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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Consonant Blend Cards, Sorting Activity and Bingo Game

Introduce consonant blends one at a time using blend cards.  Explain that when two or more consonants join together they make a consonant blend. Example: /g/ + /l/ = /gl/.  Each sound is heard, but said/read quickly to form a blend. Have fun with the sorting and bingo activities below.
Sorting Activity
Template for Sorting Board
Template for Sorting Cards
Using your choice of a spinner or dice see who can complete their bingo card first.  Spin or roll the die to see the choice of blend. Players take alternating turns. If a player can’t make a word with the consonant blend shown he/she must pass. The first person who completes all the words on their card wins. 

Bingo Card Template


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Noun, Verb and Adjective Dominoes

Have students review and practice nouns, verbs and adjective with dominoes.  Each student adds a domino to the mat by matching a word type (noun, verb, or adjective) to an unused domino that has been played. 
The game is convenient to store.  To make the  folder all you need is decorative tape and two pieces of colored tag board.  Place the mat in the folder and dominoes in the envelope and clip onto folder.
Reference poster for students if needed to review nouns, verbs and adjectives while playing the game
Template 1: In the example above the dominoes were printed on colored tag board making them colorful and sturdy.

Template 2





Sunday, December 20, 2015

Adjectives - Describing Favorite Characters

A fun way to learn adjectives – In this activity children sort a set of adjectives that describe  either Dorothy or the Cowardly Lion, both characters of the Wizard of OzCUBEEZ containers by Hallmark are used in this activity - Lift up the face of Dorothy or the Cowardly Lion and under you will find containers.  These were used by the children to sort the adjectives.
Cowardly Lion and Dorothy containers used for Sorting
The list of adjectives printed and used in this activity
Children complete the activity by writing an adjective to complete each sentence. 





Independent Reading Level

Children are reading on their Independent Reading Level when Text difficulty is correctly matched to their current reading level ability.  Text difficulty depends on several characteristics: word frequency, text structure, vocabulary knowledge, text layout and text features, illustrations, diagrams, captions...  Below are some sample selections of increasing text difficulty. 
Samples increasing in difficulty

Running records are given by teachers to assess students’ current reading level.  As students read aloud, teachers record the number of words read per minute minus the number of errors made to determine the number of words read correctly. Running records are used to measure students' reading accuracy, automaticity, and prosody. After the timed read, students are asked a series of questions to measure their comprehension.  Accuracy, automaticity, prosody, and comprehension are all considered when determining a student's current reading ability.
Fluency = Accuracy, Automaticity, and Prosody Chart
Below is an overview and demonstration activity video of a running record
Text Difficulty Chart to assist in book selection 

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Activities to Practice Differentiating Sounds Heard In Words

Beginning Sound Sort - Provide a cupcake pan for sorting.  Begin by using 3 tins, gradually increasing to 6.  Place pictures of items that have different beginning sounds into each tin. Say each word: bike, heart, and sun. Next, provide several items and/or pictures that begin with the three sounds.  Have children sort the items/pictures according to their beginning sounds.
Sound Boxes -  Promotes one to one correspondence with the individual sounds heard in a word.  Begin with consonant vowel consonant words such as dog, cat, mat,  (three letters represented by three sounds heard).  Draw three boxes.  Say the word - dog, repeat the word - dog so that children can hear each sound in the word.  As they listen, children are to push up a counter for each sound heard.   As they become familiar with the activity increase the boxes.  For example draw four boxes, and say a variety of words that differ from one sound to four sounds: I, a, me, dog, cats, dogs......
Demonstration Video
How many sounds heard  Have children sort pictures according to the number of sounds heard.  This increases in difficulty since a sound may be represented by more than one letter.  For example a vowel combination, two letters, represents one sound as in the word train.  Five letters are represented by four sounds: /t/, /r/, /ai/, /n/.

Hearing Sounds in Words Video
Template for CVC Sound Boxes
Beginning Sound Template can used instead of cupcake tins.  Have children sort pictures according to the beginning sounds of the shapes shown: star, triangle, diamond and heart. Provide items and/or pictures that begin with the sounds: /s/, /t/, /d/ and /h/.










