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Do You Teach Long and Short Vowels?

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Vowel Sorting Short e & Long e Center Games and Interactive Notebook Activities at TeachersPayTeachers, TpT.
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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Need Something Fun For Short E?

Your students will adore these five Short e Words Color Your Answers worksheets while learning and reviewing important vowel and reading skills at the same time! You will love the no prep, print and go Color By Code Worksheets with Answer Keys Included.
Your students will adore these five Short a Words Color Your Answers worksheets while learning and reviewing important vowel and reading skills at the same time! You will love the no prep, print and go Color By Code Worksheets with Answer Keys Included. I have short a, short e, short i, short o, and short u, and I'm just in love with how cute they turned out!
Your students will adore these five Short e Words Color Your Answers worksheets while learning and reviewing important vowel and reading skills at the same time! You will love the no prep, print and go Color By Code Worksheets with Answer Keys Included.
This reading resource includes:
* Five Short e Pages
* Five Answer Keys

Your students will adore these five Short e Words Color Your Answers worksheets while learning and reviewing important vowel and reading skills at the same time! You will love the no prep, print and go Color By Code Worksheets with Answer Keys Included.
Short e Words
Page 1 - Ben, bed, beg, bet, den, fed
Page 2 - gem, get, gel, hen, hem, jet
Page 3 - Ken, keg, led, leg, let, men
Page 4 - met, net, pen, peg, pet, red
Page 5 - set, ten, Ted, vet, yet, wet

The pages have similar words, so the students have to focus...
Is it v-e-t? or Is it w-e-t?

Your students will adore these five Short e Words Color Your Answers worksheets while learning and reviewing important vowel and reading skills at the same time! You will love the no prep, print and go Color By Code Worksheets with Answer Keys Included.
This is one of my favorite tips. 
At the start of the year I like to use these as a directed lesson. I tell them the exact crayons they will need, then we put the rest away. As I read each "code" they use the correct color crayon to mark it. For example met = green, so we color these entire line green. Then we find the word met in the page and mark green over the word. Later during reading rotations they can color it in and pull out the rest of the crayons and color the blank spaces their choice. You can also use a gradual release with this, letting them work in pairs, then independently, but having someone check it before they finish, etc.


Tuesday Teacher Tips: Classroom Helpers

Sure, you see all sorts of great Classroom Helper Tips and Resources on Pinterest and TeachersPayTeacher. Twenty jobs all over a bulletin board, with jobs like Line Leader all the way to Shoe Lace Manager. Sure, it looks wonderful, but when you see everyone in action, it usually turns a teacher's wonderful day into pure chaos. Try my simple plan that has proven successful for over twenty years. By Fern Smith from Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas.
 Tuesday Teacher Tips: Classroom Helpers
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Every Tuesday Michelle, from Teach 123, and I will have a new installment of my favorite post, Tuesday Teacher Tips!

This week's tip is about classroom helpers. 
Sure, you see all sorts of great things on Pinterest and TPT. Twenty jobs all over a bulletin board, with jobs like Line Leader all the way to Shoe Lace Manager. Sure, it looks wonderful, but when you see everyone in action, it usually turns a teacher's wonderful day into pure chaos.
Sure, you see all sorts of great Classroom Helper Tips and Resources on Pinterest and TeachersPayTeacher. Twenty jobs all over a bulletin board, with jobs like Line Leader all the way to Shoe Lace Manager. Sure, it looks wonderful, but when you see everyone in action, it usually turns a teacher's wonderful day into pure chaos. Try my simple plan that has proven successful for over twenty years. By Fern Smith from Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas.
I've had a simple plan for over twenty years. If you are new to following my blog, I've spent most of my career in Title I schools. Absenteeism due to a variety of reasons is usually our biggest problem. If you are constantly absent, you just don't receive a full, quality education.

The system I use for helpers really helps cut down on absenteeism. I have two helpers each day. I go down an alphabetical list, two at a time. 
Sure, you see all sorts of great Classroom Helper Tips and Resources on Pinterest and TeachersPayTeacher. Twenty jobs all over a bulletin board, with jobs like Line Leader all the way to Shoe Lace Manager. Sure, it looks wonderful, but when you see everyone in action, it usually turns a teacher's wonderful day into pure chaos. Try my simple plan that has proven successful for over twenty years. By Fern Smith from Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas.
At the end of the day, when everyone is in line I move the pins down to the next two students and I turn to them and say, "Anna and Calvin, you have to be here tomorrow, you're my helpers." And then I give that day's helpers a piece of candy....yep, ONE ENTIRE PIECE OF CANDY...no one else. They've been excited to help all day and the candy is just a little extra thank you. When I was in a "no food reward" school in Texas, it was a sticker, an eraser or a pencil. Use what you like, just make it something that only your helpers get. 

With two helpers a day, everyone usually gets a turn every two weeks. Last year's class loved to count down the list at the end of the day and figure out what day would be their turn.

For this to help with absenteeism, you have to be a little bit firm, if they miss their turn, they have to wait until it cycles back to their name. Now, if the poor kid broke his arm, I might say to the class, "Since Calvin was a the hospital yesterday, we're going to go back up to his name." Then everyone agrees and it helps to foster a sense of kindness too.

This system also keeps your instructional time flowing smoothly.
  • Someone needs to go to the clinic, send the two helpers.
  • The office needs some forms picked up, no need to have hands waving in the air, pick me, pick me...just sent the two helpers.
  • Line leader is the first name, door holder is the second name.
  • Who gets to get their lunch first? The helpers!
  • Who gets to go to recess first? The helpers!
  • You need some books returned to the teacher across the hall? Send the two helpers!
This helps you, the teacher, not have to stop a lot to make decisions, and your instruction time can just continue to flow!  
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Sure, you see all sorts of great Classroom Helper Tips and Resources on Pinterest and TeachersPayTeacher. Twenty jobs all over a bulletin board, with jobs like Line Leader all the way to Shoe Lace Manager. Sure, it looks wonderful, but when you see everyone in action, it usually turns a teacher's wonderful day into pure chaos. Try my simple plan that has proven successful for over twenty years. By Fern Smith from Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas.
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Need Something Fun For Short A?

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Color-By-Code-Short-a-Words-3255475 
Your students will adore these five Short a Words Color Your Answers worksheets while learning and reviewing important vowel and reading skills at the same time! You will love the no prep, print and go Color By Code Worksheets with Answer Keys Included. I have short a, short e, short i, short o, and short u, and I'm just in love with how cute they turned out!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Color-By-Code-Short-a-Words-3255475
This reading resource includes:
* Five Short a Pages
* Five Answer Keys

Short a Words
Page 1 - act, add, ask, bat, bad, bag
Page 2 - cat, cap, cap, dad, dab, Dan
Page 3 - fan, fat, fad, gap, gal, gas
Page 4 - ham, has, jab, jam, map, mat
Page 5 - Sam, sad, tan, tap, van, vat
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Color-By-Code-Short-a-Words-3255475 
The pages have similar words, so the students have to focus...
Is it v-a-t? or Is it v-a-n?
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Color-By-Code-Short-a-Words-3255475
Like all my Color by Numbers / Color by Codes, ALL the children / humans have blank spaces and the directions state, "You pick the color for any empty areas." Your STUDENTS can pick the race and or nationality of their work!

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/104286547607337619/


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