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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

My Days in Pictures

I'm guilty of taking pictures and rarely blogging about them.  I used to blog and rarely take pictures.  One of these years, I will get the hang of doing both together! :)  I do share on IG or FB--it just seems so much easier sometimes! :)   Anyway, for now, here is what I've been up to in my little classroom world.  I thought I'd share some of the fun things my kiddos have been working on, and what I've been working on. Keep in mind my groups are only about 15 minutes a piece, back to back--ALL DAY LONG!  Sometimes I think the games are played so that I don't lose my focus! :)

 First, have you ever had to have a sub for PDs or in my case, a sick child? (I hate not having family local that can help--but that's another story.)  Planning can be such a pain, especially when you haven't quite go a handle on your routine yourself.  I stick things in a tub---seriously.  A dish tub holds my activities for the day.  Last year I used a basket, but I service more kids this year, so I needed to use something bigger.  My subs always comment on my organizational skills.  Really?  I thought every teacher was a bit anal and OCD like me.  I place the day's activities by group/time in the basket.  I use sticky notes if there's something special I need them to attend to with a group or student.  I give directions on how to get to each teacher's room from my room.  I guess I'm a bit over the top, but I think it is appreciated.  I know that I would want my day to be laid out for me if I were in their place. It surely can't be easy to hear, "That's not how "so and so" does it. "  AND--I know that kids do say those things.  I heard it when I tried to teach my own homeroom art one time.  Let's face it---I am SOO not an artist!  :) 

 While on the topic of organizing, do you own my All Sorts of Sorts? 
Click image cover below to see it on TpT.
All Sorts of Sorts

Even if you don't own this pack, you can use this idea with other activities as well.
Since I'm working with several different groups/skill levels and back to back throughout the day, I needed a way to keep my activities right at my fingertips.  I took all my skill cards, and placed them by vowel sound, word family, etc.  and place them inside a baseball sheet protector. Then I place the page protectors and stuck them in a binder (and they are in my tub---I use my tub for myself too--not just my subs.  Okay, I'm a tad bit over the top when it comes to the whole neat factor!) ;)  This has worked great for me because if I want to review various vowel sounds, or just have them practice CvC words with one vowel, they are right there at my fingertips and I can change them as I need to for each group.  

The baseball sheet protectors I used came from Amazon. 
Here's a link if you want to check them out. 

I have also found keeping my fluency reads in a binder creates a quick way to check for sight words in text.  Students can ring words with wikki sticks which they love to do.  They can use the pages and track print without me getting syrupy fingers (oh how I love breakfast being brought to the resource room!) all over our reading binder! 
By the way, these were such a hit and I had students mastering their sight word checks that I have now created the primer word list reads.  Check out both sets by clicking on the images below or click HERE.

Fluency Reads-Preprimer Words

Fluency Reads-Primer Words

Earlier this fall, we worked on CvC words, real vs. nonsense words, and spacing between words and sentences.  The little apple activity can be found HERE

 But the book Hop on Pop, something I never noticed before, was how great it is to use for spacing.

 I read through the word list super fast and the kids thought I was crazy.  They could hear some sight words, they could see some sight words, but it didn't make sense to them.  Insert---the spaces!  Yep, it registered!  SWEET!  And I just grabbed that idea from the air as I was reading the last page.  Those spur of the moment lessons, not on the plans---they tend to be the best, don't you think?
 See this great little activity above?  One of my groups was having a hard time with hearing the ending sound of our CvC words.  I took out a 3 compartment tray (thank you Dollar tree) and we tapped out the sounds.  I dropped the bean bag into the last compartment as we tapped it out so they could visually see and hear what we were producing at the end.  This helped them with those tricky ending sounds. Like the station activity?  Click the link below--it will take you straight to Lakeshore's website. 

 Other groups worked on building CvC words. 
We used activities from these packs. You can click on either cover below to check it out on TpT.
At word pack-first grade and fabulous
An Word Family-First Grade and Fabulous

The phoneme substitution activity came in handy as an easy transition to learning how to do my
Making Words activities.

The phoneme substitution ctivity is a freebie on TPT.
You can check it out by clicking on the image below. 

Phoneme Substitution Freebie--First Grade and Fabulous
I have plans to create more of these activities to help my students in stations with making words. :)

 As some groups were able to read CvC words, we began using them in cloze activities.
 You can find this activity in the Fun Phonics pack.  
I have also placed these in sheet protectors and just reused with other groups.  
The kids like them when the realize how quickly they can read the word family words at the top. 
You can download a sample from the pack below on TPT by clicking on the image. 
Fun Phonics-First Grade and Fabulous

 I wanted to increase vocabulary within writing with one of my groups.
 I read aloud Pumpkin Soup--Cute story by the way.
Students were to listen to the way the author used the words in the story. 
We talked about all the different ways to say walk and the meaning behind each one. 
They did a great job thinking about how the words.
Here's a link to the story.

Finally, my students are having a great time playing games from this pack!
Fall Reading Activities-First Grade and Fabulous

Ohh, and do you use Edmark?  Trying to get a feel for this reading program.  
And here is my way of having my 2nd grade students have work they can do in their classrooms during D5.
Am I on the right track?


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