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12 04, 2015

Oa, Oe, Ow, Oa, Oe The Vowel Teams

By |2019-03-12T21:06:06-04:00April 12th, 2015|hands-on, Interactive Notebooks, phonics, Reading|0 Comments

(Sing the title to the tune of a famous boy band song from quite a few decades ago. I won’t say which one, but it you get if right, you got the right stuff, lol!)

Vowel Teams Oa Oe 2

You know how we all see these cute cvc activities all over the place, but then students get to other phonics activities and suddenly…bam, the availability of hands-on centers are too often replaced with worksheets galore.

Vowel Teams Oa Oe 1

One of my wise college professors use to say, “If you can turn it into a game, do it!” Then she would go on to explain how they will learn more because if it is interesting to them, it is engaging to them. If they are engaged, they are learning!

  Relevancy is just important! What we view as relevant and what a young child views as relevant is two different things. Most often, they are not thinking about that math they will need when they are 25 to balance the checkbook. Nor are they thinking about how they need to become fluent writers to become a celebrity spy one day, I mean journalist. No way! Of course, they need plenty of writing opportunities. My point is they are not usually thinking they need to improve all their skills, so they can “adult.” To really engage them in learning, its important we get into their world to make it relevant. So what do children find relevant? Things like games, yup, that is relevant.
Vowel Teams Oa Oe 4
Vowel Teams Oa Oe 3
Enjoying putting puzzles together with their friends. Relevant.
Vowel Teams Oa Oe 5
Participating in class discussions with interactive anchor charts. Relevant.

 

Hands-on word work activities that tie into what they are learning to read. Relevant.

 

 Doing fun things like feeding sharks and gators as a word work activity in an interactive notebook. Yup, you guessed it. Relevant.
Adding some laughs to learning with some fun puns doesn’t hurt the learning process either. 😉  After all, research shows the connection of our memories with emotional experiences. (I have no research paper to point to on that one. It is researched based though. I recall reading up on it many times in my college days. You’ve probably heard that before too).
 Now, I know, I know, I know. No prep printables have their place. Sometimes, you need something for a quick review, homework, for a filler, etc. I get it. I am not saying those don’t have their place, but I am just trying to say its important kids get plenty of kinesthetic, relevent opportunities to master important phonics skills like vowel teams. The main point I am trying to make is worksheets should be kept in moderation, and children need more than just worksheets.
Vocabulary cards are also very handy. They can be used for self-checking and more. Some other ideas include putting them in alphabetical order, games like go fish and memory, matching rhyming words, and whatever else you can dream up. Cards like this are just handy and versatile. 🙂
Now this unit is HUGE. It is over 500 pages! Here is some organization inspiration. Baggies are my best friend, for real. I write on each bag what is inside to keep my sanity. 🙂 I like to keep it all in one spot (in the large coral container, minus the dice. When I plan on using these, I place them in a smaller bin like the shoe box container, and the reading center is ready to rock and roll.
If we want students to become fluent readers and writers, giving them relevant hands-on word work experiences, then we got to keep it relevant to young learners. That is what my vowel team bundled unit is all about. Making it relevant. Engaging. And ultimately, giving students a firm foundation in phonics to enable them to be fluent readers and writers. 
 
Vowel Team Pin
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21 10, 2013

Say What?

By |2019-03-12T21:06:11-04:00October 21st, 2013|Interactive Notebooks, Reading|0 Comments

 

 

 

 

Saturday night, I felt like I was up all night giving birth! Kid you not! And well, I kind of gave birth to an Interactive Reading Notebook for Non-Fiction with cuteness added. Ok, well, not the same…I know, lol, and eating that coconut cream popsicle to keep my eyes opened would make any woman in labor Saturday night probably want to beat me over the head for such a comparison. While I have been laboring with this for the past few weeks with just about every spare moment, I was determined to get this baby out and delivered by Sunday morning, and I thought it would not take that long to finish. Well, one extra hour turned into two as I persisted to finish it, and two into four because I am a perfectionist….until it was 8:30 am and the little interactive reading notebook was finally smiling back at me on the screen…. literally that little penguin was smiling as she held her composition reading journal in her little penguin hands.
 
 
Every page is truly interactive! Each page has a moving part. Your child or class can revisit them like an archive throughout the year for review. These journals make learning relevant, kinesthetic (hands-on), visual, and fun, fun, fun! 
 
 Don’t overlook the fact that it includes 27 blank templates for personal use! And did you see it has some science activities with it! I tried to make the preview above big if you click on it…didn’t work out, but you can download a pdf preview for free that allows you to get a close up look of the items in it in my TPT store. Just click on the image to lead the way.
Includes photographed PowerPoint instructions. That way you can project them in your classroom. A grayscale pdf and color pdf is also included. Oh, and this baby was 156 pages long!
My little bear is loving his interactive reading journal and has a new kind of excitement for reading these days! Makes it well worth the hard work I put into this baby over the last few weeks! (Oh, and so sorry woman who gave birth this past Saturday and congrats!)
Be blessed!
Jolene
 

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13 10, 2013

Space, Sight Words, a Light Sword, and a Freebie Link

By |2019-03-12T21:06:11-04:00October 13th, 2013|Reading|0 Comments

For learning sight words this year, I have flowed with my son’s interests with space. I did not actually make this adorable space word wall set myself, but I did find it as a freebie from another teacher-author. Spoiler alert: I have the freebie link posted later for this word wall set!
We use the space word wall for placing words he has mastered. That makes the word wall a big incentive to master those sight words. We review those here and there with his light sword as a pointer.
He is very eager to master his words and place them on the wall.
All the words he is working on for mastering are placed in a pocket chart that we review daily. If he does not master a word that week, I keep it in the pocket chart until he masters it. His readers during the week also have the newly introduced sight words for the week. I noticed he picks up a lot of his words that are reinforced in the readers because I threw in some other words, and he did not pick those up as fast. BTW I took the pocket chart pics from the first week of school and the word wall pics recently, so my little bear has mastered all those pocket chart words in the picture! Yay!

Details on making this yourself: I used fadeless black paper that I purchased in a roll from a local teacher store. It is jet black with a gloss, so easy to mount the sight words with mounting putty without damaging the paper should anything need to be moved around.  I hung up the paper with the famous Command Strips by placing many of them around the edges. I used the kind for posters.

Space Themed Word Wall was created by Fredia Shumway. She also has some other cute word walls including a pirate, jungle, frog, camping, ocean, western, monster, monkey, bug, and owl themed. She was super generous to provide this space word wall for free. Usually, I am extreme DIY, but I could not resist this cute word wall that has my son hyped up about learning sight words. Click the link below to get to this product. Also, don’t forget to sign-up for email to receive more updated postings from my blog before heading over to her store. I don’t actually ever see your email. In fact, I don’t even see who actually follows my blog, but you will get a nice email saying when I post something new here. And believe me, I love to share, give, and be a blessing to others, so you will not want to miss out on my postings!
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