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Friday, December 8, 2017

Five Fabulous Rhyming Videos

Rhyming is such an important skill for language and literacy development. You can check out rhyming books I love to read and students LOVE to hear!

I also have many games to make rhyming fun! Check them out at Rhyming Practice!

Here are the best videos/video stories that I use to help develop this important skill.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Beginning Reading of Words CFTC

Once again, I am honored to be guest blogging at Conversations From the Classroom! I would love to converse; be sure to comment!


Monday, October 2, 2017

Best Way to Teach Sight Words

There are many ways to practice high frequency words/sight words.  Since these words are essential to fluent reading. Repeated exposure and memorization are crucial for students to read fluently and consistently. Students must be able to read these words quickly or decoding will take too much time and effort.  When reading takes too long, readers become frustrated.

Click here to find the 50 words needed by Kindergarten.  You can cut them apart to make small words cards to help you sort.

 Recognizing high-frequency words by sight primarily involves memorization; and memorization comes most easily through repetition. Remember:  PRACTICE! PRACTICE!  PRACTICE!  Students need to read and write high-frequency words as often as possible.

  Remember to read/write as quickly as possible.

Sort the words into words columns.  One column of words that can be read in 5 seconds and one column of words to work on learning. Be sure to count and discuss the words known. Look for an increase each day.

 Make 2 copies of the words and play "Memory" with the cards!  Don't forget to read them as quickly as possible. 
Make flash cards.  REMEMBER: only practice 3 new words mixed up with 7 words you already know.  It can take between 25-55 times before you can remember all of them!  Click on the picture to find the words to make.

From Radford University:

One strategy to consider when teaching and learning discreet skills is “Drill Sandwich” (Browder, D.M., & Roberts, M.L., 1993).  The steps are simple but so worth the effort!

Drill Sandwich:
The drill sandwich strategy is a way learners can practice and learn any information (new sight words, math facts, vocabulary, spelling words) by mixing what they know with what they need to learn. This method is typically more motivating to any learner because the new information is next to something known so it helps alleviate frustration. Only three new pieces of information needs to be the focus, while reviewing  recently learned material to help send it to long term memory. Why? because of the repetition of course!

How to build a Drill Sandwich!

1.) Make set of flashcards for the information to be learned. (sight words, math facts, letters, numbers)

2.) Go through the complete stack of cards once, separating the list into two piles – knowns and unknowns. (Hint: Cards are marked known only if the information is automatic. If the learner has to think even for a few seconds ( I usually try to count to 5), then the card should be placed in the unknown pile for more repetition of the information.)

3.) Build a “sandwich” using seven knowns and three unknowns. Be sure to follow the pattern below. (K = known; U = unknown)      (KUKKUKKUK)

4.) Have the learner practice identifying all ten items in the order of knowns and unknows.

5.) As the unknown items are learned move them into a known section of the sandwich by removing well-known knowns (be sure it is guessing!). Add new unknowns and begin the learning process again. Some students need more time that others.

 Learning information in this manner is much more manageable for students, and will help them learn quickly.

Remember to make it fun!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

5 Goal Setting Read Alouds

Reading and talking about goals is so important. I try to read and discuss many read alouds to encourage students to work hard to achieve goals. 
These videos from YouTube are great stories to use to discuss goal setting along with hopes and dreams for a growth mindset.
Check out:
Giraffes Can't Dance

 A Chair for My Mother (start at 2:08)

Amazing Grace

Miss Rumphius
Check out how I use Goal Setting in my classroom! Once the students color, they kidwrite their goal on the line. I underwrite it so I can read it later. We hang the completed papers to help remind us of our goals!
Working on goals can start in K! What are your goals?

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Goal Setting CFTC Guest Blog

I am so honored to be a guest blogger and to learn from so many other inspiring teachers. Check out the fun of Goal Setting at 

Conversations From the Classroom Goal Setting.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Alphabet and Letter Fun

Learning the alphabet and letter sounds are the cornerstone of learning to read. There are many books, rhymes and games we play to practice.
We also practice saying the alphabet with motions. Adding motions makes it easier for some students to remember!

 Popcorn Letter Fun
Popcorn makes letter id fun. Learners pull a card, say the letter and a sound. If they pull a card thats says pop, they must put all the cards back.

 Two games in one, gets rave reviews. Students pull a bubblegum and say the letter name and sound then match it to their bubblegum machine. There are also picture cards so the students pull the card, say the word, and match the beginning sound. Read more: Fun Bubble Gum!

