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
One of my favorite parts of blogging is connecting with teachers, literally, from all around the world. The world wide web has allowed us to share ideas and activities that impact student learning. In that vein, I’m teaming up with 145 fabulous bloggers to bring you a pretty unique blog hop. This hop is special in that its only focus is sharing great classroom ideas. So that means no products… just incredible ideas!
You’ll find everything from organizational ideas to classroom strategies. So here’s my contribution to the BIG BRIGHT IDEAS blog hop:
My teacher friend, Deb, uses these privacy screens in her classroom. Purchasing privacy screens commercially can be pretty expensive so she created these using shipping boxes that she purchased at Office Max. I love these privacy screens because they are both durable and can fold quickly and easily. This helps make transitions between activities a snap. The trick is to get the right size box. This size allows students to see over the top of the box so they can see the teacher as she/he provides instruction. Here’s a pic of the type of box that works best:
It’s the 17.25 x 11.25 x 6 inch Scotch mailing box.
So, that’s it- my contribution to the blog hop. So your next stop is to visit Tammy at 123 Teach With Me. She has a super fun song and game for learning letters and sounds! Just click HERE.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and it’s time to change it up the literacy centers and small group activities. Here are a few fun little activities for rhyme and learning letters and sounds.
When you download the Valentine Hearts activity, you’ll receive 48 colorful hearts with pictures that rhyme. Your students will have tons of fun finding the matching rhyming heart halves.
Here’s a fun activity for learning letters and sounds. Students just match the letter to the beginning sound of the word.
Have a fun Valentine’s Day!
Making Play Doh takes me back to when I used to teach preschool. I just loved making my own Play Doh- homemade Play Doh is so much softer- and it was so much fun changing the colors and even, at times, adding scents. I’ve tried a billion different recipes and found that the recipes that used cream of tartar and required cooking were hands-down the best. Of course, it’s a bit more work, but well worth the extra effort. I made this seasonal-themed Play Doh for the Winter Themed Math Activities for K-1 Packet. Using the glitter added just the right touch to give it that glittery-snow effect. So here’s the recipe:
1 cup of flour
1/2 cup of salt
2 Tablespoons of cream of tartar
1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil
1 cup of water
First mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a pan. Add the water and mix well. Now cook the mixture over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes. You’ll need to stir constantly until the mixture becomes firm. When the mixture is firm, remove from the pan and knead until soft. Now just add in the food coloring. I like to use the Wilton food coloring because I find that the colors are so vibrant. Now just add the glitter and you’re all done!
Here’s my little friend, Eleanor, using the Play Doh. Great hands-on activity for learning numbers and number concepts.
So go on- give it a try. You’ll never go back to buying Play Doh from the store.
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.
My scrap drawer was overflowing! What am I to do with all that paper?? Well, I just can’t bring myself to throw it all away, but certainly I didn’t need all that scrap paper myself. So, in the spirit of recycling I decided to make my own notepads. Okay, I know, it’s nothing fancy, but I thought if I made them a little bit cute then I wouldn’t feel so guilty just handing a wad of paper to my friends at work.
Making your own notepads is pretty simple. Making the adhesive binding requires only three ingredients: vinegar, glycerin and unflavored gelatin. You can find the glycerin in a pharmacy. Here are the steps:
I cut my paper into a uniform size. Although it’s not necessary, you can cut a backing for your notepads from cardboard and create a cover. Feel free to download the cover I used by clicking the following link: Notepad Cover
Next you’ll simply line up the backing, paper and cover.
Using a small paintbrush, place the glue on the top edge of the note pad. I was pretty generous with the amount of glue I applied. Then using clip, secure the top of the notepad until the glue is dried.
I made nearly 20 notepads with the adhesive recipe and still have some left over. After sitting for awhile, the adhesive will harden a bit. Just place the container in the microwave for about 10 seconds and it will soften again.
The Flipping Pancakes for sight words activity was such a hit I thought I’d shake it up a bit and create an activity for flipping eggs! It’s amazing to me how something so simple can keep the kiddos engaged while practicing an otherwise – maybe not so fun- skill. This activity is great for either your classroom literacy centers or as an activity for small group instruction. Grab a spatula at the dollar store, print the eggs, laminate (optional), cut them out and you’re ready to go! Having a pan and plate available isn’t really necessary, but it just adds a little novelty. The flipping eggs activity is available for the alphabet, consonant-vowel-consonant words and the Dolch 220 sight words.
Here’s a video of my little friend practicing her letters using the alphabet flipping eggs activity: