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Monday, September 4, 2017

Sight Word Booklets Aligned to Journeys

Teaching sight words has always been a favorite of mine.
I believe in a healthy combination of hands-on, open-ended activities and printables.

Journeys introduces 6 words a week at the beginning of the year, and then switches to 8 words a week. It's super important for the children to practice their new words daily. Reviewing previously taught words is also important.

These 30 sight word books, aligned to first grade Journeys, makes planning for sight word practice super easy! Each book comes with a total of 13 DIFFERENT fun and engaging activities to choose from.

The activities range in level of difficulty, making it very easy for you to differentiate learning. Some students may be ready for the challenge of putting words in ABC order, or writing sentences, and some may not.

Although I included a cover for you to make books, you actually don't have to use it. You can treat these activity sheets like any other printable and not make books. It's totally up to you!

So, let's say you're like me, and you want to assemble books...

Just print the cover and any of the 13 DIFFERENT activities for each lesson. I suggest printing them front to back to save paper. Then, staple the books and hand them out. It's that simple!
Let's take a peek at all of the activities included...

Configuration Station
Students write the words in the correct boxes.

Make a Sentence
Students combine the two sight words and write a sentence.

ABC Order
Students write the words in ABC order.

Break the Code
Students use the code to figure out the words. 
Then, they write the words on the lines.

Word Search
Students find and highlight the words in the word search.

Unscramble Me
Students unscramble the words and write them on the lines.

Word Fluency
Students color in the words and then read them five times.

Read it, Rainbow Write it, Write it Fancy

Students write the words using different colors and fancy writing.

What's Your Word Worth?
Students find the worth of each word, using the scrabble tiles. Then, they write the word(s) that are worth the most and the least.

What's Missing
Students fill in the boxes with a sight word.

Fill it In
Students fill in the missing letters of the words.

Find and Highlight
Students highlight the sight words in each row that are spelled correctly.

Roll and Write
Students roll the dice and write the words for the numbers they roll. Then, they write which words they rolled the most and the least.

As you can see, the activities vary in difficulty. There are plenty of choices for every single learner in your classroom.

I created 13 different activities for each lesson because I feel it's important to have enough choices for those who need more practice. Also, you can use them during different times of the day. Morning work, station work, independent work, small group instruction, RTI, homework...etc.

And, what's also great, is you can use activities from an earlier lesson if you have students who need extra practice, while you're on a later lesson. 

Right now, I have completed Units 1-2, which is Lessons 1-10. All of the other units will be completed by September 25. However, I wanted to add this resource to my store now, so you can start using the books immediately.

So, by purchasing this resource now, you will save a lot of money!
40% to be exact!

As I add each unit, the price will go up.


Don't wait!

I know you and your students will love it!

Click here to grab this growing bundle of sight word goodness!


Do you teach kindergarten?
Good news!
I created similar books that align to Journeys!

Click here to see Sight Word Books Aligned to Kindergarten Journeys!

The cover is the same...


And so are these activities...











These two activities are different from the first grade version...


Spin and Color
Students write the sight words on the lines. Then, they spin the spinner, and use the color code to color in the words that are already written on each gumball.
 Read, Write, and Draw
Students read the words on the books, write sentences using the words, and then illustrate their sentences.
Right now, I have completed lessons 1-17. All of the other lessons will be completed by October 14. However, like the first grade edition, I wanted to add this resource to my store now, so you can start using the books immediately.


If you want to save 50%, I suggest you purchase this resource now, before the price goes up!

Click here to grab this growing bundle!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Reading Comprehension

I'm sure everyone will agree with me that you can never have enough interesting, engaging, and challenging reading comprehension resources for our students. We need to support our readers, by...

-teaching decoding skills
-helping to build fluency
-building and activating background knowledge
-teaching vocabulary words
-motivating all readers
-and engaging them in discussion

I love to create reading resources that accomplish all of the above.
That's why I'm so excited to show you this new resource, which also has a phonics focus, so learning is maximized!



These 40 stories will surely engage and challenge students!
First, they read a short story.
Next, they highlight the silent e words.
Then, they answer three comprehension questions, which will help them develop the ability to find the evidence in the text.
And, finally, they write three of the silent e words from the page.

There are two different versions included.
The first version has multiple choice questions.

The second version is a bit more challenging.
Students read the questions and write in their answers.

Some of your students may not be ready for writing their own responses and some may. Having two versions makes it easy for you to differentiate instruction.


These comprehension stories are perfect for small group instruction. This is the perfect time to help students become good readers by teaching them how to use the strategies of monitoring, predicting, inferring, questioning, connecting, summarizing, visualizing, and organizing. In the beginning, the children will need a lot of support, but, gradually, with practice, they will become more confident, knowledgeable, and capable.