Clip Cards 
These cards work fine motor skills along with letter sounds. Students pull a  card and say the letter name and sound. Each picture that starts with that sound is marked by a clothes pin, (I found these cute ones at Wal-mart in the craft section.)

Wheels of Fun!
Spin the wheel, say the letter name and sound then find the matching letter,

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Math Musts CFTC Guest Blog

Check out the Math Musts needed for beginning learners that I published as a guest on Conversations From The Classroom. Check it out! Math Musts

Monday, July 17, 2017

Best Videos for Math Skills

 9 Best Math Videos

I love to use videos to practice and teach skills! 
Here are the best videos I use for Math.
1. Practice writing numbers in air. Digits 0-9 so you can write any number once you learn the pattern. 
2. I use this at the beginning of the year to practice counting to 20 with the number! It is also a fun way to get some movement.
3. Students love to move and exercise to count to 100.
4. Count to 100 in a simple, fun song. Learners love the simple song.
5. Number sense practice! A must for understanding the number sense. This makes it so easy to understand.
6. Explains the idea of teen numbers! So important for introduction of teen numbers.
7. Fun 3 D shapes! Catchy tune!
8. 2D practice song!
9. Fast song but fun to teach all the shapes. 
Great ideas for other math skills.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Dice Fun CFTC Guest Post

Check out my guest post at Conversations From The Classroom all about using dice to make learning fun. Teaching Math with Dice.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Math Number Sense Fun

Have your students catch Number Sense!!

Number sense, numeration, and numbers need to be caught (not taught), explored, and investigated. It can be done with easy, fun activities.

Search the Room, Oh Yeah!

One of my favorite is Search the Room. I hide small cards around the room. The students walk around with a recording sheet to find matches. The students must count the dots, color the match, and then search for a new match. It is amazing to see the students that need to count the same number of dots over and over ( I can also quickly assess one to one counting)...then the ones that begin to add independently.
Then I make it fun by changing the solid blue squares into apples, pumpkins, turkeys, and presents depending on the month. The most important part is that the students get the chance to practice and catch number sense. It takes a lot of time and practice.

Recording sheet that focuses on subtizing.

Walk Down the Number Path

Click on picture for free copy.
Another fun activity is Number Path;think of a concrete representation of a number line. A number path should be use for K-2 learners instead of a number line because it shows an image instead of a space, which can be difficult for concrete learners.

Here a student is practicing counting while pointing to the number

I print the picture on card stock and cut in into groups of 5 to hang on my white board. I also make a copy for the students to cut into groups of 5 and take home to practice counting. By keeping the 5's connected, subitizing and work with 5's and 10's becomes concrete.

Students cutting apart number chart for home practice.

Adding to 5.
  I make the 1-5 path bigger with a document camera and the students used the number path to "show" how to solve addition and subtraction word problems. 
Number in order matching.

 I, also, cut apart a second sample for ordering practice. Match the individual number to the ordered set. The groups of 5 make this activity much easier than separate numbers.

Get Things Rolling!

 Rolling Dice games makes subitizing,  number id, and counting fun. We roll a dice, throw a bean bag to identify the number rolled, and hop to the number. Then turn and count backwards to hop back to 0. So many skills covered. To keep all the students involved, we record the number rolled and create a graph worksheet. Once everyone has a turn, we discuss the number that was rolled more and the number that was rolled less.  Counting again.
Click pict, to see Apple theme dice.

Sometimes we just roll a dice and fill in the graph! A great way to change it up is to use different colored dice. Keep the sheet the same! Students think it is new and fun, but they actually can do it themselves. This is one that is requested again and again by the students,

Fun Resources

So many fun things to do with numbers! Here are the resource I use. Click on the pictures to find the resources.

Here are some great books to develop Number Sense.
1,2,3 Peas by Keith Baker
Chicka Chicka 1,2,3 by Bill Martin Jr.
Splash! by Ann Jonas (counting)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (counting)
How Do Dinosaurs Count to 10? by Jane Yolen
Number Everywhere by Elliot Kaufman
10 Black Dots by Donald Crews
How Many Bugs in a Box? by David Carter
How Many Snails? by Paul Giganti, Jr.
Ten Sly Piranhas by William Wise
None the Number by Oliver Jeffers
Zero the Hero by Joan Holub
More or Less by Stuart Murphy
Tally O’Mally by Stuart Murphy

Saturday, June 3, 2017

1917 Teacher Rules!

Be sure to check out my blog post from Conversations from the Classroom to read the rules for teacher conduct from 1917. You may also want to find out why I will stop complaining about too many students my kindergarten classroom!
Click picture to go to CFTC.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

End of Year but NOT end of Learning!

