Monday, August 24, 2015

Intervention Activities for Short Vowel CVC Words

I loved my Consonant Blends Intervention Printable Pack so much, I decided to make one for short vowels. I'm so excited to have these ready to go for my small groups. 

I found these folders that have a clear pocket in the front and 3 hole fasteners inside. I put the word family page in the front as a cover and a resource for students.




All the pages in this pack are ready to print. Print them out and put them all in page protectors. The funny thing is that I've been doing this for a while but it never occurred to me to put it together in a simple folder for each student. I had been passing out the page protectors each day individually then storing them in a file folder. This is much easier!












Each student in your group can make their own words then read them to each other. 













Sunday, August 16, 2015

Consonant Blend Intervention Activities

Happy Sunday! I'm so excited to finally finish and post this. I've been using pieces of this for the past two years and have been adding bits and pieces. If there were more time in a day, I would actually complete things I start and put them together in a beautiful package right away. That would save me time in the long run actually! For the past year, I've had these materials in pocket protectors and then pulled them out individually when I needed to use them. Now that I'm finished with the whole pack, I've put them together in a folder and I loooove this system. I found this folder recently that is just perfect. There is a clear sheet protector on the front cover of this folder. 


Then inside there are three holds with fasteners, perfect to slip these sheet protectors into. I plan on making six folders to pass out to my small group. This is perfect for a warm up before guided reading groups OR to use for RTI. My kiddos always need more practice with blends!



When it's time to teach consonant blends, my materials will be ready to go and easy to access. 


In this pack, I included a variety of activities to give students opportunities to build, write, and read words and sentences with consonant blends.








This is one of my favorites: 





At the end, there are a few short stories, too!


This game you could play over and over. 


Just slip all your materials in the sheet protectors. 




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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Great Back to School Read Alouds

Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope your week is going well so far. I'm trying to enjoy my last couple weeks of freedom before it's time to set that alarm clock again. Once August hits, I get into "back to school" mode where my mind just starts going. One of my favorite ways to get back into school mode is a trip to my favorite book stores. Doesn't every teacher just love to sit in the children's section for hours and look for new books? Well, I don't have hours anymore, but I do love that this is one thing I can do for work that my own kids can enjoy too. I was on a mission this time to find some new (to me) read-alouds for that first week back. I had always done the classics, like Wemberly Worried, The Kissing Hand, Jitter Juice, and What I Did for my Summer Vacation. I am ready for some new books but with the same themes: feelings about the first day, friendship, and school. I'm happy to say I found some new (to me) favorites! 







Link to book: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/peanut-butter-cupcake-terry-border/1117745887?ean=9780399167737 

This book is adorable! My boys wanted to read it over and over again. The illustrations alone sparked conversation before we even got to the words! This is a great book for the first week because it's all about friendship. There are plenty of opportunities for discussion while you are reading this book: how the main character must be feeling, how the other characters treat him, and to be a good friend. My favorite part is the little jingle that Peanut Butter sings as he tried to make new friends. Get your students giggling on day one with this wonderful story! If I were crafty, I would think of a cute bulletin board idea with the heading: We all go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly. This could be a great way to introduce the concept of a classroom community/team. 



Link to book: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/monsters-love-school-mike-austin/1117007208?ean=9780062286185

This is another cute story that is perfect to talk about first day feelings.  I love the rhyming on each page and the monster characters are so lovable. This would be a great book to start with so you can address all those first day feelings and you could do the classic feelings graph with your class.

Link to book: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-day-my-mom-came-to-kindergarten-maureen-fergus/1113758749?ean=9781554536986

I bought this book last year when my son was entering kindergarten. We read it the night before I went into volunteer. He thought it was hilarious of course. I joked that I hope I didn't act like that mom! He immediately went into some of the rules that I should know about. ;) 


Link to book: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ally-saurus-the-first-day-of-school-richard-torrey/1120134936?ean=9781454911791

This is a cute story that highlights our unique interests. I love the illustrations  on each page, showing what each child wants to be (princess, astronaut, dragon, etc.) There is a good lesson in this story too, as some of the girls aren't very nice in the beginning. This would be a great way to bring up how we should treat each others. 


This little activity would be great to do afterward:

Link to book: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bunny-loves-to-write-peter-bently/1114110451?ean=9781781868256

This is a great book to read a little later in the week when you are ready to get kids excited about writing. I would use it before introducing the writer's notebook. I probably would want to leave them wanting more, so I think I would show them my writer's notebook first then tell them that they get to have their own...soon!






Now it's your turn. What are your favorite read-alouds for the first week of school?



To see my previous posts related to Back to School, click here.






Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Phonics Stories

As a new school year begins, we have some new students who are all mostly eager to learn to read. My son is at this point right now. He's got the foundational skills and he's ready to take off. They have a solid phonics foundation and are quickly learning new sight words and other decoding strategies. Parents and teachers are also excited to get to that point where the reading finally clicks. But let's be honest. It's not that quick and simple. It takes time and it takes practice. I think the hardest thing for me when I first started teaching was finding resources for my beginning readers. They weren't ready for the I Can Read books in the local books stores because they didn't know enough sight words and they still needed more practice with sounding out smaller words. They had gone through the Bob books, so now what. It was like this huge gap that I struggled to fill for my students and families who were eager to help. I love the leveled guided reading books, but I also didn't feel like they benefited my beginning readers who truly needed to practice sounding out words. The more I learn about dyslexia, the more I feel strongly about a solid phonics foundation for ALL kids. In class I would do a combination of phonetic books and guided reading leveled books (which focused much more on developing other reading strategies.) I saw (and still see) both as important tools for our beginning readers. The phonetic books gave my kids a little confidence boost because they could successfully read them. The guided reading books are amazing to use instructionally but I found my students struggled to read them independently (unless it was a reread, which is also great to do.) I always found that once my students could read at level F, the doors just flew open. They had the strategies and enough sight word knowledge to pick up some of those beginner books at the book store and really read them. Before that stage, they really still needed a lot of guidance. The phonics readers were what they could tackle on their own, but they still needed time and practice to gain fluency with those. Again though, there was the problem of not having enough. 

So flash forward a few years and I'm writing my own phonics stories for the kids to get extra practice. They aren't the cutest but they get the job done. Now I've finally taken the time to put it all together into a complete set. Over the past couple years I have fallen in love with using story cards. I've blogged about my seasonal guided reading story cards in the past a lot. My students LOVE them. Since they are laminated, they can write or highlight on them with dry erase marker. They are short and simple to allow for several opportunities to reread so they can improve their fluency. They are not overwhelming for our beginning or struggling readers so they can feel success while working on decoding strategies, fluency, and comprehension. Now I've finished a set of phonics based story cards. These are my first set of story cards that are totally phonetic:


These story cards can be used as a warm up during guided reading groups or they can be used for partner reading. They can be put out during Daily 5 and used as a Read to Self option.


I know a lot of you like the printable option too. Times get busy, our color printers get tired, and we are sick of laminating. I get it. For this reason, I created a printable version of all the same stories. Some are slightly tweaked so I could develop better comprehension questions.





Printables are also great because you can send them home!

If you are interested in this set, you can get them at my store: