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.
I created the Beginning Sounds activity specifically for independent practice in literacy centers. There are three different ways that you can use the templates. The first way (I’ll admit, it’s my favorite) is to laminate the templates and place velcro dots on the circles and letters. The students match the letters to the beginning sound of the word. I placed a long strip of velcro on the back of each board and placed the letters specifically for that template on the back. This makes it easy to quickly grab the template you wish the student to use and the letters are readily available.
The second way that you can use the templates is by laminating them and having your student use a dry erase marker to write the correct letter in the circle. Using this method, your student receives the added practice of writing letters.
Of course, I’m a big fan of those dry erase pockets. Simply slide the template you wish your student to use in the pocket and then write the letters with a dry erase marker. Dry erase pockets can be found in most teacher supply stores or catalogs. You can also order them on online through Amazon.
You can also use magnetic letters with the templates. You’ll need a few sets of magnetic letters for use with these templates. You can find magnetic letters at any dollar store, but I purchase my letters online through Banks School Supply as I like the shape and size of the letters. I also like that the consonants are blue and the vowels are red.
When you download the Make, Take & Teach Beginning Sounds templates you’ll receive 15 colorful templates. The letter order presented on the templates follow the order of introduction of a commonly used reading series. I’ve also included templates specifically for addressing b/d reversals and vowel confusion. Templates are differentiated as the number of letters progressively increased.
Whether you choose to use the templates on a cookie sheet, laminate and use dry erase markers, or use velcro, they are sure to help your students master letters and sounds.
Kyle (best artist ever!) created these adorable turkeys last year. I love them! Just to add a little seasonal fun into centers, I created a turkey feathers matching game for addition, beginning sounds and for word families. Be sure to visit my TpT store to download this freebie!
Click HERE to download the Turkey Feathers Addition Facts to 10 from my TpT store.
I have to say that the Turkey Feathers for Beginning Sounds is my favorite! Those little kindergarteners just love matching the feathers to the turkey. This activity is easily differentiated as you can choose how many and which turkeys to use during your small group instruction.
Just for my first grade friends, I created a Turkey Feathers activity just for learning word families. When you download this activity you’ll receive 15 different word family turkeys with at least 4 corresponding feathers. This activity is ideal for your first grade literacy centers.
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.