Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas Sight Word Ideas

This blog post was updated November 2019.

The count down has begun. 9 days until Winter Break. I don't know about you, but my class has gotten a little loud. They want to talk about Christmas gifts, sing Christmas songs, and Santa. I believe in steering into the curve and just rolling with it. However, I do not want to give up and watch Charlie Brown Christmas....yet.  I have found several fun ideas for teaching sight words.

Do you like my adorable sight word tree??? Yes, it is small. I am going to look for a larger one after Christmas. The ornaments are plastic and we wrote the sight words with glitter glue. This is one of our small group word work activities.The ornaments are in a basket. Students take an ornament. If they can read the word, they get to hang it on the tree. You can also start with all of the ornaments on the tree. if they can read it, they take it off and keep it.

Don;t you just LOVE water colors? This is a secret word game. The words are written in white crayon. Students can write over it in watercolor. You can get it FREE HERE.

How cute it this sleigh filled with sight words? Students place a Santa sight word card on the sleigh, then build it with presents. This activity is part of my 'Tis the Season Math and Literacy Centers.

I seriously LOVE these holiday writing sheets. There are three different festive styles. Students can practice writing their sight words on them. You can get these FREE HERE, as part of my Christmas Sight Word pack.The sight word sticker book and the sight word ring book both come from my newly updated and editable Sight Word Teach and Assess unit.

Have you seen these FREE Christmas Trees from Making Learning Fun? These were such a hit last year, the students asked me to leave them out in January! Students can build the trees and then write the words. You could even use these recording sheets with the tree ornaments above. Have students take the ornament off the tree and write the word. Then, they can put the ornament back on the tree. Have you ever seen a five year old take an ornament off of a tree? It takes fine motor skills to hang an ornament. 

Ok, this isn't a sight word activity, but it is adorable, right? These cards come from a Christmas Write the Room Activity. There are several different recording sheets that come with it, but I love these half sheets with the Christmas toppers.

These Free sight word Candy Canes will add some adorable flair to your classroom. I hung them up in our classroom window last year, but you could also hand them in the hallway or on a bulletin board. Did I mention, they are free and editable?!? These will make an adorable classroom decoration this December.

I have one last FREE resource for you. Roll and Color by Sight Word. I love roll and colors for the day before going on break. They involve very little prep and they keep students fairly engaged...considering it is right before a holiday.

Are you looking for Math Ideas? Check out all of these ideas (yes, some are free).

Hope you all got a few ideas to get you through to winter break!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

December Pick 3 Pinterest Picks

Wow, I can't believe December is already here! This school year is flying by. I guess that is what happens when you have a fabulous class like I do!

Pick 3 Main Graphic

Now, ya'all know how much I LOVE Pinterest. I was so excited when I found out Lisa from PAWsitively Teaching and Marissa from The Inspired Owl's Corner was hosting a new linky party to share our favorite pins! I have some fabulous Christmas Crafts to share with you today.

Paper Plate Christmas Characters:
Look at these adorable Christmas plates! Such an easy, fun craft to do this holiday season. You can find the original pin here.

Pin 2

mixing one part shaving cream with two parts glue.
Have you all painted with shaving cream? We made snowman last year with shaving cream. You can read about it here. i want to make this next week when we do my Gingerbread Man unit. You can find this pin here

Finger print candy cane.  I added a few drops of peppermint oil to my paint.
This candycane would be perfect to make a Christmas Card or to decorate a bag! You can find this pin here.

Do you love Pinterest as much as me? Here are some of my boards you may want to follow.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Fun

This blog post was updated November 2019 

This week, we read one of my FAVORITE Thanksgiving books, Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano.

I LOVED how this anchor retell chart came out!!! We talked about each part one at a time and the kids went back to their desks to draw the pictures. Then, they got to come glue one of their pictures on the anchor chart there wasn't enough room to glue all of them, but they shared all of them.  The pictures came out so cute! This book is perfect for talking about problem and solution.

There is a sheet to record the characters, settings, problem, and solution. Or, you can just use the problem and solution sheet. This is great for individual practice after you create the anchor chart.

We sequenced the story whole group in at he pocket chart. Then, the kids went back to their seats and sequenced the story themselves.

I sent home turkeys for the kids to hide. How CUTE is this football player and the Elsa??? My daughter wants to make an Elsa this weekend. You can find all of this in my Hide That Turkey unit. 

There are also activities for Turkey Claus by Wendi Silvano. The activities are the same. They can discuss the problem and solution, and sequence the story. There is even a Turkey that can be decorated to hide. I know sometimes, November flies by and you need to save the home project for December. It happens.

 As we have been learning about Thanksgiving, we have been talking about what life was like in the Past and what life is like now. We did a picture sort and then we have done two little books. We used the top book during our Guided Reading Group. We made the flip books in a small group with a parent. You can find these activities in my Past and Present Mini Unit.


