Saturday, November 18, 2017

Super Easy (and CHEAP) Sight Word Practice System

Hello! Hello!

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. I've seen on social media that some of you lucky teachers have already started Thanksgiving break! I have Monday and Tuesday left, but I simply can't believe we are already to this point in the year. I don't know why this year seems to be flying to me--maybe my new position?

Anyway, I said awhile back that I'd be sharing my sight word let's get to it!

Who wants some sight word practice you can start today? And most likely without spending any of your own money?

That was me several years ago raising my hand!

Disclaimer: This is not an original idea. I saw it somewhere and have adapted it to fit my needs. If you know who might have “invented” it, please share in the comments.

So let me introduce you to what I call The Power of 3. The name comes from the fact that your students will be earning a series of 3 colored dots 3 times for 3 different types of exposure to the word. 

Now that is a mouthful, but I promise I’ll explain!

Index Cards (what teacher doesn’t have them?)
Colored Markers (again, you already have them!)
Binder Rings (1” works well—you might have to buy them)
Sight Word List (your choice, I have used Dolch, Fry, or even the one from my curriculum)

Step 1:

First, you will want to make copies of the sight word list for each of the kids that you are working with. When I taught in the classroom, I did not do this with all of my students—just those that needed the extra practice. As a Title I teacher, I am doing it with almost all my kiddos.

Ask your student to read the list of words as quickly as possible. On your copy, mark each word that is not automatic (longer than 3 seconds). Now for those index cards. Make an index card for each of the words your student missed. ***Important note: I wouldn’t make more than 10 cards per student at a time. You really want intense focus on a small group of words at a time. You will be adding other cards as they move from ring to ring.***

Each student needs 3 rings, labeled READ, WRITE, and SPELL. All of the words start on the READ ring. I keep all this in a plastic bag, like so:

Step 2:

Determine how often you will work with your student. Daily would be awesome, but realistically I try to do it 3 times a week.

Show your student the cards on the READ ring. If they read the word correctly within 3 seconds, use a marker to give them a colored dot at the bottom of the card. You will use the same color each time you work with the READ ring.

Yes, I've been known to add pictures if we are really struggling to master a word!
Once a student earns 3 dots (3 successful reads of the word), you will move that card to the WRITE ring.

Each time you work with your kiddo, continue flashing the READ cards. Add words as more cards are moved to the WRITE ring.

Step 3:

For the WRITE ring, you will ask your kiddo to spell the word. I let my students do this on the table with Dry-Erase markers which is always a favorite! 

If they are successful spelling the word with no help, use a different colored marker to give them a dot.

When students have 3 dots of that color (total dots should be 6 now), you will move the card to the SPELL ring.

Each time you work with your kiddo, continue working on the WRITE cards.

Step 4:

For the SPELL ring, students are asked to spell the word out loud to you. This is a more difficult skill because they can no longer “see” it and make a change if it doesn’t look right (as when they were writing it). However, usually by the time the cards have reached this ring my students are very familiar with the word and it doesn’t take long to once again earn 3 colored dots.

When students have 3 dots of that color (total dots should be 9 now), you will move the card off the ring. I like to keep these in the baggie and every once in awhile, we review reading them. My students enjoy seeing that completed stack get bigger and bigger!

That’s it! Simple, easy, CHEAP sight words practice that your kiddos will enjoy.

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving! 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wisdom for Wednesday-Easy Life

Welcome to this week's:

Isn't that so true.  In fact, God said that we would encounter difficulties in this world.  I personally don't like going through trials and difficulties in this world (not sure that anyone does for that matter).  There could be a problem if we didn't have any difficulties though.  If our lives were easy, it may mask our need for God.  Therefore, when I am faced with these difficult times, I am trying to be aware that I am where God has placed me and I need to cry out to him, allow him to fight for me and know that he is working on my behalf during these times in my life.  

Have a great day!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Pathways to Reading and Kim Sutton Doubles Facts

We have continued with our pathways to reading (I love this program!) and the kids were so excited to start our spelling this week.  This is the first week of spelling and they couldn't wait to take their first test on Friday!  I'm excited to say that they all did a great job on the test.  

Taking our first pathways to reading spelling test!

Practicing the wild river with the vowel town sounds in pathways to reading. 

