Thursday, March 9, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Centers, Flashcards, and Worksheets

From shamrock flashcards, to building poems about funny leprechauns and searching for sight words, your kiddos will feel lucky to be a part of your class after doing these St. Patrick's Day centers and activities. 

Build letter recognition, match capital to lowercase, or use for assessments, word building activities, and letter-sound correspondence. Better yet, give the kiddos their own set of Alphabet Cards or Number Cards as a St. Patrick's Day treat left behind by that sneaky leprechaun. :)

These 5 Sight Word worksheets will get you through the week of St. Patrick's Day. Use one a day as morning work, homework, in centers, as a partner read activity, assessments, or during reading groups.  Students will track the print, searching for and circling the focus sight word printed at the top of the page.

Your emergent readers will love these 5 St. Patrick's Day poems! Use as songs, poem of the day, in poetry notebooks, readers theater, and guided reading groups.

After you recite the poems, they become eager to Build a Poem in this interactive pocket chart center. This is the type of pocket chart center the kids WANT to go back to, over and over. There is a Build a Poem for each of the 5 St. Patrick's Day Poems, including I'm a Little Shamrock, Five Little Leprechauns, Happy St. Patrick's Day, Leprechaun Stew, and I'm a Little Leprechaun.

Next, you can get your active kiddos up and engaged in this interactive Read and Write the Room center, or scoot activity.  Leveled Recording Sheets and Cards included for easy differentiation.

This no-prep Making Words writing center is no-prep for you, and engaging for the! Students cut and paste letter tiles to build and illustrate a vocabulary word on each page. March vocabulary words include: gold, black pot, rainbow, shamrock, green hat, leprechaun, lion, and lamb.

If your students need a challenge, have them write a sentence using the word.

Get your writing center ready for the inspirations topics inspired by St. Patrick's Day.  Print and leave these St. Patrick's Day Vocabulary Cards in a center, or hang on a focus wall.

Keep track of homework, behaviors, goal setting, and provide positive reinforcement with these Shamrock and Rainbow Sticker Charts

It's your LUCKY day :) Click on the picture below to enjoy a FREE St.Patrick's Day math worksheet.

Thank you for swinging by to check out these engaging activities, centers, flashcards, and more that you can do with your kiddos the throughout the month of March.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

5 Spring Poems for Kids

It's the first day of March, and I awoke to the sound of thunderstorms and tornado sirens.  Needless to say, March is coming in like a lion.  Believe it or not, we will end the night with snow.  This up and down weather is a sure sign Spring is on it's way.  Before we know it, we'll be hearing the chirps of baby birds, digging through mud to find worms, jumping in rain puddles, and planting flowers. 

Get the kiddos ready and engaged in the seasonal changes with these 5 Spring Poems for Kids.

Sung to the tune of "Frere Jacques", Spring is Here is great for choral reading, is simple and short, and can easily incorporate movement for retelling.

Springtime is great for introducing after having a student-led discussion about the signs of Spring.

Review sight words and verbs with this adorable poem, simply named Spring.

A Little Seed has been my go-to poem when introducing plants and flowers.

Five Little Flowers has endless learning opportunities, such as color words, sight words, number words, sequencing, expression, and fluency.

Download all 5 poems for one low price, HERE

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Starbucks and TPT

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Myself and other teacher-authors have joined up with Kelly Malloy to bring you this wonderful giveaway!

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Sharing the TPT Love with a Giveaway

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

5 St. Patrick's Day Poems for Kids

It's your lucky day! Here are 5 St. Patrick's Day poems that will engage your kiddos in reading while laughing about silly leprechauns, lucky shamrocks, and delicious leprechaun stew.

You can use these poems for poetry notebooks, poem of the day, mini-lessons for reading strategies and fluency, letter and sight word hunts, and reciting to build language!

Five Little Leprechauns is excellent for sequencing and rhyming skills!

Happy St. Patrick's Day is great for reading, and singing along to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot", just before doing a coin hunt around the room!

Can you catch the tiniest man you've ever seen? "I'm a Little Leprechaun" is great to read before going on a hunt around the school to find the tiniest man you're ever seen :) While out searching, arrange for a coworker to sneak in a leave a golden treat (rolos) on the kids' desks!

