Friday, January 30, 2015

Teacher Work Day {Off} and Five For Friday Linky

Today was a Teacher Work Day for the teachers in my building. Since I am retired from the classroom and working as a Teacher's Assistant this year, I did not have to report to work. Yippee! I'll take a three day weekend!

That gave me the idea to link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching's Five For Friday weekly linky party! Yay! It's been a very long time since I've done this and I am so excited to be sharing this week.

The teachers in my building do a phenomenal job with our kiddos. They have high standards and the students rise to the occasion and meet their challenges.

Dolch Sight Word Sentence Practice

Earlier this week I posted about my newest TpT product called Dolch Sight Word Sentence Practice. It is a PowerPoint file that allows you to download the file onto your classroom laptops, computers, or even your tablets. Students can work either individually or with a partner to practice the sight word sentences, I suggest once they have mastered their sight words in isolation and also the sight word phrases. You can even adjust the slide show to advance slower or quicker depending on the needs of the students.

I got a chance to use the PowerPoint with my kiddos this week and it was a hit! I work mostly with boys, so I was able to set the PowerPoint Transitions to an paper airplane setting that when clicked or tapped (on a tablet), the slide folds up into a paper airplane and zooms away. My boys love this! It kept their attention the entire time and they were so motivated to keep working with what usually turns pretty "old" after a few moments of review. They love tapping the screen to get to see the page fold up and fly away! Click on the video below to see my kiddos in action.


I also wanted to share the great work the teachers are posting on their hall bulletin boards, which I get to see each day as I travel throughout the halls to see my kiddos for the day.

This one highlights Synonym Snowmen, where students wrote the name of a word on the middle circle of their snowman, then wrote synonyms for the word in the bottom circle. Cute idea!!

On another bulletin board, a third grade teacher challenged her students to create a Cereal Box project about books they had read on the American Revolution or Famous Americans they were studying about in Social Studies/History: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Armistead Lafayette, Jack Jouette, James Madison, and Patrick Henry. Collaboratively, students had to create and decorate a real cereal box with illustrations and information they had read about in their books. Awesome projects!

Second graders used Christmas cards as writing prompts to write to the prompt, "When I look out my window I see..." What a cute idea.

Such a great work week! I love my school! Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

SNOW DAY and I HAVE...WHO HAS? Dolch Sight Word Phrases
Today was a surprise Snow Day for us in central VA; the second one in two weeks! Yippee! I'm originally from PA and just moved to VA this school year. It makes me chuckle a little when schools are closed for two inches of snow. In PA we went to school on at least a one or two hour delay for such a small amount of snow. I was expecting a delay this morning, which we originally had; but within about two hours while the snow kept falling, we got the final call that schools were closed. Hey, who's complaining! It was a pleasant surprise. On that note, my thoughts prayers are with the teachers and families up the North East/New England coast who got dumped on today by the Blizzard conditions.

I got a chance to create another I HAVE...WHO HAS? game. With this one my students get to practice the sight words in a fun way once they have mastered the majority of the sight words in isolation. There are over 75 cards included, so this game would be perfect as a whole group activity. Passing out the entire deck of cards allows each student in your class to have up to about four cards (for classes of about 19-25 students). 

Normally I would have this game start with the "I Will Begin...Who Has..." card, but I just got a great new idea for starting the game from another teacher-preneur, who listened to her student's feedback on playing I HAVE/WHO HAS. They suggested that the game start with any card (except of course the "THE END" card) so that everyone could have a turn reading a [I Have...Who Has?] card. What a great idea! So I borrowed it, and suggest that this game begin the same way, i.e. with any card except the card with the "THE END" on it.

I can't wait to try this game with my students this week. I would love it if you would give it a try as well. Get it at my TpT Store and leave me your feedback to let me know what you think. Enjoy your TpT credits for doing this. You can also comment about any of my products on my Facebook page as well. Happy Hump Day!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Dolch Sight Word Sentence Practice 

This Dolch Sight Word Sentence Practice PowerPoint is an 86 slide file and that provides a rich practice experience for students to reinforce their knowledge of the sight words, as well as to develop fluency skills.

This new product is a great way to practice Sight Words with your students once they have mastered them in isolation, and the sight words in phrases. You can pick up my Dolch Sight Word Phrases (and QR Codes) product here

One way to use this file for whole group fluency practice is to model reading the sentences one by one to students, having them repeat the sentences after you, call-and-response style. 

For small group practice, you could download the file onto your laptop(s) or tablet(s), pairing a stronger reader with an emergent reader.

The PowerPoint file also allows you to adjust the speed of the slides on a slideshow, slow for introducing the sight word sentences, and then increasing the speed of the slides as students become more proficient with the sentences. 

Here is a sample of some of the slides:

I would love your feedback on this product. Visit me on my TpT Store and leave your comments or suggestions to receive TpT credits towards future products; "Follow Me" to see more of my store products and FREEBIES. 


Monday, January 12, 2015

February Writing Pack (Anchor Chart & Writing Prompts)

Here's a new writing product that I created for students with a February theme. This February Writing Pack (Anchor Chart & Writing Prompts) is a great way to get children writing about things they know and learn about in the month of February. Topics included are: February, Ground Hog Day, Abraham Lincoln's Birthday, Valentine's Day, Hearts, George Washington's Birthday, President's Day, and Black History Month.

First, activate their schema about February with an anchor chart with words and events they see and hear and learn about during the month of February, starting with the word February, of course. The other events are arranged in chronological order, and have the dates under the events. 

Next, students write about things they know about February. Each page has a title and/or a prompt, along with plenty of lines for writing. Images on each page are black lines that they will enjoy coloring to their own liking.

I have included some pages with a different layout design as well. Some of them have a larger picture to color on the left, with lines for writing along the entire right side of the page. Some of these pages are without a prompt, enabling students to make connections using their schema to write about the pictures on the pages.

Also included in the pack are black line pages for you to add your own topic and writing prompt for students to write about.

One page in the pack has several lines for writing on a teacher or student generated prompt and picture, which would be great for first or second graders. Another page is included with just a few lines for beginning writers who need just a few lines for writing and a larger area for illustrations.

Some suggestions for using this pack are: copy and assemble the entire pack and assemble into a February themed writing notebook; or, make a class set of each page and place them in your classroom Writing Center for use during Centers.

I'd love to get your feedback on this product. Leave me a comment below, or on my Facebook page.

Happy February!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year & Writing Paper Palooza


Happy New Year! There's just a short time left to enjoy my winter sad. I had a fabulous two weeks off. It was quite relaxing, exhilarating, and productive. I got to spend quality time with my family and friends, and I got to do what I love doing: creating TpT products! A short time ago, I launched this brand new blog for primary and elementary teachers! A huge thank you goes out to Laine Sutherland at A Little Peace of Africa for designing my new store logo! During my time off I got to work on my Facebook page and my Blog for my new store as well. So far so good and I'm looking forward to a great and prosperous year sharing and learning from you on your blogs as well.

I'm excited about my Writing Paper Palooza product. This set features some of my favorite clip artists' frames. It includes 22 elementary and primary lined border papers. No more searching far and wide for great frames to create writing paper. I've done the work for you. Copy each one and stock your Writing Center, or, copy and collate them all for students to personalize their (Interactive) Writing Journals.

I hope you enjoy this product as much as I enjoyed creating it. Be sure to visit my store to see this and other products and freebies. "Follow Me" if you like what you see and please leave feedback. Thanks!