Saturday, November 28, 2015

Let's Peek Inside my 2nd Edition Reading Intervention Binder!!
Today I am going to show you a peek inside my 2nd Edition No Prep Reading Intervention Binder!  Teacher-friends, I have been working on this binder for m.o.n.t.h.s.  This binder went through a lot of "teacher-testing," as well! I worked closely with an intervention specialist to create a visual coding system that would help struggling readers by drawing their attention to the various vowel patterns with some special visual symbols!

I have been using the binder in my own classroom with ALL of my students due to the various phonics patterns the binder covers. For example, my struggling readers are still working on cvc-e words, while my more advanced readers are focusing on multisyllabic words, r-controlled vowels, and diphthongs. It has been an amazing tool for me, and I hope it will be just as fabulous for you, too! :)

The binder contains 8 sections, and follows the same consistency and style as my first No Prep Intervention Binder for Beginning Readers. The pages are carefully crafted for simplicity -  making it ideal for struggling readers to concentrate on letters and sounds - no fluffy clip art and fancy fonts are allowed at this party. ;)  I wanted my students to put their reading energy and focus into just that - READING! :) 

Let's open this up and take a look inside all of the amazing sections in this binder!

This section is packed with two, three, and four syllable words. Students "scoop" each syllable, read the word, and circle the coordinating picture. There are also pages for students to "code" the syllable with scoops.  As always, every section in this binder contains tons of Word Lists that you can use for word work, have students read, use as "quick checks," and more!

In the Suffix section, students learn to read the base word and add on the suffix sound. Students will also practice reading a word, underlining the base word, and circling the suffix. A multitude of suffixes are included in this section! 

The following sections resemble my first edition binder, with more challenging phonics skills. Students will touch and read the consonants in this section, and drag their fingers across the long line, which symbols a long vowel sound. The "e" is not given a dot to remind the student that the e is silent. Students circle the coordinating picture as a "self-check" feature. Word lists are included for each silent e pattern, as well as mixed long vowel lists and sneaky e words that contain digraphs and blends!

Vowel teams (or vowel pairs, as some call them) can be tricky for little ones! A long line signals that the two vowels within each box contain a long vowel sound. The pages are separated by vowel team patterns, but the binder also contains pages of "mixed vowel team" words so that students can practice reading all of the vowel teams. 

This section covers some of those "tricky other vowel" patterns such as eigh, igh, y as a long i, y as a long e, etc.  The long line contains a the long vowel sound that the letters produce.  This will help students to remember, for example, that the "eigh" sound can make a long a sound such as in freight, weight, and sleigh. 

The r-controlled vowel patterns receive a dot with a circle around them. This was done to remind the student that the "r consonant" changes the vowel sound in the patterns: ar, er, ir, or, and ur. 
The diphthongs receive a wavy line, because the letters in a diphthong completely change their sound! Students are reminded of this when they drag their finger across the wavy line and circle the coordinating picture. This section contains a lot of word lists to help students review each diphthong pattern. 
Of course, we need to put all of our new phonics skills together and practice them with fluency! This section contains 30 fluency passages.  Each passage contains a "point and read" page in which students practice decoding each word at his or her own pace. On the back of the "point and read" page, the student will find those same sentences in a passage format. This helps the student pull all of those skills together and work on reading the passage with pacing, expression, intonation, and confidence! The student reads each passage three times, and checks the box after every read. (We like to draw smiley faces and stars in the box, instead ha!) :) This is a favorite section for my students!

Love it and Need it?!
Find the entire binder in my TpT store by clicking HERE or clicking the picture below!

