Saturday, August 31, 2019

Ten Quick & Easy Phonics Games

Hi everyone!

Once again...been awhile since I've posted. I'm really hoping to get back into the habit of creating more products. I'm excited to share a new one I just finished! I've been wanting to add more academic games to my guided reading time but needed them to be quick so they don't take up much time. Here is the first set of games I have made! There are ten games that include identifying beginning sounds, blending words and making words. This set is all CVC words but I am currently working on a CVCe set next!

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First three people to comment with their name and email will get a free copy!!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Upcoming TpT Products

Hi friends!

I know it's been forever and I'm so sorry about that. Last school year was so busy that blogging just took a back seat. Please be patient with me. I really want to make it a priority this year. I'm in the process of finishing up a few new products that I'm really excited about including:

* Number Sense Intervention Lessons for Numbers to 20 (8 weeks worth of lessons)
* K/1 Historical Figures Unit
* K/1 Text Features Unit
* ABC Task Cards

I'm hoping to get these up on TpT in the next few months. My Number Sense Unit is almost ready to post so you should be seeing a blog post about that soon! :-)

I did want to ask for some feedback from you guys. Is there anything you would like to see me create? What are you looking for on TpT that you can't find? Please comment below if you have any suggestions for me!

Hope everyone is having an amazing summer...I'm already back at work! BOO! JK. ;-) Having a shorter summer is hard this time of year but when my Fall Break rolls around I'll be as happy as can be. Enjoy your time off though! You deserve it!!!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Super Space Fun!!

If you haven't heard, there is a crazy hurricane hitting Texas right now. I hope everyone in Texas and Louisiana is staying safe and dry!  I've been stuck inside all day due to the rain so I've been finishing up a new science unit! 

One of the things I miss the most about being in the classroom is teaching social studies and science! My coworker asked me to make a unit about space that was appropriate for first graders. I was so excited to make it and I think it turned out great! I included activities about the moon, constellations, the planets and astronauts! Click the picture below to check it out!!

The first two people to comment with their email will get a free copy! :) 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

All About Numbers: Book & Puzzles

Well, it's been awhile guys. As always, I apologize!! I had big plans to create tons of resources over the summer and update the blog, but obviously that didn't happen. Hope you all had a wonderful summer! I have actually been back to work since mid-July!! Don't feel too bad for me because at the end of September I will get a two week fall break! WOO!

Now that I'm back in the classroom I've been inspired to make some new stuff to share with you! As an Interventionist I work with students both for Reading and Math. I work with first graders right now and my main goal is to strengthen their skills in number sense. We are working on identifying, writing, counting, comparing and composing/decomposing to 20.

To start each group, I like to do a warm-up or number of the day activity. I have used several in the past that I have liked but there was always something missing or activities I didn't like so I decided to make my own. I introduced it this week and the kids are really enjoying it.

Each student gets their own numbers book:

Each page focuses on one number starting with one and going through twenty. Students trace the number and number word and try to write it on their own. They have to determine what numbers come next and fill in a ten frame. They are asked to draw a certain number of shapes, circle fingers and find all the numbers. 


 In addition to a student book, I created some fun number puzzles. Students are asked to match a number with the word, a ten frame and correct number of bears. Today we worked together to complete the puzzles up to ten. In a couple weeks we will do them all the way to twenty!

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Reaching Our Goals - RTI Resources

As an Interventionist, RtI (Response to Intervention) is a huge part of my job. I create RtI plans for all my students where I create goals for them, track their progress and look at the data to see if an intervention is working or if it's time to make a change. If you work with me you know I LOVE data. I love organizing it and color coding. Excel makes me giddy. Even though I love keeping track of student data, I really wanted my kids to take more of a role in the process and look at their data WITH me. 

You might be in the world do kindergarten and first grade students do this? Well, let me show you! :) (all the resources I show you today are in my brand new RTI resources product on TpT!) 

Each of my students has a goals folder they use in my group. Every student has their own cover page where they wrote down if they are working on reading or math. 


The very first page of their folder has a sheet where they wrote down their goal for our group. We worked on this the very first week of group. I had them write down what subject we were working on and what they are working on. We talked about it together and brainstormed a list of ideas. I then let them choose one to write. 



I had my first graders dig a little deeper in their goal setting. We talked about HOW we were going to achieve our goals. They then wrote down two ways they could reach their goal. 

The next few pages in their folders are graphs where we keep track of their data. In my kindergarten groups we working on letter and sound identification in our first two quarters. I would give students a list of random letters and time them for a minute. The kids loved seeing their bars go up over time.

Now my kindergarten kiddos are working on reading CVC words. I once again time them for a minute but this time they are reading words. Their end of year goal is to be able to read 15 CVC words in a minute.

I have one first grade group also working on decoding words one at a time. They have a similar graph, but their end of year goal is 20 words in a minute. Their list also includes some sight words.

In the rest of my first grade reading groups we are reading entire books. I take a running record on each student every week and time them as they read. They then graph their fluency on their graphs. Each quarter we had a new goal to reach. In quarter one it was 30 wpm, in quarter two it was 40 wpm and right now it is 50 wpm. Their end of year goal is to read at 60 wpm. I drew a yellow line on their graph so they could see their quarter goal. They get pretty excited when they get to color over the line!

In my math groups I give a weekly four question assessment about the topic we worked on that week. My goal is for students to get at least 3 out of 4 questions correct. After they take a test they get to graph how many questions they got correct. 

My RtI resources product also includes lots of teacher materials you can use to organize data and lesson plan. Click on the picture below to check it out! First three people to comment with their email get a free copy!!

Monday, February 6, 2017

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My entire TpT store is on sale February 7th and 8th! Click below to check it out!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Number of the Day

As a Reading and Math Interventionist, I work with small groups all day! I love it! In my Math groups I like to do a short warm-up before beginning my daily lesson. In my first grade groups last semester, our warm-up was a number of the day activity. I wanted my students to be working on number sense every day and I like using number of the day to keep these skills strong.

I created a booklet for students with a coversheet that included a 120s chart on it. We would fill in one page each day with a different number. I put one copy of the daily page in a plastic sleeve so I could have an example for students to copy as we filled it out together.


Here are a few examples of finished pages:


I have created a new TpT product that includes the cover sheet and four different ideas for number of the day activities. Click HERE to check it out on TpT!