Sight Word Sizzle!

It's that time of year where I still have some friends who just cannot seem to remember some of our sight words that we use/read/write comes....Sight Word Sizzle time! Basically, this is my time to just try all sorts of things to get those words to stick, so to make it more engaging I call it "Sight Word Sizzle Time." Exciting, right? :) 

I wanted to share what I've been doing with my friends as little games...the last step that I didn't include here, but that MUST happen as a follow up to this word work practice is then having my friends read these words within stories. For the most part the stories that they are reading at their level all include such words, so it works out well. 

Thanks to Krista Wallden for the frame and Learning with Mrs. Leeby for the fonts!

Here are a few of the games I've been doing:

"Yes he did well, but he can try again."

(This is from a different set of word cards than above- but yay for a good sentence!)
I put all these slides together (without the pictures) so you can access at any it here. Hope these help add some "sizzle" to your sight word practice too! :)

Have a great day!


Happy Friday and a Pin it to Win it- Spring Close Reading Pack!

This week has been so wonderful- I love when we actually have spring weather here, and we did, all week!

My little friends have been busy learning to read-- check it out!

1. I am so proud of my little readers-- my 1st graders are FINALLY getting the hang of reading more challenging books without me having to assist them with a bunch of new words. That makes me really happy- and them too. One of my little 1st graders looked up at me after reading 2 pages in her book this week with a giant smile on her face and loudly said, "I did it!" Totally warmed my heart- so proud of those little readers!

2. I've been also trying to regularly add new sight word practice into our weekly routines since those Dolch Primer words are showing up a ton in our books. This week we had fun using the words in silly sentences. I let my little friends choose words from our pile and they come up with sentences using those words...very simple, but cracks them up and gets them to use more sight words!

3. For phonemic awareness this week, we used our bead bracelets. I say a word and then my friends pull beads along as they say each sound in the word. It's another physical/visual reminder to match what they are saying.

4. I also did some Words Their Way assessing this week- I'm using this specifically with just one of my kindergarten groups who really need some more intensive word study practice.

5. Of course I had to break out our spring close reading passages seeing the weather actually felt so springy this week! I just love how engaged my little friends are in these lessons. The passages include a variety of fiction, non fiction and poetry and then different a focus for each passage and each of the 1st/2nd/3rd reads.  If you are looking for more info on how I do close reading with my kindergartners and 1st graders, check out these posts here and here.

Check out more about this pack by clicking the pic below!

Time to give one away! 
Pin it to Win it!
Pin any one of the close reading pics from above- leave a comment with a link to your pin & your email and I'll send the winner a copy of my Spring Close Reading Pack Monday night!

Have a great day!

Clocks, Clocks, and More Clocks!

Friday!  It's officially April and it's Friday...which makes me one happy camper! Let's jump right into what we have been up to in math recently...

Tell and write time in hours and half-hours using analog and digital clocks.

Clocks, clocks and more clocks!  We have been busy in first grade working on telling time to the hour and half hour!

Once students were able to manipulate their clocks properly as well as write time to the hour and half hour students were ready to practice independently with QR Codes and a few math websites!  

Students went on a scavenger hunt as they found different clock cards and practiced telling time to the hour and half hour.  Then, students completed a "Scan it, Draw it, and Write it!" activity.  My first graders are so motivated by QR Codes!  

Students also continued practicing telling time to the hour and half hour on using these websites both during school and at home.  I love hearing that my students were able to go home and continue working on "games" while in the comfort of their own home-most of the time while on these websites they don't even realize the learning that is taking place because they are so engaged.  Below you can click on the images to go to a few of our classroom favorites for telling time.  

Are you ready to work on time with your first graders?   Here is a quick freebie to help you work on clocks with your friends.  Click on the picture below to grab your copy!  

You can find the activities pictured above with and without QR Codes by clicking on the images below.  Both sets include centers, activities, and anchor charts to help your little ones practice telling time to the hour and half hour!  


Happy Friday!


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