Monday, January 12, 2015

Showing My Understanding Magnetic Display

One of my favorite educational supply companies is Teacher Created Resources. Recently, they contacted me and asked me if I wanted to try out some of their magnetic labels. I jumped at the chance, of course! 

Right away, I knew what I wanted to do with them.

I use the Marzano scales to check for understanding. I decided this year that I was going to use the scales predominately to access my students' understanding of the weekly phonics skill(s). 

Up until I had these magnets, we were doing frequent heart checks. I would tell my students the learning goal for the week and articulate the specific target goals for each score. Then, my students would hold up 1, 2, 3, or 4 fingers. This was working well, but once I saw these magnets, I knew they would make a wonderful addition to my showing my understanding anchor chart.

This picture shows part of my focus wall. On the bottom of the picture, you can see my showing my understanding anchor chart. I labeled each magnet with my students' names. 

Now, after I articulate each target goal, my students place their magnet under the score that best describes their ability at that moment in time. My target goals are very specific to the skill being taught, so my students know exactly where they score.

Here are some close-ups!

I love how this display is very accessible to the children, as it allows them to move their magnet when they feel they are ready to move to the next score. The children enjoy being in charge of their learning and monitoring themselves as the week goes on. This display makes it very easy for me to help track my students' progress, give extra help, if needed, and celebrate success.

If you are interested in purchasing these magnets for your classroom, you can find them here. They come 30 to a pack. You can use the rest for other things, like I do! They are easy to write on and wipe off, and the magnet is powerful.

If you are interested in my showing my understanding anchor chart, just leave a comment, with your email (or email me!) and I'll send it to you.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Best Phonics Giveaway Ever!

Hi Everyone!

Are you ready for the BEST Phonics Giveaway Ever!!!!

I am teaming up with some fabulous teacher bloggers and friends to bring some lucky teachers our favorite phonics products.  

Check out all of our posts to get some helpful tips for teaching phonics in the classroom.

My Phonics Teaching Tip

I am giving away my Let's Build Words pack. It contains 13 different building words activities, including short and long vowels, digraphs, and words with -ar. Each activity sheet comes with its own letters, as well as an answer key.

Building words helps children learn to decode and blend individual sounds in words. My students LOVE building words and it really keeps them interested and engaged. They enjoy manipulating the letters and seeing how moving just one letter can change the sound and meaning of words. 

Managing the letters in these types of activities can be very challenging because you have to make sure each child has the correct set of letters. When children build words at a station or in small groups, the letters can easily get mixed up and there is nothing worse than hearing, "I have no g! I need a g!" 

I am proud to say that I have come up with a fool-proof way to manage all the letters in my building words activities. And, read below to see what keeps my students from losing their place when they are building words. 

A Phonics Freebie

Click the image below to get a FREE Long a word building activity sheet!

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 You can enter every day. There will be 3 grand prize winners.  Remember the giveaway will end Sunday at midnight!!! Good Luck! 

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Gingerbread Goodies

Here's a post I wrote last year around this time, containing some cute gingerbread activities. 
I thought it would be fun to post it again!

Here's a simple kindergarten gingerbread writing activity for you! After reading a gingerbread man book, have the children decide what they want their own gingerbread man to run from.

I didn't help the children write their words. They had to get their mouth ready to say it and keep writing the letters for the sounds they heard. They did a great job and were very proud of themselves.

Click here to get this for free!

Check out more of my gingerbread activities below...

Here's a picture of the gingerbread dolls my first graders made using fabric paint. This is always a huge hit!

And some close-ups...

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Cyber Monday and Tuesday Sale!

I hope you are all ready to shop because the TpT cyber Monday and Tuesday sale is a great opportunity to do so! Everything in my store is marked down 20% and TpT is giving an additional 10% off. You just need to use this code at checkout: TPTCYBER. These sales don't happen often, but, when they do, you can save a lot of money. 

Here are some items you may need!

Don't forget to leave feedback after you purchase something from TpT because then you can use the credits you earn to pay for additional items.

Happy Shopping!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Black Friday Sale!

Get ready...
Get set...
Go shop!

In honor of Black Friday, I am putting my entire teaching store on sale on Friday, November 28!

On Friday only, you can save 20% off
 of every single product!

However, if you want to hold out until Monday and Tuesday, you can save 28% off of everything in my store because Teachers Pay Teachers is having a Cyber Monday (and Tuesday) sale! Everything in my store will be 20% off on Monday and Tuesday and Teachers Pay Teachers is offering an additional 10% off, which actually comes out to a savings of 28%! Make sure you use the code TPTCYBER to save the extra 10%.

Phew! That is a lot of information!

The bottom line is, you can shop on Friday and save 20%, or shop on Monday and Tuesday, and save 28%. 
The choice is yours!

Here's some more great news!
I just posted two brand new products!

Sight Word Sentence Books aligned to the 2014 Kindergarten Journeys Reading Program AND booklets containing the Pre-Primer and Primer Dolch Words. You can read more about them here.

Have you started to use interactive notebooks yet? I hope so! But, if not, now is the perfect time to start! You can check out my interactive notebook activities here.

I hope you all thoroughly enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Sight Word Sentence Booklets

I am so excited about these sight word sentence booklets!
I created them because I wanted a QUICK and FUN way for my students to practice each word we learn. My kindergartners feel like such scholars because they are reading!

The booklets are VERY easy to prepare and each booklet just needs ONE sheet of paper! Just print them back to back. Students cut on the faint dotted lines, put the pages in order, and staple. That is all. No fuss. No muss.

Here is what the front and back pages look like before they are cut. Each booklet includes one focus sight word and four predictable sentences. On the last page, students practice writing the word four times.

Here is what they look like after they are cut.

In this set, each booklet is labeled with the lesson number and focus sight word.

And, for those who don't use Journeys, I made a set using ALL the pre-primer and primer Dolch Words. 
In this set, each booklet is labeled with the focus sight word.

These booklets are perfect for everyday use, to help your students learn and practice their sight words and reading skills. A lot of thought went into creating each booklet and I look forward to using all of them and watching my students' excitement about reading. They just can't get enough books! 

Scholastic Teacher Book Wizard