Are you looking to something crafty in class? How about this adorable Math craft? You work on Math Standards (make the principal happy), while addressing fine motor skills, listening skills, following directions, and, yes, math skills. Plus, you will have an adorable bulletin board. Parents will love this keepsake! You can get this craft here.

Finally, I had to share these adorable turkey cookies that our PTO President MADE for our luncheon yesterday. Aren't they adorable????

Monday, November 17, 2014

Day 5 of Fun

Are you ready for Day 5 of Freebies and Giveaways???? I know, I know, a few days late. I had a nice long weekend with my family. I took a little break from my computer. But, I didn't forget about you all. 

 Today, I am sharing one of my favorite activities from my CVC MEGA BUNDLE. My kids LOVE these write and check CVC cards. You get them free HERE but ONLY until Friday. If you love them as much as I do, please leave me a blog comment letting me know.

Sorry the freebie is no longer available. Be sure to follow me on Bloglovin and Facebook for more flash freebies.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sight Word FREEBIE

Oh, my. This teacher is T-I-R-E-D. I just worked an 11 hour. I heart Parent Teacher Conference week. I will be off on Friday, so I can't really complain. 

I created this little sight word game for one of my morning work baskets. Students take a sight word card and roll the dice until they have rainbow written the word 6 times. My poor printer needs some ink so I printed mine in black and white and colored it myself. If you print the color version, this activity has very little prep. 

You can get it FREE HERE. Have you entered my Giveaway? Friday three readers will get $10 to spend at my store.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veteran's Day and Day 2 of Celebrations

Today, we learned about Veteran's Day. I am a proud American and I love to share that with my students. At our school, we have several teachers and staff members who are Veterans. We did our Scholastic News and learned what a Veteran is.We watched a short video that talked about Veteran's Day (and Memorial Day).

We colored these adorable Army Veterans and Flag pictures. You can download the pictures FREE HERE.

We put it together to make a quilt. I just might leave this hanging up all year.

In honor of Veteran's Day, I linked up with Sassy, Savvy, Simple for a Veteran's Day Sale. Everything in my store is 20% off TODAY ONLY.

For Day 2 of Celebrations, I have a FLASH FREEBIE. It will be an all night long flash. You can get my BRAND NEW Fall Write the Room FREE TONIGHT ONLY. There are 24 picture cards, including Thanksgiving, and several recording sheets. please let me know how much you LOVE them by leaving me some feedback.

Have you entered my GIVEAWAY for $10 to spend at my store? I will pick THREE lucky winners on Friday.
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Monday, November 10, 2014

Thanksgiving Activities

This post was updated October 2019

Are you looking for some fabulous Thanksgiving Ideas? I have some fun centers and crafts (and maybe a freebie for you).

Today, we started to to use activities from my Turkey, Turkey, Turkey Math and Literacy Centers. I recently updated this with NEW centers, fonts, and clip art. If you purchased it last year, you can download the updated version FREE.

Matching upper and lower case letters is a great skill for kids. Helping the turkey find his pumpkin is a fun way for kids to practice this skills.

 Do you do word sorts with your kids? This Thanksgiving center is adorable. You class will love it. You high kids can write the words for an added challenge. 

My class LOVES Roll, Say, Keep. We play it at least once a week. The kids roll the dice, read the word, and keep it if they are right. I included letter cards as well for my pumpkins who only know a few sight words. Literacy games are all about feeling successful, right? 

I added the same sight words to my sensory bin. This sensory bin has bird seed, leaves, and hay. I also added plastic letters for students to build the words. You could also put the letter pumpkins above in it instead of the sight word cards. Or, you could do both.

This is one of the first FREE resources that I created. Last year, it go a makeover with new clip art and fonts. 
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You can grab it here. Please leave me some feedback letting me know what you think.

I made turkeys for sums of 5-10. Each sum has a different colored frame to help with differentiation. That way you tell one group to work on the yellow frames (sums of 5) and another group tcan work on the brown frames (sums of 10).

How cute are these turkey ten frames? The pumpkins are from the Target Dollar spot. For advanced students, have them take a number and then tell you how many more to make 10.

This another one of my first creations -Turkey Craft and Games Decomposing 10.  This one got a makeover two years ago. The craft is a MILLION times cuter.

There is a turkey game where kids can decompose 5 and decompose 10. Each turkey has a number sentence and students add the correct number of feather. Then, they can record their answer on the recording sheet.

There is also an adorable version of shake and spill 5 and 10 with a Thanksgiving theme. It is a great way to keep your class engaged during this crazy time of year. You can get my Turkey Craft and Games HERE.

Ready for your FREEBIE????This center is forpracticing of 5 and sums of 10. It includes recording sheets. You can get it FREE HERE. 

If you are looking for more THANKSGIVING ideas, check out my Pinterest board Gobble, Gobble

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