Monday, October 15, 2012

Drowning in Flash Cards!!

So, I don't know about you, but I have flash cards with those stinking sight words all over my room!  I have them on the word wall, in the word work center, at my small group table, in the writing center and at my teacher easel for whole group reviewing.  My teammate and I were talking the other day "If I have to write one more sight word flash card..." well, you can imagine how that ends!  We got the brilliant idea to get rid, once and for all, of one set of flash cards.  The set we are getting rid of is the set used for whole group sight word review.  The cards still exist at small group table, word work center, word wall, and the writing center (for now until another epiphany is had!).  Now, instead of just flipping the cards, saying the words and tapping it out (ex: "can.  c-a-n spells can." where students tap left hand on right knee, then right hand on left knee, and on for each letter and clap on "spells"), we start this PowerPoint and students follow along with it saying the words and tapping them out.  It switches between words automatically after 6 seconds (longer for bigger words).  Best thing about this little idea - you can get it for FREE in my TPT store!  I plan to switch the slides around occasionally for my kiddos so they don't become cheaty-faces and just memorize the order of the words.  I don't do the whole slide show each day.  I stop it when it goes through the words we've covered.  There's one for sight words and one for color/number words also!  Click the pics to get to the one you want!
Click for Sight Words

And TPT is being difficult, so I'll put the color and number word slide show up later!


Thanks for checking in!








So, I don't know about you, but I have flash cards with those stinking sight words all over my room!  I have them on the word wall, in the word work center, at my small group table, in the writing center and at my teacher easel for whole group reviewing.  My teammate and I were talking the other day "If I have to write one more sight word flash card..." well, you can imagine how that ends!  We got the brilliant idea to get rid, once and for all, of one set of flash cards.  The set we are getting rid of is the set used for whole group sight word review.  The cards still exist at small group table, word work center, word wall, and the writing center (for now until another epiphany is had!).  Now, instead of just flipping the cards, saying the words and tapping it out (ex: "can.  c-a-n spells can." where students tap left hand on right knee, then right hand on left knee, and on for each letter and clap on "spells"), we start this PowerPoint and students follow along with it saying the words and tapping them out.  It switches between words automatically after 6 seconds (longer for bigger words).  Best thing about this little idea - you can get it for FREE in my TPT store!  I plan to switch the slides around occasionally for my kiddos so they don't become cheaty-faces and just memorize the order of the words.  I don't do the whole slide show each day.  I stop it when it goes through the words we've covered.  There's one for sight words and one for color/number words also!  Click the pics to get to the one you want!
Click for Sight Words

And TPT is being difficult, so I'll put the color and number word slide show up later!


Thanks for checking in!








Tuesday, October 2, 2012

My Crazy Life....


Well, it's the beginning of October and my kiddos have already gotten me sick!  I spent about a week just exhausted and dragging myself to school (because we all know it's easier to teach sick than to get together sub plans!), then coming home and sleeping.  Turns out I had a sinus and respiratory infection!  All better now, though, so back to blogging!  In addition to all this fun, my school had a big event and broke a world record today for most kids at a Read-In!  Check out the news feed here!

So, here are some cool activities we did last week throughout all my sickness...

Love this chart a friend came up with to help kiddos understand the differences between letters, words, and sentences.  Each day we filled in one box, then underlined all the parts of the "I can run." sentence in its corresponding color.
So, for example, we underlined all the letters in blue, then the words in red and the whole sentence in green.  It really helped the kids understand these concepts!

We also did our apple unit...here are some cute activities we did with that...  We tasted the three different kinds of apples, students chose their favorite, wrote their name on the corresponding apple and put it on the right tree.  


The next day, we made these cute little apples showing our favorite kind of apple.  I just gave the kids a square of paper and they had to cut it into the shape of an apple.  Some of them turned out very tiny! They also did a mix and fix at the bottom that says "I like _____ apples." and they had to fill in the color word. 


We were finishing up our sorting unit and culminated the unit with this project where students had to sort by color.

The text says "_____ Owl baked cookies today.  He sorted his favorite chips.  He sorted ___ and ___ chips."

Well, that's just a glimpse of some of the things we did last week!  Barring any future illnesses, I should be posting again soon!  






Well, it's the beginning of October and my kiddos have already gotten me sick!  I spent about a week just exhausted and dragging myself to school (because we all know it's easier to teach sick than to get together sub plans!), then coming home and sleeping.  Turns out I had a sinus and respiratory infection!  All better now, though, so back to blogging!  In addition to all this fun, my school had a big event and broke a world record today for most kids at a Read-In!  Check out the news feed here!

So, here are some cool activities we did last week throughout all my sickness...

Love this chart a friend came up with to help kiddos understand the differences between letters, words, and sentences.  Each day we filled in one box, then underlined all the parts of the "I can run." sentence in its corresponding color.
So, for example, we underlined all the letters in blue, then the words in red and the whole sentence in green.  It really helped the kids understand these concepts!

We also did our apple unit...here are some cute activities we did with that...  We tasted the three different kinds of apples, students chose their favorite, wrote their name on the corresponding apple and put it on the right tree.  


The next day, we made these cute little apples showing our favorite kind of apple.  I just gave the kids a square of paper and they had to cut it into the shape of an apple.  Some of them turned out very tiny! They also did a mix and fix at the bottom that says "I like _____ apples." and they had to fill in the color word. 


We were finishing up our sorting unit and culminated the unit with this project where students had to sort by color.

The text says "_____ Owl baked cookies today.  He sorted his favorite chips.  He sorted ___ and ___ chips."

Well, that's just a glimpse of some of the things we did last week!  Barring any future illnesses, I should be posting again soon!  





Monday, October 15, 2012

Drowning in Flash Cards!!

Posted by Jennifer Winters at 2:59 PM 1 comments
So, I don't know about you, but I have flash cards with those stinking sight words all over my room!  I have them on the word wall, in the word work center, at my small group table, in the writing center and at my teacher easel for whole group reviewing.  My teammate and I were talking the other day "If I have to write one more sight word flash card..." well, you can imagine how that ends!  We got the brilliant idea to get rid, once and for all, of one set of flash cards.  The set we are getting rid of is the set used for whole group sight word review.  The cards still exist at small group table, word work center, word wall, and the writing center (for now until another epiphany is had!).  Now, instead of just flipping the cards, saying the words and tapping it out (ex: "can.  c-a-n spells can." where students tap left hand on right knee, then right hand on left knee, and on for each letter and clap on "spells"), we start this PowerPoint and students follow along with it saying the words and tapping them out.  It switches between words automatically after 6 seconds (longer for bigger words).  Best thing about this little idea - you can get it for FREE in my TPT store!  I plan to switch the slides around occasionally for my kiddos so they don't become cheaty-faces and just memorize the order of the words.  I don't do the whole slide show each day.  I stop it when it goes through the words we've covered.  There's one for sight words and one for color/number words also!  Click the pics to get to the one you want!
Click for Sight Words

And TPT is being difficult, so I'll put the color and number word slide show up later!


Thanks for checking in!








Tuesday, October 2, 2012

My Crazy Life....

Posted by Jennifer Winters at 2:50 PM 0 comments

Well, it's the beginning of October and my kiddos have already gotten me sick!  I spent about a week just exhausted and dragging myself to school (because we all know it's easier to teach sick than to get together sub plans!), then coming home and sleeping.  Turns out I had a sinus and respiratory infection!  All better now, though, so back to blogging!  In addition to all this fun, my school had a big event and broke a world record today for most kids at a Read-In!  Check out the news feed here!

So, here are some cool activities we did last week throughout all my sickness...

Love this chart a friend came up with to help kiddos understand the differences between letters, words, and sentences.  Each day we filled in one box, then underlined all the parts of the "I can run." sentence in its corresponding color.
So, for example, we underlined all the letters in blue, then the words in red and the whole sentence in green.  It really helped the kids understand these concepts!

We also did our apple unit...here are some cute activities we did with that...  We tasted the three different kinds of apples, students chose their favorite, wrote their name on the corresponding apple and put it on the right tree.  


The next day, we made these cute little apples showing our favorite kind of apple.  I just gave the kids a square of paper and they had to cut it into the shape of an apple.  Some of them turned out very tiny! They also did a mix and fix at the bottom that says "I like _____ apples." and they had to fill in the color word. 


We were finishing up our sorting unit and culminated the unit with this project where students had to sort by color.

The text says "_____ Owl baked cookies today.  He sorted his favorite chips.  He sorted ___ and ___ chips."

Well, that's just a glimpse of some of the things we did last week!  Barring any future illnesses, I should be posting again soon!  





 
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