Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Long and Short Vowels

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Long and Short Vowels

Students are ready to study long and short vowels and the connection between them when they can read word families (like hat, sat, cat, fat, etc.) and when they are starting to include vowels in their spellings. During this stage, a student might consistently attempting to spell long vowels words, but confusing the spelling, for example, RANE for rain. This is a perfect time to add word work to their day comparing and contrasting long and short vowels.

One of my favorite series of vowel resources that I've created comes with a lot of hands on materials to make your centers, small group and seat work time easier for you and enjoyable for the students.

Today I'm going to share with you the Long e and Short e resource. Once your students are use to the games and printables in this resource, it is the same for a, i, o and u, just with the different appropriate words.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Vowel Sorting Short e & Long e Center Games and Interactive Notebook Activities at TeachersPayTeachers, TpT.
The resource comes with:
*Center Sign and/or Center Folder Cover
*Teacher’s directions
*Student’s directions
*Center Game Cards
*Interactive Notebook Activities
*Student worksheets, great for assessment
*Answer Keys / Student Self-Check Sheets
 Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Vowel Sorting Short e & Long e Center Games and Interactive Notebook Activities at TeachersPayTeachers, TpT.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Vowel Sorting Short e & Long e Center Games and Interactive Notebook Activities at TeachersPayTeachers, TpT.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Vowels-969068 
One set of cards with just the words for sorting.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Vowel Sorting Short e & Long e Center Games and Interactive Notebook Activities at TeachersPayTeachers, TpT.
 Printable worksheets.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Vowel Sorting Short e & Long e Center Games and Interactive Notebook Activities at TeachersPayTeachers, TpT.
One set of cards with the words and picture clues. 
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Vowel Sorting Short e & Long e Center Games and Interactive Notebook Activities at TeachersPayTeachers, TpT.

 Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Vowel Sorting Short e & Long e Center Games and Interactive Notebook Activities at TeachersPayTeachers, TpT.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Vowel Sorting Short e & Long e Center Games and Interactive Notebook Activities at TeachersPayTeachers, TpT.

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Vowel Sorting Short e & Long e Center Games and Interactive Notebook Activities at TeachersPayTeachers, TpT.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Vowel Sorting Short e & Long e Center Games and Interactive Notebook Activities at TeachersPayTeachers, TpT.
Student directions included.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Vowel Sorting Short e & Long e Center Games and Interactive Notebook Activities at TeachersPayTeachers, TpT. 
 
Help in a variety of student levels.
Sort by picture clue cards only.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Vowel Sorting Short e & Long e Center Games and Interactive Notebook Activities at TeachersPayTeachers, TpT.
One set of cards as pictures only for your different student levels.
 Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Vowel Sorting Short e & Long e Center Games and Interactive Notebook Activities at TeachersPayTeachers, TpT.
Sorting by words only.

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Vowel Sorting Short e & Long e Center Games and Interactive Notebook Activities at TeachersPayTeachers, TpT.
Interactive Notebook Activities
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Vowel Sorting Short e & Long e Center Games and Interactive Notebook Activities at TeachersPayTeachers, TpT.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Vowels-969068
This example is sorting the cards that have the words AND the picture clues.
Common Core Listing
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Vowel-Sorting-Short-e-Long-e-Center-Games-and-Interactive-Notebook-Activities-947055
 Three ways to play to differentiate for your students' needs.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Vowel-Sorting-Short-e-Long-e-Center-Games-and-Interactive-Notebook-Activities-947055

I hope you have enjoyed this post and gained some ideas to help teach your emerging readers with some long and short vowel fun!
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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Pencil Management Killing Your Small Group Instruction Time?

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Reading groups, math groups, writing groups, conferences, small groups....whatever you call them, however you run them in your class, you know they are important. At college you learned all about running records, documentation, RTI, small group instruction, remediation, differentiating.... BUT with only 15 to 20 minutes for each group, one little thing can ruin your whole day...one little thing can cause you to run behind and all your beautifully written plans go kaput! 

Pencils! Love them or hate them, you're still going to need them for the primary classroom. One of my most read blog posts is about pencil management in general. Click here to read that post.
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But today's post deals with one inexpensive and quick tip to help with small group instruction pencils. If your students are "running back to their desks" to get a pencil or needing to sharpen their pencil during small group instruction, let's face it...your time with that group is over before it even began.
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My favorite trick for small groups is to FLAG your pencils that are only for small group time. Place a cute can or container in the middle of your group table and then use post it notes to make little flags on your pencils. That way when I student walks back to their desk with one, they will see the flag, or Suzie Busybody, will see the flag and they will remember to return it to the group table. Inexpensive and easy!
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Friday, April 29, 2016

Fern's Freebie Friday ~ Go Spaceman! Go Fish Card Game for Equivalent Fractions!

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This Go Spaceman! Go Fish Card Game focuses on Equivalent Fractions!

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