Sunday, April 24, 2016

Rainbow Writing and FREEBIE

Hey there! I have officially reached that time of year where I am super busy testing students! This is the time of year where I tend to get a bit overwhelmed especially keeping my students busy with meaningful and engaging activities.

I wanted to share with you an activity that I have my students work on at my writing center during testing. It is Sight Word Rainbow Writing, but with a twist! They not only rainbow write sight words, but they also practice writing the sight words on a rainbow using the different colors of the rainbow! It has been a huge hit and very effective!

I promise it is much easier and much more fun than it sounds!

The best part of all is that you get to choose the sight word you want your students to work on. This activity is completely EDITABLE and allows you to type the sight word of your choice right into the worksheet before you print!
Here is how the activity works:

First, students rainbow write the sight word using crayons.

Then, they write the sight word on each row of the rainbow using the correct color and order of a rainbow.

When finished, their writing looks like a rainbow!

This sight word activity is not only great in centers, but can also be used as morning work, homework, and so much more!

Here is a FREEBIE for the sight word 'like'. Click on the picture below to grab the FREEBIE!

You can check out this Sight Word Rainbow Writing Activity at my TPT Store HERE or click on the pictures below.

I hope you can find this activity helpful!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Spring Math and Literacy Centers

I can't believe I have my Spring Centers going in my classroom!! These are the second to last set of centers my students will be doing for the year! Time is flying by!! I wanted to share with you all some of my Spring Centers.

There are 17 Literacy Centers and 21 Math Centers included in my Spring Centers Pack. Here is a peek at some of the centers included:
Digraphs on a Log
Students will sort pictures on frogs to the correct digraph on the log.

It's Raining Sight Words
Students get to read the sight word on the cloud and build the sight word with raindrops underneath the cloud. (editable)

Ants Are Marching With CVC Words
In this center, students will different build CVC words.

Beginning and Ending Sounds
Students will add the beginning and ending sound letters to the string on the kite to make the CVC word. 

A Nest of Middle Vowels
Students will match the picture on the nest to the bird with the correct middle short vowel letter. 

Watering Words
In this center, students will read the word on the watering can and match it to the correct picture on the flower pot. (CVCC/CCVC Words)

A Tulip of Ending Sounds
Students will match the picture on the tulip to the ending sound letter on the stem to make a flower.

Raining Beginning Sounds
Students will match the picture on the umbrella to the correct beginning sound letter on the handle to make an umbrella.

**There are 9 other Literacy Center activities included that are not pictured above.  Skills in these other centers are: blends, CVC Words, Word Families, Sentence Unscramble, Reading Short Sentences, Rhyming, CVCe Words, Long Vowels, Real or Nonsense Words.

Counting Honey Bees
In this center, students count out bees to match the number on the hive. Numbers included are 1-10 and 11-20.

Crawling Numbers
Students get to show numbers in a variety of ways while building a caterpillar. (ten frames, number word, dice, and tallies). Numbers included are 1-10 and 11-20.

Build a Flower
Students will sort different addition and subtraction equations on flower petals to the correct answer on the flower stem. When the petals are in the correct place, they will build a flower. (Answers included are 3-6, 7-10, or you can choose which numbers to work on).

Swatting Those Sums
Students will match the sum on the bug swatter to the correct addition equation underneath the bug.

Building Teen Numbers
Students will build a butterfly by placing the correct base ten blocks and tens/ones to show the teen number.

Ducks in Order
In this center, students will place a set of 3 mixed numbers in the correct order. Numbers included are 1-10 and 11-20.

**There are 15 other Math Center activities included that are not pictured above. Skills in these other centers are: Addition Stories, Subtraction, Comparing Numbers, Counting On, 3D Shapes, Base Ten Blocks, Counting by 1's, 2's, 5's, and 10's, finding missing numbers, sort and graph, addition and subtraction combined, patterns.

Each Math and Literacy Center comes with a kid friendly 'I Can' Poster to guide students on how to do each center activity to help promote independence.

You can grab these Spring Math and Literacy Centers at my TPT Store HERE or click on the picture below. They will be on SALE until the end of Wednesday!

I have also separated these centers into just Spring Math Centers and just Spring Literacy Centers. You can check these out by clicking on the pictures below.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Sight Word Sentence Scrambles and FREEBIE

Hi everyone! I hope the beginning of spring has been enjoyable and that you all had a wonderful and relaxing spring break!

I am so excited to share with you something that I have been working on over the past few months... Sight Words Reading, Writing, and Sentence Scrambles! 

I am always trying to find new ideas to help my students learn sight words and at this point of the school year I am really trying to find new hands-on activities that incorporate sight words into short sentences.

These Sight Words Reading, Writing, and Sentence Scrambles have 50 different sight words included. There are 2 books for each sight word. There is a mini book and a large book. The large book can be used as a book or individual pages. Both books have the same sentences, but different formats for you to choose the one that works best for you. You can also use both books of course!

I find myself using both books and you will read more on how I do that below. 

Each book has a focus sight word. There are 5 sentences per sight word and for students to read, write, and unscramble. The sentences also incorporate other common sight words.

Here is an example of the small sight word book.
Step 1: Read the Sentence.

 Step 2: Write the Sentence.

 Step 3: Cut the scrambled words.

Step 4: Glue the words in the correct order to build the sentence. 

An additional independent reading page is included for each sight word that has all of the sentences from the book on one page. 
This is great to use to check for fluency, understanding, to use during intervention, and more!

As the students read each sentence, I color in the check mark to show that they have read the sentence independently. We love to celebrate when they read the independent reading page on their own!

If they are having trouble reading the sentences independently, I have them go back and work on the same sight word, but using the book that I have not already used with them. For example, if they completed the small book for the sight word they can work on the large book. I tend to use the large book as individual pages rather than a book. The different format makes the activity not seem the same as using the small book and still keeps the students engaged.

Here is an example of the large book. (These can be stapled together or used as individual pages)

These Sight Word Reading, Writing, and Sentence Scramble Books will have your students working on so many skills at once. They will be practicing their sight words, reading sentences, writing sentences, and unscrambling words to make sentences all in a hands-on and interactive way! Here is what others are saying:

What I have really enjoyed and noticed about these books is that students are not only learning their sight words, but they get to practice reading and writing sight words in sentences. They also are developing correct conventions of a sentence, gaining confidence, fluency, and independence with their reading skills

You can grab these Sight Words Reading, Writing, and Sentence Scrambles at my TPT Store HERE or click on the picture below:
This BUNDLE will be on SALE all week!

If you want to try these Sight Word Reading, Writing, and Sentence Scrambles here is a FREEBIE for the sight word 'you'. You can grab it HERE or click on the picture below:

I hope you enjoy! :)

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