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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Learning Sight Words Centers

Hi peeps

I haven't blogged in a LONG, LONG time!

I wanted to do a quick blog post with some of the stations I have used to help my kiddos learn their sight word. 

In my classroom my kiddos struggle with spelling words/sight words. So in order to make this station more fun I have the kiddos first sing their spelling word song from http://mrsjonesroom.com/songs/alphlist.html#spell

If you would like to see a breakdown of how I teach sight words over the course of a week you can click here



 Basket Ball /  Bean Bag Toss
I have a set of foam ball/ping pong that have letters on them students must first read the spelling word on the flashcard. Students then toss the basketball/foam balls in the basket spelling the word. For example students must first read the word jump on the flashcard if they get it right they then shoot the word in the goal, trashcan, first starting with the j ball then the u ball and so on.

You can see another version of this idea here.

Playdough

This is always a hit with my littles. It is a super easy station to set up and it is effective.
I put the playdough mats in a sheet protector and binder so that the littles will have easy access to the words. These mats are available here.

Bottle Top Spelling
I like to write the words on one set of bottle tops then have the students pull letters to spell the word. This is a super easy center and easy to make.







Here the students create tactile words using old alphabet posters. This is great for those visual learners. 


Dot Markers

I use these to assess during my guided reading groups. These are great to put in a RTI binder. Simple and easy assessment on sight word recognition. You can find these here.


I have noticed that my kiddos are weak with spelling their sight words and remembering them.


I have posted many times about how I do spelling. ( Click here to peep out how I teach spelling) In kindergarten we have weekly spelling test, boo, which are based off our sight words. For my kiddos this has been a constant struggle to get them to learn their words

This year I have implemented something that I call spelling exercise

The kids really enjoy this time and they get to be "silly" but they are still learning at the same time

Here are a few photos, a by few I mean a lot, of us moving to learn

With each exercise the kiddos have to do the exercise while spelling their word 3 times


Let me just say I am sorry the pics are soo dark. I am a bat and I hate having the lights on in my room! I forgot to turn them on before I started snapping pics!

You may proceed
1. Kiddos are jogging to spell their word



2. I believe they are still jogging

3. Jumping Jacks

4. Love this action shot! This is frog Hops


5. More Frog Hops


6. Bicycle


 7. More Bicycle


 8. Kangaroo POunce


 9. Squats!


10. Toe Touch

Some of my other spelling exercises that are not posted are

crawl like a turtle ( get down on all fours and crawl slowly while spelling the word)
swim like a fish ( Arms out to side and push back My kiddos like to blow up their jaws too)
hop like a monkey ( arms curled under and jump up and down)
Truck Driver ( Drive an invisible car and try not to crash while spelling the word)
Elephant ( Stomp while spelling the word)
Snake ( sliter body from side to side while laying on the floor)
King Kong ( pound on chest while spelling)
Tug a war ( Partners sit on floor facing each other holding  hands and pull)
Kick ( High Kicks)
Spin ( spin around while spelling the word)
Shake ( Shake to the front and shake to the back)




Mrs. Collatos @ First Grade is Toadally Awesome made some cute little cards to go with each spelling Exercise!

You can check them out here for free!



Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fire Safety Week

Hiya Peeps

September is quickly slipping away! 

Fire Safety week is approaching. I love teaching my littles about being safe and getting to visit out local fire department. 

Here are some videos, books, and resources that I use to make fire safety week fun. 




Chip and Dale's Rescue Ranger


Sesame Street and the FDNY


Here are some of the resources that I plan to use next week. 





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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A Quickie w/ Freebies

Hiya peeps

Shuna here

Let me first apologize because this is going to be a drive by post! 

I am completely pooped here

Actually I am kinda overwhelmed with a new grade, new curriculum, new standards and a ridiculously large class! 


I did however wanted to share two freebies with you that have been sitting on my computer F.O.R.E.V.E.R.!

Click each pic to scoop them up

Alphabet Tracing Cards
This is a simple beginning center that is perfect to use at the beginning of the year. This is a center that I use to help my students get used to centers at the beginning of the year. All you have to do is attach these to a binder ring and you are ready to go. 

Pocket Chart Sort for Upper and Lowercase Letters
This is also another beginning station that I have my students do. These cards can be used for upper and lowercase sorting and sorting letters in students name. 

Enjoy

Peace out Peeps

I promise next time won't be a quickie :)

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Stamping Center

Hiya peeps

Shuna here

I recently went to IKEA to get some stools for my classroom but somehow I ended up in the lighting aisle. 
I picked up these two cuties
Don't have the slightest idea where I am going to put these but they were too cute to pass up.

I can't believe it is back to school time already! This summer has gone by so quickly. 

I still have a couple more weeks of summer break but I know that many of you have already gone back.

One thing that I wanted to do this summer is to rethink my centers. My students love our stamping station 

but last year it was kinda lax and random. So I knew that I have to come up with a way make my 

stamping station more engaging and educationally focused. 

Stamping stations are one of the easiest centers to set up and change out. 

I create my stamping pack so students will have stamping printables to work on throughout the year. The

 pack is broken down into beginning, middle and end of the year skills. 

Here is a peak 

Check out my cute little stamps that I got from Hobby Lobby! 



Here is a look at some of the  skills included

One of the things that my littles have the most trouble with is b/d/p/q confusion. There are several pages 

within the pack to practice this skill.



Alphabet Skills: Students combine writing, letter identification, stamping and cutting skills. 

Name Writing and Recognition

Say and Stamp: This is a great way to infuse your stamping station with a little CVC word practice. Students will say each picture and stamp the correct CVC word in the box.

There are also lots of rhyming word practice sheets included.

Students spin and stamp the correct short vowel sound.

Sight Word Practice

More sight word practice this time with sentences.

There are also pages for students to practice stamping nouns and verbs.

Sound Substitution
Students practice flipping one sound to build a new word.

If you would like to check out the stamping pack click the picture below.

Peace Out Peeps

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Classroom Happenings and Earth Day

Hiya Peeps

Shuna here

Just wanted to stop by and show a couple things that we have been doing.

First up

We have been studying fairy tales and shapes. To wrap up our unit the littles had to create a castle using 3d shapes. The projects turned out really cool. 


We also have been studying animals. Once we wrapped up our study we have a couple of classroom visitors. 







I just finished up my Earth Day unit. 


It is full of Earth Day fun for the littles. 


If you have made it this far down the post how about we have a little giveaway! I am going to give away a couple copies to the first followers that share my new pack. All you have to do is pin one of the pictures in this post, comment w/ the link that you shared, and leave your email addy. Simple right

Peace Out Peeps


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