Sunday, July 13, 2014

Phoneme Substitution Activity-with Dollar Tree Resources

We all know that I LOVE Dollar Tree.  I can't go in without finding something to use, or coming out with something and trying to find a way to use it.  *Side note:  Dollar Tree is supposed to save me money, right?  I don't think I "save" when I go in! ;)  Moving on....

This week, I popped in and found these great little trays.
I thought how PERFECT for CVC words for small group. 
 Each section has a compartment for practicing segmenting and blending the words.  
We also use Fundations in my building.  
This is a GREAT way to get my students to tap out the words, and hearing the sounds as they tap out. 

After purchasing this, I thought why not make a mini-lesson/station activity to keep reinforcing the skills that my students have a hard time with. I came up with this.
 This pack only focuses on beginning and ending sound substitution using the medial vowel a.
Also included in this pack are the glued sounds of -am and -an.  The nasal sounds are hard for my students to distinguish, so they are included at the end of the pack.

What the student will do:
Students will study the first picture and state what letter needs to be changed to create the next picture.  I like to ask if it is the beginning of the word, what letter needs to be changed, and what the new letter should be. This activity should be done orally, but I also like to encourage the use of manipulative letters for spelling as well. 

How to Prep the Activities:
The activities are very easy to prep.  
They are great for mini-lessons, reviews, and then you can place the cards
 at a work station for independent use.
First print out the pages from the activity.  
Laminate, if desired, for durability and longevity.

Cut the strips apart lengthwise, but leave the word intact. 

Fold the word under and clip it with a clothespin.
This allows a self-checking station for students.

When placing at a station, you could even use the plastic trays that look like the image below.
Letter tiles, letter cards, or magnetic letters can be used to build the words.

Now, it has been a LONG time since I've video taped myself with a lesson.
(I hate being watched in the classroom...when my principals have asked if they could have someone observe me...I usually just smile at them and shake my head no really fast lol  I FREEZE up and everything when I'm observed)
I also had to beg my son to help me out with it as well--
and to pretend that he was a K or firstie in this lesson.
And I was nervous the whole time (as I kept repeating myself), but I thought a video may be helpful on how to use the Dollar Tree divide trays with the letter tiles and suggestions for the mini-lessons.

But here goes:
If you're interested in trying out this activity, click the image below to download it for FREE on TpT!
Phoneme Substitution-First Grade and Fabulus

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Summer and Review

We, as teachers, know the importance of reviewing with our children.  My son doesn't realize how lucky he is that mommy is prepping him for that silly state test he has to take next year.  I truly believe he will do well, but he is NOT wanting to do school work at all.  I don't blame him.  I was a kid once....many years ago...but I was a kid.  I think that's hard for him to believe. ;)

He thinks he's supposed to stay in PJs, fix breakfast, play on the computer, watch a little TV, play on the Wii or Playstation, eat an early lunch, put on swimming trunks, swim for a little bit, come back in, shower, eat, and repeat.  Sounds like a plan--but no. I've told him to get up, make the bed, get dressed, eat breakfast--you know all the "grown up things."  Now he goes to bed at night and says "Are we going anywhere?"  Because if not---he seems to think it's silly to get out of PJs if he is going to be swimming later.  Maybe he thinks he's saving on the laundry...I don't know?

Anyway--I've been working with him--but then my friend, a K teacher, asked if I'd help her son
that's going into 2nd grade.  (What is it with teachers and making their kids work, right?)
Her son is bright, but she wanted to make sure he understood regrouping before going into 2nd grade.  I began tutoring him.  The first day I quizzed and assessed.  He knew his math facts.  We reviewed counting by 10s from any number (4, 14, 24, 34, etc). 

We worked on adding sets of tens to a number in picture form, using a hundred chart,
 mental math, etc.  Then we went to regrouping.  He did great.

I just wanted to share a few things that we worked on.
Because this was for tutoring, it's a very small sample.  

His mom stayed with me as I worked with him.  
She enjoyed the lesson, I think.  

*Side note, I had an interview this same day.  She told me I should've taped the lesson 
to show at my interview.  I didn't, of course.  But I did take a sample of this with me in my portfolio. 
The principal took it out of the sheet protectors and asked questions about how to use it.
I think that was a good thing that he was interested. :)  Plus side, it even had student work on it because I literally took the same things we were working on for tutoring.  I explained that to the principal too.  I hope that's a good thing? ;)

As we were finishing up our lesson for the day, I showed him that he could do his own math problems at home just using what he had around the house.  

* Using dice, roll two dice and create a two-digit number. 
(Let's say we roll a 5 and a 6.  We can make 56 or 65.  Either number is fine.)
Write the number down.  Repeat.
Add the two numbers together.

*Using a deck of cards, flip over two and create a two-digit number.
(The Kings, Queens and Jacks can be removed OR you can count them as a ten for higher level thinking.  Aces are worth one. If you flip over a 4 and a 9, you can create 49 or 94.)
Write the number down.  Repeat.
Add the two numbers together.

*Using a set of dominoes, choose a domino and create a two-digit number.
(For example, you draw a domino that has a 6 on one side and a 1 on the other.  
You can create the number 61 or 16.)
Write the number down.  Repeat.
Add the two numbers together.

This provides practice for the student on writing the math problems 
and aligning them in the tens and ones place. 

If you're interested in the activities above, the center type games, you can click on the image below.
Summer Fun and Review
Thanks to Melonheadz, Maree Trulove, and the Bubbly Blonde 
for the cute graphics in this little freebie.  

*The cover pic is my own little guy---goodness, he's not so little anymore. 
Where does the time go?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Dollar Tree Finds and Suggestions for Use

I'm a Dollar Tree junkie.  I'm a Target Dollar Spot addict. 
If I can find a few things here and there and use them in the classroom
I'm all for it.  It fits my budget well.  
Then I can also share the ideas I'm using with parents.
 It also fits their budget well.

Last night, I shared this picture on FB.  You can tell I'm a tad bit of a junkie.
 Sometimes I have ideas in my head when I see things in Dollar Tree, but lots of times I'm an impulse buyer.  I buy, bring it home, and it sits in the closet until something pops in my head.  

So how am I planning on using the things above?

Let's start with the ice cube tray. They were 2/$1 and in a variety of colors. 

 I purchased one set to make sure I could cut through it without a lot of breaking. 
Sure enough, just sharp scissors worked (though I'm sure you could use a knife just fine too)
I cut off the end so that there were only five cubes left on the top and bottom rows.  
I didn't want little fingers or hands to get hurt from where plastic was cut, so I used some tape I had around the house.  I think the tape came from Walmart, but I have had it for about a year. Luckily, everything I have is turquoise so it all matches :)
I lined the edges all the way around to keep it uniform. 
 When you're finished, you have a perfect manipulative for little hands.
The pom poms used above as a manipulative also came from dollar tree.  :)

Next up, the roller and ink pad.
Nothing fancy here, but it helps with one-on-one correspondence, 
addition with a picture, and fine motor skills.

Simply have the student roll the roller around in a stamp pad (or you can use paint) 
and roll onto white paper. 
The image above shows an addition problem with the roller.
It could also be used for just number writing.  Roll and count.  Write the number.

Along the same concept, using the stamp pad, a die, and white paper you can create addition problems, or multiplication problems.
 If you're using this for a center activity for number recognition/one-on-one correspondence, 
you could use one of the activities below.
Number Stamp It--First Grade and Fabulous
 In this activity, students will match the pips (dots) on their die to the corresponding number.
Number Stamp It--First Grade and Fabulous
 In this activity, students will match the dots to the like image.

You can grab yourself a copy of the above activities by clicking on the images. 
 Both activities are in the same download.

While I'm talking about using dice, let's move on to storing and holding student's accountable.
See those little storage containers?  They are just the right size for holding one die. They aren't big enough to shake the die in unfortunately, though.
If you assign numbers to your students, each student is responsible for their die. 
Then when you're cleaning up, you know quickly who still needs to turn it in.
**I know sometimes you need more than one die, so they sell bigger lidded containers at the dollar tree too.  You can use the same concept by placing two dice in, and numbering them.  The bigger containers can also be "shakers." 

One more dice activity.  This one also uses bingo daubers, or markers.
Students will roll the die, find that corresponding number onto their paper and color it in.
With the possibility of me teaching Kindergarten this year, I left it as simple 1-6 number recognition.
If you would like a copy of the activity above, you can click on the image below.
Number Recognition-First Grade and Fabulous
In the picture below we have a windmill and cleaning pads from Dollar Tree.
The Dry Erase Board was from Target, though Dollar Tree does carry them.
I just added a Dry Erase marker and a plastic bag that I had around the house for this activity.
 First, a storage suggestion....the little cleaning pads from Dollar Tree, inside a baggie with your dry erase marker makes for quick distribution and clean up during small group time.