Friday, December 18, 2015

Letter / Alphabet Identification Activities

Alphabet and Word Recognition Activity   Write your child's name on a sentence strip.  Read his/her name and say each letter in the name.  Remember to point to each letter as you say its letter name.  Provide your child with several magnetic letters.  Have your child find the matching magnetic letter for each printed letter in his/her name.  Place each magnetic letter over each printed letter in the correct order.  Next print known words: daddy, mommy... and repeat above steps. 
Timed Letter Identification Activity   As your child becomes familiar with reciting the alphabet, have your child practice letter recognition.  Begin by choosing 2 letters that are visually very different in shape such as t and s.  Next, draw two circles on a white board.  Write one of the letters above each circle.  Provide several of the chosen letters for your child to sort.  Scatter the letters below the circles.  Have your child say the letter names as he/she sorts them into the appropriate circles.  To increase difficulty, extend the activity to include three or four circles with three or four visually different shaped letters such as t, s, b and n
Materials Needed: A Sorting Mat - In the video example a magnetic slant board is used.
Letter Sorting Fun - Large Silicon Muffins Cups are also fabulous for sorting letters!
They are flexible, sturdy, soft and easy to clean.  In this activity we used colorful cardboard, foam, and plastic letters of different sizes. We also used upper and lower case letters.
A variety of upper and lower case letters
How many letters in the word?   Print familiar words on the word cards (child's name, cat, sat, dog... Have your child choose a word card.  Read the word card with him/her.  Next, have your child choose the correct letters and place them in the correct order to make the word.  In this activity your child will  learn that letters need to be placed in the correct order to make a word.
Example with the word card/name Erick
Fill in the Missing Uppercase Letters - Just because a child can recite the alphabet doesn’t mean she/he knows the letters.  All too often, children believe the letters - l, m, n, o, and p - are one letter.  To help your child learn her/his letters, have your child practice identifying the missing letters in the charts below.
Fill  in the Missing Lowercase letters











One Minute Sight Word Practice


There are 11 sight word lists to practice.  Have children begin with the first list and eventually work through all 11 lists.  Recognition of these words will increase reading fluency.
A great way to make flash cards - Print sight word lists and sight word phrase lists on labels, peel and place them on colored index cards. Use a different color for each list.  Sight word phrase lists can be viewed on this blog - Sight Word Phrase Lists
Labels used are AVERY 5160.
Sight Word Lists 1-6
Sight Word Lists 7-11
Sight Word Practice Demonstration and 11 word lists.  Pause video on the word list children are practicing.
Print words on labels and place them on index cards
Sight Word List 1
Sight Word List 2 - All 11 sight word lists can be found on video









Thursday, December 17, 2015

Retelling Stories

Have children retell stories by choosing the correct pictures (kindergarten) or word descriptions (first grade) for each of the following: 1. Characters (who), 2. Setting (where), 3. Beginning (what happened first), 4. Middle (next) and 5. Ending (last). Next, have children paste the pictures or word descriptions in the right order on a hand template.  Have Fun! 
Template of Word Descriptions
Trace children's handprints or purchase handprints at craft stores

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Blending Three Letter Short Vowel Words

Word puzzles (Match It Spelling by the Learning Journey), magnetic letters, and letter cards provide children practice with blending, making, reading and writing short vowel words.
CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words.  Practice the introduction activities below to help children build the skill level needed to blend words - placing the letters such as /d/+/o/+/g/ in the correct order to make the word dog.
Choose a simple CVC word. Place the three letters of the word in order.  Say each letter and the sound that represents each letter with children.  Next, provide several pictures and/or magnetic shapes that begin with one of the three letters.  Have children sort the pictures under the correct beginning letter/sound.  D is for duck, dog, dog, and donkey.  O is for octopus, on, and off.  G is for gumballs, girl, and goat. It is important to have children hear the short vowel sound /o/.  Short vowel sounds are the most difficult to hear and recognize.  Hearing and identifying the correct vowel sound is crucial in reading CVC words.
Have children sort the pictures under the correct beginning letter/sound.  C is for cow, camel, cat, and carrot.  A is for apple, ant, and alligator.  T is for tiger, turtle, top, and taco. It is important to have children hear the short vowel sound /a/.  Short vowel sounds are the most difficult to hear and recognize.  Hearing and identifying the correct vowel sound is crucial in reading CVC words.
Have children sort the pictures under the correct beginning letter/sound.  P is for pizza and pencil.  I is for igloo, and in.  G is for guitar, girl and goldfish. It is important to have children hear the short vowel sound /i/.  Short vowel sounds are the most difficult to hear and recognize.  Hearing and identifying the correct vowel sound is crucial in reading CVC words.

B is for buttons, bee and big.  U is for umbrella, and up.  S is for snake and skate. It is important to have children hear the short vowel sound /u/.



Choose picture cards of words already practiced and have children place the clothespin on the beginning letter/sound of the word.  Next have children place the clothespin on the ending letter/sound.  Cards can be purchased at Target in the $1.00 bin.

Provide word puzzles, letter cards, magnetic letters, and have children blend, read and write CVC words correctly.