Monday, July 21, 2014

Game On!

I noticed over the [looooong] winter that Becks had become a little more competitive and a little more eager to school me in a game of Memory or Go Fish using a plain, old deck of playing cards.  It didn't take me long to realize that I needed to capitalize on his interest in card games and make something that would feed his need to win and help him to work on a skill.  I figured that other kiddos would probably fit the same bill, too :)

I also kept me in mind while I was thinking about a new resource.  As a teacher, my time is limited.  If I'm going to be printing, laminating, and cutting, it needs to be fast.  Fortunately, cutting out playing cards only requires straight line cuts (#winning) and each pack comes in color and black/white to help you save on ink! Literally, a whole center in less than ten minutes from printer to playing! 

Each center is based off of a Kindergarten Reading Foundational standard and allows students to work on phonological awareness, phonics, or a combination of the two.  There are two options for playing - Memory and Go Fish - using the same set of cards.  Both are easy to understand and require little teacher direction.  

Furthermore, I included 10 half-sheet exit slips so that you can use these centers during RTI or Literacy Centers!  BOOM.  {If you're not familiar with exit slips, they are a quick assessment that you can do at the end of a lesson/activity to assess student performance on a particular skill.}

Becks and I played this morning for our Intro-to-Home School-Mommy-As-A-Teacher time this morning using the Medial Sound cards, since this is an area that he needs to work on.  {Yes, these could DEFINITELY be used for first graders, too, though I will be coming out with Center in a Minute sets using First Grade standards!}  

I loved seeing his little brain at work, as he concentrated on listening for the sound in the middle of the word. it!
Yes, he is dressed as Firefighter Beckham today :) 

 The exit slip showed me right away that he was understanding the concept, but could still use more work.  We'll definitely play again tomorrow!

Currently, there are seven separate sets, addressing seven different standards. Alternatively, you could purchase the bundle, which will save your $5 (that's like getting two packs for FREE!).  Click the pics below to check them out!




Good news!  All of these packs are on sale for the next three days of my Christmas in July Sale! Click the image below to see the packs altogether.

That means the individual centers are TWO BUCKS and the bundle is TEN BUCKS!  This sale will run through Wednesday :)

Aaaaaaand, in case you needed to see a cute picture of Faith with her new baby toofers, see below :)  
She is also celebrating Christmas in July, since these Christmas jammies most certainly didn't fit her three pound body back in December!  Ten pounds later, she is rockin' them!

Happy Monday!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Flashback Freebie #4, #5, & #6!

It's our last day Up North!  I won't lie - it hasn't been the most enjoyable vacation I've ever been on - but really nice to get away nonetheless.  I miss B, the kids miss B, and being on vacation with a medically fragile infant makes for a little more trepidation than I'm used to when we're just hanging around our home.  While I'm pretty pumped to get back to KY, I am NOT looking forward to the 10 hour drive home.  Gah.  

Anyway, I just wanted to pop in superfast to let you know two things.  

First of all, my Christmas in July sale has been updated!  If you didn't know, I'll be changing out the sale every three days for the duration of July.  On sale now are my Interactive Notebooks! {They will continue to be on sale through Sunday, July 20, 2014.}

Save THREE BUCKS on my Interactive Vocabulary Notebook, which is - quite possibly - one of my most favorite resources EVER.  I cannot wait until Becks gets to use his!

There's also this apples and pumpkins Thematic Supplement for your Interactive Literacy Notebooks.  

And, this Thanksgiving Thematic Supplement, too!

The Flashback Freebies of the Day are...


Have a great day!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pretty Little Printables FREEBIE!

Today's FREEBIE is a printable of one of my favorite sayings!  

Click the pic to download your copy!


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Flashback Freebie #3!

My big girl has decided to not only learn to sit up, but also to get two new baby toofers (ah!) and a headful of sweet little baby curls while we're on vacation!  She's growing like crazy!  Something about this Michigan weather must be good for growing :)

Today's Flashback Freebie goes back to my days in First Grade!  Check it out!

Monster Mash Word Sort Freebie
{Originally published on September 6, 2012}

Let’s take a little trip back in time for a First Grade Throwback moment! 
I actually did this activity back in the fall of 2011 when we were studying beginning blends and apparently never got around to posting about it.  Anyway, I like to spice things up when it comes to spelling, so I made these little monsters that were hungry for words!  On the activity sheet, I indicated which words the monster was hungry for.  Then, the students wrote down 2 words for each blend on cards, and pasted them in the right place.  {If you wanted to, you could write the blends on the activity sheet and the word cards and the kiddos could be responsible for sorting them.  Whatever floats your boat. 
Then, we made the most darling monsters!  I mean, seriously, SO CUTE!
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Click on the pic below to download a *FREE* copy of the activity sheets and craftivity templates!
If you enjoy activities like this to accompany spelling or word work, be sure to check out Spelling for All Seasons Part 1!  It’s 110 pages of differentiated activity sheets that correspond to crafts for the upcoming seasons.  Check out the product description and the preview HERE if you’re interested!  {Oh, yeah…it’s on sale for 5 bucks until tomorrow, 9/7! }
Typically, I’d end a Thursday post with TGIalmostF…but I’ve yet to think that once all school year!  Seriously, I’m just going to eat up all this happy-sappy-I’m-in-love-with-my-job while I can!  Have a great day, and – for everyone else but me – TGIalmostF!!!!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Flashback Freebie #2 & A Sale!

It's ridiculously cold in Northern Michigan today.  I've been streaming a steady flow of hot coffee and enjoying my leggings again. #wardrobestaple  Faith is snoozin' and Becks is off with his cousins.  Seemed like the perfect opportunity to announce my Christmas in July sale and show you another Flashback Freebie!

