label for the activity is also included.

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 The Easter Egg Alphabet Activity can be found in my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.

The Easter Egg Rhyme activity is one of my all-time favorite activities for practicing the skill of rhyme. Understanding that words are made up of separate speech sounds that can be changed to create new words is one of the key foundational skills for developing readers.  Rhyming activities are perfect for helping students appreciate the sounds in words.  When you download this activity you will receive 25 rhyming Easter eggs.

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 The Make, Take & Teach Easter Egg Rhyme activity can also be found in my TpT online store.

Helping students understand similarities and differences between items is important in developing vocabulary.  When you download the Easter Egg Similarities activity you will receive 24 eggs with pictures containing words with similar characteristics. Be sure to have your students explain why the items are similar.

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 You can find the Easter Egg Similarities activity in my TpT store.

Hope you enjoy these Easter themed activities!

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St. Patrick’s Day Pot O’ Gold Activity for Beginning Sounds

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It’s always so much fun to add a holiday twist into center and small group activities.  The Pot O’ Gold activities have been a hit during the first few weeks of March.  When you download this activity you will receive 25 letters of the alphabet (omitting “x”) printed on golden pots and over 100 colorful beginning sound pictures printed on coins.  This activity is easily differentiated as you can choose which and how many coins to use.

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 The Pot O’ Gold Activities for Beginning Sounds can be found in my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.

This activity is also available for Word Families, Short Vowels, Consonant Digraphs, and R-Controlled Vowels.

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St. Patrick’s Day FREEBIE!

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Be sure to jump on over to my TpT store to download this St. Patrick’s Day freebie for learning and practicing sight words.  When you download this file you’ll receive 6 game boards with words from the first 6 lists of the Dolch sight words.  The game boards are great for centers or even send them home for added practice.

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 The St. Patrick’s Day Sight Word Game Boards can be downloaded from my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.

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Fun Little St. Patrick’s Day Activity for Practicing Digraphs

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St. Patrick’s Day is soon approaching!  My goodness, this school year is flying by.  It’s kind of fun how we measure our school year by the coming and goings of the holidays.  So far this year we’ve had 9 snow days!  Can you believe it?  9!  It seems like we’ve been hit with a deep freeze this year.  It’s not often that you read -29 degrees on your car thermometer.  That’s not even counting the wind chill.   When you live in the great white north you never know what can happen.  With winter not even over, we may have to go well into summer.   Anyway, here’s a little digraph activity I whipped up on one snow day morning.

What you’ll need to do is copy the pdf below, cut out the shamrocks and hot glue them on the ends of a large craft stick.  Be sure to make a set for each student in your group.  For those students just learning digraphs, you’ll want to begin with sounds only.  So, say the sound of one of the digrpahs (e.g. /sh/) and have the students hold up the correct stick.  You can differentiate the activity by choosing the number of digraphs you use within the group.

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Click the following link to download this free printable Shamrock Digraphs

If the students are doing pretty well with the sounds only, add a little more difficulty by providing a word and having the students hold up the correct stick.  Here’s a word list for consonant digraphs that you can use.  I have a hard time thinking of those words on the spot.

Common Consonant Digraph Word List

Click the following link to download this free consonant digraph word list. Common Consonant Digraph Word List

On another one of those snow days, I made a digraph sorting activity activity.  Sorting activities are very helpful when introducing a skill or for use when students are having a difficult time hearing the differences between sounds.  When you download this activity, you’ll receive 40 colorful coins with pictures of digraphs.

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Click HERE to download this activity from my TpT store.

I have to say that the unexpected snow day is always a treat.  But to have 9! Holy Cow!  It’s getting difficult to get back in a routine.  So, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but….let’s hope for at least a few solid weeks of school in the upcoming months.

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Flipping Eggs – Fun Hands-on Activities for Learning Sight Words

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Learning and practicing sight words can be super fun when you integrate hands-on activities.  The Flipping Eggs activity is easy to assemble- simply print the eggs, laminate and then cut out each egg.  You’ll have an activity that will last for years!  Just for fun, the Flipping Eggs activity is also available with green colored eggs.

