Saturday, April 7, 2018

Reading and Writing CVC Words: Part 2

Piggy-backing off of my first set of CVC Task Cards, I have created a second set to keep the novelty alive in your classroom :)  CVC Task Cards can be used in a variety of ways, and is an excellent tool for your CVC resource collection.  

You can use this resource as a scoot game, a writing center or word work station, a read and write the room activity, an assessment for progress monitoring, an early finisher bucket activity, to build speech, vocabulary, or phoneme segmentation, or as an intervention tool with a tutor.

To scaffold the students independence, I begin the lesson by reviewing the 24 picture cards. This is a great way to build vocabulary, too!  For example, when showing them the "cot" picture card, several students called out "bed".  Rather than correcting them, I encouraged them to think of types of beds.  After hearing bed, mat, and mattress, another student shouted out "cot".  This left us an opportunity to talk about what a cot is, and places we might see cots.

After making sure the students know what the pictures are, I then pull a couple cards to practice phoneme segmentation, breaking apart the sounds in the words.  We then do a shared writing activity, modeling how to write the CVC word independently.  

For my first grade intervention group, I chose to use these as a scoot game. Although scoot games are traditionally thought of for a whole class activity, I find it to work great in a small group, as well.

After each student gets a recording sheet, I then give each student one CVC card.  They write the CVC word in the corresponding space (there is a number in the top-left of the CVC cards, and each space on the recording sheet is numbered).

In a small group, I can easily monitor who needs additional help or extra time.  Once they write their word, I then say "scoot", and they pass their card to the person sitting next to them.

After getting making it through a round, I then collect the cards, and give them new cards - repeating that until they've written the 24 CVC words.

To store this resource, I like to keep the recording sheets and the CVC cards in a clear container.  This is a great way to leave it as a center, as well.  The kids can simply get a recording sheet, and go through the CVC cards at their own pace.

Add this resource to your collection, by clicking  HERE to purchase CVC Task Cards: Set 2.  

Friday, April 6, 2018

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Puntucation Marks

How often do you pick up a students writing journal and find a page of wonderful thoughts ran together into one long sentence? Or, when listening to students read, do you find they are lacking expression and fluency?  As an academic skills tutor, I see this all too often.  Many students need reinforcement with punctuation when reading and writing.

 To help reinforce this concept, I created these Punctuation Task Cards and Printable Worksheets.

 The task cards were created as an interactive activity.  They can be used as scoot cards for a whole class activity, left in a center or a writing station, as an intervention tool in small groups or guided reading, or set up as a read and write the room activity.  

Students read the short sentence, and write the correct punctuation mark on their recording sheet.  When working with my kindergarten students, I like to read the sentence aloud, emphasizing expression in my voice. 

During the first half of the year, I also read the cards to my first grade intervention groups. I choose to do this because I want the focus to be on punctuation, not on trying to sound out words while reading a short sentence.

My second grade intervention group reads the cards independently, and writes the punctuation marks on their recording sheet.  Rather than being teacher led, they enjoying using the task cards as a scoot game.

You can download the Punctuation Task Cards, HERE

As a follow-up to the task card activities, I check the students understanding of punctuation marks with these Printable Worksheets.

The printable worksheets are great for assessments and progress monitoring, homework, morning work, a review activity for tutors, and whole class lessons.

You can download this 5 page resource, HERE

What are some of your favorite ways to practice punctuation with the kiddos?  I'd love to read your ideas in the comments below.  

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Making Words: Plants and Flowers

Over the past couple of weeks, my Flowers and Plants Vocabulary Cards  have been selling quickly.  With that in mind, I thought I'd share with you all a hidden gem in my store: Making Words Flowers and Plants.

Similar to the Spring resource I recently blogged about, this Making Words: Flowers and Plants edition also includes illustrated vocabulary cards and 10 no-prep worksheets.

Whether for small groups, whole class, or left out as a writing center, Making Words can easily be modified to meet the needs of your students.

For example, some students need reinforcement on transferring print, letter identification, and letter formation.  For these kiddos, I would have them write just the word. 

Whereas, kiddos who need the challenge to work on writing concepts, I would have them produce and write a sentence using the focus word at the top.

First, the kiddos cut out the scrambled letter tiles at the bottom of the page.

Next, they glue the letter tiles down to BUILD the word at the top of the page. After building the word, they either write the word or a sentence, and DRAW a matching illustration.

Here is an example where the student wanted to use the illustrated word card as a reference when drawing his illustration.

 These illustrated word cards are also great for a pocket chart display left nearby a the Making Words center.

When done, they can self-check their work by checking off each section (at the top of the page), including BUILD, WRITE, and ILLUSTRATE.  This could also be an area for you to mark their effort in each skill. 

You can download Making Words: Flowers and Plants HERE

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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.)

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(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! 

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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!