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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?

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