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Cookie Sheet Activities Pre K- K Bundle- Early Literacy and Numeracy Activities

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We all know that young children learn best through hands-on activities.  When children can manipulate letters to form words or use manipulatives such as counters to learn critical concepts their learning accelerates.  The Make, Take & Teach cookie sheet activities offers students hands-on  fun for learning and practicing beginning literacy and number concepts.  These activities are ideal for both direct teaching and independent practice.  The cookie sheet keeps the activity contained as well provides the engagement of using magnets!

There are 6 volumes of cookie sheet activities each volume targeting a specific skill.  Just to keep it simple, I combined the volumes into two grade level bundles- one bundle for my Pre K- K friends and another for my first grade friends.  Volumes 1, 2 and 4 comprise the Make, Take & Teach Pre K- K Bundle.

Cookie Sheet Activities Volume 1- ABC Order, Rhyme and Building Words

Cookie Sheet Activities Volume 1 contains 3 activities for teaching early literacy skills.  The first activity addresses the skill of alphabetic order.  There are 9 differentiated templates that can be used.  In addition to ordering the letters of the alphabet, this activity can be differentiated as students can match upper- to uppercase letters, lower- to lowercase letter, or upper- to lowercase letters.

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There are also 10 differentiated rhyme templates.  Several templates require students to sort 2 rhymes while others 4 rhymes.  The colorful pictures make this an engaging activity for teaching this skill.



Volume 1 of the cookie sheet activities also contains 8 Making Words templates.  Our little kinders love building CVC words with magnetic letters.

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Cookie Sheet Activities Volume 2- Number Order, Number Concepts

Cookie Sheet Activities Volume 2 is the early numeracy volume.   14 number order templates are included.  These templates are differentiated as students who struggle with this skill can simply match the numbers on several of the templates.  There are templates for number order 1-10, 1-20 and 1-100.


Students can practice counting with the beginning number concepts templates.  There are two number concepts templates: 1-5 and 6-10.


For our little advanced students, these number concept templates can be helpful.  There are 20 templates where the students are required to identify the number before and after, provide a number word, tally and count objects.


Cookie Sheet Activities Volume 4- Beginning Sounds and Short Vowels

So you may be thinking–what’s up with Volume 3?  Volume 3 is for sight words which we may address towards the end of kindergarten, but it was most appropriate for the first grade volume.  Volume 4 certainly belongs in the Pre K- Kindergarten bundle.  Volume 4 is the volume which addresses beginning sounds and short vowels.  The order of introduction of the letters follows a curriculum commonly used in schools, but I’ve included blank templates for you to use if your order of introduction differs.  You will receive 20 beginning sound templates complete with the colorful pics for sorting.  The templates are differentiated as some templates allow for 2 sounds and others 4 sounds.



Those short vowel sounds can be so tricky!  Sorting activities are perfect for helping students learn those vowels.  When you download volume 4, you receive 11 vowel sorting templates with the corresponding pictures.  This volume contains over 200 colorful pictures for sorting!


The Cookie Sheet Activities Pre K- Kindergarten Bundle is guaranteed to keep those little learners engaged in learning early phonemic awareness, phonics and number skills.


The dowloadable pdf activities are available in my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Not quite sure you want to print the activities yourself?  When you order the Printed Cookie Sheet Activities I’ll mail you the colored templates printed on office paper, the colored pictures printed on 90 lb card stock and a red cookie painted cookie sheet.  The Printed Bundle is also available in my online Teachers Pay Teacher store.

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There are several different ways to store your cookie sheet activities.  I found that using the 15 x 11 1/2 x 3″ Sterilite containers work great.  The templates, letters and pictures fit perfectly  and stack nicely on a shelf.  You can find the containers at Walmart or most any local department store.  I created these stickers to fit the containers (they are contained in the pdf file and also included if you order the printed materials).


I’m pretty picky about the shape of the magnetic letters.  Of course you can use magnetic letters purchased at a dollar store and many of dollar stores have appropriately shaped letters.  I purchase my magnetic letters at Banks School Supply- they are about $2.50.  Not only do I like the shape and size of the letters, but the consonants are blue and vowels are red. You also have the option of purchasing uppercase and lowercase letters so that you can extend the cookie sheet activities to include upper- to lowercase matching.

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So not necessary, but I have a thing for color coordinating activities.  It’s probably not a healthy obsession with color.  If you’d like to add a little color into your centers, these painted cookie sheets are available for purchase through the Make, Take & Teach website.


Hope you enjoy the cookie sheet activities!