Today through Thursday, you can snag all of my 'Assessment' products for 20% off in my TpT shop!  This includes my 20 Day Check Ups and Handwriting Packs!  

Click below to check it out!

And, now for a Flashback Freebie!

Kindergarten RTI

{Originally posted November 3, 2012}

****Freebie is at the bottom****

Happy Saturday, all!  I had a great week and my observation went smashingly.  Today, I’m going to break down my 30 minute lesson that I taught this past Monday.  I hope it will help y’all with your kinder babies :)
  As I’ve become more familiar with the purpose of RTI, I feel like I can be more intentional with my instruction and pack the most educational punch into 30 minutes that I can!  Seriously, I do A LOT with them in that brief amount of time, so get ready for a crazy, long post!
Here we go…
Common Core Standards Addressed:
CCSS ELA-Literacy RF.K.1d Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
CCSS ELA-Literacy RF.K.3a Demonstrate basic knowledge of letter-sound correspondence by producing the primary or most frequent sound for each consonant.
Here’s my kinder-crate, all ready to go…
Teacher-directed read-aloud for concepts of print and to model fluency (5 minutes)
I want my kiddos to LOVE reading, so I begin each session with a read-aloud. {Let’s be honest, I do this as much for myself as I do for the kids!  I LOVE CHILDREN’S LIT and have such a void in my life from not getting to share books with a whole class during read-aloud anymore!}  Plus, I think the vocabulary exposure for my ELL’s is imperative to their learning and speaking the English language.
I usually hand the book to a student upside down and backwards and ask them to then turn it the right way and find the front and back cover.  Then, we find the title, author, illustrator, and first page of the story.  We also note the difference between letters and words.
On Monday, I read Rhyming Dust Bunnies.  LOOOOOOOVE Jan Thomas!
Letter Recognition & Sound Correspondence Activities (15 minutes)
First, we use an ABC pocket chart and sing the alphabet chart.  I use a pointer and touch the letters as we sing. 
We move quickly into our kinesthetic alphabet.  I show a letter-picture page and the kids say the letter name and touch their head, say the letter sound and touch their shoulders, and say the picture name and touch their knees.  Keep in mind, we’re sitting down during our time together, and only do the letters we’ve learned so far.  This conserves time.
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Then, I review previously taught letters. 
Quickly, I flash upper- and lowercase cards and we say them aloud 1-2 times.  Then, I mix them up and put them in the hands of the students.  I start with asking, “Who has uppercase or capital A?”  The student puts the card down, and then  I ask, “Who has lowercase a"?”  We repeat this until all letters are matched.  {PS.  I can’t take pictures at school anymore, so Becks was my model!}
Next up, tactile letters!  I have a foam set and a fabric set.  Unfortunately, only in uppercase.  I pass them out to the students, tell them to trace the letter with their fingers, and say the letter aloud.  I call out letters and the students with the matching tactile letters place them next to the letter cards.
Then, it’s on to sound bottles!  I got this idea from Jessica Meacham {who is brilliant}.  She’s the first teaching website that I came upon a bazillion years ago.  Tons of great FREE activities!  {You can purchase the baby soda bottles at Steve Spangler Science HERE.}   Each bottle contains an item(s) that begins with a letter sound.
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We say the name of the object in the bottle and identify the letter it matches.
“Ant.  /a/ /a/ Ant.”
Then, it’s time to introduce the new letter of the week: Oo.  {In a later post, I’ll explain why I’m moving away from the sequential alphabet during RTI.}
I show them the new letter.  We say the letter, the sound, and each picture.  “O /o/ octopus. O /o/ ostrich.  O /o/ orange.”  Then, I pass around the tactile letters and the kids trace them with their fingers.
Onto the sound.  As I’m sure you know, KIDS LOVE FAKE MICROPHONES.  Teaching the /o/ sound is perfect for the microphone since singers often sing /ooooooooo/ anyway ;)  We talked about the shape our mouth makes when saying the letter sound, and, of course, I modeled.  Becks is demonstrating today, looking super classy in his oversized, camouflage NASCAR tee.
Leveled Reader (5 minutes)
Onto our mini-books.  This is a great time for students to personally get to experience a book and how it should be handled.  We quickly look at the pictures, identify words and letters, and then practice our one-to-one correspondence with – what else – witch fingers!
Formative Assessment {disguised as a “game”}  (5 min)
I am *obsessed* with Growing  Kinders’ AlphaHeroes Pack.  Sooooooo many great activities for the two standards mentioned about.  On Monday, my kids dabbed their way through a letter maze, identifying the letter Os.  If you don’t use dabbers, you should!  My kids adore anything that involves them!  Afterwards, I asked them what the letter O says and recorded it at the top.  This little activity let me see if the kids mastered their objectives: recognizing the letter O and associating the correct sound with it.
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Shooooooo! So, that’s Day 1 of RTI with my K-kiddos.  It changes each day and includes some new activities each day to keep my kids engaged, including those featured in my Kindergarten RTI packs found HERE and HERE or just click the pics below.
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And, for those of you who read this far, here’s a FREEBIE of letter cards – 3 sets included!
Just click on the pic!
I always aspire to come back and blog more than once a week, so I’m not making any promises, but here’s what’s on my agenda for upcoming posts…
- Alphabet Cards as Teaching Tools
- First Grade RTI: Phonemic Awareness {It’s almost done, first grade teachers!}
- K RTI: Numeracy {It’s in the works, promise!}
- Do the Math {intermediate math intervention}
Happy weekend, friends!!!!!