Sunday, January 31, 2016

Die-cuts - Great for Teaching Positional Vocabulary

Have children manipulate the die-cuts to demonstrate their understanding of positional vocabulary. Below is a child's example showing the meaning of the positional word - between.
Begin by completing examples together on chart paper.   On the class chart below we used gingerbread men, butterflies and apples.  Picture/word cards were also used for scaffolding and reference.  Picture/ word cards are included in this post.

An assortment of die-cuts are needed for the class example and for students' individual papers.
Picture/Word Cards used in the class example
Word Cards - Use when scaffolding isn't needed or different die-cuts will be used.
Additional Activity - Use as whole class or individual practice


Sunday, January 17, 2016

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas Story with Compare and Contrast Activities

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas -  With the celebration of Chinese New Year as the backdrop, children will enjoy this story as they observe the similarities and differences of the main character Goldy Luck with another known character named Goldilocks.
Children list things that are different and things that are the same in the new story, Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas, with the previously known story, Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Using their graphic organizer and compare/contrast chart, children answer questions. Clue words are expected to be used in their answers. In the example the following clue words were used: alike, similar, different, and instead. Templates are below.

 Compare and Contrast Graphic Organizer
Clue Words that Help Children Identify Similarities and Differences
Question Template
Teaching Demonstration Video Introducing a Compare / Contrast Activity with Clue Words

Monday, January 11, 2016

Making Contractions

Have fun teaching contractions.  In the PowerPoint and video, a cute apostrophe replaces  one or more letters that have been left out of one of two  words to form a contraction  (it is = it's).  Use the PowerPoint and video below to teach students about contractions.  Templates are provided for contraction match and bingo.
 Introducing the apostrophe followed by several more examples of contractions

Contraction are used within sentences
Printable to play Contraction Match

Find more activities at

Contraction Practice
View video for words, sentences and activities.  Pause and talk about each contraction with students

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Free Printable Sorting CVC, Vowel Pairs, Consonant Blends, and Digraphs Activity Worksheets and Video

Create Letter Tile Activities - the manipulation of colored tiles to make words. Free printable sorting activity worksheets are included to provide students with additional practice making CVC and CVC silent e words, vowel pairs, consonant blends, consonant digraphs, and r-controlled words.  A template sheet is also included for sorting activities that can be filled in for what you are currently teaching.  Just print out the template and fill it in the categories and words that you want children to practice.  Below is a video with additional activities, a game board template and game cards.

               Example of Making CVC, CVC silent e, consonant digraphs, and vowel pairs. The manipulation of colored tiles reinforces sound-letter associations for reading, spelling and writing.  In our example green represents consonants, yellow represent vowels, purple represents consonant digraphs, and blue represents vowel pairs.

 CVC and CVC silent e Practice
Vowel Pair Practice
Consonant Blend Practice
Consonant Digraph Practice
R-Controlled Vowel Practice
Template to Fill In For Skills Your Are Currently Teaching
Free Printable Game Board an Word Cards

Video with Additional Practice Activities

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Sight Word Phrase Lists

There are 11 lists of sight word phrases that children should know by the end of second grade- beginning early third grade.  Each list is made up of 12-18  commonly read phrases.  Each phrase is made up of  2 or 3 words and consists of at least one sight word,  It is the goal for children to read the phrases with automaticity - memorization to build reading fluency and ultimately comprehension.
Make sight word phrase flash cards.  Print phrases on labels and then place labels on index cards

View all 11 sight word phrases.  Pause video and have children practice reading the phrases

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Building Sentences: articles, nouns, verbs, adverbs and adjectives

Fun activities to practice articles (words that define nouns – a, an, the), nouns (words that name people, places, or things), verbs (words that show action), adverbs (words that describe verbs) and adjectives (words that describe nouns).  Children will move from simple sentences to more complex sentences encountered in their reading and writing.  As a class, have volunteers build sentences using post its of different colors.  Next, have student work in partners or individually to complete  practice papers. The first two practice papers focus on specific sentences using adverbs and then adjectives (increasing in difficulty). These activities take place over several days or weeks.
Begin with practice sheet- building sentences with adverbs.  The numbers will help guide students in what type of word is needed. 
Next, building sentences with adjectives

Finally, building sentences with both adverbs and adjectives

Individual - small group additional support and practice using a pocket chart, picture cards and word cards. The type of word is written on the back of each card to support student self-checking.

Children will have fun building sentences with DK Silly Sentences  colored coded puzzle pieces: yellow - articles, orange -nouns, blue-adjectives, green-verbs, pink-prepositions, and purple- periods. Use this activity to introduce prepositions!

Friday, January 1, 2016

What Word Is It? Substituting, Adding, and Deleting Sounds

As children begin to talk, they learn to manipulate speech sounds to produce words.  Sounds said in the correct order produce desired words. For example, the sounds /p/, /I/, /t / can produce pit or tip depending on the order said. The substitution, addition, or deletion of sounds changes words.  For example, substituting /h/ for /p/ in the word pit makes the word hit, adding /s/ to the word hit makes the word hits, and deleting /h/ in the word hits makes the word its. The example below demonstrates adding a sound to a word (the sound /s/ to the word and).
Substituting Sound Activity- changing (substituting) a beginning sound of a word to make different  words: bug, mug, rug, and hug

Adding Sound Activity- adding a beginning sound to a word to make different words: wing, swing; eat, heat; lap, clap; and, sand; ice, and rice
Deleting Sound Activity - deleting a beginning sound of a word to make different words: swing, wing; bring, ring; slip, lip; dice, ice; flight, light
Clipart from Microsoft Word was used in these activities.  Activities can be done with pictures or objects found around the house.