Students play by taking turns drawing sight word cards. If they can read the word they get to put the card on their game board. There are also boo and bat cards that help to make the game more interesting.
The sight words in this game are the ones from the Dolch pre-primer list.
The game will be available for free until Monday.
You can find more great sight words games on my teaching sight words page and at the websites shop.
Here's a new sight word file folder game just in time for Halloween. Ghosts vs. Vampires. Ghosts and vampires fight to see who is the scariest monster.
The spy pigs sight word game is finally complete. In this game you give students one Spy-pig to decorate. Tell students that there are 5 different types of items that they can use to disguise their spy pig: Shirts, pants, sunglasses, hats, or other accessory.
Each of these categories has 20 sight words that students have to learn. So if a student can correctly read all 20 sight words within a minute they can choose something for their spy pig to wear.
If they wish to change what there spy pig is wearing they have to again demonstrate their mastery of the word list.
Or you can have them play this version as a way to practice sight words in a reading center:
Students take turns drawing a card. When they read the word correctly they get to keep the card. If they get three of the same kind (i.e. if they get three cards with sunglasses on them) they can choose something to put on their spy pig. They can also place something on their spy pig when they draw a Choose a ______, card.
In this type of game, you don't need to have students compete to win, they can just play to show off their style and creativity.
This game will be available for free until Friday when it will become available for purchase. The payed for version will also have black and white pages that your students will be able to color in themselves. (Plus you won't have to use all of your colored ink.)
The version of this game contains the words from Fry's sight word list 201-300. Other versions of this game including ones for the Dolch word lists will be coming out shortly.
The free give away of this game is now over. You can purchase this game for Fry's Word List 1-100, 101-200, 201-300, or 301-400 on my new Spy Pigs page. Each game is only $1.50.
Metacognition: The ability to examine ones thought process or thinking about your own thinking
How can metacognition help students to become better spellers
As students use metacognition to think about their spelling mistakes they can use what they have learned to correct their mistakes and become more aware of the types of mistakes that they are making. Below is a spelling mistakes chart t
Spelling Mistakes Chart
Step 4 in Michelle Newlands Intentional Spelling (2011) is analyze errors and correct them. She used 5 different categories in her spelling error analysis chart: phonemic error, orthographic error, missed letters, insertions, and letter reversals. I've created my own spelling analysis chart but I've changed a few of the categories.
How to use the chart
After filling in all of the words and misspellings, students will add up the total of the misspelling at the bottom. For the Vowels and consonants misspelled students will examine the letters and determine if they are missing one vowel or consonant more than the others. For the rest of the columns students will count each instance of the type of mistake and put the total at the bottom. They then can analyze which type of mistake they are making the most of.
Once they have finished the chart I would have my students set a spelling goal to work on based on there chart. Once the goal has been set the teach and student can figure out different ways that they can work on their goal.
Newlands, M. (2011). Intentional spelling: Seven steps to eliminate guessing. The Reading Teacher, 64(7), 531-534.
If you liked my sight word worksheets you're going to love these number worksheets from Wild about Teaching. There is a worksheet for each number from 1-100 and the amazing part is that they are all free.
Click on the picture or the like above to go the the website and get them yourself.
I had a request to create a new sight word worksheet packet, one for number, color, and shape words. So here it is. Sight word worksheets: Numbers, Colors, and Shapes. These new worksheets are just like my Fry's Kindergarten and first grade worksheets, which you can get by clicking on the link. The only difference is that in these new worksheets a representation of the word is in the right hand corner of the worksheet.
So, for a number word, in the right hand corner will be the numbers symbol as well as the number in dots. For color words, the color will be in the right hand box, and for shapes words the shape will be in the right hand corner.
File Folder Games
This Thursday, the theme for the 50% off sale and freebie is file folder games. You can get the file-folder game butterfly colors for free, and a great packet of dragon themed math games for 50% off. You can also check out our other great file-folder games.
The 50% off sale and giveaway are over. You can still purchase both of the games here on my file folder games page.
With summer about half over I'm already seeing so many advertisements for back to school. I can't believe that summer is going by so quickly, can you? So for all of you preparing to go back to the classroom soon I've decided to have a back to school count down. Every Thursday (hopefully) I will be having one of many items in my store be released for free and another for 50% percent off.
Today I'm going to be focusing on classroom management resources. You can get one of my bathroom and hall passes set for free and just for today my classroom job labels is %50 percent off.
The give away and sale is over. Come back next Thursday for a new giveaway.
So I've taken the SIP (Spelling in Parts) strategy by Debbie A. Powell and Roberta Aram (2008) and tweaked it a little to make it a little more physical for my kinesthetic learners. Now instead of just circling the syllables they will be cutting the word up and using a fun foldable to learn the word. You can download the foldable for free at the bottom of this post.
1. Say and clap your spelling word's syllables.
2. Cut the word into syllables and say the syllable as you separate them into each flap.
3. Say a syllable and then spell each syllable one at a time.
4. Choose one syllable to cover up that is the easiest for you to spell.
5. Keep on spelling the word, a syllable at a time, and covering the flaps, easiest to hardest, until all of the flaps are down and you can spell the word without looking.
Powell, D. A., & Aram, R. (2008). Spelling in parts: A strategy for spelling and decoding polysyllabic words. The Reading Teacher,61(7), 567-570.
I've got a new product out. Adding and Subtracting Like Fractions, that is fractions that have the same denominator. This is a perfect workbook for your students who are just being introduced to working with fractions.
This workbook is 46 pages long. It comes with 30 practice sheets, that let students practice adding and subtracting fractions with like denominators. There are a total of 270 different problems including 10 word problems complete with an answer key to each problem.
The workbook also includes a general review of fractions and a guide to adding and subtracting fractions.
Like always for the first few days of its release it will be available to download for free. After this Friday it will go on sale. I do this to reward those who follow the blog via: RSS, Facebook or Pinterest.
You can get these worksheets now on the new websites shop.
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