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Thursday, October 2, 2014

What Are We Up To---Our Week Review

For those of you that weren't aware, I have moved to a Title One position. It is taking a while to feel like I'm in my groove--and actually I am still not in full swing "I know what I'm doing mode"..heck,  I'll be honest, I have NO clue what I'm doing, but I'm working hard and so are my kiddos.

Let's start off with my first group of the day.
This week our phonics focus is Long A, silent E. 
I started out with a pretest on mixed short a/long a silent e words. 
I decided that I should keep a record of their work that they are doing with me for data purposes 
(and possible referral and SSMT process.) Therefor I made a pre and posttest page. 

After we had our pretest, we viewed the correct spelling of the words. 
We talked about silent E (mean E) etc.  We made mean E. (A meanie because he pinches the vowels--he's a bully) We cut apart this fabulous clipart *chuckle* (made by yours truly lol) and glued him to a craft stick.  We practiced reading words with short sounds, and then placed the E on them and read them while screaming out the letter A when we read the word. 
 Example:  rAke (they shouted the A) 
Want my silly Mean Es?  Click Mean E for craft stick-First Grade and Fabulous

Then  I thought since I'm keeping a record of their work, 
why not try to do a few interactive notebook pages
 (something that I'm not too familiar with making/creating, but let's see how it works for my kiddos)
Again, we reviewed that A makes two sounds.
We glued our Short A and Long A headers in our folder.
*Note our pretest is at the beginning of our folder, on the other side of the Short A page*
Then I gave them our boxes to write on.

 We wrote our words and used a different color for our vowels.  
Then sorted the words between long a and short a.
Then I gave them the pictures. 
They had to read the words that we had just written and discussed and match the picture with the word.  After I checked them, they were allowed to glue them down under the correct flap.
If you are interested in trying this with your littles, click HERE to download my "interactive pages"

As the week went on, we practiced a roll and read activity.  We roll a big die cube, and practice reading the words that correspond with the number we rolled.
Roll and Read-First Grade and Fabulous
Click the image above to get your own Freebie Roll and Read.

And we also worked on pages from my Reading Detective pack.
Click above to see this on TpT.

I had the students highlight the words that had the same sound as in snake (as marked on the paper.)
Click above to get a copy of this page. 
 But as I saw that I had a few that could do this independently, I also saw that I had a few struggling.
 *Note we fixed the word math after discussing that there was no helper for the a*
I then handed them those lovely aquarium stones from the Dollar Tree. 
 I gave them the amount they needed for each line we were working on.  
That seemed to help them too.

There's something about this E that gets my kiddos!! 
So what else are some of my little ones working on?
We have been reviewing our letter and letter sounds to build fluency.  We roll a big cube, practicing reading the letters in the row that corresponds with the number rolled, and then we go back and say the sounds in the same row.   *I use AimsWeb to assess
 (that is why you see capitals--but we will switch it up next week to lowercase)
They seem to like this little Roll and Read. 
If you are interested in the Roll and Read FREEBIE, click on its image.
Roll and Read--Letters/Sounds
We've also worked on rhyming words/word families.

 Click the pictures above to see these activities and more on TpT.

In math, both groups have been working on addition, adding to ten and part/part whole.

During lunch today, I decided I wanted to change around my lesson, so I created these two pages.
Thank goodness for My Cute Graphics to help pretty up my printable pages today.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3D5Bsh09DJKQjJwdkJITFZOTGs/view?usp=sharingFirst Grade and Fabulous addition pages

If you like these math pages, you can click the pages above to grab you a couple freebies.



  1. DeAnne, it all looks great!! Thanks for the freebies! It takes a while to find a rhythm with this job. You have to give yourself time to figure out how you are going to structure your (short) time with the students each day to catch up on missing skills and propel them forward. It looks to me that you have gotten off to a great start!
    Conversations in Literacy

  2. Love all these fantastic ideas! Thanks so much for sharing. We start silent e in a few weeks, the roll and read activity will be great practice for that sound. From what I have seen and read, you seem to be on the right track with your kiddos. Keep your chin up and just do what you know is best. You are awesome!

    An Apple a Day in First Grade

  3. You just helped me to wake up! It is so difficult both for students and teachers to start a new school year as we still relaxed. So I look through essays help services to get ideas for my reports and I have found this blog which has so many ideas. Now I am eager to use most of them and I am sure that my kids will also love it. You know, I admire such creative people and it is fantastic that you share your experience with us.

  4. Thank you so much for all the freebies! I love them all!


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