Saturday, July 13, 2019

Construction Word Builders

I love creating resources that make simple centers. A few years ago, I created Construction Word Builder Cards. This summer, I decided to give them a MAKEOVER! I updated the fonts, colors, and clip-art. Plus, I made the Sight Word Builder EDITABLE. Then, I decided to bundle them and include FREE Letter Building cards, with the purchase of the bundle.

First, the Editable Construction Sight Word Builder  includes over 100 sight words. There are unifix cube letters you can use or you can use letters you already have, such as magnets or tiles. Students get to build the sight word and write the sight word. This is great practice for an independent center, RTI, or a morning Work Bucket.

The CVC Construction Word Builder may be my favorite. Students get to practice changing beginning, middle and ending sounds to build new words. The cards are labeled on the side what sound they are changing to make it easier for you to differentiate.

I created this Construction Letter Building activity. I am excited to use this at the beginning of the year. You can get this FREE with purchase of the Literacy Construction Builder Bundle.

I hope you enjoy these low prep literacy centers.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Assessment Data Punch Cards

How are you at collecting data? Truth. It has been a struggle for me. Yes, I am a Special education Teacher and I KNOW the importance of collecting meaningful data, but I am always struggling with an easy way to do it. I have tried using post its. It was a mess. I have tried complicated student binders that held SO MUCH data, I got lost in it all and I could not keep up with it. This last school year, I created two resources that helped me tremendously by simplifying it. One, these Assessment Data Punch Cards. Two Assessment Data Binders, which I will share more on soon.

Last summer, I created two of the seven Assessment Data Books. I created Letter Identification and  Sight Words. The idea behind it was simple. Once a week, I would assess students on their letters and their sight words.  If they could read the letter or the word, I would give them a punch. You can also use stickers or have students color it in, if you do not have  a star punch. When they had 5 punches, I would know that they had mastered it. I did not want to overwhelm students, so I started with the just the letters they knew, and then added in letters as they were formally introduced. I wanted students to feel successful. Some students know all their letters after 6 weeks, while others still may not know them after 6 months. I always want kids to feel successful.

I was so happy with how easy this was to keep up with. It gave me great data for IEP Goals, Report Cards, RTI, and Parent Teacher Conferences. Best part, I USED them. Each of my students has a drawer for their guided reading books, dry erase boards, math tool kits, etc. so I had students add this to their drawers. I think the most important part of data collection is to find something YOU WILL USE!

Does this sound like something you might like but you aren't sure? I have a Free Sample for Number Recognition that you can try before you buy. See if it is something you like and will use.

If you can tell this is something you LOVE, it is ON SALE for 50% off for a limited time. You can buy the entire Assessment Data Punch Cards HERE.

These are the products I used to create these punches. If you click on the photo, it will take you to an Amazon Affiliate Link where I will receive a small commission for sharing.