Monday, June 15, 2015

Flip the Sounds and Phoneme Segmentation

Phoneme Segmentation Cards for use during Literacy Stations or Small Group Reading.  I use these to jump start my reading groups.  I just start with one and pass all around the table, quickly.  Cards are flying everywhere but because they need to touch each sound, there are no sounds pushed together or omitted. I can honestly say, my kids cheer when I pull these cards out?!  Gotta love that!

 Flip the Sounds are great for students to use during Literacy Stations/Word Work. This pack includes beginning, middle, and ending sounds to flip.  Students will use an Expo marker to write real or nonsense words.  Another favorite!

All About Me Revise!

I'm spending some of the summer updating and revising some of my older products.  So, check out the new and improved All About Me Unit.  It's a great way to start out your year!!TPT or TN

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Beginning of the Year Assessment for Kinder

I've finally had a chance to take a deep breath since school has been out.  I told a friend today that I feel like I've been in a 3 week fog.  I'm just now finally having a chance to catch up on e-mails and things that just got put to the side during the month of May.  THE FOG is NOT a fun place to be and I'm so glad it's finally starting to lift.

I'm trying to get ahead a bit and think about our beginning of the year assessment.  We do this before the kids arrive or are even placed in a classroom.  We host a k-camp and put about 25 kids in each slot.  During this time, we assess on letters, numbers, words, phonics, phonemic awareness, shapes, cutting, pencil grip, socialization, etc.  Then, that info is compiled and class rosters are set.  I'm sure many of you do the same.  I'm trying to determine what we REALLY use from this assessment.  I mean, if we don't use it all, why in the world do we do it?

What does your school do and do you LOVE it?  Dibels, DRA, QRI, Kinder Inventory (similar to what I wrote about), STAR Early Literacy, etc?  AND, if you love it, why?  Thanks in advance.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Far Out Fill-Ins and K & C Chart

Far Out Fill-Ins is a great way for students to practice fluency and help their comprehension.  They will fill in with words that make sense. TN or TPT

Great chart to help aid student's during sounding out a word.  TPT or TN
My grade level is now teaching explicit phonics using Fundations.  I am learning so much about the rules of phonics (you know all that we never learned but are expected to know and teach!).  Recently, we learned the rules about whether or not to use the c or k when sound out a word that includes this sound.  My students love having this knowledge so I thought I'd share a chart you can use too.  We used our school poster maker to blow this up and hang in our room.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Math Products

 Word Problems that give your students the structure to think through their problem for solving and then write how they determined their answer.  A year of word problems is found in this one big bundle!  Teacher's Notebook or Teachers Pay Teachers
 I SPY More or Less

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Star Writer's Writing Paper

Some days you get an idea and wonder why it took so long to put it all together?  We'll, this is one of those times.  About 2 years ago, I came up with the Star Writer's Checklist and an actual checklist to attach to papers.  So today, I thought, "why in the world don't I actually put the checklist on the writing paper?"  BINGO!!

Checklist actually ON the writing paper now

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Get Scoop on Math Facts!

This math incentive program is just what your class needs to jump start their math fact fluency. Use this AFTER providing ample opportunities for students to figure out math facts and discover strategies to remember facts. By having these facts mastered, students can use their "brain power" for higher level thinking. Pack contains parent notes and supplies for “scoop building”. Sheets for data folders are also included so students can chart their progress. I hope this program inspires your mathematicians to challenge themselves and learn their facts with automaticity.