Sunday, October 23, 2016

Alphabet Fun on the GO!

Create Felt Lacing Letters.  Use Die Cuts to make felt letters.  Next, use a hole punch made for fabric to punch holes in the letters.  Next. place colored laces and letters in a colorful pencil pouch -Now you have created on the go fun!   Children will love lacing letters. learning consonants and vowels and creating words.
We used M and E die cuts.  We used green felt for all consonants and yellow for all vowels.  We punched holes for stitching letter formation.
Have children lace the felt letters.
A is in yellow felt because it is a vowel.
Next, have children lace the letters and spell/make words.  With green consonants and yellow vowels children will begin to notice that words need to have a vowel, and eventually that every syllable needs to have a vowel or vowel sound,  Place the letters and laces in a pencil pouch, zip up and take!  Children will have learning fun on the go!
Have children identify the letters of the alphabet with automatic!
CVC words

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Thinking Bubbles - What Concept?

Thinking Bubble Mats are a great way to teach concept development, a needed cognitive skill, the understanding of how things are related.   Below we used pictures that are frequently used in everyday life to promote picture/vocabulary association.
School Concept: pictures include glue, the abc(s), pencils, a book, crayons, and a backpack. The mat and all pictures are provided in this post.  We laminated the mat and the pictures.  Next, we placed Velcro on the mat and the backs of the pictures.  We keep all materials organized in a binder.  The mat is placed in a binder sleeve. Each set of concept pictures are kept in a separate pencil pouch with punched holes to place in the binder (shown below).  Great Lesson, Easy Storage, Easy Organization!
Sports Concept: pictures include a soccer ball, football, tennis ball, basketball, baseball field and football helmet.
Flying Concept: pictures include a plane, butterfly, bat, eagle, duck and a bird.
Nature Concept: pictures include a tree, a flower, a leaf, a cactus, a landscape and a butterfly.
The materials are organized in a binder.  The School Concept is shown below.  Pictures are kept in the hole punched pencil pouch.  There are several pencil pouches behind this pouch for each concept.  The mat is in a binder sleeve.  Great Lesson, Easy Storage, Easy Organization!
Velcro is placed on the mat and on the back of each picture for placement of the pictures.

Mat Printable
School and Sports Picture Printable
Flying and Nature Picture Printable
An introduction to categorizing concepts

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Multisensory Letter Cards

Easy to Make Multisensory Letter Cards - Have children say the letters as they trace these colorful foam letters. Vowels are yellow and consonants are green. Unique y is shown in both yellow and green!

Place foam letters on index cards or tag board. 
Have children say the letters (auditory) as they trace them (tactile) following the arrows.
Foam letters are colorful (visual) differentiating  bold yellow vowels from bright green consonants.
Letters make words.  Children will see that each word has a vowel!  Have them manipulate the cards to make words.

After tracing foam letters, have children form/write letters on mini white boards.  Next, have children write the words children made in the pocket chart.

Rapid Letter Identification Video

Sunday, October 9, 2016

The Gingerbread Man is a Great Story to Teach Sequencing!

Following the story, have children complete a puzzle, Frank Schaffer used in our example, restating the events in the story.  Next, have children complete a sequencing activity.
Cut Out and Paste Sequencing Activity

Template can be used as a center: Laminate the chart and the four picture cards.  Next, place Velcro tape  on each of the four sequencing squares and four pictures.
Video Lesson Demonstration

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Words with Multiple Meanings

As children read more complex text, they will encounter several words that have multiple meanings.  Children will need to know the different meanings of words and how to use the content of what they are reading to determine the correct meaning of these words.  Below are two examples using the word well:  (1) They went to the well to fill their pail with water. (2) Shelly did not feel well today. The following activities will increase reading fluency and comprehension.
Matching pictures to sentences. 
Some words have different spellings and some have the same spellings. 
Video to provide more practice for kids!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Technology in the Primary Classroom - Make a Video to Demonstrate Learning

Children hunt for things in their classroom that are orange and together with the teacher make a video of what they found. Video is included!
Children created a video introduction.
 Children took pictures of things in the room that were orange. Pictures were added to the video editor.  The pictures include an orange book tub,
an orange dry erase marker,
orange vowel blocks,
orange counting cubes,
orange words,
orange crayons,
orange scissors,
and an orange carpet.
Next transitions and music were added to complete the video.  We Hope You Enjoy the Video!