Monday, June 4, 2012

Blog Makeover and a syllable freebie to celebrate

I'm so excited about my blog makeover! I've needed it for a while. Jena from First Grade with Miss Snowden designed it for me and. I. LOVE. it. I was her lucky giveaway winner. Thank you so much Jena! :) Check out her blog by clicking on the picture. She has a fabulous blog!

I have two more weeks of school left and I've been working with some of my small groups on syllables, specifically, breaking words into syllables to spell a word correctly (or at least come closer). I always encourage my kids to break a word up into its syllables when spelling and I find that really helps them to be more accurate with spelling. To help with this skill, I made a syllable puzzle activity. You could use it as a center, or use it with a small group. I plan on using it this week with small groups so I can guide them along. Grab your copy by clicking on the picture below.

clip art by: Carrie; frames by Miss Tina; puzzles by scrappindoodles

There are 16 puzzle words like this one:

clipart by thistlegirldesigns

and a student sheet

I'll guide students to separate the beginning pieces from the middle and end. Then they can look at the picture clue and break the word into syllables aloud. Then they will look for the 2nd syllable (middle puzzle piece) and then the 3rd. Since there will be so many pieces, I'll probably do half the sheet at one time and the other at another time (or let them do the other half independently).

I'd love to hear what you think and how you practice this skill. Don't forget to check out Jena's blog too!


  1. Love the new blog design! It's adorable!

  2. Love the new look! Thanks for the syllable puzzles. Great idea.

  3. Your new blog design is outstanding! I am definitely updating mine in the coming days. Thanks for the freebie, too!

    Lori (
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  4. I *heart* your blog design!! It looks fabulous!! :)

    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  5. I love the new design. It looks great!


  6. Thank you for sharing--this looks great!

    Your new design is catchy! The sidebar titles are adorable. :-) I just had my blog redesigned, too. It was time for a change!

  7. I always work on syllabication with "sounding out" in spelling, too. I think it really helps them.

    Very cute new blog design.
    ❤Dragonflies in First ❤

  8. You are a genius. Really- that's all I can say. :)
    Such a great way to teach and reinforce the different syllable types!!


  9. I appreciate your writing because you described really well about makeover games. Thanks for sharing such an informative post.