I hope everyone is able to have full bellies and full hearts this Thanksgiving season! I have so much to be thankful for and look forward to celebrating this holiday not just today, but also over the next few days with my wonderful family!
(I am going to go along with Annie in saying that if you are receiving this award from me, please do not feel as if you need to write a post about it. I know how busy each of your lives are, especially with the holidays upon us!! Just know that you are amazing and I am thankful for all of you! Please keep doing what you are doing!)
I created a set of snowman Letter Find and Letter Mix-Up activities to help our littlest literacy learners match and identify their upper and lower case letters. The download includes snowmen with upper or lower case letters listed in alphabetical order on the Letter Find pages. The letters are all mixed-up on the Letter Mix-Up pages.
Back in June and July, I created some Word Ladders. Word Ladders are a fun way for your students to blend sounds to read words as the initial, final, or medial letter is changed. If did not follow my blog back then or are not sure what how they work, feel free to clickhere to see what I mean.
Since then, I have had a few requests to create more. So I did!!
I created two additional sets and uploaded them to both of my shops (click on the picture of your choice):
I had a wonderful follower contact me to see if I would continue to make letter identification activities for each season. Like her students, my students will also need practice and reinforcement with their letters and sounds throughout the year, so I am more than happy to!
So to celebrate the upcoming winter months, I created a snowman version of my letter identification-matching activities to help our littlest learners match and identify their upper and lower case letters. (This is very similar to my Pumpkin Letter Matching-Identification and Monster Match activities.) The download includes upper case and lower case letter cards with cute little snowmen on them. There are also two student worksheets which list the entire alphabet (either in upper or lower case form) for students to match and color. I also provided some suggestions for use.
You can find this set of activities in both of my shops. Please click on the pictures below to access the download:
Since she was creating a movie/Hollywood theme in her classroom she created Admit One tickets by writing letters and sight words on them. How genius is that?
Because my district follows the Fry Instant Sight Words I created my own tickets just like hers listing the 1st 100 Fry Words. I also created tickets listing upper and lower case letters of the alphabet separately. As the year progresses and someday when I am not still sick (although I am beginning to think that day will never come) I hope to add the next 200 Fry Words. Would anyone else find them useful?
Both myself and the incredible reading teacher next door to me thank Laura for this idea because we have been using these tickets as we bring our small groups to our rooms.
My creative colleague came up with a clever way for the students to select their tickets each day of the week:
Monday, Mondays (one ticket)
Two for Tuesday
Wacky Wednesday (they take as many as they want.)
Three for Thursday
Four for Friday
(Aren't I lucky to work with such a creative woman?)
If you would like to download the tickets listing both the upper and lower case letters together, you can go to Kinder Kraziness. You can also access her sight word tickets through this same click. Her sight word tickets are great because they also list the color words.
If you would like to download the tickets I created with the upper and lower case letters listed separately on each ticket, click on the picture below:
If you would like to download the tickets I created with the 1st 100 Fry words, click on the picture below:
BTW...just in case you are wondering, I contacted Laura to make sure she was okay with me creating and sharing materials so similar to hers and she was all for it! In the spirit of what I think blogging is all about (to share ideas and materials with teachers around the world), she replied with, "I'm sure others might be looking for additional words as well!" So if you are interested in downloading and using any of these tickets, show us both some love by leaving a comment here and also popping over to her blog to thank her for sharing such a creative way to practice these necessary early literacy skills!
I actually have two favorite Thanksgiving books with FREE printables to go along with them.
Both of the books I love have a turkey who is scared to death of being eaten for Thanksgiving. They both have great humor and the kids love them.
The first one is Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano
After reading this book, I will have my kinders and first graders identify their favorite part. They will draw a picture and then write about it. There are two documents, one with the words "I like when" and one without words. Both have the Handwriting Without Tears Lines.
The second one is A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting
I wrote the main story events on little sentence strips. After reading this book, I would have my second graders read through the sentence strips and place them in the correct sequence to practice retelling the story. Once done, they would read the "story" back to me.
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I created a set of turkey Letter Find and Letter Mix-Up activities to help our littlest learners match and identify their upper and lower case letters. The download includes turkeys with either upper or lower case letters listed in alphabetical order on the Letter Find Pages and also with the letters mixed-up on the Letter Mix-Up pages.
Because my students know just a few letters, I have yet to use the Letter Mix-Up pages with them. Instead, we have been using the Letter Find pages as an alphabet chart to learn how to sing/recite the alphabet, pausing at the end of each row. This is helping them match the letter name to the letter along with developing one-to-one correspondence. When finding certain letters I name, if they do not know it, they are learning to start at the beginning and recite the alphabet until they find it. This is a strategy they can use in small-group with me and also in their classroom when they look at the alphabet displayed.