Thursday, March 22, 2018

Spring Writing Center

 Today, my kindergarten intervention group worked on building vocabulary, concepts of print, and writing skills using the Spring edition of Making Words.

These no-prep worksheets made it simple to establish an engaging activity that not only met the individual levels of each student, but the Kindergarten and 1st grade ELA standards, as well.

We began our lesson by discussing the illustrated word cards that come with the resource.  These Spring words include basket, bunny, eggs, flower, butterfly, snail, umbrella, rain boots, and Earth Day.  The students would tell me what they are, and give me a sentence using one or more of the words.

Next, I allowed them to choose which word they wanted to build and write about.  Since today was the last day I'd meet with this group before Easter, I wanted to limit my selection to the Easter-themed words: eggs, bunny, and basket.  After returning from Spring Break, I will extend the lesson with the remaining words.

They selected the Making Words worksheet that had the word of their choice, and began cutting the scrambled word tiles from the bottom of the page.  Next, they BUILD the word, gluing the letters in the correct order.

After building the word, they WRITE the word.  To challenge this particular group of kiddos, I had them write a sentence using the word - rather than simply copying the word.

As you can see in the picture below, this boy wanted to use the word cards as a resource when writing his sentence. The word cards are a BONUS and can be used several ways, such as on a seasonal word wall, posted in a writing center, in a making words center, as a pocket chart activity, and as vocabulary cards for quick language building exercises.

After writing, they DRAW an illustration that matches their sentence.

This resource is wonderful because it can be used in a Making Words center, as a Writing Center, as a whole group, or during small group intervention.  It's also a simple activity for parent volunteers or tutors to do with the kids. 

You can purchase this Making Words: Spring resource HERE

In what way do you see your kiddos using this resource? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Read and Write the Room: Spring

Spring has arrived! During this time of year, your kiddos are likely  springing around the classroom eager to get their energy out.  Here's your perfect solution: Read and Write the Room

This Spring themed activity is excellent for engaging your active learners in 
vocabulary, reading, and writing. 

Simply choose which level your kiddos need, hang pictures around the room, and send them off with a clipboard and recording sheet. 

Level 1: Recording sheets have pictures that match the cards hung around the room. 

As they find the cards, they record the word next to the matching picture on their record sheet.

At this level, the kids are tracking and transferring print, along with building vocabulary, visual discrimination, and letter formation.

If your kiddos need more a challenge, you can simply print and prep Level 2 (also included in the Read and Write the Room resources)

In Level 2, students are searching for pictures based on beginning sounds, rather than simply copying the words.  These picture cards DO NOT have the words. 

The kiddos find the picture that starts with the letter on their recording sheet, and write the word using inventive spelling. 

"I love that this product is differentiated! My students who are ready to look at pictures and write the word have their set and my students who need more support are able to find the pictures and copy the words. Thank you for the differentiated product!" (Brittany W.)

"My class is seriously IN LOVE with your Read the Room activities!  Thanks so much"
(Rachel C.)

You can purchase and download this center activity, HERE.

Whether at home or in the classroom, this will be sure to keep your kiddos engaged in learning.   Set it up around the room, use as task cards, a scoot game, or leave in a writing center for a small group... when you purchase this resource, your options are unlimited! 

Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

St. Patrick's Day Math Centers

Like a rambunctious little leprechaun, I've been busy creating fun math resources for St. Patrick's Day.  From counting sets of objects to double digit addition, you will find task cards for PreK, Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade.

Students count the set of St. Patrick's Day objects and write the number on the recording sheet!

Each resource comes with a set of themed task cards, a recording sheet, and an answer key.  

Students complete the task on each card, and write their answers on the recording sheet provided.  A number line is at the top of every recording sheet.  This is an excellent visual tool to help students complete the addition or subtraction problems. 


 There are SO many uses with task cards!  You can place them in an independent math center, use as a lesson during guided math instruction, play the SCOOT game, use as a small group intervention, tutor activity, as an assessment, or keep in a folder for your early finishers.

Another fantastic use of task cards is for Math Around the Room!  Hang the cards around the room and give each student a recording sheet. Watch them instantly become engaged as they circulate the room solving math problems.  It's SO much fun!

As you can see, there are many ways to incorporate task cards into your math lessons.  These St. Patrick's Day Task Cards will be sure to bring fun and engagement while meeting the common core math standards! 

