Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Short Vowel Practice {short a}

We've been working hard on reading and writing our CVC words, focusing on short a words. My kiddos are so excited to be reading! This week we've been using some fun activities from my Short Vowel unit.

First, we practiced reading, writing and drawing short a words.
I laminated the pages so that we could use dry-erase markers {anything other than a pencil is always fun} and so that we could use the pages over and over. This was also a great vocabulary builder for my English learners.



Then we played Roll, Read and Cover!
I made some dice using foam blocks from the Dollar Tree and writing a-f on one cube, and 1-6 on another cube. The kiddos rolled the dice to find which word to read and then covered it. They loved this little game!




Next, we're going to play this fun little game!


You can find all of the activities above in this unit:
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Short-Vowel-Practice-short-a-520799

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Short-Vowel-Practice-short-a-520799

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Short-Vowel-Practice-short-a-520799


How do you practice short vowels in your classroom?

 

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Groundhog Day Ideas

With Groundhog Day right around the corner, I wanted to share some fun ideas!

Read this fun book all about groundhogs!
 {Thanks Kathleen!}

Make a groundhog craft full of groundhog facts!

Make a class graph!


Make your own groundhog family!

Make shadow art!

Happy Groundhog Day everyone!

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Mystery Number

In November, I had a lovely blogging friend come visit my class, it was so much fun! She was so sweet, she even brought gifts!

Well one gift was from her brain, because she knows my obsession with songs, and she shared with me the cutest song she uses during calendar time! She wrote this song, called Mystery Number and sings it with her class every day!
 
Mystery Number
Written by Mrs. Felts
To the tune of The Muffin Man
I’m thinking of a number, a number, a number,
I’m thinking of a number,
Can you guess what it is?

The number has two digits, two digits, two digits,
The number has two digits,
Can you guess what it is?

There’s a ___ in the ones' place, the ones' place, the ones' place,
There’s a ___ in the ones' place.
Can you guess what it is?

There’s a ___ in the tens' place, the tens' place, the tens' place,
There’s a ___ in the tens' place
We know what the number is!

We found our mystery number, number, number!
We found our mystery number,
Our number is ___!
  
She even allowed me to type it up and make it all cute to share with you guys, isn't she sweet!?
{If you aren't sure how to download from Google Drive...click here!}

Well, I introduced this little diddy to my class and they LOVED it! After each verse, I pause to let them guess. Sometimes I give my students a mini whiteboard and marker to write their guesses on. Sometimes we just do it orally. It has really helped them with understanding place value! We started with numbers 1-20, but now we are able to guess all the way up to 99!

I also made this fun little chart to hang up in our calendar area and write our mystery number on.
fonts and graphics by:
 
When I first introduced it, I wrote the number first with dry erase marker, then covered each digit with a post it. Then we I revealed the ones place, I took the post it off, and again with tens place. Now, I have my students come up and write the number after we have guessed it. 

I can't thank you enough  Mrs. Felts!!

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

How to Download from Google Drive

I just wanted to share a quick tutorial on how to download from google drive. It's very easy! If you click share, the author of the document gets an email letting him/her know that you want the document which is not the point of google drive! Here's an easier way to retrieve it! Here's how to do it in 2 easy steps!





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Sunday, January 20, 2013

February Math and Literacy Centers

My OLW {one little word} for this year is "present". I have been practicing living in the present, thinking in the present, doing in the present. It's been AWESOME and I feel like my quality of life has increased 10-fold! My days feel longer and more fulfilling. I am enjoying everything as I am experiencing it!

That being said, I am a crazy planner. I get anxious if I'm not prepared! So although I have been working on creating February centers so that I am prepared for February, I am not letting February stress me out, just yet ;) And I figure many of you are planners too, so if you're looking to get prepared for {and not stressed out about!} February, I thought I'd share what I have for February centers so far :)


Here's what included!

Math Centers:
Greater or Less Than Goodies- practicing more or less

 Racing Hearts- one to one correspondence and addition
{SO excited to have found the heart dice in the Target dollar section!!!}

 Sweet Treats Train- one to one correspondence and addition

"Bee"fore and After- ordering numbers

Honeycomb Counting- counting on

Match Makers- making 10

Sweet Subtraction- subtraction from 15 {or less if you choose!}

Literacy Centers:
Love Notes- unscrambling sight words stored in mini envelopes

 Make n' Bake- sorting real words and nonsense words using CVC cookies

Broken Hearts- matching pictures to their ending sounds

Love Letters- classifying letters

Colorful Cupcakes- sight words and sentence structure

Happy Hearts- another sight words and sentence structure pocket chart center

I think they are going to *love* these!
I found all the little containers and manipulatives in the Target dollar section!
You can purchase the centers in my TpT store!



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