Eventually, for many students, these stories can also be used as morning work, center work, independent work, and homework.

To further maximize learning, you can use this pocket chart activity.


It contains the same stories as the comprehension pages. Students read the stories and match the picture to the story. This is a great center activity and students will definitely enjoy matching the pictures. An optional recording sheet is included, where students copy one of the stories and illustrate it. You can use this as handwriting practice.

Want to try these out in your classroom?
I included two free sheets in the preview.


To get them, just click here and download the preview.
If you love them, then you can check out the full pack...

Click here to see just the reading comprehension stories.



Click here to see just the pocket chart stories.



Click here to see a money saving bundle of both!



Monday, July 31, 2017

TpT Gift Card Giveaway for BTS 2017!

How exciting is it to begin a brand new school year?
It's time to sharpen those pencils, organize those bins, and welcome a new group of eager learners.

If you're anything like me, right about now, you're probably thinking of some new ways to excite, engage and challenge your students. If so, you surely don't want to miss the TWO DAY Teachers Pay Teachers sale.




Are you currently using interactive notebooks in your classroom? They are a very valuable learning tool. Click here, here, here, and here, to read my blog posts about them. 







If you're a kindergarten teacher, looking for some exciting activities, you may want to check out some of these...


If you're a first grade teacher, looking for some engaging activities, you can check out some of these...


Shopping during a sale is a great way to score some really good deals. My whole store is 20% off on August 1st and 2nd. And, TpT is giving everyone an additional 5% off if you use the promo code: BTS2017. Don't forget to use it!

And, because we ALL love gift cards, I am giving away two $10.00 gift cards to Teachers Pay Teachers. You can use it to purchase some of your new goodies, whether they come from my store or someone else's. Not ready to shop during the sale? No problem! You can use this gift card any time you're ready. They never expire.
I'll choose two winners before the ONE DAY sale is over, and email you the code to your gift card.  Good luck everyone and happy shopping!

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Monday, July 24, 2017

CVC Word Family Booklets...perfect for back to school!


Are you ready for the new school year yet? 
It's almost time for some of us!

If you are ready to start planning, then you may want to check out these brand new CVC Word Family Booklets!

Teaching word families is a year long journey, and these books are more than ready to take that journey with you!

I'm all about hands on learning, but, you also need to have plenty of printables, as well. That's where these books will really come in handy!

There are 24 different books, one for just about every short vowel word family. And, each book comes with a whopping 16 DIFFERENT fun and engaging activities. 

The activities range in level of difficulty, making it very easy for you to differentiate learning. Some students may be ready for the challenge of putting words in ABC order, or reading and writing sentences, and some may not.

Children LOVE to make books! If you're a book maker, like me, then you'd use the covers. The one shown below is an example from the -at family. You can also treat these pages like any other printable, and not make books. It's totally up to you!

So, let's say you decide to assemble books...

Just print the cover and any of the 16 DIFFERENT activities for the word family you are teaching. I print them front to back to save paper. Then, staple the books and hand them out. It's that simple!




Let's take a peek at all the activities included for each of the 24 books.

Configuration Station
Students write the words in the correct boxes.





Break the Code
Students use the code to figure out the words. Then, they write the words on the lines.

Word Search
Students find and highlight the words in the word search.

Unscramble Me
Students unscramble the words and write them on the lines.


Word Fluency
Students color in the words and then read them five times.


Read it, Rainbow Write it, Write it Fancy
Students write the words using different colors and fancy writing.


What's Your Word Worth?
Students find the worth of each word, using the scrabble tiles. Then, they write the word(s) that are worth the most and the least.


Fill it In
Students fill in the missing letters of the words.



Find and Highlight
Students highlight the words in each row that are spelled correctly.

Word Family Houses
Students write the words to match the pictures, plus one bonus word on the lines. Then, they write the words in the house.


Spin and Color
On the lines, students write the words for the pictures in the spinner. Then, they use the color code to color in the words that are already written in each gumball.


Roll and Write
Students roll the dice and write the words for the numbers they roll. Then, they write which words they rolled the most and the least.


Color, Write, and Highlight
Students color the picture, trace the word, write the word, and highlight the letters that form the word.



ABC Order
Students write the words in ABC order.

Read, Draw, and Write
Students read the words on the book, draw a picture of each word, and then use each word in a sentence.


Sentence Match
Students read each pair of sentences and put a check mark next to the sentence that describes the picture. Then, they write that sentence on the line.


As you can see, the activities vary in difficulty. There's plenty of choices for every single learner in the classroom.


I created 16 different activities for each word family because I wanted to be sure to have enough choices for those who need more practice. Also, you can use some for morning work, some for station work, some for independent work, some for small group instruction, some for homework, etc. 

I am super excited about these word family booklets and I hope you are too!

Click here or on the image below to see them in my store!




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