Thursday, January 19, 2017

Beginning Sounds FREEBIE!

I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing winter break! After a couple weeks of getting back to the normal school routine, we have been working really hard in small groups. I don't know about you, but I swear it takes just as long for me to get back to the school routine after winter break as it is does for the students!

The first couple weeks back from break have consisted of a lot of small group work, observing independent work, and looking over assessments. From all of this, I am really happy with where my small groups are headed!

The second half of the school year is here and it is also the time of year that those beginning readers really begin to shine through! It is such an exciting time of year!

I really like to make sure that my students have a great understanding of their letter sounds. I wanted to make a hands-on activity that would be fun, engaging, and beneficial for my students. I put together an interactive beginning sounds snowman activity that I wanted to share with you all and have available for you for FREE!!

I love themed activities and with this crazy weather we have been having I thought snowmen were a perfect fit!

This Snowman Beginning Sounds Activity is great for many different levels. It can be used during small groups, centers, one-on-one, and more! Here is a closer look:
  • Students look at the picture on the snowman and say it out loud. They will listen for and determine the beginning sound letter of the picture. 
  • Next, students will look for the popsicle stick that has the correct beginning sound letter.
  • They will place the popsicle stick through the slits on the snowman to make it look like the arms of the snowman!
Here are some more pictures of the activity in action:



Included in this activity are snowmen with pictures from A-Z.

**You can even add an extra challenge by placing the beginning and ending sound letters on the popsicle stick for students to match to the picture.

I have enjoyed using this activity as a warm up for some of my higher groups, an extension activity for other groups, and even as the main activity for some of my groups. My favorite part is that all of the students benefit from this activity and have a ton of fun while doing so!

Did I mention that this activity is FREE!?! You can grab it from my TPT Store HERE or click on the picture below:

I hope you can find this as a helpful resource in your classroom. 
I hope everyone has a wonderful Friday and weekend! :) 

Monday, December 12, 2016

Holiday Patterns FREEBIE!

Happy Holidays!!! It is truly my most favorite time of year! Not sure if it is the decorations, weather, food, or music, but I absolutely love this holiday season!

I have a fun activity that you can do with your students this holiday! Your students will get to practice making different kinds of patterns with a holiday twist.

There are 4 activities included in this Holiday Patterns FREEBIE:

1. Color the lights to show the given pattern.


2. Paint lights with your fingerprints and make the given pattern.


3. Color a pattern of your choice and turn into a hallway display.




4. Paint lights with your fingerprints to create a pattern. Also, another adorable hallway display!




You can grab this FREEBIE at my TPT Store HERE:

I hope you enjoy this FREEBIE and can use it with your students! Happy Holidays!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Jack and the Beanstalk

As you may already know, I absolutely love fairy tales. Throughout the year I enjoy focusing on different fairy tales and doing lots of different activities related to each fairy tale. There are so many skills that can be worked on in just one story. The fairy tales that I do throughout the year are Three Billy Goats Gruff, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs, and Little Red Riding Hood.

This year I will also include the fairy tale, Jack and the Beanstalk. This is my newest fairy tale unit and I am so excited for all of the fun with the reading, writing, and math activities. There are lots of crafts and games too!

Here is a peek at the some of the activities included in this Jack and the Beanstalk Unit:

Literacy Activities
Making Predictions during the reading.


Interactive Story Elements Book for Students.


Make a Class Book



Writing Crafts




Retelling Crafts


Acting out the story

Reading different versions and choosing your favorite.



Math Activities
Build a Castle with Shapes. Use your imagination to build the castle anyway that you like.


Food always makes learning a little or a lot more fun!!

Measuring with magic beans/jelly beans.


 Comparing your hand and foot to a giant's hand and foot.



To celebrate all of the hard work, some magic beans are well deserved!!

Not all of the activities in this Jack and the Beanstalk Unit were included above. However, you can see the ENTIRE Jack and the Beanstalk Unit below and in even more detail HERE.
          

          

          

          

          

          

          

          

          


Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful week! :)
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