The Flipping Eggs activity for the Dolch Sight Words contains the Dolch 220 sight words printed on the eggs.

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The Flipping Eggs Dolch Sight Words activity is available in my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.

When you download the activity for the Fry Sight Words you’ll receive the first 225 words printed on the eggs.

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The Flipping Eggs Fry Sight Words activity is also available in my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.

If you’d like to check out the green eggs, just click the following links:  Flipping Green Eggs- Dolch 220 Sight Words  Flipping Green Eggs- Fry Sight Words.

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Teachers Pay Teachers Site Wide Sale

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It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally here!  It’s the Teachers Pay Teachers site wide sale.  In honor of our hard work and dedication, TpT is having a sale on February 25th.  It’s a great time to stock up on those activities for your literacy centers and small group instruction.  Of course, you get the best bang-for-your-buck when you purchase the bundled activities.  Here are a few of my favorites:

The File Folder Phonics Bundle and the Even More! File Folder Phonics Bundle contains hands-on activities for teaching targeted phonics skills.  These bundles include the templates for making your own file folder activities.  Just laminate the file folders and they can be used over and over again!  Love that!

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Just for my Pre-K and kindergarten friends, I created the File Folder Phonics for the Alphabet.  This bundle offers 4 activities for learning and practicing letters and sounds.

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The file folder alphabet series was so popular that I was asked to create activities for sight words.  This bundle includes four activities for practicing sight words- two word building activities, a writing activity and a reading the word in context activity.  The File Folder Activities for Sight Words (Dolch words 1-50) and the File Folder Activities for Sight Words (Dolch words 51-100) can be found in my TpT store.

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The Write-It Phonics Cards are great for either small group instruction or for independent centers.  I love this activity as students now need to transfer the phonics skill into writing.  Simply print the cards, laminate and bind together with a loose leaf ring.  You’ll have these cards for years and years.  There are card sets from beginning sounds to vowel teams!

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The Write-It Phonics Cards Bundle is available in my online TpT store.

Hope you enjoy the sale!

 

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Resources for Teaching Blends and Digraphs

Many of my first grade friends are now learning common blends and digraphs.  I thought it’d help if I gathered a few of my favorite resources and activities as well as answer common questions for introducing and practicing this skill.

What’s the difference between a blend and a digraph?

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A consonant blend is when two or more consonants are blended together, but each sound may be heard in the blend.  The most common beginning consonant blends include: bl, br, cl, cr, dr, fr, tr, fl, gl, gr, pl, pr, sl, sm, sp and st.  Blends can also occur at the end of words as in the word “last”.  There are also blends which contain three consonants.  Common three consonant blends include: str, spl, and spr.  When teaching blends, most teachers introduced them in groups.  For example, a teacher may choose to introduce the l-blends first (bl, cl, fl, gl, pl and sl) followed by the r-blends.  When introducing the concept of blends and digraphs, cue cards often help.  Here’s one I made with many of the consonant blends.  You can download this for free.

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Click HERE to download this freebie from my TpT store

Consonant Digraphs

In a consonant digraph, two consonants stand together to represent a single sound.  The most common consonant digraphs are: sh, ch, th, and wh.  There are other consonant digraphs (ph); however, most teachers typically introduce these 4 digraphs first as they are the most common.  They are often referred to as the “h brothers”.  Teaching digraphs can be lots of fun.  However you choose to introduce this concept, be sure to add visuals as they are so helpful especially for our struggling readers.  Here’s the cue card specifically for digraphs that I made to introduce the concept.  Specific instructions for introducing digraphs during instruction can be found in the Consonant Blends and Digraphs Activity Pack.

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Click HERE to download this cue card for free from my TpT store

Sometimes you just need a list of words to support instructional activities.  Just click the following link to download a list of common words containing consonant digraphs

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To download this handout just click the following link:  Common-Consonant-Digraph-Word-List-3

Which should be taught first?

This is a little tricky.  Some reading programs do not even teach blends as they are really two separate sounds.  Personally, I believe teaching blends is a good idea as they are letters that frequently occur together so students are learning to recognize patterns in words.  Many reading programs introduce blends before the digraphs.  I would suggest following the sequence presented in your reading series.

