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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.




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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

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Use Emojis to Teach Growth Mindset!

Emojis are images that express emotions / feelings.  Kids have many emotions / feelings.  They love emojis which make emojis the perfect engaging tool to teach kids to think in a growth mindset.
There are many emotions / feelings that kids have: fear, awesomeness, pride, anger, excitement, happiness....... for various reasons.
A toolbox consists of skills / actions that kids can implement  to create positive emotions/feelings and to change negative emotions/feelings to positive ones.
Teaching skills / activities provide kids with  tools to make intentional positive choices.
With effective tools, kids  learn they have the power to determine how they feel.  Is this easy? No. However, with practice they can choose actions that bring about positive emotions/feelings.
Example of choosing actions to determine emotions / feelings!

Example of choosing to change current emotions/feelings to positive emotions / feelings.
An example of how to set and accomplish goals to feel awesome ......
 ....... to feel excited
 Choose to think and act differently.
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Cover and First Page
Below are the album pages that kids can fill out to determine their feelings, what they did to achieve goals, or what they can choose to change a negative feeling to a positive feeling.



















Sunday, June 4, 2017

Themed Flip books and Storyboard


Creativity for Emergent Readers - Flip Books, Science and Story Boards -  Materials used: 12 in by 12 in Design Craft Sheets and Foam Animals and Equipment.
Below is our first flip book:  On Our Farm
First Page:  We have sheep and cows.
Second Page:  We have chickens and horses.
Third Page:  This is our farm.
We store foam pieces by theme.
Second flip book: What Do Farm Animals Give Us?
First page:  Chickens give us eggs.
Second page:  Cows give us milk and cheese.
Third page: Sheep give us wool.


One More Activity - On The Farm Story Board - Template Below
Children place the foam pieces on the story board and discuss what is happening
All of the above activities can be stored in plastic hanging folders
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Monday, May 29, 2017

Should I use a or an?

Knowing when to use articles,  a and an, can be confusing.  Making a big book to demonstrate when to use these articles is an effective way to teach children how to apply the rules.
A is used when it is followed by a word that begins with a consonant sound.  An is used when it is followed by a word that begins with a vowel sound.  Children determine where to place the pictures.
Some confusion occurs when a word starts with a vowel but begins with a consonant sound: one. Other examples include a word that starts with a consonant but begins with a vowel sound: hour.  Also, a is used when it is followed by a word that begins with y acting as a consonant.
Practice Paper to Demonstrate Learning
Page with answers
Below are the templates that were used to make the book.  Front Cover
Inside Page
Inside Page
Back Page
Back Page
Back Page
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