Saturday, January 27, 2018

Long /a/ Vowel Words, Illustrations and Magnetic Letters

Examples projected on the white board include long a vowel patterns: a __ e, /ai/ and /ay/. Student volunteers place the correct magnetic consonant letters in the correct spaces to spell the long a vowel word illustrated.  The first example is a cake.  The letters a and e are written on the white board with an orange cardboard rectangle placed in  the middle of the vowels.
Another option is to project the resource sample on the board and have students place the magnetic letters in the correct positions to make the words.  Free printable of this resource is available on this post.
Long a vowel ay digraph.
Long vowel ai digraph
Begin by reviewing "THE RULE": If a word has two vowels, the first vowel usually makes a long sound and the second is silent.
Student Practice Page
Student Practice Page
Student Practice Page
Match Game and Sorting Mat Pictures
Match Game and Sorting Mat Words
Sorting Mat
  Additional Learning Fun

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Grammatical Comparisons - Comparative and Superlative Adjectives Simplified

Grammatical Comparisons - Use These Projectable Slides to Teach that:
An Adjective describes a noun.  A comparative adjective compares two nouns.  A superlative adjective compares 3 or more nouns.
Student Practice Sheets.  Circle and write the correct adjective to complete each sentence.
Second Student Practice Sheet
Sorting Paper and Illustrations
   Sort Pictures according to the type of adjective that would be used to compare them
 (comparative or superlative).

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Printable Digraph Mini Student Books

Digraph th Mini Student Book Words Modeled Using  an ELMO.  Student love coming up to the Elmo and underlining the digraph (beginning or ending of word).
Student Digraph th Mini Book Example. 
Printable digraph /th/ student mini book
Printable digraph student /ch/ mini book
Printable digraph student /sh/ mini book
Printable digraph student /wh/ mini book
Digraph video

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Introduce shape, size, sensory, condition and color adjectives to describe nouns

Using an Elmo, enlarging the adjective chart on a white board is a fun way to introduce: shape, size, sensory, condition and color adjectives to describe nouns (in this example -snakes). Activity is engaging, visible to all students, and supports teacher modeling and student participation.  Students placed the hand magnets on the image displayed on the white board to show the different types of adjectives.  For example, the first student identified the category sensory adjective and placed the blue hand on that category.  Four more volunteers found the remaining categories. This was followed with a category sort and a writing activity.  This post provides the templates to complete 3 activities for the nouns: snakes, porcupines, turtles, pancakes, peaches, lakes and jump ropes.
Together, we wrote the different adjectives under the correct categories: shape, sensory, condition, size and color
Next, we wrote about snakes



Jump ropes
Power point is available for download on:

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Break Through Reading Limitations

Knowledge of short vowel sounds is essential in learning to read words.  This post provides several activities to help children with practice and retention of these sounds.
Below are several CVC words. Answer sheet is available at end of post.  Have children fill in the blanks with different vowels to make different words.  Reference the chart provided above to help children differentiate and learn the different short vowel sounds.   Next,  have them apply learned vowel sounds to complete practice pages.
Answer Sheet
Picture cards and word cards for children to play a concentration - math game.
Resource chart for both short and long vowels