BALANCED LITERACY IN FIRST GRADE!
I can’t believe this is year 30!
Winter is WONDERFUL!
Jackets, mittens, scarves, & snow boots.
I am NOT an expert on SNOW!
I live in NORCAL.
Not a lot of snow here.
My students LOVE to learn about WINTER!
Our favorite theme.
UPDATED for 2021!
WAHOO! Bigger & Better!
66 Pages of ELA & Math Centers!
ELA & Math Centers for Grade 1-2
Present, Past, Future Verbs
Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives
Writing Topic & Details
Addition & Subtraction
Making 10 Strategy
Place Value Addition
“ Ten” Groups
ELA AND MATH CENTERS
English Language Arts
MIXED UP SENTENCES
WRITING…MAIN IDEA & DETAILS
MAKING 10 STRATEGY
Easy Prep & Go! Get started organizing now..so YOU are ready for January!
Remember…2022 is the Year of BALANCED LITERACY!
Here’s a start BALANCED LITERACY
Check out the WINTER Literacy Products from 1stgradefireworks
I LOVE GAMES!
My kiddos LOVE to play games.
3 differentiated game mats.
16 different themed player tokens.
I would like you to meet my newest friends!
The vowel kids!
This is KATE. ( long a)
Her twin sister is Anna. ( Short a )
Anna left us for a short “vacation”
…so I can use her picture for LONG A!
Thank you to Nikki from MELONHEADZ for the cutie pies!
We took each vowel family and did some writing!
We brainstormed words ( see the word box)
that have our phonics pattern for the week.
Then we did an interactive writing .
( see my BALANCED LITERACY packet,
The kids decided on her story. And then…
They were so cute! Best editors ever!
After we finished…
They decided yellow was too hard to read.
They said that handwriting is very important,
if you want others to read it.
They said spelling is important. It can change the meaning.
And lastly, writing large and spacing our words,
makes it easier to read.
WOW! They were listening! 🙂
And so …each week for the next 4 weeks
I will introduce another friend.
Long e, Long i, Long o, and Long u.
We will chat, create, and write!
I Love my JOB!
If you are looking for more
Stop on by!
My High Kiddos
don’t want to meet with me
as often as my others…
We have grouped our BOOK CLUB kids into groups of six.
Model, model, model.
Book Clubs work as a team
to help each other read the story,
( and I wasn’t involved in it!).
LUNCH with the teacher
when the TEAM completes their packets
GROUP ORAL REPORT
on their book!
( I try to switch the Book CLub groups , depending on the book level).
we HAVE TO DO are highly, most decidedly will, are
encouraged to do, first.
SO… Book Club is their UA (small group) time.
Tips & Tricks
- When students are independent readers, begin BOOK CLUBS
- Hold students accountable
- “Chunk” their work time ( I have them work for 15-20 minutes)
- If needed…choose a LEADER to begin the discussions.
- All club members need the same book.
- Have booklets ready ahead of time. When they finish one…start another!
Check out these resources to help with reading & writing in YOUR classroom! 🙂
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3 steps to sight word fluency.
Not exactly steps..a hop..a skip..and a JUMP!
When teaching my kiddos to read,
I use MANY tools!
Books, whiteboards, markers, pocket charts, flashcards, etc..
But… when teaching sight words
FRY words, Dolch Words etc, etc, etc.
It ALL comes down to this…
IF YOU CANNOT READ SIGHT WORDS,
You WILL NOT read at grade level!
HOW DO WE HELP???
We research. We try. And we try AGAIN!
There are MANY resources on Pinterest
to help you find lists, and lists, and lists of words!
And LOTS of OTHERS!
NOW I know what to teach…
HOW do I Do IT?
Here are your
3 steps to Sight Word FLUENCY!
Each student makes their OWN word cards on colored paper.
(Practice sounding out, spelling, & writing EACH word)
I use 8 – 10 words.
Then they cut them apart.
Find a friend who has a different colored paper.
Both friends turn their word cards face down.
Rock, paper, scissors…winner goes first.
Choose one of YOUR word cards and one of your friends.
READ BOTH CARDS…friends help if needed.
If they match…keep BOTH cards. If not, turn them over and partner’s turn!
Winner has the most matches at the end of time
( or when ALL cards are turned over)
Great PARTNER work!
for my word study WORD WORK.
I make the letter cards and the word cards.
We pocket chart them ( my kiddos like to play SCHOOL during MAY DO time).
One of the Activities is
After MAKING WORDS
Turn them over & MATCH IT!
We also invented
(NOT SPEED RACER!)
I turn them over & as a class,
we read as FAST AS WE CAN!
Word Wall for Sight Word Fluency
They use their whiteboards
and I call OUT…
“I SPY A WORD ON THE WORD WALL that
starts with a “_____” and RHYMES with “____”.
They find it on the all…and write it on their boards.
Sometimes I will change it up with
“A verb that starts with a “__”, etc. etc.
The main theme here is PRACTICE…PRACTICE PRACTICE!
No matter how many “steps” it takes…
they need practice activities & time
to HOP, SKIP, & JUMP into FLUENCY!
ALWAYS begin with BALANCED LITERACY!
And so we begin.
To help with Sight Word Mastery
CLICK on the links for help!
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BALANCED LITERACY Classroom?
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I teach MATH.
I teach math well.
HOW DO I KNOW IF THEY “GET IT”???
How do I know if they have mastered ( or internalized )
BEFORE THE TESTING BEGINS???
I mean…it’s NOT…
But.. my kiddos WANT to do well!
Even in First Grade, they KNOW!
They KNOW TESTS COUNT!
Whether or not we like tests or don’t,
I have a district purchased math curriculum
I am required to teach.
We use Expressions.
I have a pacing guide from my district to use as a “tool”
Keep ME on track.
Mostly to ensure I have taught the required concepts for
I am NOT a fan of WASTED WORKSHEETS!
So …now what?
I NEED DATA!
SHOW ME WHAT YOU KNOW!
Here is my Lesson on
ADDITION using 3 digits:
So.. NOW WHAT?
Now I have LOTS of DATA
to put students into
I have noted students who need scaffolding in:
numbers beyond 10
AND ALL OF THIS…
with 2 pieces of white paper & some crayons!
in the next few weeks
My kiddos will “GET IT”!
I know they will!
If YOU need any help with
Check out …
for GRADE 1
For GRADE 2
See how I use it HERE
I also have MORE MATH Products…
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Here’s a FREEBIE for YOUR TIME! 🙂
ks and Stones
Are YOU planning for December?
Are you ready for holiday first-grade math games and activities?
Do you have your holiday reading and writing centers ready for December?
Do you need help finding them?
Easy Prep? High student Engagement?
I have HELP FOR YOU!
This ROUND-UP is to help YOU get organized,
The FREEBIE is at the BOTTOM!
KEEP READING! 🙂
Get your guided math centers ready to go!
Math games and printables prepped, organized, sorted.
Students can’t wait
for the exciting activities
to help them get through DECEMBER!
Now it is time for those literacy
( reading, writing, phonics, word)
Are YOU ready?
And for a FUN combination of Literacy and MATH…
The Winter Wonderland BUNDLE!
More games and fun activities to help your students practice grade-level standards in a highly energizing way! What a fun way to support learning through the HOLIDAY season!
Do not forget to take care of YOURSELF!
Get planned and prepped for December
and then enjoy the season!
Laugh, giggle, give hugs & high-fives.
The holidays are for making memories.
Here are some posts that can help YOU, too! 🙂
Happy December! Take Care of Yourself and ENJOY IT!
THANK YOU for hanging in for this LONG POST!
Here is a FREEBIE for YOU!
How to add games for independent centers!
We have been in school for 4 weeks. I know…we began JULY 31! I spend 3-4 weeks working on whole class routines & schedules. Then we spend a week or two working on centers ( without me actually taking reading groups) so I can monitor HOW they are doing during independent centers. AND THEN????
We begin INDEPENDENT CENTERS without the teacher!!! WHAT??? Yes!!
Release the KRACKEN!
And yes..we begin small group reading.
I used to call it GUIDED READING.
But I have added Guided Reading Skills & Strategies.
Sometimes, we work on words. Sometimes we work on skills.
Sometimes we read. Sometimes we write.
I use my assessments to guide my instruction.
I know WHO needs WHAT.
So what are the other kids doing?
And this week..enter their FAVORITE CENTER SO FAR!
( Yes…in their WHOLE LIFE…as they say!)
Here is the FUN game for centers!
And they are LEARNING! WIN! WIN!
294 CARDS! WOWZA!
294 domino cards for short vowel practice. Domino games can be differentiated by vowel sounds, picture cards, or word cards. Fun activities for student learning. Games help students stay engaged while practicing short vowel CVC word families.
They LOVE THIS! They beg for more time! Get your WORK done so you can PLAY!
YES! I love it when a plan works!
And so here we go!
Small groups for me..independent centers for them.
WIN! WIN! All around. Check out the video!