Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A Freebie and A Giveaway!

Happy Tuesday everyone! I realized this evening that I forgot to share a freebie with you from a few weeks ago.  I guest blogged for Greg at Smedley's Smorgasboard of Kindergarten while he was away on his honeymoon.  (Congrats!)  You can visit Greg and the original post {here} or take a look below.
(Make sure to check out the end of this post for info on a MEGA giveaway!)

I wanted to share with you one of my tricks for learning sight words.  In my classroom, we call our sight words "popcorn words" because they are supposed to "pop" into our brains when we see them.  We work with our words a lot each day because as I'm sure you know...the more exposure the better!  Beside my class door, I have a "Popcorn Word of the Day" display.  I hot-glued one of those popcorn buckets from the dollar store to a display poster and attached it to the wall.  Every day, I use a velcro dot to attach a sight word to the front of the bucket.  As my kids enter/exit the room, they look at the word and read it aloud.  At the end of the day, I ask one of my students to go read the word, pull it off and place it back into the bucket.  (I usually pick a student who has struggled with the word so that I can see if he/she can read it yet...simple assessment!)  The next morning my kids love to try and be first in the classroom so they can see what the new word of the day is!  Sometimes it is a brand new word (introduced earlier in the week) and other times it is a word from the bucket that we need to review again.  It just depends  :)

If this looks like something you might want to try in your class, you can click {HERE} or either image below to download a copy for FREE.  I've included all of the sight words that my district teaches as well as a page with blank popcorn pieces in case you want to add more words.  I hope your kiddos enjoy the "Popcorn Word of the Day" as much as mine do!

And now for the MEGA giveaway!!

My sweet friend Hilary from Rockin' Teacher Materials is hosting a gigantic, enormously huge giveaway right now!  She is giving away almost $200 worth of products from many different bloggers of various grade levels!  I've donated my American Government Unit, just in time for the upcoming election.  :)

Get this...you have 122 chances to enter!  Click the pic below to head there now and check it out.  Tell her Mary sent you!


  1. What a wonderful giveaway!! You are so creative, and anyone would be so lucky to win your government unit. Happy Friday tomorrow! Please check out my blog if you can sometime :)


  2. Hi Mary, that is exactly what I do in my room too. I made the exact same freebie. Great minds think alike!

  3. Hi! I'm here from Rockin Teacher Materials and her terrific giveaway. What a great idea for sight words!

  4. I'm here from Rockin Teacher Materials. Thanks for participating!!


  5. So glad I just stopped by! I am a new blogger and I enjoyed reading your post! Love the popcorn sight word idea!
    Amy Howbert

    Little Miss Organized

  6. The popcorn word of the day is so cute! :) Thanks so much for the freebie!

  7. Oh my goodness! I just saw your popcorn wall and I am stealing the idea! What a great way to encourage the use of the sight words. This will work great with my special ed. students. Thank you!!!

  8. Thanks for the Popcorn Word freebie. This is a great idea! Some of my little kindergartners have struggled with our 30 sight words in the past, and my district is raising that list to include 80 words. I need to utilize all the extra tools I can. Thanks!

  9. Oh my word - I just found this treasure! Thank you so much for this adorable freebie.

  10. This is so awesome. I'm an Instructional Technology Coach and I can't wait to share with my teachers. Thank you so much for sharing.


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