Sounds, Abound! Charts, Charts, and More Charts

I have always used the Fountas and Pinnell Sound Chart in my classroom in a variety of ways.  I enlarged the sound chart for a classroom display.  I enlarged the sound chart and cut the squares as headers for my word wall words.  I had student copies for each child at the Writing Center, at the ABC Center, in the student's writing folder, and in the student's homework folder.  It was part of our chant during morning calendar and it was our sound-linking chart for writing "what we could hear."  So I made my own.

Sound Chart ~ Two Ways

First, I made a sound chart without words.  I made it with color and black and white pictures.  I did this to be used with Jan Richardson's Pre-A Reading Level.  The Alphabet Tracing Book is a key to success for our earliest or most struggling readers.  Jan's book contains the capital, lowercase, and a picture words.
 Then, I had to have one with the words~for later.

 Alphabet Tracing Book ~ Two Ways

I made an 8/12 x 11 copy of the book.  Each page contains just the capital, lowercase and picture.  Students who are using this book would trace the letters with their finger independently or with a hand-over-hand support.  You only need one book per class, as you would do this individually.  I created these in both black and white and color.

I also made a copy of the book that includes 2 letters per page.  I made a color copy and a black and white copy.  The black and white copy is in copy order.  That is, the book can be run, cut in half, and the right side of the stack can be put behind the left half and stapled into booklet form.

More Uses

It is important if you are using the Alphabet Tracing Book to use the same picture links throughout the classroom.  Use them for the calendar chants, the alphabet anchor chart, the word wall headers.  To make an alphabet linking chart, print the black and white version of the chart and take it to a neighborhood copy shop and get it enlarged 300x. You could also print it with a poster size option on your printer.  There is a great post over at Dragonflies in First for printing poster size.  It's worth it!

A special thanks to My Cute Graphics for the clip art.  Visit her, she has great things.

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The $20.00 Challenge: Thrifty Purchases for School

As you may know, I have been diligently working in my Book Room.  Sorry there haven't been updates, but I'm still doing inventory and labels.  I have noticed many, many, MANY books have been lost over the years and the chapter book selections are pretty sparse.  Some books only have 2 or 3 copies and I'm sure they aren't doing the teachers any good.  I know we need to add to these books, but I don't really have a budget.  SOOOOO...I decided to put my two favorite things together: BOOKS AND THRIFT STORES.

The $20 Challenge

This was my plan.  I decided to have a "me" day and go thrifting specifically for my office and book room.  I also decided I was only going to spend $20.

1.  Personal-Sized Dry Erase Board

I was looking for a small size board to add to my box of goodies I take into classrooms.  This was the perfect fit...for $.075.

2.  Book Ends

What reading teacher can turn down metal book ends with the cork still on the bottom.  $1.25.

3.  Green Metal Book Basket

I love this color.  I use this color in my office/classroom.  Couldn't resist...even if it was the most expensive thing of the day.

4.  Heavy-Duty, Clear View Binders

One of my jobs during the school year is keeping data...on everyone.  I am always looking for binders.  They usually run $5 each for the heavy-duty, clear view binders.  I got 3 binders for less than $3.00.  AND one was GREEN!

5.  BOOKS!!!!

Finally, I got 20 books for my book room.  Like I said, I was specifically looking for chapter books.  I also slid in a copy of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
I did go over my $20 allotment, but I'm happy with it.
I guess it's $21.76 with tax.

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