If you have students who struggle with concepts such as letter ID, letter sounds, short vowels, digraphs, blends, etc., you may be interested in my first binder: No Prep Reading Intervention for Beginning Readers.  Find it HERE or by clicking the picture below:

Need No Prep ASSESSMENTS?! My Assessment Binder is the perfect compliment to both of my No Prep Reading Intervention Binders. It contains easy to use assessments for all of the phonics skills included in both binders. I have had many intervention specialists and classroom teachers tell me that this binder is perfect for progress monitoring, report card assessments, IEP goals, and more! Find it HERE or click the picture below:

Don't forget about MATH!!! If you like these reading intervention binders, you will love my No Prep Math Intervention Binder! It covers essential math skills and gives you TONS of tools right at your fingertips! Find it HERE or by clicking the picture below:

Thank you for stopping by to check out this new 2nd Edition Reading Intervention Binder!
I hope your Thanksgiving weekend was wonderful and you are off to another fabulous week ahead.

Happy Learning,

Sunday, November 22, 2015

TPT Guest Blogger Excitement!

EEEKKK! I am so, so excited to be a guest blogger on the Blog today! I blogged about my four top tips for making your lesson plans brain-friendly!!
It is such an honor to have been able to write this post, and I would L-O-V-E for you to head over to their blog and check it out! While you are there, you can also read the story behind the pink, smiling object in the picture above -it is a true *treasure* in my life and I explain why in the post! :) 

Click HERE 
Click on the picture above to head over and read the post! :)

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Turkey Trot Blog Hop! Freebies, Ideas, and Dessert!

Welcome to “The Chalkies” Turkey Trot! We hope you enjoy a jog through our blogs gobbling up freebies, ideas, and recipes for some holiday joy!
First off, we have a new blog name!  We switched out the word "Primary" for "Elementary". We want to meet the needs of any teacher K-6. Our blog has been thoughtfully designed to help you find what YOU need for YOUR classroom level!
I love those grade level tabs {seen above} that help me grab what I need. This trot will also take you through the grade level blogs of your choice.

We hope you enjoy this little meal, from appetizer to dessert!
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For an appetizer, grab this interactive and engaging Thanksgiving passage from my Fall Text Evidence Reading Passages pack! Did you know my Fall pack includes passages that will take you all the way up until winter break? After that, you can check out my Winter and Spring Editions for even more text evidence passages! 

Grab the freebie by clicking HERE

3rd and 4th grade teachers: These quick little passages make AWESOME warm-ups, morning work, and independent practice! Parents love them because the text is short but the comprehension packs a powerful punch! They are great for review and keep kids cycling through all of the various reading strategies and skills they need.  (Great for intervention specialists, too!) 


Here's a little game we enjoyed playing last week to practice our 2nd quarter sight words.

Okay I have to be honest with you.
This is not a game.
It's not even CLOSE to being a game.

But they did.
Because they are 7.
And that's why I like teaching first grade.  
I can get away with being "cool" by making up a game that's not really a game.
Here's how we "played." 
I gave each student 6 cubes of the same color. I told them that when I said, "GO!" they would have TEN seconds to put FIVE of their cubes on top of any cards they would like. 
Since I knew this activity would obviously go towards to the top of my "Top 10 Ridiculously Lame Activities I've Made Up for My Kids That They Loved" list, I made my voice sound super dramatic.

(Enter: Dramatic Teacher Voice) "On your marks.....get set....get ready....get really ready....GO!"

The kids scrambled around the table to place their cubes on the cards of their choice. Then, I told the students to switch their remaining cube with a friend at the table.  Whatever color they were holding now, those were the cards they had to collect off the table and read aloud!  

Yep. That was it. End of "game." We get pretty wild in first grade, lemme tell you. ;) 
We repeated this little activity about three times, and it only took us around 3-4 minutes of total playing time. Surprisingly, they had a blast and it is now one of our little "Friday small group games" that we play when we need a break from routine! If you try it out, let me know if your kiddos are as easy to entertain as mine are!

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You guys. This is the BEST recipe I have ever made. It's a French Toast Bake and it's the yummiest thing you've ever eaten for a weekend breakfast or brunch.

 The picture below and the recipe is from Rach's Blog and if you click the picture it will take you to her post for this recipe.  She has amazing step by step directions, and they are EASY PEASY! Just click HERE or on the picture below! Trust me, you want to make this dish during a holiday weekend or for Christmas morning!! :) YUMMMM!!!

