Saturday, August 16, 2014

Center Game Storage and Organization

I just love a Bright Idea and who better to share and collaborate with than other teachers. I am so happy to be joining 150 other bloggers this month with an incredible collection of Bright Ideas!
I love creating new and engaging games and activities for my students.  There are so many resources out there that makes it possible to find almost any activity at a moment's notice.  I am so thankful for that. 

I set off to print, laminate, cut and organize activities. It is time consuming, but so worth it!  The students enjoy working cooperatively to practice skills introduced during lessons. 
So then HOW do I store the pieces?  I always print a cover for the activity and use a tape runner to adhere it to the front of a large manila envelope.  Then I laminate the envelope.  I run my scissors along the back to slice the laminating at the folder opening. All game pieces are placed in the envelope along with any recording sheets.  I print any recording sheets on cardstock so they don't get mixed up with the copies the students are using.

I introduce all games during small and whole group lessons before allowing the students to work cooperatively on them.  This helps reduce questions as we model rules and correct procedures for cooperative play.  The game stays out for the length of time needed to practice the skill.  The games also make come backs for review throughout the year!
Next up is WHERE I store the games when NOT in use... I organize and store games and activities by subject or skill, unless it is a seasonal activity.  Seasonal activities are stored by month.  All envelops are organized in magazine holders and labeled accordingly. 

This system of organization keeps my games ready and available at all times.  I am able to locate them with very little effort and it keeps them front and center in my mind and ready to pull during planning!  I hope this Bright Idea helps you get a handle on organizing all your center activities. 
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wordless Wednesday {8/13}

I am linking up with Christina from Miss DeCarbo at Sugar and Spice today for...
I have used Daily 5 to plan my ELA instruction for the past 4 years.
I would LOVE to jump into Daily 3 Math this year.

Has anyone implemented Daily 3 Math?
I would love to hear your thoughts, experiences and suggestions. 
Please share :)
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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Orange 'Ya Glad It's a Blog Hop?

Welcome to the

Thanks for visiting our blog hop! :)
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I am super excited to share my Phonics Games-For Reading and Spelling Practice with you today!

Phonics games are included in a my Wonders Supplemental Units.   Many followers asked if the Phonics Games would be available in a separate resource for those who don't use Wonders.  So I pulled all the Phonics Games and organized them into categories for ease. 

I'm so glad that you stopped by to check out my preview! :)

Would you like to try out a lesson from my pack?
I would love to share School Bag-Short A Game with you!
Something fun that we've added this year is an instagram puzzle!
Here are the rules! :)

Your instagram letter clue for my page is...

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Don't forget to write down the letter from each of your hop stops! :)
Solve the mystery word and post a selfie on instagram with your answer!
Don't forget to add


That way we can find you for the drawing! :)
The Insta Hunt ends Friday at midnight.

Follow our adventures on Instagram by clicking on our pictures below! :)
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One lucky winner will win this amazing set of prizes!
Check it out!!

Next of my Favorite Firstie Florida Bloggers
Leslie from...

First Grade and Flip Flops
Happy Hopping Everyone!

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Orange 'ya glad it's a Blog Hop? - Coming Soon

I am so excited to be participating in our second annual hop featuring some of your favorite Florida Bloggers!  Take a look at the amazing group of Florida bloggers joining us and get ready for some fun. :)

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Click on any of the images above to be directed to our Facebook pages for more information in the next few days!  Lots more to come soon! The hop starts on Sunday at 12noon EST!

We can't wait to see you then!
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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Reading Practice for the Primary Grades

If you have been following me for a while, you know I strongly believe that primary children need to be actively learning and practicing phonics patterns and sight words.  Then they need to practice reading with both types of words.  This year my students practiced phonics patterns and sight words A LOT!  They played a Reading and Spelling Game weekly in small group and then independently at the word work center. 
 Now, I have taken ALL 30 PHONICS GAMES and put them together in one place: Phonics Games {For Reading and Spelling Practice} is now on TPT and on SALE! This mega pack is 190 pages and includes short vowels, blends, digraphs, long vowels, irregular vowels and variant vowels.  Can you say WOW!
These games are also  found inside my Wonders Supplemental Units 1-6.  I have bundled the Phonics Games together for those of you who do NOT use The Wonders Program.   
My students worked on differentiated lists of Fry Words this year as well.  There were leveled flash cards to practice during Daily 5, take home word lists to practice at home and accountability as they were assessed weekly.  You can check out the two bundled packs below by clicking on the picture.  I actually had one of my Firsties make it through all 1000 words!  She was an AMAZING reader and I was ready to CHALLENGE her.  Thanks exciting.
Its back to school time and what better way to celebrate than with a SALE?  Who doesn't LOVE a sale?  I am putting my entire TpT store on SALE for 20% off on Monday and Tuesday.  When you add that to TpT's 10% off you save 28%!! Don't forget to use the code BTS14 when checking out. Again, just click on the picture to head to my TpT shop!
Graphics for Sale Button by my sweet blogging friend,
Kimberly over at The Learning Tree!

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Firstie Friends Back to School Giveaway

I am so excited to be part of The Firstie Friends Back to School Giveaway! I have joined with 42 fabulous bloggers and put together a fantastic set of prizes for you.  We are giving away prize packs of 14 products each to 3 winners! :)
You can enter on the Firstie Friends Facebook Page.   Go to the tabs under the header picture and click the tab that says "Giveaway". The giveaway will end on Monday, August 4th at 8pm CST. At the bottom of this post you will also find links to ALL of my Firstie Friends' stores! :)   
I am giving away my Student Take Home Binder-Chevron Style in Pack 3.  There is a color and black & white option.  The pack includes a binder cover and spine and then section dividers that include Homework, Home-School Connection, Behavior, Data, Fluency, Newsletters and Schedules.  It is on SALE now through August 5th.
 You can check out the fabulous prizes below and then head over to Firstie Friends Facebook Page to enter!

Thank you so much for reading! Good luck in the giveaway!
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