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Friday, June 24, 2016

Kidwriting Crowns and Rhyming

Direct, explicit instruction in kindergarten!  "How?" do you ask?

  You focus on the rhyming part of the "Kidwriting Crowns!

I combined the words together on one sheet.  It will be available to use at all times and can travel around the room! It can move with the kids! Yeah!  So I solved a bigger concern of "Too Much Stuff" hanging around the room for the ADH kiddos!

I am going to start each day with a review of these words but my focus is going to be on the phonemic awareness part of these crowns, the rhyming, phonics, and letter naming fluency (don't you love it when you can tie it all together)!  The letters pull in the phonics so I hope that learning letters and words will happen more quickly in fun and engaging way!

So, what do I mean?

I am going to bind the 8 1/2 X 11 posters into a book and teach these words with the rhyme!  This makes so much sense since rhyming can be difficult for students!  

I will use direct, explicit instruction.  Every student will answer every time to help the brain remember!  So it will sound like this:

Teacher: This is the word I.  What's this word?
Students: I
Teacher:  The word I rhymes with spy.  What does I rhyme with?
Students: spy
Teacher:  When you write the word I, you write a capital I.  How do you spell the word I?
Students:  Capital I
Teacher:  What is this word?
Students: I
Teacher:  What does I rhyme with?
Students: spy
Teacher:  How do you spell the word I?
Students:  Capital I

The next day I will review the word I and add another picture: (Be sure to review)
Teacher: This is the word am.  What's this word?
Students: am
Teacher:  The word am rhymes with ham.  What does am rhyme with?
Students: ham
Teacher:  When you write the word am, you write a m (point to am on the poster).  How do you spell the word am?
Students:   a m (be sure to point to the letters)
Teacher:  What is this word?
Students: am
Teacher:  What does I rhyme with?
Students: ham
Teacher:  How do you spell the word am?
Students:  a m (be sure to point to the letters)

I will continue to review and teach a new word each day!  I am thinking it will work quickly because I am not worrying about writing these words at first!  The main focus is the rhyming and then connecting the letter names to the picture of the letters, yes phonics in a fun direct, explicit instruction way!

I have finished creating my Kidwriting Crowns and the students sheet.  Click on the picture to see this product.  If you click on the preview, you will see all the pages!
I love how they have turned out; the border added an extra touch that I love!  I printed them on card stock, laminated and cut them out!! Oh yeah, oh yeah!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Compare Contrast

Just finished a Compare Contrast Power Point to use next year!  The clip art is amazing and I am so excited to try it with my class!  You can see the entire power point in the preview!  Click on the picture to go to my store!
Here are a few of the slides!  

I added many direct instructions and there are ways to be sure that every student answers every time!  It uses discussions, thumbs up & down, and number choice!

There are graphic organizers to use with the group and then one you can have the students do independently!

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Clusters & Blends

Once students have learned all the consonants, you should teach and practice the consonant clusters!

What are consonant clusters you ask? And how do they differ from blends?

Consonant cluster is the name given to two or three consonants that appear together in a word. 

Each consonant retains its sound when blended. 

The term cluster refers to the written form, and the term blend refers to the spoken form. So you can combine phonics and phonemic awareness seamlessly!

You can find fun puzzles by clicking the picture:

Consonant clusters consist of four major categories:
 r-blends: brcrdrfr, gr, prtr
s-blends: scskslsmsnspstsw,
 l-blends: bl, cl, flglpl

These need to be taught and practiced with beginning readers to help them learn to blend words and not forget some of the letters!

Once you teach the process to the students, these puzzles can be used in centers to help the students better develop this skill!

Friday, June 17, 2016

10 Sensational Seesaw Ideas

What can you do with Seesaw?  Why should you use this free app in your classroom?  There are so many cool ideas but  providing a record of learning, reflection, and parent communication are the best reasons.  I plan to start right away using the resource provided by Seesaw to introduce the app to the students! Check out this Student Challenge!  I bet your students will love it!

Here are 10 exciting things I did this past year that I don't want  to forget next year!!!

1. Researching and recording:  After learning all about dinosaurs, we pretended to discover a dinosaur, created it with colored paper, and then wrote about it!  The students thought  best part was  recording with Seesaw to share.


2. Letter/Sound Learning: The students loved using BINGO dabbers to record learning but then placing it on Seesaw to share with others provided the most amazing self discovery!

3. Rereading: I also used it to have the students record a rereading!  This probably made the most impact on my reading group time.  Students could work in pairs while I did a running record on another student.  I could then listen to the rereading for strategies and fluency after school.  It save so much time; I was amazed!

4. Games: Recording of games for parents to see the learning that was happening made the students so proud!  I heard from so many parents that they were so happy to share with the kids at home!  Instead of hearing, "Nothing." when the student came home, parents shared Seesaw and had many conversations!

5. Sound Fluency: Working and recording sounds for fluency help the students grow as readers.  I had a 5th grader that gave up her recess to help in the classroom.  She would record the students reading the sounds in 1 minute!  The goal was to get to the end in a minute as quickly as possible!

6. Art Projects: Making fun Art Projects talk!  Some were just silly and others were done after class research!  

7. Choral Reading: Recording students chorally reading together!  They were so proud to actually be looking and the words and knowing what they said.  I "I am actually reading the words I see," shouted an excited reader.

8.  Practice:  The students loved showing parents what they practiced, and then they had an example of what to do to practice at home!  Putting motions helps students remember!

9. Notes/Newsletters: Keeping parents and students up to date was so easy! I uploaded this picture and then recorded the information!  Next year, I'm thinking of having the students do this for the newsletter!

10. FUN!  Showing students having fun got the most likes and results! Yeah!  We did a lot of fun things!

These are just a few of the many things we did using this great app!  I had so many parents ask if the next year's teacher would be using this app; they really found it useful!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Reading Strategies & Giveaway!

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