Thursday, July 21, 2016

Vocabulary Every Day!


Most of us agree that daily vocabulary instruction is vital to developing reading comprehension and important for overall academic success.

  • Vocabulary should be taught daily through direct instruction.
  • Vocabulary from the week should be reinforced in various forms daily.
  • When students use vocabulary in their writing or oral language, they are demonstrating a solid understanding of the meaning of the words taught.
I created a Vocabulary Notebook that does all of the above and more.
You get to choose between 2 covers:

 
 You get to choose among 7 page designs that vary in difficulty for different grade levels. Or, you could have simpler forms for the beginning of the year and change it up later in the year.
I love to give "brownie points" to students when they use vocabulary words correctly throughout the year, or they point out words in different texts or mention that they heard it used somewhere else. 
I make a BIG deal about it.
Brownie points in my class are just that. Kudos, congrats, awesome job, etc. 
They don't get a prize or anything. In fact, they LOVE getting brownie points and 
THEY PAY MORE ATTENTION TO THE USAGE OF THE WORDS I TEACH.
They use the words in their writing.
They use the words in their own oral language.
They LOOK for the words in other text.
That's what we want, right?
So I made a "Vocabulary Brownie Points" page to include at the end of the Vocabulary Notebook. Actually, I make several copies at the end of the notebook and students fill in words as they are learned. They make tallies (brownie points) as the words are used or found elsewhere.
Get a FREEBIE copy HERE.
Get your Vocabulary Brownie Points sheet HERE.
Get your tried and true Vocabulary Notebook HERE.

Let me know what your thoughts. I'd love to hear from you!
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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Word Trains Centers and Games

 My newest sight word center is so much fun and so versatile! 
Oh My Gosh!
Look at all the ways this pack can be used!

Play Conductor:
Cards are face down in a picking pile. Partners take turns taking a card and reading the sight word. If the sight word is read correctly, they keep the card. If it is read incorrectly, the card is returned to the bottom of the picking pile. If a "conductor card" is pulled, directions on the card must be followed. Player with the most cards at the end wins!
 Play Match:
Partners or individually, match the engine word to the car word that matches. Read the words as matches are made.
Play Matching Game:
Cards are spread out upside down, player turns 2 cards over, trying to make a match. Read the words as they are turned over. If a match is made, the 2 cards are kept. If not, the 2 cards are returned to their original places. Player with the most cards at end wins. (1-4 players)
Play Train Race:
With a partner, lay all cards face up on floor. Start at the same time and race to make as many matches as possible. Read the words as matches are made. Player with the most matches wins!
Play Build a Word Train:
2-6 players take turns reading a word and adding it to a train of words. A blank engine would be used for this activity.
Play Go Fish:
Partners take turns asking if he/she has a certain word in their hand to make a match. If not, they go fish! Player with the most matches wins.
Use word cards to introduce sight words for the week.
Display sight words for the week in a pocket chart.
Move from pocket chart each week to the word wall.
Use the black and white word cards to make flash cards for small group instruction, to send home for practice, and for center activities.
Or make your own games and activities with the blank train cards! 
See examples below:
Get them all and save with the Bundle:

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Five for Friday July 8, 2016

 Thank you, Doodle Bugs Teaching for another linky party!
 In first grade we teach and practice sight words all year long.
They're such an important part of building reading fluency.
And we are always looking for different ways to actively engage our students when practicing their sight words.
Like word walls.
And centers.
And flash cards.
And games.
So I created a product that is versatile and can be used in all of the above ways and more!

Use this pack for a word wall, for flash cards, instructional cards, and to play 6 different games!
Get them all and save with the Bundle:

Check out my blog with more information about these fun sight word packs HERE!
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Have a FABULOUS weekend!
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Friday, July 1, 2016

Five for Friday July1, 2016

 Thanks, Doodle Bugs Teaching for another Five for Friday!
 Most of us agree that vocabulary instruction is vital to developing reading comprehension and important for overall academic success.

  • Vocabulary should be taught daily through direct instruction.
  • Vocabulary from the week should be reinforced in various forms daily.
  • When students use vocabulary in their writing or oral language, they are demonstrating a solid understanding of the meaning of the words taught.


I created a Vocabulary Notebook that does all of the above and more.
You get to choose between 2 covers:

 You get to choose among 7 page designs that vary in difficulty for different grade levels. Or, you could have simpler forms for the beginning of the year and change it up later in the year.
I love to give "brownie points" to students when they use vocabulary words correctly throughout the year, or they point out words in different texts or mention that they heard it used somewhere else. 
I make a BIG deal about it.
Brownie points in my class are just that. Kudos, congrats, awesome job, etc. 
They don't get a prize or anything. In fact, they LOVE getting brownie points and 
THEY PAY MORE ATTENTION TO THE USAGE OF THE WORDS I TEACH.
They use the words in their writing.
They use the words in their own oral language.
They LOOK for the words in other text.
That's what we want, right?
So I made a "Vocabulary Brownie Points" page to include at the end of the Vocabulary Notebook. Actually, I make several copies at the end of the notebook and students fill in words as they are learned. They make tallies (brownie points) as the words are used or found elsewhere.
Get a FREEBIE copy HERE.
Get your Vocabulary Brownie Points sheet HERE.
Get your tried and true Vocabulary Notebook HERE.

 Oh My Gosh! I'm in love with the Omaha Zoo. We just got back from a "quick" (8 1/2 hour) road trip to Omaha, and the day at the zoo was so worth it. This zoo has everything, but my favorite was the aquarium.
Look at this cutie! He even smiled at us.
 I am a firm believer in positive behavior management in the classroom. 
If you are looking for behavior management support materials, check out my 
 Here's a sample from the pack:
Use this form when students either have a great day or make it to the top of the clip chart! I print on pink paper because that is the color at the top of our chart.
Behavior Management Supplement Pack for Clip Chart.

 I don't know about you, but I can see it. (hee hee)
Have an outstanding weekend!
Let me know what your thoughts. I'd love to hear from you!
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