In math, we practiced our doubles facts and the kids were getting really good at them by the end of the week.  We listened to this doubles rap every day (it got stuck in my head and I think that is all I heard all week long LOL).

Practicing our doubles with Kim Sutton's random cd practice

Hope you have a great week!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Fall Party, Extra Fun Thing, & Rhyming Game

Last week was a busy week especially with having our Fall Party on Tuesday.  We were busy all week and the kids were very excited for the Fall Party.

1.  We don't dress up at our school for Halloween, but we do have a Fall Party at the end of the day for the kids.  The parents brought in a lot of treats, goodies and games for the kids.

2.  Extra Fun Thing-For our extra fun thing, my co-teacher found this cool science experiment on erupting pumpkins.  The kids thought this was the best and they had so much fun with it.  It is very easy to do and didn't take a lot to set it up.

3.  I Have Who Has Rhyming Game-the kids were getting good at playing this game from our TPT store that you can pick up for free.  By the end of practicing the game, they were really good at rhyming!!  There is also a game that we have with pictures, but we used the one with just the words.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Wisdom for Wednesday-Circumstances

Welcome to this week's:

I don't know about you but sometimes I have circumstances in my life that I spend time wishing that those circumstances weren't in my life.  Instead, I need to try and not waste my time and energy on wishing for a different set of circumstances.  I should be accepting the day as it comes and trust that God is with me during these circumstances and that he has a purpose for all of it!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Wisdom for Wednesday - What do I Savor?

Happy Wednesday! I hope you are off to a wonderful week. 

I was sad to see our volleyball season end on Saturday, but I must admit I am looking forward to some time at home after school the next few weeks before basketball begins! I'm not sure I will know what to do with all my free time...although so far I've grocery shopped on Monday and did some cooking and cleaning on Tuesday. Something tells me that free time will be gone before I know it!

Let's jump right into our Wisdom for Wednesday. I don't know if I should call this a quote or a question. It is a question, but it is also a quote. ;-)

Taken from the Bible study I wrote, There's a Fly in my Tea (aff. link).

When I think of savoring something, my mind immediately goes to chocolate. I love chocolate, especially rich, dark chocolate. In order to control my chocoholic tendencies, I will take one of my favorite dark chocolate truffles from the bag, carefully unwrap it, and take a tiny bite. I let that morsel of chocolate sit on my tongue until it is completely melted, take a drink of water, and repeat until the truffle is gone. As you can imagine, one truffle lasts a long time when eaten this way and by the time I'm finished, I am satisfied and have no need for a second truffle (this paragraph also taken from the study).

So what does savor have to do with anything?

In Matthew 16:21-33, we find Jesus had told the disciples of His coming death, burial, and resurrection. Peter rebuked Him. I just love Peter! His battle with his tongue is so much like my own. Anyway, Peter's rebuke definitely came from a lack of understanding, but there was something else to it. Jesus responds, "Get thee behind me, Satan..." (the very familiar part of the verse) but he goes on to say, "...thou art an offence unto me: for thou savorest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men."

It made me wonder...what do I savor (besides chocolate)? Do I savor the things of men? Or the things of God?

If I'm honest, I know that I spend more time savoring the things of this world than I do savoring the things of God. I also know that I can't be perfect in this area, but I can be diligent to keep a right relationship with the Lord. 

What about you? What do you savor?

P.S. If you're interested in seeing how Peter eventually "got it," check out II Peter 1:3-14. ;-)

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Daily 5 and Extra Fun Thing

We finally launched our Daily 5 this last week and it was a success!!!  The kids did an amazing job and they loved it!  All of the kids worked hard while I was with a group and there was not one interruption with my groups and all of my groups worked hard!  
Here are some pictures of our Daily 5 time:

We use the Pathways to Reading program at our school (which I absolutely love).  Here are some of my groups working on a segment and write lesson with me.

I'm a little sad because this week, we won't be doing the Daily 5 because we have a short week with parent-teacher conferences.  I'll be excited to get back to it after this week!  

For our extra fun thing this week, we have a wonderful para that has her granddaughter in 1st grade this year and she bought all the kids a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch.  The kids were so excited  and were able to decorate their pumpkins and take them home with them.  

Have a great week!

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