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Sight Words, Word Wall Fun, and Social Studies!


I am still playing catch up on my sleep from an AMAZING two days earlier this week at the Texas 1st Grade Conference with SDE.  I presented 8 sessions over two days and met some unbelievably sweet and dedicated Texas teachers!  Each and every one of you made my week!  I truly hope you were able to take back some ideas to use in your own classrooms!

As promised in my sessions, I am here tonight to make sure you get a few of those freebies tonight!

Since I had eight sessions... these blog posts will be broken up into multiple posts... so check back often :)

My sight word session is one of my favorite sessions because it is near and dear to me as a teacher!  Sight words are so tricky for many of our beginning readers... so finding engaging and FUN ways to help my students master these words... is my main goal!

These were a few of the ideas shared....

These little bags are perfect to keep track of the words your students have mastered! 

My students use their bags to help them write, find words in magazines and newspapers, and are great for fast finishers... since I know they will be successful when reading them!

The "Sight Word Passport" is a favorite!

I always tell my students that by becoming successful readers... reading will take you anywhere you want to go!  (hence... the passport!)

Each page will hold 10 "stamps" or stickers.... so for every word they master, they get a stamp!  

Don't we all want a full passport?!

This chant is an absolutely FAVORITE of my students!!   

When a student masters a word that they have been struggling with... and they finally master it... they get to chant to the class!

This chant is to the army chant tune "I don't know but I've been told".... 

The student who mastered the word gets to lead the rest of the class as they repeat the student!  LOVE!!!

I use these fluency cards in my small groups.... as we read through our word lists, sight words, and leveled reader.... my students can choose a funny fluency voice and read the text in that voice!

You can grab ALL of the sight word activities above by clicking

I also mentioned my Fry's sight word songs (you know the ones we sang and you had to listen to my beautiful voice?!)  HA!  

Here is the link to the pack that includes the first 50 songs as well as over 500 pages of activities.... Snag it up now before the price goes up when the remaining 500 pages and 50 word activities are added!!

Just click on the picture below :)

Another session I did was all about our word wall!  You know... that wall that we put up in our classroom and then often forget the rest of the year!

While I shared MANY ideas and activities.... you can snag up this one tonight...

These word wall clues are perfect during your calendar routine.... transitions.... brain breaks... and just for practicing!

Keeping our students engaged with our word wall will not only help this wall come alive... but it is proven that when used effectively, our students will improve with vocabulary and overall reading ability.

You can grab these 20 cards by clicking HERE

I am also finishing up these two packets which will hopefully be completed in the next few days:

Last ... but not least.... Social Studies.

You know... that dreaded subject that is often omitted (if not... definitely shortened!) in our schedule?

Use these task cards to help keep social studies alive in your classroom!  Perfect for transitions.... quick chats... morning meeting... and MORE!

I have included 24 task cards for you.... just click HERE!

Whew.... I hope you can use some of these in your classroom!

I'll be back soon to talk all about our math facts and Managing our small groups in the classroom!!

Have a great rest of the week :)

Jessica Travis
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Making 10 ~ Freebies!

Well.... my first post for the new year!  (and we are already 13 days into the new year!)

January is definitely flying by....   Between the holidays, heading back to school, and just the hectic-ness of life, blogging took a little back burner the past few weeks!

But I'm back.... and I have some freebies for you at the end of this post! (so stay with me!)

Math has been SNOW much fun this week.... decomposing and making 10!

I wanted to show you a few of the activities that we have been engaged in this week!

We used these snowball numbers multiple times this week!  I included the numbers 0-10 and you can either place them face up or down in some "snow".  Cotton balls work great ;)

I whipped up a little snowman with a ten frame to help us this week as well!  Students would pick a number and build that number in the ten frame using cubes, erasers, or any other manipulative that you would like to use!

We used this recording sheet to fill in our parts to make 10.  You can easily place in a sleeve and use dry erase markers or use in a center as a recording sheet!

This was definitely a favorite this week!  Grab a partner, counters, and a dry erase marker!  
Player 1 - selects a card, writes the number in their circle, and builds the number with cubes or counters (your choice!)
Player 2 - fills in the remaining ten frame squares to determine the missing part that will complete the ten frame.

We also did this whole group with our snowman ten frame and their own ten frame cards with their partner:

Here is another FUN and YUMMY way to make 10!  Just grab some goldfish and a dry erase marker and you are ready to go!

Just want a simple center or assessment?  I used some little winter erasers with my students as they found the missing part in the cards below:

You can grab ALL of these and more by clicking the picture below:

Now... off to sleep as it is way past my bedtime!  

I'll be back soon with some new products :)

Jessica Travis
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