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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Phonics Woes---and a freebie

Are you as ready for summer vacation as I am?  I'm ready for Disney, the beach, warm weather, camping---heck, I'd be happy for just a LONG NAP! :)  This has been one wild ride this school year, and frankly, I'm pooped. 

We keep pushing and pushing kids and some just aren't there yet.  I don't get it.  We are told to differentiate our instruction (I said told, because I was never taught to do that technically) and yet all of our students take the same  test in the end. 

With my kiddos, and our teacher evaluation tool, we are using Star Report.  Does it show growth?  I hope----is the test based off of what I'm teaching my kiddos, no.  I'll just get off my little soap box for now---I mean I may be deemed an ineffective teacher at the end of this school year due to growth reports, but I'm going to teach what my kiddos need to make them successful.  

..with that said, some of my kiddos still need help with long vowel/silent e.  This group of kids have come a long way from pre-primers with no one-on-one correspondence to reading level 8-9 books.  I'm very proud of them as many don't have support at home.  This is my kiddos rockin' it on their own!!!    So I want to make everything we do as fun for them to make them keep rockin it out.  
Here's a new game I am going to introduce to them tomorrow. 
 (I saw a similar idea months back, but have never introduced it to my class.)

 This game is to review silent e words, but they have to race against the rabbit. 

Students will get a game board. Word cards, and cut-up rabbit image cards will be put in a pile.  Students will select a card on their turn, and read the card.  If the card is on their game board, they put it on top of the matching word. If not, it gets returned to the pile.  If they draw an image card, they put it on top of the matching image.  The object is to get their game board filled before the rabbit image is complete.  

Other stations my angels are working on this week are in this pack---
Bring on Spring

They've really enjoyed the Read and Cover game.  

Other things we are enjoying lately:
We are continuing to increase our number sense.  

OHHH And we have BEEN LOVING our Riddles.  These have been used for reading groups too--we've worked on hunking and chunking our unknown words.  So many of my students want to give up when they don't know the word, but they are LOVING this. (I have to admit, I am too!)

Okay if you've made it this far, I want to share the Race the Rabbit game. Directions are included in the FREE download.  You can grab a copy by clicking on the image below. I also know that not everyone has firsties struggling with silent e, so I did add two editable pages so you can add your own words (phonics based, or sight---or EVEN math facts!) :)

You can grab an an editable version by clicking the underlined words.
All you need to do is add text boxes and type in your words! :)

Have a super week! :)


  1. So cute; thank you! What's the name of the font you used in the teacher directions? Silly question, but I love it!

  2. Thank you for sharing. My kinders will love playing this game!

  3. Thanks for sharing! I'm going to try the long vowel activity. Like you, I feel some of my kids just aren't there yet and there's little help at home. I'm excited about sharing this new activity with them!

  4. What a great find on my lunch hour! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity and this activity. I agree; this will be a fun, helpful tool for some of my kiddos.

  5. Thank you for such a cute game! I know my class will have fun with this next week.


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