Educational videos


Monday, July 10, 2017

Ten Letter Scramble!

A great game to emphasize that all one syllable words consist of one vowel, one vowel pair, one r-controlled vowel or one vowel and a silent e.

The game consists of 10 letter cubes and a timer.  The  cubes are spread out with each player given one minute to use all the cubes to make words.  If all cubes are used the player receives 2 points for each vowel and 1 point for each consonant used. No points are given when the player has unused cubes.  First player to earn 50 points wins!

In the first example, all cubes were used.  The total score was 14.  There are two words (no, test) that have one vowel and one word that has a vowel and a silent e (make).  The second example has two words that have one vowel (fog, dig).  A third word (moon) has a vowel pair.
One word with one letter (vowel), followed by consonant, vowel; consonant, vowel pair; and a consonant, vowel pair, consonant.
The next example includes an r-controlled vowel  (park).

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Games to Help Kids Distinguish Short from Long Initial Vowel Sounds

Games to Help Kids Distinguish Short from Long Initial Vowel Sounds. 
Prior to playing bingo and /or using the board game, review the pictures / words and their initial sounds with children in the chart below. 
Below are 10 different Sound Spelling Bingo Cards using the pictures in the above chart. There is also a template with the cards to select (short and long vowel cards).  For example, if the
short o card is selected, any student who has one of the following pictures (owls, olive or octagon) is to place a chip on it.   
Sound Spelling Bingo Cards 3 and 4.
Sound Spelling Bingo Cards 5 and 6.
Sound Spelling Bingo Cards 7 and 8.
Sound Spelling Bingo Cards 9 and 10.
These are the selection cards used during the game.  Once a card is selected,  children place their chips on the pictures that correspond with the initial vowel.  The card is then placed back in the pile.
Initial Vowel Game board.  Students take turns rolling the dice, counting the spaces rolled and placing counters on those spaces.  Once on the space, the student has to say a word that begins with the initial vowel sound listed on that space.  If the player provides a correct word, he/she can stay on the space.  If not, the player will have to return to the previous space.  The first player to reach the winner space -  wins!
Super Heroes Video.  Meet the cast.  Their names all begin with a short or long vowel: Abby, Amy, Eddie, Ethan, Izzy, Irene, Oliver, Odus, Udele, and Unus.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Parent Guide to Reading Progress K-2 Back To School Night

Great Handout For Back to School Night!
Phonological Awareness
Word Recognition
Word Recognition
Reading Comprehension
Reading Comprehension
Additional Support For Parents

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Word Patterns

Word Patterns:  Words change by substituting the initial sound (onset) while keeping the predictable ending pattern (rime).  As children listen to the sounds in words, they begin to hear predictable sound patterns / chunks.
One Syllable Onset and Rimes Reference Chart.  Rimes begin with the vowel /a/.
Guess My Word
Fun Sentences - Find the Rimes.
One Syllable Onset and Rimes Reference Chart.  Rimes begin with the vowel /e/
Guess My Word
Fun Sentences:  Find the Rimes
One Syllable Onset and Rimes Reference Chart.  Rimes begin with the vowel /i/.

Guess My Word
Fun Sentences: Find the Rimes
One Syllable Onset and Rimes Reference Chart.  Rimes begin with the vowel /o/.
Guess My Word
Fun Sentences: Find the Rimes
One Syllable Onset and Rimes Reference Chart.  Rimes begin with the vowel /u/ and /oo/
Guess My Word
Fun Sentences: Find the Rimes

Sunday, June 25, 2017

A Reference Flip Chart for Non-Fiction Text

 A Reference Flip Chart Children Can Make to Help Them Understand Informational Text Structures.
 Reference Flip Chart is a tool to help children determine: the topic, the main idea, supporting details and conclusion.
Definition of Topic (Section 1) and Main Idea (Section 2)  These two sections are often confused.

Supporting Details - Students are asked to show proof of their answers by citing where they found the evidence or how they were able to infer their answers.
Conclusion (Section 6) is the recap of the main idea.
Student is using his reference chart to help him answer questions about the read.
Below are the templates to create the reference flip chart.


Friday, June 23, 2017

Making Letter Sound Cards and Activities

Have children make letter sound cards.  In this activity they choose the alphabet stickers that they want to place on the back of each letter card (printed on card stock, template available on this post).  There are several alphabet stickers children can choose from at the dollar store or Target. When they choose the stickers to make the cards they take ownership, are highly engaged and want to practice and learn all the letter -sound names.
Below are the two templates for the front of cards.
Second template.
After printing and cutting cards, have children place the selected alphabet/picture stickers on the back of the cards.  The picture placed on the back of each card must begin with the letter of the card.
Next, have children say letter name, letter sound and picture for each card.
Following the alphabet chart (template available on post), have children place the picture cards in the correct order.
This time you place some of the cards.  Children then have to find the missing cards. Have children say the letter name, the letter sound and the picture for each missing card.  Vowels are green and consonants are orange.  This can be introduced when children notice the difference in color.
Other fun activities to do at home to support children's foundational reading skills are:
Differentiating letters
Identifying beginning letter-sounds