Educational videos


Monday, March 19, 2018

RTI lessons to reteach / reinforce knowledge of digraph /sh/ using a magnetic cookie sheet, magnetic container and magnetic letters

Children reference pictures and use magnet letters - blue (consonants) and red (vowels) to make /sh/ digraph words and short vowel /i/.
Children reference pictures and use magnet letters - blue (consonants) and red (vowels) to make /sh/ digraph words -with  short vowel letters - /i/, /o/ or  /u/.
Reference cards and digraph /sh/ cards
Printable reference cards
Printable reference pictures: dish, fish, ship and shot 
Printable  reference pictures: shop, wish, shut 
Fill in the blank practice paper
 Decoding Detective Certificate

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Categorizing Activities - Comprehension

Picture was projected on the ELMO and students brainstormed what they saw
List of words generated by students
Next, we organized the words by alphabetical order.  As we listed the words in the next picture, we placed a round magnet next to them to ensure all words were included.
Next, we categorized the words according to same and different.  We circled the words that were the same for all animals.  We put an x next to those that weren't.
Same, Different
Different Categories
Prior activity - I started with just the circle.  Next, I wrote the names of books and then hands started going up - students recognized the titles and  knew the category was Dr. Seuss Books,  Next, I drew the illustration
Student example


Sunday, March 11, 2018

A Home for Holiday Hare

A Home for Holiday Hare
Kids are learning to recognize nouns (hope,
home, hare, Herbie, Heather, hugs), verbs (hid, hoped, heard, happened, has, hopped, hugged), adjectives (Holiday, Happy, hungry) and possessive adjective (his, her).


Sunday, February 25, 2018

Introducing the Verb- To Be (am) using positive adjectives

Introducing the Verb- To Be (am).  This is a common verb but one that is often hard to use.  I introduce the verb, am, to students using positive adjectives.  Building on positive adjectives, I have students use the sorting paper to list adjectives about themselves.  Next, I have them build sentences using the pronoun (I), the verb (am) and three are more adjectives that they listed about themselves.
A second poster
Sorting Paper for Students to Complete.  Blank sorting paper available at the end of this post.
Second student example
Students build sentences using their sorting papers.
Second student example
Sorting Paper Template
Writing Paper Template

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Main Idea, Adjectives, Verbs and the 5 Senses!

First Activity is to brainstorm adjectives for sight, sound, taste, smell and touch.  Next, read a passage (provided) or create a class passage using several of the adjectives brainstormed. Finally, have students highlight the main idea, circle the adjectives and underline the verbs in each passage. Examples included describe apples, cookies and tacos! Yum!
Chart to brainstorm adjectives about apples.
Completed example of brainstormed adjectives describing apples
Passage created using brainstormed adjectives
Directions for Passage
Completed Passage
Pages to complete for chocolate chip cookies

Pages for Tacos
Clip Art for Class Chart

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Comprehension - Compare and Contrast Activity

Compare and Contrast Activity (cats and whales)
We began with listing facts and opinions about cats and then whales
Using the facts, we determined differences and siimilarities between cats and whales
student example
Clip Art for Large Chart

Clue words to help students determine differences and similarities when reading.