1. Pick a Pebble! I almost always begin my reading groups with a little phonemic awareness warm up activity. I am well aware that phonemic awareness is something that can be done in the dark vs phonics being something the kids actually see/manipulate; however, since I do a daily phonemic awareness warm up, I like to include a variety of activities. One thing that I love to grab from my phonemic awareness basket is my little Pick a Pebble container.
Sidenote: these pebbles are from many years ago from some museum I went to...haha...glad I'm putting them to use. :) You can easily recreate this in your phonemic awareness activities too- just grab some rocks or pebbles- trust me, they are fun to use! (Oh and really, this can be done in the dark...just wouldn't be quite as enjoyable because you wouldn't be able to see the pebbles!)
2. The weather has been absolutely amazing this week and my little friends have been busy all week long working on our Fall activities! They were cracking me up trying to determine what Fall really is-- they kept talking about winter thinking we'd be making snow angels soon...which could very well be true seeing we live in Chicago, but I'm hoping they'll get a better understanding of Fall as the season keeps going!
We practiced story sequence by writing what happens first, next and last on their Fall day.
We also reviewed what sentences need with our sentence/not a sentence sort. They loved the cut & glue follow up too.
All these activities and more are aligned to the Common Core and are in my Fall Literacy Centers Bundle Pack-- you can check it out here!
3. We also worked on this little Fall freebie! My little friends got busy reading and creating CVC words with these leaf letter cards. They choose a tree card with a CVC word first, read it and then use the leaves to recreate the word. Each friend read the word one more time after creating the word too. You can grab it here!
4. Label Fun! I love a good label party--- it's just really so fun for students to be able to label anything and everything. First, I introduce labeling with my little Hawaiian shirt (I like choosing a random object to make it more memorable!). I have the students help me come up with labels for each part of the shirt.
Another label activity that my little friends love is choosing a stuffed animal from my basket, taking a picture of it and then adding labels. (We did this in Skitch.)
5. Running Club began this week- it's twice a week for an extra hour after school and it really is fun- especially with the weather being so nice. Only problem is that I no longer feel like running since I get home at least an hour later than normal...but hopefully I'll be better next week with running afterward!
Hm...definitely can tell I didn't blog at all this week because I sure had a lot to share! Love my Friday link ups with the great Doodlebugs and TBA!
Have a great weekend!