 Using a Sharpie, program your windmill.  This can be with letters, sight words, rhyming words, math facts, numbers, etc.--basically whatever skill your students need.
 For this picture, I labeled it with capital letters.  Students will spin the windmill and write the letter that spins back to the top onto the dry erase board.  No paper--but hands on and practice.  You could differentiate it with having capital letters on the windmill and they have to write the lower case letter, or vice versa.
 Here I programed it with sight words. 
 Then they will write the sight word onto the dry erase board.  You could use spelling words as well.
You could also differentiate it and ask them to write a sentence using the word they landed.
Again, no paper. :) 

**Little cleaning tip---I used the same windmill for both of these pictures.
I found that eye make up remover works well for removing permanent marker.
A simple plastic chips/dip tray---
PERFECT for sorting for little hands.
Simply use a permanent marker to program the tray with the skills you are working on.
For example, you can program with letters and have them sort their letters.
Place the cards for sorting in the center, or they can each have their own baggy of letters.
You can use a variety of fonts for exposure should you choose. 
 Another suggestion is programming the tray with word families.
Students can sort the words by family.
This one is programmed with -at, -an, -ag, and -ad.

Anything that you can use for sorting, you could use this tray for.
Other examples may be numbers or math facts.  They can sort number for number recognition.
Program the tray with numbers, and they can match up like numbers. On the same concept, you can differentiate it by having them match math facts to the corresponding sums/differences.
**Again, this can be cleaned off and reprogrammed easily. 

The next little activity uses a big swatter.
I saw this, and had to have it. Nothing fancy--but a fun idea in the making.
It's big, but for a floor game for littles, it's perfect.
Simply program bug cards (using an Ellison cut machine or clip art)
with the skill you're wanting to work on --Sight words, number recognition, place value--again the possibilities are endless. Tape the card to the floor.  Call out the word (or the skill you're wanting them to find) and have them swat it.  This is good for small group, and one-on-one tutoring.
Nothing fancy with this idea either.
Just simple $1 cut outs from the Dollar Tree.
Who would've thought I'd choose the junk food one, huh? ;)

 Sometimes I am at small group, and an idea hits me. 
I want to do a quick matching game for my kiddos--and using index cards 
(because that's what I have in my reading tub) gets boring.  How perfect to keep these on hand.
Or even still---printer ink gets expensive.  I can laminate these and reuse them if I want--and just program them with different skill sets for matching.  Here are a few examples.
 Capital to lower case (F/f) , sight word match up (can/can), opposites (up/down)
 Number to picture (1, .) rhyming words (man/tan)
Picture to word (hat), or standard form to word form (one/1)

Just nice to keep them on hand for those "moments."

Another quick, but cheap activity--
These cute little frogs, again from Dollar Tree, make for a quick and fun assessment check.
 Simply cut through the mouth of the frog to create a wide enough slit to slip a card through.
Students will feed the little frog with the skill that you call out.
For example, on the cupcake above there is a cat.
I could have asked students to feed all the words beginning with the /c/ sound to the frog, or words that are animals, or find rhyming words for bat, etc.

Here is a picture of suggestions.  I choose to use cupcakes--imagine that--but you could just print it out on index cards, or choose your own clip art (flies, cake, pie, etc)
You could use word families, numbers, beginning sounds, vowel sounds, 
ending sounds, capital letters, picture sorts for vocab, etc.  
Use the skills that you are working on in your classroom or small group.

While I'm talking about quick checks and assessing, I'm going to end the post with the Parking Lot Activity.  I'm not the originator of this idea, I'm really not sure where it first came from.  I just know that it is fun and a quick way to check your students.  Here's what you need.
 A simple game board and little toy cars.  
The game board I made and the toy cars are from the Dollar Tree.
You can make the game board bigger by using poster board, 
but for small group, I prefer using a sheet of paper. 

How to play:
Program the game board with the skill you are working on.
You will call out a letter, number, word, etc.  
Students will drive their car to what you called out and "park" on that space.   
**Notice I left the game board blank.  That way I could reuse it to show examples.
 (You could also slide it into sheet protectors, but if being used in small group, it may be just as easy to print out one and program it.  Then copy to make a set.)
I slid it into a sheet protector
 And then wrote over top.  
In the image below, students would be working on lower case recognition.
 I would call out a lower case letter, and they would drive their cars to that letter and "park."
 This provides for a quick check.  It could be used one-on-one or in small group.
If played in small group, each player will need a game board and little toy car.

You could also use this activity for number recognition.
 Math Facts
 Or a variety of other skills that you use in your classroom.
I love that this is a fun way to keep my kiddos engaged, especially my boys. :)

If you would like your own copy, click the image below.
First Grade and Fabulous-Parking Lot Game

Big Shout out for my graphics to Pink Cat Studio, Bubbly Borders and More, 
Melonheadz, and Whimsy Clips.  Thank you ladies! :)

I hope you've enjoyed these little suggestions.
Nothing fancy--but quick, fast, cheap and easy for the teacher makes for a little less stress! :)

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