How do we teach blends and digraphs?

For all learners, but especially for struggling readers, systematic and explicit phonics instruction is critical.  “Systematic phonics instruction” refers to the sequence of phonics skills introduced.  In a phonics program, there must be a logical order of introduction of skills.  “Explicit phonics instruction” refers to how the skills are taught.  Students need instruction where the teacher is providing precise directions for teaching the skills.  Struggling readers require additional guided practice in small groups and instruction must be differentiated to meet individual needs.

Make, Take & Teach Resources for Teaching Blends and Digraphs

Call me crazy, but love digraphs almost as much as I love short vowel sounds.  It’s so rewarding to see our young readers begin to move beyond just single letters and sounds and move towards more advanced phonics skills.   The Consonant Blends and Digraphs Activity Pack contains 15 hands-on activities that you can use to both teach and practice blends and digraphs.  The activities are designed specifically for small group instruction and contains a 26 page teaching manual with step-by-step instructions for each activity.

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Click HERE to download the Consonant Blends and Digraphs Activity Pack from my TpT store

Volume 5 of the Cookie Sheet Challenge was designed specifically for practicing blends and digraphs.  The cookie sheet activities are great for use within literacy centers and contain activities which can be differentiated.  Students and teachers just love the colorful graphics.

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Click HERE to download the cookie sheet activities for blends and digraphs from my TpT store.

The Write It Phonics Cards are great for centers.  To assemble the cards simply print them on card stock, laminate and bind them together with a loose leaf ring.  The cards can be used over and over again.

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Just click HERE to download the Write-It Phonics Cards for Consonant Blends

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Just click HERE to download the Write-It Phonics Cards for Consonant Digraphs

If  you have any fun ideas for teaching blends and digraphs, please let us know by leaving a comment.  To leave a comment on this blog post, just click the title.

 

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Teaching Long Vowel Spelling Patterns

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Long vowel sound spelling patterns are quite difficult for students to learn.  First they must understand that more than one letter can be used to represent one sound and then learn the various ways that the sound can be represented in print.  For example, there are 4 common ways the sound /a/ can be spelled: “a” as in “acorn”, “a_e”  as in “gate”, “ai” as in “rain” and “ay” as in “day”.  Students must also learn when to use the spelling pattern for each sound.  For example, the “ay” spelling pattern for the /a/ sound most often occurs at the end of words while the “ai” spelling pattern never occurs at the beginning or end of words.  Whoa! kind of confusing, huh?  No wonder it’s quite challenging for our emerging readers and writers.  The best way for students to learn the most common spelling patterns for long vowel sounds is through sorting activities.  This way they can begin to see the various representations of the vowel as well as when to use the pattern.

I’ve included a few resources for teaching the spelling patterns for long vowel sounds.  Having a word list often comes in handy.  You can make your own sorting activities on index cards or just use them for spelling practice during small group instruction. If you’d like to download the word list in one download just click the following link:  Long Vowel Sounds Word Lists

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 Click the following link to download the word list for the long a vowel sounds Long a Vowel Sound Word List

Long e word list

 Click the following link to download the word list for the long e sound Long e Vowel Sound Word List

Long i word list

 Click the following link to download the word list for the long i sound Long i Vowel Sound Word List

Long o word list

Click the following link to download the word list for the long o sound Long o Vowel Sound Word List

Long u word list

 Click the following link to download the word list for the long u sound  Long u Vowel Sound Word

Here’s an activity already printed with a sorting mat containing the common spelling patterns for each vowel.  When you download this activity you will receive the sorting mats for each vowel and over 400 word cards.  Words cards have been color-coded for each vowel for the sake of organization.  There are also two set of word cards- one set with the spelling pattern printed in red and the other without the pattern highlighted.  This allows for differentiation.  This activity is available in my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.  Just click the link below.

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 The Long Vowel Sound Sorting activity is available in my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Here’s another resource that you may find helpful for teaching long vowel sounds.  The file folder activities are great for independent centers.

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 The File Folder Phonics Bundle is also available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

 

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