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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Our Insect Zoo unit is updated! If you have purchased it, be sure to download the update. If not, you might consider checking out this great unit filled with buggy fun!


This (120 page) Insect unit is strategically linked to common core standards. It is divided into areas of literature, media, music, art, literacy activities, math activities, worksheets, science activities, creative writing, word wall words, and guided reading. The activities are clearly written, easy to use, and need limited amounts of preparation. 

Literacy Activities:

Fly Away Fly: Letter Identification
Fly Away Words: Sight Word Recognition
Buggy Bug Match: Sight Word (or Alphabet) Match
Bug Rhymes: Matching Rhymes
Ladybug Spots: Recognizing Words in Speech.
Letters Buzzing In My Name: Recognizing/Writing Letters In Names
Independent Activities
Trace & Write Letters A-Z

Math Activities:

Catching Insects: Sorting
My Bug Collection: Addition
Bug-a-Boo: Geometric Shapes
Construct a Bug: Exploring Probability.
Bugs Count: Developing Number Sense 

Science Activities

Creating an Insect Zoo
Insect Memory: Matching Identical Insects.
Insect Observation: Observing Features
Insect Magnification:Using Scientific Tools
Independent Activities
Insect Body Parts


Songs/Fingerplays

Freddy Flea
The Firefly & Other Insects
The Bees

Guided Reading Books
The Insects- Level A
The Insects- Level C
Little Ladybugs

Writing Prompts/Word Wall

Our Insect Zoo
All About Lady Bugs
Insect Word Wall Words

Art Projects
Ladybug Ladybug
My Insect
Baby Bumblebee
Paint a Bug

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Developmental Handwriting

This summer I have been working with T. my grandson on strengthening the muscles in his hands and handwriting. He is not excited about it, needless to say, handwriting generally is not a child's favorite subject.

I have found, however, that students love handwriting when the instruction is developmental and active. T. loves these worksheets. I don't think he even knows that it is handwriting. Each sheet allows the student to make the alphabet letter using sticks and curves.


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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Velcro Fabric Bulletin Board Background

Old Fabric
Old Fabric 15 years later
I bought this velcro fabric by the yard 15 years ago at a conference on children's literature. They were advertising the fabric to make story aprons. But, of course, my teacher lightbulb turned on, and I was wondering what it would be like as bulletin board background. It was expensive, about $10.00 a yard, but I decided to bite the bullet and try it! What a great investment. This fabric never fades, never looks old, and is still as bright as the day I bought it.

This year I decided it was time to purchase another 3 yards and do another bulletin board.  I found Industrial Webbing on line and I thought I would give them a try. (I just googled velcro fabric, there are other sellers of this product. The total for 3 yards with shipping was $109.00. Now that sounds expensive for a bulletin board, but remember, my original purchase is 15 years old and still looks brand new. When I add up the countless rolls of fadeless paper that I have bought in the last 15 years for my other boards, it makes the velcro fabric seem like a deal. (And it is fire marshall friendly).


New fabric
Just add velcro hook side
I just opened the package today and I am thrilled. The blue is a little duller than my original bright blue, but it is great. Here it is up on the board ready to be my word wall. (The old fabric is now on my poetry center board, I can hardly wait for the difference it will make there). The fabric works perfect for my words. I simply put a dab of velcro on the back and viola! they are ready to stick where you need them. The words easily pull off to hand kids that need a close look, and easy to rearrange when you need to alphabetize a new word.

When I am finished putting my classroom back together, I will take a picture of the completed word wall.



Monday, July 14, 2014

Vinyl Decals in the Reading Center

So I got these adorable decals to put in my classroom reading center. But, since they are so adorable, they went to my grand baby's bedroom instead. And, yes they look great!

So I guess back to etsy or amazon once again. I like this one, but, I am afraid it would end up in the two year old's bedroom!

Well, I guess I will keep shopping;  I will put some pictures up of my reading center once it is completed!  




Sunday, July 6, 2014

Ocean's of Fun





Students love to study the wonders of the ocean and well, so do I! That is why we developed three Thematic Units that use that natural curiosity and love of the sea to practice important early learning skills! Check out these great early learning units, you will not be disappointed! 
All activities are researched based and strategically linked to standards. 







Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Sight Words and Sight Word Sentences

Kids love to play games! So what is better than playing learning games?

One of the goals of Phonics and Word Recognition is to help students build a bank of sight words. This packet contains seven activities that will do just that. All activities are strategically linked to the common core standards, highlighting RF.K.3c.



Contents include:

Dinosaur Friends: Reading High Frequency Words
Froggy School: Reading Sight Word Sentences
Butterfly Bonanza: Fluently Reading a Group of Sight Words
Jungle Friends: Fluently Reading Hight Frequency Words
Munch, Munch, Munch:  Reading High Frequency Words and Fry Phrase Sentences
Sight Word Bugs: Reading High Frequency Words

Sight Word Worksheets


Friday, June 27, 2014

Decoding Words: Nonsense and CVC Word Fluency

One of the goals of the Common Core Strands of Phonics and Word Recognition is to help students use sounds to read words. Working with consonant and vowel sounds, Nonsense Words, CVC words, and high frequency words helps students move into reading.




This packet includes lessons and worksheets to help your students decode real and nonsense words. Contents include: 

Gumball Bingo: Reading Nonsense Words
Butterfly Decoding: Decoding Words: CVC, Blends, Digraphs
Fish Pond: Decoding CVC and CVCe Words
Dino Discovery: Fluently Reading a set of Nonsense Words

Decoding Worksheets: Independent Practice.