Turkey. Mashed Potatoes. Buttery Rolls. While students need to focus on addition, subtraction, and writing, it is hard with food on the brain! Students know that Thanksgiving break is only a few weeks away. This means time eating delicious food, watching an amazing parade, and spending time with family. Since teachers understand this excitement, they plan hands-on Thanksgiving lessons. This is the perfect way to help students focus while letting them know how much you care about their interests. Luckily, [Read More…]
Teachers have to make tough decisions regarding standards each day. Specifically, this involves how much time to spend on the different content students need to learn. Some of the material is important to know but does not require much time. Other material is imperative to understand and needs reinforcing throughout the entire year. One of these topics involves phonics. Honestly, teaching phonics is a crucial way to turn students into successful readers and writers! Thankfully, the Phonics Word Search Bundle [Read More…]
This post answers the most common questions I have received about quick daily activities to use with a sound wall. I hope the answers in this quick guide are helpful to you!
Sound Wall Activities
Question: What are some quick activities to use with a sound wall?
Answer: Here are some quick ideas to reinforce phonemes:
Activity 1: Invite students to become Phoneme Detectives and hunt for focus phonemes in short books. This activity is particularly effective with a partner.
Activity 2: Make personal [Read More…]
This post provides teaching tips to use with your sound wall. I hope the answers in this quick guide are helpful to you!
Teaching Tip 1: Take It Slow
Question: How should I introduce my sound wall?
Answer: Very slowly! A completed sound wall (especially with word cards) can be overwhelming for students. I like the idea of covering most of the posters with a “lock” picture, then revealing the phonemes as they are directly taught. Even after revealing the poster, you [Read More…]
This post answers common questions about arranging vowel posters in a vowel valley on a sound wall. I hope the answers are helpful to you!
PHONEMES & GRAPHEMES
Question: How are phonemes and graphemes represented on a sound wall?
Answer: A sound wall is visual reference for students where each of the 44 phonemes in the English language is represented by an anchor picture and graphemes connected to that sound.
Question: Why are vowel posters in a V-Shape on the sound wall?
Answer: [Read More…]
Making Sense of Vowel Valley
When I first saw a sound wall I was …confused. After teaching reading intervention for 25 years, I didn’t understand why letters were posted in a V-Shape. I also wondered why there were pictures of mouths everywhere! Fast forward to the present time… I now view sound walls as an integral part of reading and writing instruction. I’d like to share with you what I’ve learned so far.
PS: You can download a free quick guide [Read More…]
Stories are the perfect way to teach social skills and introduce new concepts. This post focuses on 16-Week Social Skills Program that features silly monsters who explore and illustrate essential social skills topics.
Each story has 5 lessons included, plus a printable version of the book for your classroom library! No need to hunt down the book to match the lessons – it’s all included in this engaging K-2 curriculum.
Monster Social Skills Stories
My students love everything about monsters, whether they [Read More…]
When my students enjoy a particular phonics center, I want to keep using it even when we move on to a different phonics focus! This way I know students will be happily engaged, and I won’t have to spend time explaining a new activity every week. Below are some of the phonics centers I use through the entire year for centers, morning work, small group lessons and even take home work. I hope it inspires you with some new ideas! [Read More…]
How do you manage the rest of the class while you’re doing small group lessons? There are many ways to organize this situation, and I’ve tried them all! The most important part for my students is to make sure the centers are both engaging and easy to manage (so I don’t have to stop and explain directions over and over!)
When I find a task my students enjoy, I like to make different versions of that task for all of [Read More…]
Do you use social skills stories in your classroom? One of my favorite things about teaching is sharing books and stories with my students. Even better if students can learn about important topics while they enjoy the stories and characters!
Bunny And Bear Social Skills Stories
This post focuses on our series of books called Bunny and Bear. Bunny and Bear books are social stories which teach essential social skills to young children. My own students immediately fell in love with [Read More…]