Helpful Ways to Use Vocabulary Charts

Thursday, September 2, 2021

 


  

Hello, lovelies! I am super excited to share this new set of vocabulary charts with you all. Using vocabulary charts within your classroom has so many great benefits, and they can be used in so many different ways! 


Picture-based vocabulary charts and word walls provide visual support for students which is essential when reading skills are still being developed. If they are struggling with spelling or if they need a new word, they can head over to the vocabulary wall for assistance. Also, by immersing our little learners in new vocabulary, we are strengthening their ability to expand both their writing and speaking skills. 


I'm excited to share a whole bunch of different methods about how you can integrate these charts into your classroom.


Ways to Use Vocabulary Charts


These vocabulary charts come in both a full page and half page size option so that you can use them in multiple ways. There are over 75 different themed charts included which makes it perfect for picking and choosing to fit your needs! Below, I have shared a few helpful ways to use vocabulary charts in your classrooms. 

 

A Word or Writing Wall 


You can use these vocabulary charts to create a word wall, writing wall or other themed wall. Having a visual word wall provides a reference point for students. When they need a new word or are stuck on spelling a word, they can head over to the word wall and note it down. I used to keep a bunch of mini whiteboards near the word wall, so that students could simply write down the word they needed and head back to their desks.

Also, when putting up vocabulary charts on your bulletin board, a handy tip is to use velcro so that you can easily change out the different cards as needed!

You might even like to use the charts to play games like charades. The possibilities are endless!

 

Phonics Worksheet Bundle

Saturday, July 17, 2021

 



Hey friends! I have been working hard on some fun new activities, and I am so excited to share them with you. As many of you know, I am a huge supporter and fan of using phonics-based resources with young learners.


I have just released a huge set of phonics packets that will help your students learn a variety of phonics sounds.


Quality phonics instruction is important because it teaches our students valuable decoding skills. It also helps early learners hear, identify and use different sounds that help to distinguish one word from another. Phonics is truly at the heart of how our students begin and learn to read. It is remarkable to see students light up when they start to apply the phonics instruction and master sounding out and recognizing words. Those teacher moments make it all worth it!!!


I genuinely believe phonics is hands-down the best and most effective way to teach kids how to read new words. But, this also means that phonics instruction should be explicit and systematic, which means practice and repetition are crucial. It is one of the main reasons why I created this bundle. It is so important to have a good solid set of go-to phonics worksheets. Plus, I know how busy teaching life is, so it makes it a bit easier for you! You can easily incorporate this bundle into the phonics and teaching programs that you already have in place. As I said, phonics can work its magic when the instruction is implemented on a regular basis which means every day. This bundle will provide your little learners the opportunity to read, blend, identify and spell words with various phonics sounds and patterns.

 

Each worksheet packet includes sheets for:

Short Vowels

- Long Vowels

- Digraphs

- Trigraphs

- Double Consonants

- R-Controlled Vowels

- Diphthongs 

 


Phonics Reading Comprehension Passages

Thursday, April 8, 2021



Hey lovely people,


I've recently created a set of phonics-based reading passages, and I'm excited to share them here with you. I am a huge fan of using phonics-based resources to help teach reading as recent research has confirmed that phonological awareness is one of the key components to teaching children how to read.


These passages are a great tool to use because they are decodable in nature and are organized by phonics sounds and patterns. This means that you can easily integrate them into your teaching programs and provide differentiated activities for your students. 


Another great feature of these passages is that they help to develop fluency. Fluency is developed as students are required to reread the passages 3 times before answering the questions.



Also, there are SO many ways you can extend these passages. Here are some examples:


- Have students highlight the evidence in the text that they used to answer the questions.


- Have students highlight, circle or list all the words that match the phonics sound or pattern. E.g. in the passage shown on the left, students would circle all the -at words.


- Have students use the phonics-based words they highlighted to form their own sentence.

Mystery Rewards Freebie

Monday, February 15, 2021



Hi friends,


I came across these cool invisible ink pens and a million ideas immediately ran through my head about how to use these in the classroom. I ended up creating these mystery rewards slips which I thought I'd share with you all for FREE. 

I love them because they are so simple! You can personalize them with any rewards that you like. 


Here are some examples of rewards that you can use:

- 5 minutes free time

- Have show and tell

- Teach a lesson

- Pick your own seat

- Shoes off

- Get a sticker

- Free iPad time

- Be the teacher helper for a day

- Read a book to the class

- Choose a reward from the reward box

- Write with pen all day

- Be the line leader for a day

- Sit at the teacher's desk

- Special note home

- Listen to music while working


You might even like to use them as whole class rewards.

2D and 3D Shape Centers

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

 


Hi friends,


I've been working hard to put together this 2D and 3D shape center packet for you. Working with shapes is such a hands-on learning area so I've made sure to fill this packet full of fun and interactive activities for you to use with your students to have them mastering all things related to 2D and 3D shapes.

The Activities

This packet features 12 different activities which are designed to provide students with hands-on experience with 2D and 3D shapes. Where applicable, the activities come in both a 2D and 3D version to ensure that you always have a vast array of resources to use with your students.

1. I Spy Shapes



If there is anything that little learners love, it is getting their detective on! This activity is exactly like the 'I Spy' game that we have all grown to love but it's a shape version of it! To play, students search for the objects that match the shape shown at the top of each mat and circle them with erasable marker or cover them with blocks, mini-erasers, pom-poms or other small objects. There are mats included for circles, squares, triangles, rectangles, pentagons, hexagons, octagons, cubes, cones, cylinders, square pyramids, rectangular prisms and spheres.

2. Pattern Block Cards



These pattern block cards are a fun way to help enhance your students' visual skills while building their geometric imagination. To play, students build the shapes using pattern blocks. As an extra challenge, there are blank shape cards included too so that students can use their imagination and build their very own shapes. These bonus cards also double up as a fun STEM challenge too!

Gorgeous FREE Tropical Themed Number Posters for Your Classroom

Thursday, July 23, 2020

I was sorting through some old files on my computer and I came across these number posters I created back in 2017! I had completely forgotten about them. I love how they fit in with all the tropical decor that is splashed around teachers' classrooms at the moment so I thought I'd add these to my freebie library for you all to enjoy. I know with the whole Covid situation many teachers aren't returning to the classroom, but these would also be super cute displayed behind you while distance teaching.

The set includes posters for numbers 1-20. Each page includes a ten-frame so that students have a visual representation of each number.

I hope you enjoy them!


You can download them for FREE here.





How to Decrease Your Teacher Mental-Load

Wednesday, March 4, 2020


There's something called mental load and then there's something called teacher mental load. If they were in the same room together, they'd be on total opposite ends of it. Actually, they'd be on total opposite ends of the house because teaching is one of the most demanding professions there is and it's quite difficult to compare it to other occupations. So, to all you teachers showing up everyday, surviving the hard times and powering on when there's barely any fuel left in the tank, you deserve the biggest gold star there is. And I hope you all give yourselves the credit you deserve. 

Now, how does this mental load thing relate to teaching? Well, on average, teachers make around 1500 decisions everyday. Yes, that's right, I said EVERYDAY. That's a whole bunch of decision-making in an itty bitty space. This revelation shocked me at first. That means you're making approximately 4 decisions a minute on an average school day which is more than a brain surgeon, doctor or paramedic. In fact, the only profession that makes more decisions than a teacher is an air traffic control worker. I hope you're starting to feel like you deserve that gold star.