Friday, July 18, 2014

A Fun, Easy Way to Practice Reading

I recently updated my Read, Think, Match pack. For those of you who bought it way back when, let me just say... sorry! I think I've updated this thing once or twice already. I'm not trying to drive you crazy with all these updates. Let me just explain for just a sec. :) First of all, clip art is just amazing these days. It just keeps getting better and better my friends. When new clip art comes out, I get inspired! Secondly, I learn something new every time I use a product. I am always wanting to make it better. Sooo... this update has SEVERAL new pages and some old pages with new clipart and some old pages that are just the same. :) For those of you who don't know about this yet, let me give you a little preview:

It's pretty basic. You cut, you read, you match, you paste. Boom! Mind blown, I'm sure. :) 

Seems simple, but it's been such a great resource for me. I started making these during my first year as a first grade teacher circa 2006. Oohh, I will not show you a sample of those. Not pretty my friends. The format and the idea was same, but I did not have it going on back then. Not that I think I do now, but let's just say, I've learned a few things. I created these originally because I was trying to get my kids to think about the text. Originally, these were inferencing activities. I would give clues like, "I am made of snow and can melt when it's hot. Who am I?" It evolved into a mixture of those inferential matches and just plain match a sentence to a picture (still using decoding skills and strategies to match to the picture for our beginning readers though!) 

Here is a picture of a more basic version (for your beginning readers):

Here's a sample of a slightly more challenging page with some opportunities to make inferences:

Why do I love these?

I also added the updates to my Reading Skills Bundle, which includes this pack, my sequencing pack, and my visualizing pack. 

I'd love your input for a kinder version!  I thought of having just a word to match to a picture to get them used to the first strategies of beginning reading: using the pictures and looking at the first letter in the word. Then I thought I'd include another with some simple sentences. What do you think? I know that for most, at the beginning of the year, this would be difficult...I'd love to hear your thoughts! :)Thanks!



  1. Great activity! I'm so glad to have you as a resource as I go into my first year in 1st grade!! Thanks for all your work. :)

    Little In Betweens
    (formerly Teach on a Limb)

  2. Thanks Jessica! You will LOVE teaching first grade! Let me know if you have any questions. :)

  3. I like the idea of having just a word to match to the picture and also a simple decodable sentence to match with the picture, like in the example you showed.
    Looking forward to using the first grade set I just purchased!!
    Thank you!

  4. I teach K and like the kindergarten version. I have not used your other ones, but I think that K's would like it too!

    A Very Curious Class

  5. your version for k is on spot and fantastic.... I would love it!!!!

  6. I was lucky enough to win Sarah's Reading Skills Bundle last year and it has been my favorite item! I used it as a rotation in Daily 5 Word Work and it felt great to know that my students were practicing valuable skills on their own! Thanks again, Sarah!!

    Finally in First

  7. I taught K and now 1st and eventually will go back to K and I think it is perfect!! Would love if it was bundled with 1st to use for lower first at the beginning of the year!