Thursday, October 1, 2015

Kindergarten RTI: Rhyming and Identifying Initial and Medial Phonemes

Assessments are done and I've started working with my students now. I have so much to write about but so little time, so I thought I'd share a little snippet from my kindergarten groups. I'm working with kindergartener on the alphabetic principal and phonological awareness at this point in the year. Working with these students inspired me to add a little to my Phonemic Awareness Intervention Pack. I've added several pages of rhyming activities,  more initial phoneme cards, and a medial phonemes activity. Right now we are working on rhyming and identifying the initial phonemes in words. Those are two skills that we want our kindergarteners to start the year off having.

Rhyme It: 
There are several rhyme cards with this activity. Choose a bigger rectangular card to set on top (here, the picture of the pail is shown.) There will be three picture cards that rhyme with that word.

How to use this activity: 
Ahead of time, have the three cards the rhyme, plus three others that do not rhyme, ready to go. Place the rectangle card on the board. With your small group gathered around, say the word. For example, the picture shown in this picture above is pail. Then choose a card from your stack of 6. Say the word that matches the picture. Say the word pail again. Ask students to give a thumbs up if it rhymes and a thumbs down if it doesn't. Choose one student to place the card on the correct square. The blank squares represent words that rhyme and the x squares are for words that do not rhyme. Give all students in your group the chance to be the one who places the card on the mat.
Make sure everyone is interacting by:
1. Having them saying the words with you.
2. Whispering the words a second time in their whisper phones.
3. Giving a thumbs up or thumbs down to show if they think the picture card rhymes with the main word.
After all cards are placed on the board, say all the rhyming words together to reinforce the rhyme.

Initial Sound Sort 
I also added picture cards to the initial sound sort. For this activity, students will decide if the picture card starts with the same phoneme as the rectangle picture card that the teacher placed on the board. For example, I put the butterfly card on the board. I would get the initial b sound cards out ahead of time and mix in some other initial sounds. Just as with the other activity, I would have students say the word that matches the picture and gives a thumbs up or down if they think it has the same initial sound as butterfly.  

Medial Sounds:
I also added an activity for medial phonemes. With this activity, place the rectangular card on the board. This card has a vowel  (your medial sound) with a picture to remind students of the sound. There are 12 cards for each vowel. To do this activity, take the 12 picture cards for that vowel and mix in some cards that do not have that same vowel sound. Students will choose a card and say the word that matches the picture. As a group, stretch out this word. You can stretch using slinkies or extend your arm and slide through the word. Next, point to the rectangle card and review the sound /aaaaa/. Ask students to give you thumbs up if the picture card has the /a/ sound in it. If it does, place the card on the blank box. If it doesn't, then place it on the square with the x. 

To see the MANY other activities in this Phonemic Awareness Pack, click here. 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Character Analysis Pack for Fall

Last year I started this character analysis pack for fall after writing this blog post. Then fall turned to winter, so I left this to finish that. :) Now I'm finished with this one too! Hooray!

This pack has a few different parts. 

It's always nice to have a printable worksheet version. These are the same stories as the cards, but they also have additional comprehension question.

These are just a few examples of books that you could use with these graphic organizers. To see more examples, check out this post. 

I use these story cards a lot in my classroom. I use them with small groups to practice fluency and comprehension. You could also use them as a partner reading activity during Daily 5. Here is how you use these story cards:

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Silent e Printable Intervention Packet

Hi Everyone! I just wanted to do a quick post to let you know that my next set of Phonics Printable (but interactive) intervention packs is done! This can be used one on one, with a small RTI group, or as a guided reading warm-up. This one focuses on silent e.

Just like the other packs, I pick and choose the pages I need and put them together in a folder.

We go through the activities as needed. The pages increase in difficulty.

I also have short vowel and consonant blend printable intervention packs.

For more silent e reading passages, check out this pack with 36 story cards and reading passages:

Friday, September 11, 2015

Parent Involvement

Hi everyone! Happy (almost) fall! This was my first official week back to school with kids... but I spent it in bed. Yep. Sick the first week of school. Not fun.

Today my post is all about parents, specifically parents participating in their children's education. In our school mission statement, it states that parents are the primary educators. I think that's really important. More and more we are seeing the iPad or iPhone as primary educators. Ouch. There, I said it. I'm being harsh and definitely over exaggerating, but there is a little truth in it. However, there are still TONS of parents who want to work with their kids and are so eager for ideas of how to do this. So  for this post, I've pulled some of my favorite posts and pins that involve kids at home learning and exploring with parents. At the end of this post, there is a page filled with QR codes that lead to some of these great posts. The goal is to encourage those iPad parents to interact more with their kids and to give those eager parents the resources they want/need. :)

I love this post about fun science experiments to do at home! What a great way to bond with your kids while getting them thinking and exploring.


This is a great post filled with tons of fun, interactive suggestions for at-home reading.

I love this post from my friend Valerie from All Students Can Shine about reading at home. This is a great resource for parents!


My friend Lisa from Growing Firsties also has an wonderful resource for parents. This is such a helpful resource for parents. Often they are reading with their kids or listening to them read, but they aren't sure how to make the best of it.


This post is full of activities to practice math skills. Math can be so fun and it starts with our attitudes toward math. Making math come alive can do wonders for kids! 


This idea is adorable for introducing subtraction to the younger kids:

This post is packed with fun ideas, games, and tools to make math enjoyable for your kids. Love this post!

Last year I posted ideas for practicing the alphabet at home. Here is a link to that post:

Earlier in the summer I also posted some ideas for practicing sight words in the summer. Since summer is pretty much ending, I thought I'd share this resource I made for the parents at my school a couple of years ago. (It's basically the same activities as the summer one.) One of the questions I get most from parents is how to help their kids master those sight words. I'm hoping this resource can help!

I printed these two pages front and back to send home:

along with this explanation page:

I posted the entire packet on our school website so parents could download as needed. 

If you scroll down to the bottom, you will see this and can download it there for free.

I wanted to find a way to share these resources with parents. At the end of the last school year , I made some summer activities bookmarks for some of the parents at my school. These were full of hands-on, interactive ideas and activities for working/playing with your child during the summer. I found my favorite blog posts/Pinterest pins and put them together on a bookmark with qr codes. I decided to do the same for this! 

You can print it as a two-sided bookmark to laminate. 

Or just print on a regular page like this. 

It has some of the ideas from this post with a QR code to link parents to each post. Hopefully it will encourage them to work with their child in these fun, interactive ways! 

If you are in the reading mood, here are some great articles with research written on the topic of parents involvement: