Educational videos


Sunday, October 22, 2017

When h follows c, s, t or w, the two letters together make a new sound.

When h follows c, s, t or w, the two letters together make a new sound.  Introduce /Practice digraphs with Sponge Paint Tip Applicators, pictures beginning with the digraphs: /ch/, /sh/, /th/ and /wh/, and pictures ending with the digraps: /ch/, /sh/ and /th/ (found on this post).
Pictures that begin with /ch/ and pictures that end with /ch/.  Have students write the letters - c and h using the sponge paint.  Next, have students cut out the pictures and sort them according to where they hear the /ch/ sound - the beginning or ending of the picture/word. The pictures are: cheese, chef, chips, chick, lunch, peach, inch and beach.
Repeat activity for the digraph /sh/. The pictures are shell, sheep, ship, shoe, brush, fish, dish and bush.  A student example is below.
Repeat activity for the digraph /th/.  The pictures are mouth, fourth, bath, math, think, thread, three and thunder.
Since there are no words ending in /wh/, have students sort pictures according to the pictures/words that begin with /wh/ and those that do not.  The pictures are whale, whisk, through, chalk, whistle and wheel.
Student examples


Saturday, October 14, 2017

How Many Pumpkins?

Reading, Writing and Math Activities with Pumpkins
One little pumpkin was left sitting on a chair!

Below is the activity completed in the classroom.
There were 21 little pumpkins sitting on a chair.
Three pumpkins fell off the chair.  How many pumpkins were left sitting on a chair? 

 Eighteen  little pumpkins were sitting on a chair.
Three pumpkins fell down and then another!  How many pumpkins were left sitting on a chair?

14 little pumpkins were sitting on a chair.
Four fell down and two more followed. How many  pumpkins were left sitting on a chair?
Eight little pumpkins were left sitting on a chair.
Seven fell down. How many pumpkins were sitting on a chair?
One little pumpkin was left sitting all alone on a chair.
 Then there were none as the little pumpkin found a home!

Writing - Community Jobs!

This Reading/Writing lesson  began with a Brainstorming Activity - Listing and Categorizing Community Jobs.   Then we determined the nine jobs we wanted to write about: mechanic, construction worker. chef, pilot, firefighter, baker, grocer, doctor and teacher!
Below are three pages of community workers followed by a pocket chart activity and nine printable writing pages (one for each type of job)

Pocket Chart Activity and Student Practice Page Below
Writing Templates


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Decoding Detectives Lessons, Assessments and Certificate

Decoding Detectives - Determine the patterns: CVC, CVCe, vowel pairs and  consonant blends.
Learning is fun and Assessing is easy using white boards.  The letter boxes are drawn on white boards with permanent markers: black for consonants and a different color for vowels.  Once again, from the Dollar Tree.  Assessment Forms are included in this post. Students use EXPO pens during lessons and assessments.
Children write the letters of the words said.  Throughout the lessons and assessments, students  continually erase letter(s) and write new letter(s) to make each word said.  The introduction lessons include the use of a free standing mini pocket chart.
The assessment for CVC words is said as follows:  Write the word cat - writing a letter in each box.  Next, change the beginning letter to a b making the word bat. Now make the word cat.  The assessment continues with cab, cap, map, mop, top, tip, tin, ten, pen, pet, pep, pup, and cup.  Assessment form is below.
In this lesson/assessment, students have to determine if the word said is a CVC word or a CVCe word and fill in the correct letter boxes.
Vowel Pair lesson/assessment
Consonant Blend Lesson/Assessment

Student Certificate