Sunday, November 29, 2015

All Aboard the Polar Express! {FREEBIE included}'s that time of year again!  Friday my class will be having Polar Express Day complete with a literature unit, art projects, movie time and "warm" hot cocoa!  To get us in the spirit we will be incorporating the Polar Express into our station time this week.  I created 5 ELA station activities that will be perfect practice for: real vs nonsense words, beginning sounds, ending sounds, rhyming words and sight words.  You can grab these too {HERE}.  Check out the stations below.

If you have been to my blog before you know that I'm a huge fan of roll and cover games! I put together a Polar Express version last year that I will definitely be pulling out again this week. I hope you can use it too! There are 3 versions to meet the needs of your learners. Click on the image to download your copy of all 3 versions for FREE.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Letters Alive: Student Led!

If you haven't heard of Letters Alive you better check out my previous post {here}.  It's awesome!!  It is an augmented reality program that brings the letters to life for your students. is now available on Donors Choose!
Confession.  I'm a teacher which means I LOVE control.  I was initially reluctant to let my students take a turn with the letter cards.  Not because I didn't want them to enjoy the interactive part but because I was nervous about them placing the cards in the right spot or knocking the camera over.  I took my time introducing them to the letter cards and the the colors and eventually began calling on them to lead our exploration time.  I will now admit that my students are far more successful with Letters Alive than I am.  For real.  Here's one of my kindergarten students leading the class on some sentence building.  You will hear the rest of the class chanting different colors for him to use.  He ultimately chooses brown, which makes the toucan change color.  It's hard to see on my screen through the camera but you can tell by the oohs and aahs when it happens.
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Pretty cool, huh?  As I get more and more comfortable with augmented reality I am letting my students take the helm with this.  It is absolutely amazing how they just know how to turn the cards to make things come alive.  I look forward to what else my students can teach me with this program.  :)

Monday, November 23, 2015

Gobble Gobble Fluency Practice and a Freebie!

Happy Thanksgiving!  Here's a totally turkey sight word game that's perfect practice for this week.  There are 2 versions: one with sight words for practice and another with simple fluency sentences using sight words and short a and short i words.  Add the cards to a basket and you have a festive review game.  Click on an image for more info.  :)
Make sure to pull out this one this week too!  I included 3 different levels: Rolling 1 die {man...the singular throws me every time}and covering the number, rolling 2 dice and covering the sum, and rolling 3 dice and covering the sum.  Download it for FREE.  Enjoy!

Of course the games are based off of this fun book: