End of School Scramble

My students love scrambled sentences, do yours?  Since there are many special events happening in these last few days, I am not sure how much I am going to be able to see my first and second graders.  

I do have a few activities ready to go in case I am able to see some of them.  One of the activities is the End of School Scrambled Sentences.  This is an activity I created last year, but just adapted a teeny tiny bit.  (If you want to see that post, you can click here.)

This activity has 5 different sentences all about the end of school or summer vacation.  I pre-print the document, laminate, and cut out the word cards.  I then place the cards with the like pictures in cute little buckets.  The students then select a bucket, pull out the words and place them in the correct order to make a complete sentence.  Once they have it in the correct order, they then write the correct sentence on the recording sheet.  This incorporates use of their sight words, comprehension at the sentence level, and the need for proper punctuation when writing. 

Here are some 1st Grade CCLS that can be addressed in this activity:
RF1.1. Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.
a. Recognize the distinguishing features of a sentence (e.g., first word, capitalization, ending punctuation).
RF1.3 3. Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
a. Know the spelling-sound correspondences for common consonant digraphs.
b. Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.
c. Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds.
d. Use knowledge that every syllable must have a vowel sound to determine the number of syllables in a printed word.
e. Decode two-syllable words following basic patterns by breaking the words into syllables.
f. Read words with inflectional endings.
g. Recognize and read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.
L.1.2. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
b. Use end punctuation for sentences.

How many of you are still in school?  One full day and two half days left for this girl here!  How about you?

Upstate Get Together

We had a lot of fun at our little gathering yesterday!
Only four of us made it, but boy did we have fun eating some yummy food and gabbing and gabbing and gabbing, and gabbing some more!  We all have about 2 weeks of school still left and enjoyed the break from the end-of-year stresses!

Laura is so amazingly sweet!  She made us each little goodie bags with many little fun things to put right in my desk, which I have packed in my school bag all set for tomorrow!

Beth Ann drove about 2.5 hours to meet with us!  She brought these fun little glasses for each of us to enjoy and celebrate summer with!  Mine is in the freezer as we speak Beth Ann, can't wait to use it!! 

Tara is so easy to talk to.  It amazes me that the two of us actually worked in the same school for one year, but because we didn't work together and schedules were so tight we really didn't even know each other.  Luckily we were able to connect through blogland!

It was so nice to meet everyone, speak the same language and chat about the blogging world, and as Beth Ann said, "put a face with a button"!!  
Thanks ladies for the great conversation and goodies!!
Can't wait to do it all again!

What are you doing tomorrow?

Tomorrow is the day!
One of the most amazing aspects of blogging for me has been the wonderful friendships I have made with fellow authors!  I am thankful for the friendships and am so excited that I actually get to meet some of my bloggy friends in person tomorrow!!

Some of the wonderful ladies I will be meeting tomorrow include:

 We will be meeting at noon tomorrow!
If you are in the area, come join us at
(Picture courtesy of

This all started with a post from Mrs. Durning back in February!!
Thank you Mrs. Durning!

Get Together and Phrase FREEBIE

Holy Moly Cannoli!
The month of May flew by wicked fast!!
I woke up this morning realizing 
that June 9th is THIS weekend!!
That means we are having our 
Capital Region Get Together THIS Saturday!
Wooooooooooooo hooooooooooooo!!!!

Here are the details:
Saturday June 9th, 2012 
12 noon
Will you be joining us??

On a different note, to help reinforce sight words with my Kinderkids, I have been sending home the "homework" shown below.  They simply read each phrase aloud to someone.  The parent/guardian listening to the child writes their initials and date in the box.  Once all of the boxes are complete, they bring it back to me for a little treat.  
If you click on the picture, you will be able to snag one for yourself for FREE!  
This summer I am hoping to create a pack that includes a few different versions of these.  Would you be interested?