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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Writing Centers All Year

Hiya Peeps, 

Do you struggle with keeping your writing centers fresh and engaging? I don't know about you but 

I would always wait and plan my writing station last because I just didn't enjoy it. 

 This year I wanted to approach my writing center differently. I wanted to make it

a go to station for my students that would both fun and engaging. 

Writing has ALWAYS been my least favorite center to plan for and I absolutely dreaded it. 

My students dreaded that center as well. I knew that I wanted to approach writing differently 

this year so I sat down and thought hard about how I wanted my station to run. 

This year I plan to have a writer's choice center. 

Getting kinders excited about writing can be a task! I plan on introducing each writing activity to the 

students slowly then give them the option to pick which activity they would like to complete

instead of just telling them. This will allow for differentiation as well as allow the students

to be more in control of what they do. 

I wanted to create a comprehensive pack that not only made setting up the center a cinch but would 

also cover writing skills throughout the whole year. 

Some things that are included with the Write Away pack is: 

Picture Dictionaries that color in both color and black and write. These are perfect because they 

 will not only assist students with spelling words but they will always help foster independent writing 

because students will not have to stop writing, come find you, and ask you how to spell

a word. I printed out the black and white version for my table groups for students to use when 

completing writing at their tables. The colored version is going into a binder that will be placed 

in the writing center. 

The dictionary also has a list of sight words, Dolch, organized alphabetically. 

-Writing Goals
-Illustration Guide
-4 Star Writing
-and more

Monthly Journal Covers 

 Journal Prompts

Opportunities for students to practice writing using fun and engaging activities.

There are completed samples, to use as posters/modeling, for each kind of writing activity as well as 

 templates for students to use to make their own. 

 How To Writing


I Can Posters

This unit as well as every other item in my store is on sale!

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Word Family Flip Books

Hiya peeps, 

Around still around? It has been a long time, almost a year, since I last posted. 

Life happened, and happened, and happened. 

But anywhoo

I wanted to stop by and share a new freebie. 

I have been using word family poems/short stories in my own classroom and a lot of you all have 

asked me where I got them from and if I would share them. 

Here is an example of the poster. 

I used these during whole group to introduce and review each word family. 

I wanted some additional activities that they students could use in small group, guided reading, or as

 homework practice so I created some flap books that go along with the poems. 

Each day the student will complete a different activity based on the poem. 

On Friday they practice writing a sentence using 2 word family words
{Apparently I forgot to snap a pic of that page}

Click the pic below to pick these flip books up as a freebie! 

*One last thing

I am having a huge sale in my store. Now is the perfect time to pick up those goodies that have been

 sitting on your wishlist!

Peace Out Peeps

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Learning Sight Words Centers

Hi peeps

I haven't blogged in a LONG, LONG time!

I wanted to do a quick blog post with some of the stations I have used to help my kiddos learn their sight word. 

In my classroom my kiddos struggle with spelling words/sight words. So in order to make this station more fun I have the kiddos first sing their spelling word song from

If you would like to see a breakdown of how I teach sight words over the course of a week you can click here

 Basket Ball /  Bean Bag Toss
I have a set of foam ball/ping pong that have letters on them students must first read the spelling word on the flashcard. Students then toss the basketball/foam balls in the basket spelling the word. For example students must first read the word jump on the flashcard if they get it right they then shoot the word in the goal, trashcan, first starting with the j ball then the u ball and so on.

You can see another version of this idea here.


This is always a hit with my littles. It is a super easy station to set up and it is effective.
I put the playdough mats in a sheet protector and binder so that the littles will have easy access to the words. These mats are available here.

Bottle Top Spelling
I like to write the words on one set of bottle tops then have the students pull letters to spell the word. This is a super easy center and easy to make.

Here the students create tactile words using old alphabet posters. This is great for those visual learners. 

Dot Markers

I use these to assess during my guided reading groups. These are great to put in a RTI binder. Simple and easy assessment on sight word recognition. You can find these here.

I have noticed that my kiddos are weak with spelling their sight words and remembering them.

I have posted many times about how I do spelling. ( Click here to peep out how I teach spelling) In kindergarten we have weekly spelling test, boo, which are based off our sight words. For my kiddos this has been a constant struggle to get them to learn their words

This year I have implemented something that I call spelling exercise

The kids really enjoy this time and they get to be "silly" but they are still learning at the same time

Here are a few photos, a by few I mean a lot, of us moving to learn

With each exercise the kiddos have to do the exercise while spelling their word 3 times

Let me just say I am sorry the pics are soo dark. I am a bat and I hate having the lights on in my room! I forgot to turn them on before I started snapping pics!

You may proceed
1. Kiddos are jogging to spell their word

2. I believe they are still jogging

3. Jumping Jacks

4. Love this action shot! This is frog Hops

5. More Frog Hops

6. Bicycle

 7. More Bicycle

 8. Kangaroo POunce

 9. Squats!

10. Toe Touch

Some of my other spelling exercises that are not posted are

crawl like a turtle ( get down on all fours and crawl slowly while spelling the word)
swim like a fish ( Arms out to side and push back My kiddos like to blow up their jaws too)
hop like a monkey ( arms curled under and jump up and down)
Truck Driver ( Drive an invisible car and try not to crash while spelling the word)
Elephant ( Stomp while spelling the word)
Snake ( sliter body from side to side while laying on the floor)
King Kong ( pound on chest while spelling)
Tug a war ( Partners sit on floor facing each other holding  hands and pull)
Kick ( High Kicks)
Spin ( spin around while spelling the word)
Shake ( Shake to the front and shake to the back)

Mrs. Collatos @ First Grade is Toadally Awesome made some cute little cards to go with each spelling Exercise!

You can check them out here for free!


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