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Thursday, April 11, 2013
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Friday, February 22, 2013
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Students need lots of writing experience for the common core. I have included a narrative writing unit and and explanatory writing unit so students can get more writing practice and have fun doing it! I included writing rubrics for grades 1 & 2 to help you out!
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
The second grade Language Standards include this standard for letter writing:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.2b Use commas in greetings and closings of letters.
Writing Thank You Notes will give students an opportunity to practice this skill, and it's a valuable tradition!
It's time for the thank you cards!
I made a blank Thank You Note for you to copy. Just run off the pages back to back to make it into card form.
I also have specific information about the parts of a Thank You Note on my blog at Elementary Matters.
Enjoy writing your Thank You Notes!
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
I also like the activity Roll A Word. Students roll the beginning sound (on the green cube) and then roll the ending sound (on the red cube). They say the word out loud using the vowel they are working on and then decide if that word is a real word or a nonsense word and record it on their sheet. The recording sheets color coordinate with the letters on the cubes to help you and them to keep all the cubes separate. Just makes it easier for organization since there are 10 cubes- 2 per vowel! Can you imagine the chaos of trying to keep them separated otherwise? :)
I like having students make short vowel books. They get to decide what words they want to include in their own books It's just another way for them to practice saying and hearing the sounds in words and then categorizing them.
I leave you with this picture of a fun short vowel Bingo game! As you can see, working with short vowels can be a lot of fun for students and of course, it is very important that they get those sounds down very well. These activities can be used with the whole class, small groups, or in literacy centers. I use them not only with my reading groups, but also during RtI. I usually have groups in RtI that are needing short vowel sound practice and these are some fun ways to get that in!
Thank you so much for reading along with me about short vowels. I hope you found some activities that will help your students! Click here if you are needing them. It is all common core aligned and designed to help your students have fun while learning!
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Friday, December 21, 2012
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.4: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
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Today, my students spent some of our reading time practicing fluency. Especially at this time of year, I go out of my way to make it fun. (Brain research shows us that "fun" is a big motivator, but I think teachers knew that before the research was done!)
There are 4 important parts to fluency:
- automaticity in word recognition
- accurate word recognition
- rate (speed) of reading
- prosody, or expression