 The end of the year is fast approaching, but we are still learning! Best way to keep behaviors from spiraling out of control! Keep them busy!!!

What are we doing to stay engaged?

We have started a study of insects. We are learning that they have 3 body parts and 6 legs! Great as we watch caterpillars turn into butterflies!
We pulled pattern blocks from a bag and graphed to see which was pulled the most and least!
Make it even more fun by adding a blindfold! We had to use our senses to describe the sides and angles. 

We use dice to practice writing numbers 1-6 or use a math template to make sure the they go in the right direction! We still mess this up in K!
We continue to work on "spilling beans" to find parts of a total! This type of numeration work helps develop fact fluency!
 Re-read stories that we know! It helps us practice fluency! Plus we are so proud that we can stretch words, reread and figure out words from the sentence/picture! Using all these strategies can be so difficult for beginning readers!
 Focusing on the sneaky, silent e makes reading more difficult books fun! We sort fun ice cream cones. This type of word work really focuses learners on looking through entire words!
Stretching and blending beautiful flowers keeps the learning fun! When we write the words we work on letter formation! Telling a sentence makes it more difficult, especially with nonsense words! You should hear those sentences!

I really think the students love this time of year because they are so successful and they do all of the work now instead of listening to me talk!

What do you do to keep learners engaged at the end of the year?

Monday, May 22, 2017

End of Year Gifts Cards for Teachers Giveaway!

TEACHERS!!! It’s been a long school year and it’s time for a Gift Cards for Teachers MEGA Giveaway! 

I teamed up with a bunch of cool teachers to reward 5 LUCKY teachers by giving away 5 $100 gift cards! 

You could win a $100 Gift Card to Target, Amazon, Erin Condren, or Teachers Pay Teachers! 

Good Luck! Enter Below:

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Addition Math Fun

Practicing math skills can be so fun if taught using games! It is so much more fun than doing worksheets!
We had so much fun doing the Double Double rhyme when we rolled 2 dice! I think they heard us across the building! Check it out!
1st-Roll 2 dice! 
I made paper dice that had no 6. Our standard focuses on adding and subtracting to 10 so this made it easier. I do use a 6 if I have advanced students.
2nd-Student must tell each part then the total.
This is a great time to observe the students that need to count the dots! I am so excited when a few start to count from another number instead of all the dots.
Student-" 2 and 5....5, 6, 7. The total is 7."
Yes, I still have students that have to count each dot when rolled so more number and counting practice is needed!
DOUBLE-If a double is rolled, we do the rhyme from above and you should hear the cheers!
3rd-Record roll on recording sheet (Free Recording Sheet)
This is such a fun game to work with addition facts, numeration, numbers, and number sense all in one stop! So fun! 

Resources we use:

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Math Centers

We have been working so hard at math centers the past few weeks! The students have told me that this was their favorite thing to do! I think it is because they do all the work! I just help!
I am amazed at how they have grown in one to one counting, number formation, and the flipping/moving of shapes! We LOVE MATH! 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Give Away

TEACHERS!!!! Feel appreciated with our *****Teachers Pay Teachers GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY***** 

I have teamed up with other great teacher authors to give away 2 AMAZING prizes to 2 LUCKY teachers! Each teacher will win $60.00 in TpT Gift Cards!!! Enter below!
Good Luck!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Things Teachers LOVE

I teamed up with a bunch of great teachers to give away some great things I love!  Check them out and enter the rafflecopter!

I love these smelly markers and so do the kiddos!  I am always amazed that they seem to pay better attention when I pick them up to make anchor charts!
I always seem to use purple, pink, and lime green for any notes and smiley faces on papers!
I do not own one of these, but it is on my wish list!  Wouldn't it be wonderful to get it free from this give away!?!?
These make it so easy for centers!  Saves so much time instead of laminating, cutting, etc!
I never have enough of these!  I'm always so amazed at how many we go through in a year!
I love to use these for crafts and for centers!  Cool colors!
I love these pencils!  Always run out at the end of the year!  Never enough pencils!
LOVE TpT gift cards!  I actually won a $25.00 gift card in one of these raffles, and boy was it fun to shop!
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