Thursday, March 31, 2016

Five for Friday: April 1, 2016

Woo hoo! It's Friday! Can't wait to spend some time at Doodle Bugs Teaching visiting other "classrooms" today! :)

So my week started like this... Easter Monday looked a lot different around our house this year! I loved every minute with this little girl.

Back at school, things are moving right along! I added this "window" outside my classroom this year, and it has been such a hit - not only with my students, but with other students passing by. They love seeing their friends faces, and the visual display of some of our activities makes my pull-out class seem a little less foreign to other students. If you want to know how I made it, you can read all about that here.

I love this activity to review red words (or sight words). We simply call it magic writing, and my students have a blast with it. I wrote all about it in an earlier post here. We do this as a quick, fun review activity every now and then. 

We extended our sight words review a bit with a few sight word tower-building sessions this week as well. This is such an engaging way for students to review sight words in isolation!

Last, but not least, we pulled out our syllable bags, which my students have been filling throughout the year, to build nonsense words. This is a great way to recycle those previously-divided and labeled syllables. Reading nonsense words is definitely challenging, but it's interesting to see how committed my students remain to the activity when we use their syllable bags. 

That's all for my week! I hope you have had a great one! Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Five for Friday: March 25, 2016

I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching today for the Five for Friday link party. It has been so long since I have linked up, so I'm excited to hop around today and see what everyone has had going on this week!

This week, I shared my new Bossy R materials with my students. If you missed the details on that, you can check it out here. They had so much fun using the flip chart blending board. I am usually the one who leads our blending exercises with my drill cards pack. With this, I simply handed over the notebook and let them take the reins. They worked with a partner to practice blending words (both real and nonsense) using the flip chart, and they loved it!

You can see a little action clip here:
Isn't that great? I am so proud of them. :)

I pulled out the letter cookies and let one class work on words spelled with igh. It's amazing how much they suddenly love spelling when they can eat the words! :)

My students walked in one day to find Easter eggs scattered all over the classroom. We didn't have a major Easter egg hunt, but they did get to choose one egg to use for an activity...

I placed a little foam item inside each egg. They had to think of three words that rhymed with their item, and they used those words to fill in the blanks on the "Rhyme Time" tune from Growing Kinders. My students LOVE this song. Several of them have Kathleen's version memorized by this point, so we use it for a variety of rhyming exercises. This week, we had an Easter Egg Rhyme Time. 

At home, this little darling is feeling better this week! We had a couple of days that felt somewhat like spring this week, so we took advantage of the sunshine! This girl loves to go for a stroll! :)

I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter weekend! 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

All About Bossy R: New Resources and a Freebie!

If you follow me on Instagram, you have already had a glimpse of this new product. Regardless, I have the full details to share today!

R-controlled syllables (commonly referred to as "Bossy R") are difficult for all of my students, and I am constantly searching for new materials that be helpful for them. That's what this product is all about... a few new ideas that may present a challenging skill in a fresh way. I wanted to share a few details here, and yes; I have a freebie available for you as well!

When introducing the concept of r-controlled syllables, I do identify him as "Bossy R" because he controls the vowels. However, I stress that he is still polite, because he lets the vowels go first - ar, er, ir, or, ur.

The most confusing syllables are er, ir, and ur, because they all make the same sound: /ir/. For those, I share several cartoon-like stories (which I usually draw by hand on the board each time) to help students distinguish some differences in the ways they are each used. I am particularly excited about this product because I have now created instructional posters to use so I won't have to redraw my little characters each time! :)
It's important to provide ample practice with syllables in isolation, so students become more fluent in identifying each syllable on sight. I have created drill cards for r-controlled syllables, and I've also included some multisensory techniques to enhance your drill with your students.
Another part I am REALLY excited about is a Bossy R blending flip chart, which I created using a 3-ring binder.

It's super easy to assemble, and I provided the instructions for assembly as well as usage... along with over 40 color-coded cards for your blending flip chart!
Next, I included a sort activity, complete with pictures and words on each card. The product also includes a recording sheet as well as answer key, so you could easily use this as a center activity AND assessment piece for this skill!
Last, but not least, I included an explicit, but brief, explanation of -er and -or as suffixes. The product includes a rules poster for instruction and display, as well as an activity page that focuses on words with -er and -or as suffixes as well as the word meanings. Again, you could use this for an assessment piece if suffixes are a focus skill for your students at that time!
All of this is now available here in the Tally Tales TPT store. If you think any of these materials could be useful for you, go check it out!

If you could use a little Bossy R support, but you don't need all that, there's a freebie for you! You can find it here in the Tally Tales TPT store.
I know that's a lot of TPT-related stuff, but I am really excited about this one. I have my notebook assembled, and I can't wait to see my students use it. What do you think... Questions? Feedback? Let me know!

Oh, and if you haven't followed the Tally Tales on TPT yet, you might want to do that... I am working on some fun flash-freebie follower ideas for the months ahead! :)

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Monthly Freebie: Editable March Newsletter

Happy March! Here's your monthly freebie... you can access this month's editable newsletter here or click the preview image below.