If you're looking for more reading and writing centers for St. Patrick's Day, you can find more about them HERE, on my blogpost about centers, poetry, flashcards, and more!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

A Christmas Pocket Chart Center

Christmas is near! Every teacher knows it's that time of year when the kids are hyped up, and need fun, active, lessons to stay engaged.  I want to let you in on a little secret...all you need is a pocket chart, and these printable Build a Poem centers. 

The kids LOVE coming to this center! Here's a peek of my reading intervention group working together to build the poem  "I'm a Little Reindeer".

These Build-a-Poem Pocket Chart Centers allow the students to work together, engage in conversation, and build reading fluency - while allowing them to move around and get their Winter wiggles out.

 This Christmas center poem is part of my 5 Christmas Poem collection.  After building the poem at the pocket chart center, they can add the printable version of this poem to their poetry notebooks.

A perfect lesson for this time of year! 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Number Words

  As early as PreK, kiddos begin relating numerals to number words. Help your child build math and reading skills with these Number Words Clip Cards.

To get started on these Number Words 0-10 Clip-it Cards, simply download the cards HERE.  Print, cut, and laminate, then your kiddos are ready for a hands-on math and reading activity.   

A set of colorful clothespins from the dollar bin at Target adds the extra element of fun.  They even have seasonal clips that I like to swap out, and use throughout the year. 

Kiddos identify the number, then clip the corresponding number word.  Make this a self-checking center simply by adding a sticker on the back of the card where their clip should be.  Then, after they clip their choice, they can flip over the card and see if their clip covers the sticker.  If so, it's right!  If not, try again :)
So many uses! Great for centers, as a take-home activity, morning work, an activity for early finishers, parent pull-out games, tutoring, and as an assessment.  What a wonderful way to incorporate math and reading in preK, kindergarten, and first grade.  

Thursday, October 5, 2017

World Teacher Day Giveaway


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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Beginning Sounds Activities

As your kids begin to read, they will move from letter recognition to letter/sound correspondence.  Being able to segment the sounds in a word is crucial for reading and writing.  Here are some of my beginning sounds resources: all focusing on the early reading stages.

These BEGINNING SOUNDS CLIP CARDS are excellent for letter recognition and letter-sound correspondence.  Using clothespins, kiddos say and clip the initial sound of the picture shown on the card.
Words are printed, with a blank line representing the missing sound, to eliminate confusion of what the pictures are.

If you would rather have the students WRITE the answer on a recording sheet, rather than CLIP it, then check out my BEGINNING SOUNDS TASK CARDS resource.
Beginning Sounds Task Cards (letters A-Z), builds fluency with segmenting initial sounds, letter-sound correspondence, and writing letters.  Kiddos say and write the initial sound of the picture shown on the task card. 

Last, but not least, is the BEGINNING SOUNDS MATCH-UP - no-prep, printable, worksheets for beginning sounds and letter correspondence. Kiddos draw a line from the picture to the letter representing the beginning sound. Each page has 7 pictures and letters. 

Designed for preschool, PreK, Kindergarten, and as an intervention for first grade, these printable activities and worksheets will help your kiddos build the phonemic awareness skills needed to be a successful reader and writer.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

5 Summer Themed Activities

Whether you are tutoring, teaching summer school, or working with your own kiddos over the summer, here are 5 Summer-Themed Activities to keep them engaged in the learning.

1. Sight Word Search:  Keep your kiddos fluent with their sight words that they worked so hard on throughout the year.  With these Summer-themed sight word searches, simply print and you're ready to go!  Kiddos identify the focus word on the top-right, then search for the word throughout the page.  To keep the learning fun, they can highlight, circle, or use a bingo dotter to mark the word each time they find it!

2. Addition to 10 Task CardsKiddos add the sets of objects on the card, then write their answer on the recording sheet. A number line is on the recording sheet to as a visual intervention to those who need it.

3. Addition to 20 Task CardsKiddos solve the number sentence on each card, then write their answer on the recording sheet.  You can read   5 Ways to Use Task Cards to see the fun possibilities this resource has!

4. Subtraction Within 20 Task Cards: These summertime task cards are bright, colorful, and excellent for building fluency in math!

Students solve the number sentence on each card, then write their answer on the recording sheet. A 0-20 number line is on the recording sheet to as a visual intervention to those who need it.

5.  Numbers to 10 Worksheets: Students build counting and cardinality skills: count the summer picture sets, write the number, and color when finished! Simply print and go!

Don't let the summer slope effect your kiddos! These Summer-themes worksheets and task cards are excellent refreshers for reading and math :) Enjoy!