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For me, November means that my students and my classroom is in FULL SWING. We deeply know our routines and expectations and *INTERVENTIONS* are fully being implemented. If you're looking for reading intervention packs, you might want to check out my store to find what you need to get your kiddos' on track. :)

I have several *New and Updated* Custom Categories to help you find everything you need!

Click below to TROT on over to the next blog for another great "meal!"

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Turkey Hunt Math Freebie!

November is flying by! I wanted to pop in tonight and share a fun math strategy game that my students have been LOVING this month! This game is great for fostering thinking skills because the kids have to predict and assume their partner's next move! It's called Turkey Hunt and it is a definite favorite that I wanted to share with you for FREE today!

Playing is simple! Just print out the board and cover each turkey with a math cube or a counter. Players take turns uncovering one, two, or three turkeys. The partner who uncovers, or "hunts", the last turkey left on the board, loses. The other play wins! Then, the kids simply cover up their turkeys and play again.  They love it!

You can download this pack for free from Google Docs by clicking HERE or on the picture below. I have included a color version and a black & white version that is "printer friendly." 
I hope you enjoy this cute little strategy game! 
Have a wonderful week!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

How I Told My Class A Secret!

Hello teacher-friends!
I have been waiting and waiting to share some special news with you.
I usually try not to go overboard with sharing personal news on my teaching blog, but after blogging for almost five years, this is one piece of news that is just too hard to keep from you, as it has already become the most precious and important thing in my life:
We're having a little baby!!! 
My husband and I are thrilled to announce that we are expecting our first child this April.
We told family and friends awhile ago, and now I'm so excited to share this with YOU! :)

If you have wondered why my blogging habits have decreased a bit since the beginning of the school year - now you know why. :) I found out we were expecting before school started and felt awful during the first trimester - hence, it was all I could do to stay awake past 8pm, let alone blog and create!  I'm happy to say, however, that I am now almost 17 weeks along and feeling much, much better!!! So, I am slowly getting back into the swing of blogging, creating, and this little thing they call having more energy. :)

While I am sharing my announcement with you, I thought I would also share how I told my first graders I was having a baby! This year, I have twenty of the most precious little sweethearts you've ever met. I wanted to tell them the secret I had been keeping from them since the first day of school in a special and memorable way. 

I started off by telling them that I had a secret that I was going to share with them!
I gave them a special word search and told them they would have to solve it to find out my secret. ;)
 As they started to get to the end of the puzzle, I heard little gasps and "ooooo!" around the room. The little girls all had big smiles on their faces. 
We celebrated the announcement with pink and blue donuts that I had ordered from our local grocery store. They were definitely most excited about the donuts!!
Since my husband and I will not find out the gender for another few weeks, we shook up our morning routine and completed some fun "baby" learning activities! They had a blast!
First, the kids graphed if they thought I will have a boy or a girl:
 Then, we turned our pictograph into a bar graph.  They also had to tell me why they thought I was having a boy or a girl.
 We played Addition Bottle Battle with partners. This was a fun roll and add game!
 We also had a little probability lesson. The students had to spin their paperclip twenty times and tally their results.
 After twenty spins, they wrote down what their teacher was having based on their results.
They wrote down their favorite names to help my husband and I when we pick one out. 
They filled out a hilarious information page about the baby "mad libs" style. My favorite is this little boy's answer: Before the baby comes, my teacher should ___calm down___.
HAHA smart kid!
We ended our morning by writing letters to the baby. It was so adorable to read what they wanted the baby to know before it was born. These two were SO sweet!! 

If you're interested in using this little pack I made for your own pregnancy announcement, or if you have a friend or family member who might want to use it for their class announcement party, I've uploaded the pack to my Teachers Pay Teachers store.
You can find it HERE or by clicking on the image below. 
Thank you SO much for letting me share this special time in our lives with you!
We have been on cloud nine since the day we found out, and we cannot wait for our little bundle of joy to arrive this spring. 

I hope you all have a wonderful Halloween weekend!