Do you have the luck to find a little shamrock?

Whatever you do, don't give away my Leprechaun Stew!  Have the kiddos predict, generate a list of ingredients, and share their own recipe for leprechaun stew.

Download each poem individually, or save with this 5 St. Patrick's Day Poems Bundle!

You can find poems for all seasons and holidays, HERE.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Valentine's Day Blog Hop

Welcome! I'm so happy you hopped on over to my blog.  Ready to share the love, Crazy Daisies, and a group of amazing teacher authors, are bringing you freebies, sales, and a TPT gift card giveaway!

The Crazy Daisies is part educational resources, part clip art! We’re putting our heads together to make learning fun for our students and YOURS.

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By our powers combined, we wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day with free valentines featuring Jodilyn’s art and Amanda’s witty puns.

Before grabbing your freebie and entering the GIVEAWAY, you may be interested in my newest and top-selling Valentine's resources.

Great for poetry notebooks, poem of the day, readers theater, fluency mini-lessons, and bulletin board displays, here is a collection of 5 Valentine Poems for Kids.

Do your kiddos love to get up and move around the room? If so, this Read and Write the Room center is just what you need to go along with your Valentine's lessons. 

Simply choose a level, post the picture cards around the room, and the students become eager to record the words on their record sheet. Great for visual and kinesthetic learners.

Review numbers and counting skills with these Valentine Math Worksheets, Numbers to 10.  Kiddos will count, write the number, and color a set of Valentine themed pictures.

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Read and Write the Room: The Mitten

Based on the popular children's book, The Mitten, written by Jan Brett, this Read and Write the Room center promotes reading and writing skills for active learners.  With leveled cards and recording sheets, differentiation is a breeze! Here's a look at how I implement the resources that come with Read and Write the Room: The Mitten.

After reading aloud the story, I create a list or graphic organizer on large chart paper, recording as students dictate characters they recall from the story.  Next, I display the character cards in a pocket chart, and the students sequence them based on the order they appeared throughout the story. 

The following day, students complete the Read and Write the Room activity. Depending on the students' ability level, I tape either level 1 or level 2 character cards all around the room. 

Level 1 is for emergent writers that need practice with letter formation and concepts of print.  The cards have the word printed below the picture, and the recording sheet has character graphics that match the cards.  Students search for the cards around the room, match them to the pictures on their recording sheet, and transfer (copy) the word on the space provided. 

Level 2 reinforces inventive spelling and initial sounds.  The cards have ONLY a picture, and the recording sheet has letters to represent the beginning sounds of the characters. Students identify the letter on their recording sheet, search for the character card that starts with that sound, and uses inventive spelling to write the word on the space provided.

After completing the Read and Write the Room activity, I place the Level 1 character cards in a writing center for the duration of our Mitten lessons.

Depending on the scope and sequence of your lesson, you may also be interested in Making Words and Building Sentences center activities for The Mitten.

Download your Read and Write the Room:
The Mitten leveled center activity, HERE.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Reading and Writing CVC Words

Get your kiddos engaged in reading and writing with these CVC Task Cards.  Whether as a small-group independent center activity, a whole-class scoot game, or as an intervention resource, these CVC Task Cards will build fluency, segmenting, letter-sound correspondence, and letter writing. 

Before getting started, present the picture cards to the students to clarify any uncertainty.  For example, when I first showed the picture of a can, students called it "soda". Therefore, we had to clarify that we're calling it a "can" for the purpose of the game. 

24 colorful picture cards, each numbered in the top right corner, are included. Keep all of your task cards in a zippered binder pouch, or zip-loc baggy, to stay organized.

Using the recording sheet included, students write the CVC word in the numbered box that corresponds with the number on the task card.  

You will notice a large yellow sun on the title card, which matches the sun graphic on top, right, of the recording sheet.  This helps to keep this task card set from getting mixed up with others. 

Rather than focusing on a single word family, this activity has a variety of CVC combinations.  You will get a clear representation of their letter-sound correspondence, letter writing, and segmenting beginning, middle, and ending sounds of a word.

Download HERE to get your students engaged in reading and writing with these CVC Task Cards.