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8 Hands-On Activities for Teaching Long and Short Vowel Sounds

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Learning vowel sounds can be so tricky for our young readers.  Not only do several of the short vowel sounds sound similar (for example, the short /a/ and short /e/ sounds), but vowels have two sounds– a short sound and a long sound.  Teaching students that vowels have two sounds is typically introduced early in first grade.  The explanation is actually quite simple.  We just tell students that when a vowel has a long sound, it says its name.  Having this poster handy while teaching this concept can be helpful.  Just click the link below for a quick and easy download.


 Just click the following link to download this freebie Long and Short Vowels Poster

For our little first graders, I created 8 hands-on activities for teaching  discrimination between long and short vowel sounds.  Several of the activities were designed for the direct teaching of the concept in either whole or small group instruction and others for added practice during independent literacy centers.  Here are 3 of my favorites:

For introducing the concept, the long and short vowel bone sorting activity is ideal.  Just place the dog dishes on the table, have the students name the picture on the bone and then place the bone in the correct dog dish.  This activity contains 60 bones with pictures of long and short vowel sounds.

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I really love the self-checking feature of Long or Short activity using Hot Dots.  This activity contains 30 colorful cards that can be used with either the Hot Dots pen or with a golf tee (punch a hole and circle the correct answer on the back).  If using the Hot Dots pen, the student chooses their answer by placing the tip of the pen on the circle (dots are either hot or cold).  If the answer is correct, a green light will appear on the top of the pen as well as applauding will sound.  You can purchase the pen and the hot/cold dots from Amazon.  This pen can be used for a variety of activities!


The flip chute is another one of my favorite hands-on activities that can be used to practice most any skill.  They are particularly ideal for independent literacy centers.  Flip chutes are made using orange juice cartons.  The skill cards can be made using index cards cut into 2 inch squares.  For this activity, I created the cards for you (just print double-sided) as well as dressed up the carton with the dog-themed templates.  Directions for creating your own flip chute are contained in the Long/Short Vowel Sound Bundle.  You can also download the directions and basic templates for the flip chute by clicking the link below.


For directions on how to make your own flip chute, just click the following link Flip Chute Directions

Be sure to check out the other five activities contained in the Doggone Fun! with Long and Short Vowels in my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.



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The FLOSS Rule

Memory aids are often used to help students remember certain spelling rules. The FLoSS rule is one of the first spelling rules taught to our first and second grade students to help them understand when to double the final “f”, “l” and “s” consonants at the end of certain words.   The word “floss” actually follows the FLoSS rule.  When a /f/, /l/ /s/ (or /z/) is heard after a short vowel at the end of a one-syllable word, it is spelled with a double “ff”, “ll”, “ss” or “zz”.  Okay, you’re probably thinking how did that “z” sneak in there.  Well, there really aren’t too many words that end in “z” so this rule will work for the majority of words your students encounter.  Feel free to download this free FLoSS rule poster for your classroom.

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Click the following link to download this poster  Floss Poster

 It’s always helpful to have on hand word lists for specific phonics concepts.  You can also download this handout by clicking the link below.

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 Click the following link to download the free FLOSS word list  Floss Word List

To teach and practice this rule, it’s helpful to identify words that follow and then do not follow this rule.  I created this file folder activity so that students can analyze words according to their features and then decide if the word is a FLoSS word.  This file folder activity is great for independent centers as it offers a hands-on approach to learning.  By laminating the file folder, you can use this activity over and over again!


The File Folder Phonics Activity for The FLOSS Rule is available in my Teachers Pay Teacher store.


There are certainly many more rules that students need to learn to become proficient readers and writers.  The Make, Take & Teach Even More! File Folder Phonics Activities contains 13 hands-on activities for teaching contractions, plurals, past tense and more!



The Even More File Folder Phonics Activities is available in my online TpT store.

Hope you find these activities helpful in teaching your kiddos those rules.


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10 Engaging Activities for Teaching Homophones


Teaching and learning homophones can be tons of fun!  Many reading programs introduce the concept of homophones in second grade.  Homophones are words that sound alike but are spelled differently and have a different meaning.  Students need to be able to tell the difference in the meanings of these words and to use the correct spelling in their writing.  If students misspell words or use the wrong word in writing, the reader is not likely to understand what they are trying to say.

Of course, using hands-on activities to teach any skill is preferable to worksheet drill and practice.  The Make, Take & Teach Complete Activity Pack for Teaching Homophones includes 10 engaging activities for teaching 65 common homophones.  My favorite activity this pack is the Homophone Pear Matching activity.  There are 72 homophone pairs of pears!  Of course you’d want to differentiate this activity by choosing which and how many pears to use during small group instruction or within your literacy centers.


