Sunday, February 12, 2017

FREE Valentine's Day Activity

Could you use a FREE Valentine's Day ABC order activity?

Or read the room activities are always a hit..

 Have you read this sweet book?
I made a common/proper noun sorting activity that doubles as a cute bulletin board.

Or Grammar Bump? The kids love any BUMP game.

Do you have access to a device with a free QR Code app? My students couldn't wait to check their answers! No technology? No worries, it can still be used as a read the room  and I included an answer key.

I also included a black and white version for those without color printers or wanting to save on ink costs.

I hope you found something you can use this week! Happy Valentine's Day!


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Sight Word Super Stars DOLCH Edition!

I don't teach First Grade anymore but I still enjoy making things my friends and nephews can use.

I finally found some time to make a much-requested Dolch version of my best-selling Sight Word Superstars Program. You can find it in my TpT store.

It includes levels Pre-primer through Third Grade and the Noun List.  I expected my first graders to read one word per second to be considered fluent. So, my goal for List 1 below would be 8 seconds. You may want to adjust the goal for the age or ability level of your students. 

During guided reading, I would test one student at a time while the others practiced their list using their whisper phones. The student would earn a sticker for their star when the fluency goal was reached for a list. When the star was full the student took it home along with a certificate.

I color-coded each list to make it easier on me and the students to see their progress. My students were extremely motivated by this system. They would practice on their own and beg me to find additional time to test them so they could move up.

I also put out flashcard sets to use during Daily 5 Rotations. I color-coded these as well and put them in small labeled containers I found at the Dollar Store.

One rotation was to play Read for Speed (a game I included in this download). It was easy to differentiate since the students could use the cards from the level they were currently working on.
I hope someone out there can use this new Dolch version. It worked wonders in my room. :-)


Monday, November 28, 2016

Don't miss the TpT sale!

EVERYTHING in my store is on sale for the Cyber Sale! Happy Holidays!


Monday, October 17, 2016

Halloween goodies

I miss having fun with holidays. Now that I teach middle school, it is almost like holidays don't even exist.  But when I start getting blue about not teaching the little ones anymore, I remember the potty accidents and feeling like I am herding cats and then I feel a little better.

Anyway, I was going through some of my files and found a book club packet that I had never posted. Since it is very timely, I went ahead and put it in my store.

Need a FREE Halloween ABC order cut and glue?

Or lots of other great stuff for this month! Ok, I'm getting sad again...

Our staff is thinking of all dressing as Where's Waldo characters. Does your staff dress in a theme or just do your own thing?


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Sound Racers

My life went through some major changes so it has been quite a while since I posted here. I am no longer teaching first grade but I still enjoying making things so I may still post once in awhile.
I made this game a year and a half ago and just got around to putting it in my store.

Our standardized test (CTP from ERB) asks students to identify beginning, ending, and vowel sounds and I was surprised that even our better students were missing the trickier ones. 

I made this game to practice this skill in my reading groups. The format is the same as the test so the students will be familiar with the way the question is asked. I show them the card as I ask the question.

I cut part these boards and laminated one for each player. I used mini erasers for playing pieces. You could have the students take turns answering or everyone could write their answer on a whiteboard and reveal at the same time. 
This also practices paying attention to details and we talked about not falling for their tricks (i.e. answers have same beginning sound but you were asked to find the matching ending sound.)

This game is fun and great practice regardless of what assessments you use. You can find it in my store if you interested.