Saturday, January 31, 2015

Stretchy the Word Snake - Updated FREEBIE!

Hi there!  My Kinders are working on blending letter sounds together in order to sound out CVC words.  So I thought it would be a great time to break out my good friend, Stretchy the Word Snake!

(If you are unfamiliar with him, you can read about Stretchy the Word Snake in an older post HERE.  But basically you print these cards on card stock, cut them out, then slip them into those sliding pencil cases.  The students pull out the pencil case drawer to reveal the word only at first, read the word, then pull the drawer out more to reveal the picture and check to see if they read the word correctly.)

Anyway, when I pulled this activity out of the cabinet, I realized it needed some updating.  I added dots (black for consonants and red for vowels) and arrows.  I will teach my students to point to the dots as they say the letter sounds, then drag their finger across the arrow (from left to right, of course) as they blend the sounds together to read the word.

I updated short "o" and short "u" at this point.  You can find them for FREE at my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  Enjoy!

Click HERE for short "o."

Click HERE for short "u."

As always, thanks for stopping by my little piece of the blog world!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Wordless Wednesday - Partner Talk Strategy

Hellllooooo teacher friends!  Yep - I'm still alive.  ;)

I am joining Miss DeCarbo at Sugar and Spice for her fun linky party:  Wordless Wednesday!

We frequently use a partner talk strategy called, "Stand Up, Hand Up, Pair Up," but sometimes we need to do something different to change things up a bit.  In comes "Parallel Lines."

Partners discuss the topic, then one line stands and bumps down one person.  Ta-da!  They have a new partner to discuss with just like that!  (Tip - I often give the kids a fidget or small ball to show whose turn it is to talk.  That definitely helps.)

What other strategies do you use for partner talks?

Thanks for stopping by!  :)