Sunday, November 19, 2017

Long i (CVCe) Interactive Learning Activities

I needed an interactive and engaging way for my students to practice spelling skills with long i (CVCe). I designed several games to use on the SMARTBoard and Chromebooks. My students love these games. I introduce them to the whole group and we go over the spelling pattern and what each picture represents. Then, the next day the students practice in independent small groups. I like the way BOOM Learning has a way of keeping track of their attempts.

BOOM Learning Cards - Long i (CVCe) Word Work
Over 60 Boom Task Cards! Students will practice the following Long I (CVCe) skills:
  • Unscramble the Words
  • Fill-in the Blank
  • ABC Order
  • Type 3 Times
  • Build a Word
Perfect for whole group, small group, or intervention. Students just need an iPad or computer and they can complete these task cards online. You can even use Boom Cards through your interactive whiteboard! These cards are self-checking and no prep- which means NO printing, cutting, or laminating! These are supplemental spelling activities to go along with Journey's 1st Grade Reading Unit 3 Lesson 15 Animals.

CLICK HERE >> Magic E: Long i Word Work

In this game, the students must choose the correct spelling that matches the picture. There are over 20 task cards for the students to practice their skill. Students just need an iPad or computer and they can complete these task cards online. You can even use Boom Cards through your interactive whiteboard! These cards are self-checking and no prep- that means no printing, cutting, or laminating!! The spelling pattern complements the Journey's 1st Grade Reading Unit 3 Lesson 15 Animals.

CLICK HERE >> Magic E: Long i


In this game, the students must choose the correct rhyming word that matches the picture. There are over 20 task cards for the students to practice their skill. Students just need an iPad or computer and they can complete these task cards online. You can even use Boom Cards through your interactive whiteboard! These cards are self-checking and no prep- that means no printing, cutting, or laminating!! The spelling pattern complements the Journey's 1st Grade Reading Unit 3 Lesson 15 Animals.

CLICK HERE >> Rhyme Time: Long i


In this game, the students look at the picture and type the correct spelling in the box. When they are done they simply press enter to see if they are correct. There are over 20 task cards for the students to practice their skill. Students just need an iPad or computer and they can complete these task cards online. You can even use Boom Cards through your interactive whiteboard! These cards are self-checking and no prep- that means no printing, cutting, or laminating!! The spelling pattern complements the Journey's 1st Grade Reading Unit 3 Lesson 15 Animals.

CLICK HERE >> Magic E: Long i Spelling


These decks CAN ONLY BE USED WITHIN THE BOOM LEARNING APP and cannot be printed, downloaded, or transferred to Google classroom--or any other platform. Boom Cards offer an easy way for teachers to assess this important skill. Ignite your kid's interest in this engaging new technology!

What is a BOOM CARD?
Boom Cards play on modern browsers (released in the last three years) on any modern browsers on interactive whiteboards, desktops, laptops, netbooks, Chromebooks, iPads, iPhones, Android tablets and phones, and Kindle-Fire tablets. Boom Cards apps are in The App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon Kindle Fire store. To redeem your Boom Cards, you will create an account for Boom Learning. The account you get with your purchase allows you to play the Boom Cards on interactive whiteboards and with individual students using Fast Play. Fast Play does not save student progress reports. Boom Learning will give customers who are new to Boom Cards, for one year, and at no charge, the ability to collect and maintain student progress reports for up to 80 students. To collect and maintain student progress reports, you must assign students individual usernames and passwords. At the end of that year, you may renew or choose not to renew. If you do not renew, you will be able to continue using Boom Cards with the Fast Play feature. Fast Play does not track individual progress."

Friday, May 26, 2017

Flexible Seating in the Classroom: The World of Kinesthetic Learning!

My students need flexible seating to alleviate excessive fidgeting in a non-disruptive manner

Product DetailsMy Students

My students walk into our classroom every day full of life and excited for what is in store for them that day. I want them to know I believe in them and they can do anything.
I teach at a Title I school in Georgia where 100 percent of our students receive free breakfast and lunch.
Many of my students receive backpack food on the weekend. Despite so many hardships, my students are eager to learn and do their best.

Dial 705-AST Handy and Stackable Lap Tray, Assorted ColorNorwood Commercial Furniture NOR-1101AC-SO Plastic Stack Stools, 17.75" Height, 11.75" Width, 11.75" Length, Assorted (Pack of 5)

My Project

The scoop rocker, stability cushion, stackable stools, and lap desk will provide alternate seating necessary to alleviate excessive fidgeting in a non-disruptive manner allowing my students to quietly listen or complete independent work. These materials will not directly teach my students new skills, but they will help prime my students for learning in all content areas. For example, while I'm teaching a lesson on 2- digit addition, one of my students may be rolling around on the floor having difficulty maintaining their space. If the students had a constructive quiet way to release energy, I can continue teaching with minimum interruptions.
The donations for this project will improve my classroom by reducing the amount of behavioral issues, due to excessive movement.

With less behavioral issues, we can increase our learning and time on task. I'm looking forward to seeing my students happier and ready to learn.

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Reading / ELA - Unit 4: Lesson 16 - Astronauts {SMARTboard Activities}

Directions: To view the Notebook file choose: VIEW> ENTIRE PAGE depending on your monitor’s resolution. It is recommended NOT to save the file once you have downloaded and extracted. This way the games do not have to be re-set.

Supplemental Activities: Teacher created supplemental activities based on Journey’s First Grade reading series.




DOWNLOAD>> Unit 4: Lesson 16 - Astronauts {SMARTboard Activities}

SMARTBoad File Contains the Following Activities:
  • Phonics:Long o Decoding
  • Phonics:Spelling Words (Sound-by-Sound) 
  • Phonics:Read the word and circle the matching picture. (Long o)
  • Words to Know:Introduction
  • Grammar:Question Anchor Chart
  • Grammar:Circle the sentences that ask a question.
  • Daily Proofreading
  • Writing: Topic and supporting details.
  • Grammar:Suffixes y and ful Anchor Chart
  • Phonics:Sort pictures with the long o and short o middle sound.
  • Phonics:Draw & Spell (Draw a picture card and spell the word with letter tiles.)
  • Phonics:Find & Graph Long o Words
  • Words to Know:Match sight words with clues.
  • Grammar:Add correct punctuation.
  • Grammar:Spin a Pattern (Take turns spinning the spinner. If you land on “ful” color a word that ends with the suffix -ful blue. If you land on “y” color a word that ends with the suffix -y red. Continue until all of the words have been colored.)
  • Phonics:Hope Rode (Long o Reading Passage)
  • Phonics:Name each picture and write the missing letter to complete the word.
  • Words to Know:Asteroid Game ( Students take turns blasting the asteroids and naming the sight words underneath.
  • Grammar:Use the words from the word bank and add the correct punctuation to complete the sentences.
  • Grammar:Let the students take turns building words with the suffix -y and -ful. Decide if the word will work with the suffix. Drag the base word first, then the suffix.
  • Writing:Quick Write writing prompts.
  • Phonics:Unscramble your spelling words and match to the correct spelling on the astronauts.
  • Phonics:Help Joe find his spaceship. Follow the long o words until you reach the spaceship. Click on the square. If it is green then the word is long o.
  • Words to Know:Seek a Word
  • Grammar:Spiral Review
  • Phonics:Seek a Word (Spelling Words)
  • Phonics:ABC Spelling Words
  • Phonics:Which One Does Not Belong? (Say the pictures’ name and decide which picture does not belong)
  • Words to Know:Sight Word Fill-in the Blank

1st Grade English Language Arts Georgia Standards of Excellence (ELAGSE): 

ELAGSE1RL1: Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
ELAGSE1RF1: Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.
a. Recognize the distinguishing features of a sentence (e.g., first word, capitalization, ending punctuation).
ELAGSE1RF2: Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes). a. Distinguish long from short vowel sounds in spoken single-syllable words.
ELAGSE1RF3: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding
words. 
c. Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds.
ELAGSE1RF4: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension. 
d. Read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.