Monday, November 28, 2016

Sight Word Dice...Rollin' in the Reading

Want a fun sight word activity? Grab a die and a list of easily confused words and watch the learning (and the laughing.)

Saw? Was? Very? Every?


Have you ever had students who confuse "was" and "saw?" Or "of" and "from?" Me, too. We played a fun game Wednesday before Thanksgiving break. I passed out the mats to the students, then remembered I needed a dice.  Hmmm? That shouldn't be a big deal, right? Well, evidently I don't have any dice in my "reading specialist" room...at least not typical dice. I had big dice from EAI. (These dice can be bought on-line.) All of the sudden, this little game was a party.  The students could throw the dice across the floor, not just in a control place on the carpet.
Want a fun sight word activity? Grab a die and a list of easily confused words and watch the learning (and the laughing.)

How fast can you read it?

Sight words are an interesting thing. We want the words to be automatic.  We can't rely on strategies to decode or context clues. They have to know them, but we have to make it meaningful and fun.  Why shouldn't we make it fun.  It's easy:
  1. Roll the Dice.
  2. Read the column under that die, as quickly as you can.
  3. Try to do it faster and faster.  
  4. Be careful, if you mess up you have to start back at the top.
You can even challenge the students to a reading duel. (I wouldn't want to challenge students to race against each other, but race against themselves.)

Freebie

If you'd like a few Sight Word Dice mats, there is a FREE set in my TPT store.  
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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Labeling...Getting Early Writers to Write!

Labeling is an easy way to get early writers to write! Students can label pictures, then write about their labels.
Labeling is an easy way to get early writers to write. The writing is supported and can be differentiated for all students. Start with an anchor chart and move it to an independent writing center.
Labeling is an easy way to get early writers to write! Students can label pictures, then write about their labels.

The Anchor Chart

Students are exposed to labeling in a whole group setting.  The teacher can enlarge the labeling sheet. Students can label the specific parts of the bus that will be in the independent sheet. First label the poster with a title. As students are directed to label parts of the bus, their attention can be drawn to the initial sounds. At the end of the week, students can use the words in a sentence supported by word wall words.
Labeling is an easy way to get early writers to write! Students can label pictures, then write about their labels.

The Center

Once the students produce a labeling product whole group, they can be asked to do it in an independent center.  They can use the poster as support, if necessary.  The lines are provided for a variety of activities. Students can be directed to practice writing the labels, use word wall words to write sentences or write about an experience on the bus.  As an enrichment activity, students can be directed to write a sentence using commas in a series.  The examples above show a variety of written responses.

FREEBIE

Of course, I have a FREEBIE sample of a labeling set I created for some teachers.  If you would like to get the sample set, CLICK HERE or click the picture below.

Labeling is an easy way to get early writers to write! Students can label pictures, then write about their labels.

If you would like the full set of labeling sheets (48 labeling activities in all), CLICK HERE for my TPT store. AND Pin for Later:

Labeling is an easy way to get early writers to write! Students can label pictures, then write about their labels.


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Preparing for December?

December will be here quickly...and we'd like to help. Special holiday dollar deals for TPT.
Thanksgiving is screaming around the corner...and December is fast on it's heels.  Before you know it December will be here in full force and we'll be trying to fit in as much as we can before the winter break.  I am sorry if I'm starting to panic myself, but it just seems like it will be here before we know it.  In an attempt to help, several of us are having a TPT Holiday Dollar Deal Sale.

#holidaydollardeal

If you go to TPT and put our holiday dollar deal hashtag in the search bar (in the heading above), you'll see all the fun items that are reduced to $1 for the 3 days. Here's what I am offering for $1.

Word Card List Bundle
December will be here quickly...and we'd like to help. Special holiday dollar deals for TPT.
This word list winter pack is great for inspiring young writers.  Using the cards for topics or finding words to add to their story, these cards can provide students with "the words" so the story can flow.  There are 6 sets of word cards in the set.  Get it for $1.

Number Sense: Snowmen
December will be here quickly...and we'd like to help. Special holiday dollar deals for TPT.

This set includes 107 pages of 1-10 number sense activities and posters with a snowmen theme.  The activities include ten frames, interactive notebook activities, and independent center activities.  This can be an easy way to have ready-made centers for students.

Winter Small Group CVC Bundle
December will be here quickly...and we'd like to help. Special holiday dollar deals for TPT.

This set is a bundle.  This set includes 148 pages and activities for short vowel words.  These CVC boards can be used as an intervention, a whole group activity under the document camera or center activities.  


Don't Forget...

It's only for 3 days.  Have a great time shopping during our holiday dollar deals.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

6 Mini Lessons for Structure Errors

I have previously blogged about meaning errors and visual errors.  This is the last in the a series: structure errors.  Structure errors are all about the structure of the sentence and understanding the English language.
If you've ever read a post from me about reading, you know I completely believe in miscue analysis. You have to know why they made errors before you can help fix the confusions.  I have previously blogged about meaning errors and visual errors.  This is the last in the a series: structure errors.  Structure errors are all about the structure of the sentence and understanding the English language.
I have previously blogged about meaning errors and visual errors.  This is the last in the a series: structure errors.  Structure errors are all about the structure of the sentence and understanding the English language.
Structure errors are also known as snytactic errors or errors with syntax. Structure errors are errors with natural language, grammar, language patterns, or knowledge of the English language. Once you have determined the errors are structural in nature, the following activities are great for helping students with these errors.
I have previously blogged about meaning errors and visual errors.  This is the last in the a series: structure errors.  Structure errors are all about the structure of the sentence and understanding the English language.

Listen Up!

