Saturday, August 27, 2016

Word Work Ideas

Hiya! I am here to share some word work ideas with you today as well as some organization  ideas. I don't know about you but while I LOVE word work it is ALWAYS my most difficult area of literacy stations/Daily 5 rotations to organize, manage, come up with new ideas.  My word work consists of 3 main skill concepts. Practicing spelling words, practicing sight words, and reviewing/practicing/noticing spelling patterns.
I like to give students a choice when choosing what activity to do during word work. I usually introduce 3 or 4 of the easiest ones the first week of school, one a day as we are practicing Word Work as a whole group. I then change out the ones that are skill specific each week, and add new ones and put away older ones to keep things fresh! There are some that never see the light of day some years, you know when you have THAT class?!?!?
But let's focus on the positive! I am positive that you will like at least ONE of these word work activities!
How many?
In this activity students write their word list and count how many vowels and consonants there are. This is great practice for focusing on vowel patterns with out students even realizing it! This is included in my Word Work for any list Activities

Rainbow Write Option 1 - sight words students trace each letter in rainbow order practicing their sight words. This is available individually in my store by clicking on the title.

Rainbow Write Option 2 - this is part of my Word Work for Any List activities. Students write all of their words in the red band in red, and so on.

10 Frame Words
Combine math and your word list! Students write their list and count how many letters and then fill in the ten frame, accordingly. This is included in my Word Work Activities for any list.

Words Sort - the students write each word in the box that corresponds with how many letters it has. Another one including a bit of math! This is another activity included in my Word Work Activities for any list.

ABC Order - great activity for any list which includes an alphabet line ON the paper!

Add it up! More math and words! In this activity students write their list, then write how much each letter is worth and add it up and write the total in the oval.

My Word Work Activities for any list also includes labels for drawers or containers!!!

All in all there are 15 activities in my Word Work Activities for any list for only $3.
You can save copies by laminating the activities or putting them in plastic sleeves to be used over and over!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Monday Made It - Meme, Marquee Letters and More!

Hiya! WOW! Can I just say what an amazing couple of weeks it's been since my last Monday Made It?!?! I attended the Teacher's Pay Teacher's Conference in Orlando Florida for the first time and it was amazing. Blog post about it coming soon! While I was there I posted a meme that I created which is also my first Monday Made it and on Saturday it went viral! I'm kicking it into high gear as I only have ONE week from today until I report for "New Teacher" training!!!! And I can't get into my classroom yet because the halls were late getting started due to skylights being replaced. Intro the second meme!

First up is the meme I created that went viral! I absolutely LOVE the show Friends and had an idea to create some friends memes. This was one of the first pictures I came across and the idea of teachers trying to get into the building or their classrooms in the summer came to me.

and when they aren't

So there's your laugh for today! So since I can't get into my room I have been printing and laminating like a crazy person at home trying to get as much ready to go as possible. One of my last BIG projects is my second Monday Made It.

Since I first saw these marquee letters I knew if I went back to teaching I wanted to make some for my classroom library spelling out READ.
So I scoured my craft stores and they just happened to have the older style of Heidi Swapp Marquee Letters and some of the washi tape on clearance! 
I came home and found 4 pieces of cardstock that matched my room colors. I always try to use supplies from my craft room before I buy more - it eases the guilt of the amount of stuff up there not being used!

First I traced the letters with the templates they provide. I also made small x's where each light will go.

Then cut them all out.

Then put them inside the letters. Oh by the way I first wrapped each letter in the Heidi Swap washi tape. It was a challenge but I love the look. It would be MUCH easier to paint them!

I then cut slits with a craft knife on each little x I had previously made to make putting the bulbs in easier. It helped but was still tough to get them to go through. My 12 year old was forced to help me! He was good at it, and only complained a little.

Then I stuck the lights into each bulb carefully, the R was a little tricky to get them to fit. Make sure you use the right  set of lights with the corresponding letter!

And voila! There you have it! An amazing set of personalized marquee lights to match my classroom...that I can't get in...which is why these are on my front room floor and not my classroom library!

Here's another view of them! Check back for my classroom reveal to see them IN my classroom library where they belong!

That's all for today folks!

Oh I do have a Christmas in July Sale going in my TPT store if you are interested! 
Half off of 4 items through tomorrow!

Just click the picture above to see what's on sale!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Monday Made It - Lightbox and a Freebie!

Hiya! I am back with some more Monday Made It! 
Have ya'll seen the lightbox epidemic on Instagram? I was hesitant at first ... but then it was on sale for half off at Michael's and I got an additional 15% off with my teacher discount. How could I resist? I knew all along that if I got one I would have to customize it! Enter my projects for Monday Made it!
So first up I decided to paint my lightbox. I just masked it off and used leftover paint from last week's Teacher Toolbox.

 Quick and easy project and makes my lightbox unique! 

You could also use washi tape - they have large washi at Hobby Lobby, and Michael's  or duct tape around the edge!

So the whole reason I wanted to get a lightbox was to create my own sayings to go in it! I DID buy some letters and even the divider for smaller letters but I really wanted to create my own!
I used the "lightbox" to measure to create a template and went to town!!!! I am having so much fun making my own designs!

First up my TPT store logo!
How cool is that? Neat to have in the background if I ever work up the courage to do Periscopes or Facebook live!
Then Happy Birthday! I can use the individual letters I bought when I purchased the lightbox to put student names in the bottom!

And next, Welcome to ENTER YOUR GRADE HERE.
Yes folks I will be in Sixth grade this year (still coming to grips with that)! But how neat is that!?!?
Then I did one with my name.
I plan on creating some holiday ones and others as I come up with ideas and time!
How would you like the Happy Birthday and Welcome to ________Grade for FREE?!?!?
Just click on the picture below or HERE to grab them from my TPT store. Please if you download leave me some feedback - it motivates me to make more freebies!

That's all folks! I have been working on book basket labels and name plates and a super awesome project made possible by Target Teachers from all over who follow me on Instagram!!! Stay tuned for more projects!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Summer School - Building Bricks with STEM Challenges!

Hiya! I am smack dab in the middle of teaching summer school to kiddos who just finished first grade. My class is Building Skills and it is all focused around those little building bricks that rhyme with EGOS.

When I signed up to teach summer school I already had the building bricks in mind and this age level is perfect for them! They have loved every minute of it!

Of course we are practicing reading and math skills with our building bricks but on the last day of the week we have a STEM challenge!!!
Here are some pictures of the Build a Boat STEM Challenge!
I love how this group gave their Brick Guy a flag!

I love how this little one made her Building Brick into a GIRL! I just love kids!

This group had some GRAND plans for their boat!

This building brick activity was they rolled the dice(or two and add)and they got to add that many bricks from a pile on the center of their table to their building until all the bricks were gone they then shared their creations.

This was a fun activity I found online and the students started with a stack of bricks and had to add or subtract according to what they landed on.

We also practiced adding and subtracting with a building brick number line. I find students aren't comfortable with number lines and so I try to add them in as often as possible! They were all about trying out THIS number line!

This is one of the teams Build a Bridge STEM challenge - they all decided this was their FAVORITE challenge! They loved it and spent a LONG time designing and updating their bridges!

WE threw in some building brick writing prompts!

And sight word building activities!

This has been one of my favorite summer school sessions that I have ever taught!

The 4 STEM challenges we did can be found in my Building Brick STEM set.

There are 4 challenges.

Build a bridge and boat which are pictured above.

 And build a maze and car! The students loved them ALL!