Homophone posters and teaching cards are provided for direct instruction. You may also wish to place several posters around the classroom while teaching this skill.

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Activities such as the Homophone Vocabulary Puzzles,  4- In- A- Row, game boards, memory and I Have- Who Has are ideal for added practice during independent literacy centers.


This his activity pack is available in my online Teachers Pay Teachers store. It is also available on the Make, Take & Teach website.

 Have fun teaching those homophones!



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Build It-Write It for CVC Words

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You may know by now that I’m all about those cookie sheets.  I love activities that use cookie sheets as manipulating magnetic letters provides for great hands-on learning activities and the cookie sheet keeps all the materials in one area!  The Build It-Write It activity for CVC words is perfect for either small group instruction or for independent literacy centers.  When you download this activity you will receive 14 colorful CVC templates.  There are templates for working with a specific vowel and also templates with mixed vowels.  This makes differentiation a snap!


The Build It Write It activity for Consonant Vowel Consonant Words is available through my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Call me a bit crazy, but I like my cookie sheets to match the templates.  I live for color-coding!


If you’d like to add a little color into your cookie sheet activities, these painted cookie sheets area available through the Make, Take & Teach website.


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Just Another Fun Find at Walmart


You gotta know I love my local Walmart.  I always seem to stumble upon something a little unique that’s perfect for creating an activity.  Well, my newest find are these dry erase sticky circles from Elmer’s.  They were in the sale basket too!


So what can you do with these sticky circles?  They are perfect for sound sorting!  I simply placed a sticky circle on a cup and wrote a letter on the circle.  You can change the letter/sound matching activity by simply erasing the letter and writing another. So simple.


I’m sure there are many uses for these dry erase circles.  If you’d like to use the circles for sound sorting, these pics are just one activity contained in the Response to Intervention Alphabetic Principle Kit.



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Alphabet Cupcakes

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It’s always important to incorporate hands-on activities into learning letters and sounds.  Our little preschoolers and kindergarteners really enjoy matching activities.  Matching activities are great for independent centers or as an activity for direct instruction.  These activities can be easily differentiated as you can choose how many and which cupcakes to use.  Simply  place the cupcake tops and bottoms on the table and have your student(s) match the beginning sound of the picture to the lowercase letter.  An upper- to lowercase matching activity is also included in the downloadable file.


I like to store my activities in baggies.  A label for each activity is included.




 The Alphabet Cupcake activity is available through my online Teachers Pay Teachers store or through the Make, Take & Teach website.



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3 Freebies for Teaching and Practicing Short Vowels and CVC Words

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Here are a few of my favorite activities for introducing and teaching short vowel sounds and CVC words.  There’s a little bit of assembly involved for each activity, but you’re done, you’ll have three activities that will last for years!  Enjoy!

1. Vowel Sticks

Those short vowel sounds can be so tricky!  It’s so important that our kiddos learn to hear the differences between the short vowel sounds so that they can decode and write words correctly.  These vowel sticks are quite helpful in teaching students discriminate the sounds.  You can easily differentiate the activity by choosing which and how many vowels to use during your lesson.  For students who are having a great deal of difficulty with vowels, I recommend starting with only 2 vowels with very dissimilar sounds (e.g. “a” and “o”).  You can then increase the difficulty by adding more sounds and similar sounding vowels (e.g. “a” and “e”).   For those students who are quickly learning this skill, try providing words (e.g. “cat”, “beg”) and have them hold up the correct vowel.


 Just click HERE to download the printable for creating your own vowel sticks.  The directions for assembling the activity as well as using the activity during instruction are included in the file.


2. Word Family Sliders

Word sliders are often helpful when introducing word families.  When you download this file you’ll receive the printable for creating 18 word family sliders. You could print the activity on card stock and call it good, but if you’d like to add a little color and durability to your activity print the word family cards on a full size Avery label and adhere them to Glidden paint samples (Home Depot).  I color-coded the borders of the word family cards to the paint samples and the letter sliders are also color-coordinated so that the students can easily match them to the card.


 Just click HERE to download the printable for creating your own word slides.


 3. Build It- Write It Cards

The Build It-Write It cards are great for your independent centers.  To create this activity you will need counting tiles, adhesive chalkboard paper and liquid chalk.  You could substitute adhesive dry erase paper and a dry erase marker for the chalkboard paper/liquid chalk.  For specific directions for assembling this activity, visit the Build It-Write It for CVC and CCVC Words.


Just click HERE to download the printable for creating the Build-It Write-It deck

 Enjoy these freebies!


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