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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Art, sharp and star - making /ar/ words

R-controlled vowel /ar/ - children hear and make words with the /ar/ sound in the beginning, middle and ending of words
Example of student work
Introduce the ar controlled vowel with examples: art, cart and car
Template For Student Practice - Have children use the letters on the next worksheet to make words.
Letters to make words
Additional Support




Saturday, March 4, 2017

Class Room Management - Expect and Focus on Positive Behavior!

At the beginning of each day, all children begin in the section of Ready to Work.  They decorate their own clothes pins with their names.  The clothes pins are moved up as students' display good behavior.
The goal is to move to the top section titled Super Star.
Second Highest Section
Third Section
Beginning and Expected Section/Behavior of all students each day.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Vowels - Super Heroes to the Rescue!

Vowel Twins ARE HERE - Classroom Lesson
  Meet the fun vowel characters needed to make words.
Vowels are the Glue that Hold Words Together! Meet Abby, Amy, Eddie, Ethan, Izzy, Irene,
Oliver, Odus, Udele and Unos
These are the Short Vowel Super Heroes!
Words Made with Short Vowels

Practice Paper
These are the Long Vowel Super Heroes!

Words Made with Long Vowels
Practice Page

Crossword Puzzle



Sunday, February 5, 2017

Irregular Plurals Refernce Charts, Practice Pages and Video!

What do the words - sheep, wolves, people and teeth have in common? Yes, they are all irregular plurals. Take the challenge and correctly fill in the blanks!
Four Different Types of Irregular Plurals!
Singular and Plural Words That Stay the Same
Ending Sound Changes
Middle Sound Changes
Whole Word Changes Practice Page
Choose the Correct Word For Each Sentence Practice Page
Crossword Puzzle
Show Video and Pause to Discuss!


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Text Features are Tools to Promote Reading Comprehension

Title, Table of Contents, Glossary, Captions and Images are all Tools to Help Readers Gain Understanding of What They are Reading!

Use Text Features to Answer Comprehension Questions
Additional Practice with Text Features
Use Text Features to Answer Comprehension Questions





Monday, January 16, 2017

DIY Cupcake Mix & Match - Promotes Cognitive Development!


Cupcake Mix & Match - Create a Felt Board, and Matching Felt Cupcake Bottoms and Tops.  Next, mix them up and have children create matching pairs.

Design matching pairs in which the tops and bottoms can be changed.  This activity is designed to challenge children in making numerous cupcake matches.

Materials Needed: Stiff Felt Sheets in Varied Bright Colors and Template (on this Post )- Using the Template cut out different colored bottoms and tops.  It is important to make matching pairs so that they can be matched.  Next, place felt stickers purchased at any craft store on the tops of the cupcakes.  Again, make sure there are matching pairs.

DIY Felt Board
Cupcake Template
Additional Activity - Patterning

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Shades of Meaning

Shades of Meaning are Similar Words of Increased Degrees of Meaning!  For example the word ecstatic demonstrates a stronger emotion compared to the word  happy as shown in the following sentences:  (1)Jimmy was ecstatic when he got his puppy; (2) Jimmy was happy when he got his puppy.  This is a fun collaborative vocabulary activity to teach/practice shades of meaning.  Supplies needed : mini pocket chart, word strength meter, cards and practice pages! In collaborate groups have children discuss sets of words (five in each set) and have them order the words according to the following degrees of intensity: weak, slight, moderate, substantial and strong and ask them to defend their word order.
Word Strength Meter Resource - Sets of words should be ordered accordingly.
Shades of Meaning Practice Page
Blank (fill in ) Shades of Meaning Practice Page
Shades of Meaning Vocabulary Words - Sets are Colored Coded
Easy Storage - Can be kept in binders