The first activity asks the students to listen to the a statement, and determining if the sentence is correct English.  Students choose a card with two sentences on it.  They read the card aloud and choose the one that is written correctly.  This activity teaches the students to hear what is correct.  
I have previously blogged about meaning errors and visual errors.  This is the last in the a series: structure errors.  Structure errors are all about the structure of the sentence and understanding the English language.

Order Up!

The second activity is a sequencing activity.  During the visual errors post, we also used sequencing activities.  Having the students recognize the sequence of the story, helps the students in a variety of different ways.  For structural errors, students are using key words to detect the sequence.
I have previously blogged about meaning errors and visual errors.  This is the last in the a series: structure errors.  Structure errors are all about the structure of the sentence and understanding the English language.

Cube it Up!

Making sure students are using parts of speech, making a cube with parts of speech and giving the students a choice board, could allow for some pretty funny sentences that are, in fact, grammatically correct.  Students will roll the cube and choose a word that is that part of speech.  When they have a noun and verb, they can make a sentence.  If they have a noun, verb, and adjective, they can make a bonus sentence for extra points.
I have previously blogged about meaning errors and visual errors.  This is the last in the a series: structure errors.  Structure errors are all about the structure of the sentence and understanding the English language.

Match it Up!

Understanding synonyms can also be useful to making sure students understand when they are reading.  Using the cards on the FREEBIE at the bottom, students will match the synonyms.  You can play concentration, Go Fish!, or I have, Who has.  Students need to be able to recognize synonyms and understand the value in the match.
I have previously blogged about meaning errors and visual errors.  This is the last in the a series: structure errors.  Structure errors are all about the structure of the sentence and understanding the English language.

Clip it Up!

Another structure understanding is choosing correct end marks.  Students will use clip-it cards to determine the end mark and therefore, understand the structure of the sentence.  When students can determine is the sentence is a statement, a question, or an exclamation the meaning of the sentence is clear.
I have previously blogged about meaning errors and visual errors.  This is the last in the a series: structure errors.  Structure errors are all about the structure of the sentence and understanding the English language.

Measure it Up!

Is the sentence whole or not?  Measure it.  Students will read a sentence and measure it...is it whole or not.  As the students decide that the sentences are whole or not, they can sort the cards.  Students can also use the provided papers to make the phrase cards or incomplete sentence cards and make them whole.

If you'd like a FREEBIE packet of the activities in this post, CLICK HERE!

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I have previously blogged about meaning errors and visual errors.  This is the last in the a series: structure errors.  Structure errors are all about the structure of the sentence and understanding the English language.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Who Doesn't Love a Book Fair?

My last book fair post was in May of 201, so I want to share all the fun again.
Who doesn't love a BOOK FAIR? It's a great place to get new books and get books into the home libraries of our students. Here are a few new books.
We had the book fair at out school last week...and I found some great treasures.  I have recently heard some teachers at my school and on-line complaining about book fairs at schools because everything is sold at full price.  I know we could get a break ordering on Amazon, but at least we get books for our school instead of money for Amazon.  I also think it's such a great opportunity to let children see lots of books in one place.  I do wish they wouldn't sell the "junk" at the cash register (erasers, sharpeners, and silliness) that seems to take away from buying books. But, I won't lie...I love the Book Fair.

Mousetropolis
Who doesn't love a BOOK FAIR? It's a great place to get new books and get books into the home libraries of our students. Here are a few new books.

This is a new take on an old book.  Mousetropolis is a new take on the Country Mouse, City Mouse fable.  Once again, text story is the same, but the text is simple.  An added benefit for this book is the onomatopoeia element added to the story.  Whoooooo!  Swoosh-swoosh chugga-chugga Meow! Squeak! 

The Lion Inside
Who doesn't love a BOOK FAIR? It's a great place to get new books and get books into the home libraries of our students. Here are a few new books.

This is sure to be a new favorite. Little Mouse is so little no one ever pays attention to him.  He's stepped on, sat on, overlooked an ignored. On the other hand, lion commands attention and is revered by all the animals.  Mouse decides if he can roar and let "the lion inside" out, the animals would pay attention to him.  When that doesn't turn out like he hopes, he goes to see lion.  You'll have to read the book to figure out what happens next.

Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion
Little Red Gliding Hood
Who doesn't love a BOOK FAIR? It's a great place to get new books and get books into the home libraries of our students. Here are a few new books.

As you can tell, these books are borrowed from the traditional story "Little Red Riding Hood."  Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion has a jungle setting with fun "hairdresser" surprise.  Little Red Gliding Hood takes place in the enchanted forest in the winter.  Several old friends (the 3 little pigs, the gingerbread man, the hey diddle, diddle characters and many more) make an appearance.  These two books can lead to great discussions of compare and contrast.

Red
Who doesn't love a BOOK FAIR? It's a great place to get new books and get books into the home libraries of our students. Here are a few new books.

Yes, I know the lettering says blue and is colored red...just like the title and the crayon in this book.  I was quite taken with this book. I found myself unexpectedly emotional.  Red is a "red" crayon who isn't good at being red.  Everyone thinks they know how to fix Red, but he just can't be red no matter how hard he tries. The book has a great message for all students and parents. I can see this used with students to talk about how we are all good at something, but maybe not the same thing.  I can see this used with parents who are coming to terms with their child getting a diagnosis or a special education "label."  I can also see this book being used in a middle or high school setting when discussing students who are faced with feeling different than their "label" of sexual or gender identity.  This is a powerful book that helps us all see beyond whatever label we have and just see the student and the talents within.  It's powerful.

I Wish You More
Who doesn't love a BOOK FAIR? It's a great place to get new books and get books into the home libraries of our students. Here are a few new books.

Finally, something extra. I wish you more.  It's simple and it's lovely.  "I wish you more ups than downs. I wish you more give than take. I wish you more tippy-toes than deep." Isn't that what we all need.