Sunday, February 19, 2017

How to Get Started With Teaching CVC Words

How do you know when your students are ready to read and spell CVC (consonant vowel consonant short vowel pattern) words? When you're following a set curriculum, it's often full speed ahead, ready or not!

Ask yourself the following questions:

Can your students demonstrate consistent knowledge of a set of seven to ten letters and their corresponding sounds by:
  • Looking at an individual letter and producing the corresponding consonant or short vowel sound? It's okay to rely on a key word!
  • Hearing an individual consonant or short vowel sound and saying or writing the corresponding letter? 

Can they segment the individual sounds in a three-phoneme word?

Can they blend three phonemes to say a word?

If you answered each question affirmatively, then... Ready! Set! Go!

Check out this blog post for an idea for teaching CVC words!
Digital Paper by RalphAndArthur; Clipart by Educlips 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Things We Love Giveaway

It might be that time of year again when you know you're going to lose it if you hear one more time, "But, I don't have a blue crayon." or "My glue stick just broke." or "I can't find my pencil." Perhaps your parents have quit sending in new supplies and you eagerly spent your meager allocation for instructional supplies a long time ago or you just love the excitement and smell of new.

Things We Love Giveaway


Whatever your situation, you're going to love this giveaway! It won't help with the crayons or the glue sticks but it does include plenty of pencils, along with the other supplies pictured above and listed below. It even includes some that are just for you!

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Prize: Things We LOVE prize pack including Mr. Sketch Markers, Flair Markers, Personal Laminator, Dry Erase Pockets, Dry Erase Markers, Astrobrights Paper, Ticonderoga Pencils, and a $50 Teachers pay Teachers gift card.

Giveaway Organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher) 

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Monday, February 6, 2017

One Lovely Way to Teach Place Value for Understanding

I don't know about you but I absolutely believe that "it is impossible to spend too much time on place value" (Kuhns, Lasater, 2013, p. 63).

One of my favorite activities for developing this critical concept is a treasure report. By having a collection of counters and an assortment of organizers, this is an activity which can be repeated as many times as needed throughout the year.

Find out about a free and fabulous place value activity for first and second grade math in this post!