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Reading Warm-Ups

I’m SO happy to announce that the Reading Warm-Ups are HERE! Woohoo!! This resource has been on my mind for over a year and I finally get to share it with you. Why did it take me so darn long to make it, you ask? I wanted this to be PERFECT and wanted to give teachers all sorts of options with it. I think you’re going to like what I came up with! Take a look!

Last year, I noticed that my students needed more “drill” when it came to phonics sounds and reading. I tried several games that worked but weren’t as effective as I wanted them to be. I needed something that each child could have in front of them and could follow on his/her own instead of at the front of the class. With these reading warm-ups, students can now follow on their own page and can easily take it home for extra practice.
Want to know how they work? Let’s dive in!
These fluency pages can be used in several different ways. Students can practice this independently during morning tubs or you can lead the class. When leading, call out an animal (or picture) and students will read the line that you have selected. This will keep them on their toes and will avoid kids memorizing the pages after several readings.

Switch it up!
- Choose deserving students to call out the animals/rows.
- Have students choose different voices.
- Roll a die to choose which row will be read.

Reward students for staying on task. Since you’re only asking your students to give a short ten minutes of concentration time during this warm up activity, you should expect them to be on task the whole time. An easy way to reward students for being focused during the entire time is to allow them to color the pictures on their page at the end of the warm up. The few minutes that they will take to color pictures is plenty of time for you to sit with one or two students who need extra (one-on-one) practice time with you.

Using these pages as ASSESSMENTS: The pages titled “teacher’s copy” can be placed in a binder. I put each page in a plastic protector in order to keep them nice and clean when students use them. Photocopy the page with “name and date” so that you have one per student. Hand the student your teacher copy and fill in the student’s copy as he/she reads the sounds. Record your students’ score on your sheet before sending each student’s assessment home.

Phonics sounds included in this resource may not match your curriculum. Not all districts/schools/teachers teach phonics sounds in the same way. That’s okay. Our end goal is all the same: we want our students to learn to read. If any of these pages don’t work for you (ex: you may not teach the sounds dge and tch with digraphs), I have included EDITABLE PAGES so that you can easily create your own.

Are you looking to save paper and make this a DIGITAL activity for iPads/tablets? No problem!
In the zip file, you will find a file named “PhonicsSounds_Paperless”. Instructions are included to help you find the best way to share the file with your students' devices. Once you have shared the file with your students, they can read the pages in any free PDF reader app!

In this resource, you will find the following phonics sounds:
Letter sounds:
Long vowels
R-Controlled Vowels

In the ZIP file, I have included:
- 30 reading warm-ups
- 30 assessment pages + 30 teacher copies
- EDITABLE pages to create your own!
- 30 DIGITAL reading warm-ups (instructions included)
**I’m working on MORE resources like this one! Next up: CVC Words & Families. Want to be sure to not miss the next pack when it comes out? Make sure that you are signed up to my email list because I ALWAYS let my subscribers know when a new resource comes out and when I’m having a SALE! ;)​
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Friendship Garden

Hi friends,

This brand new mission is ready for your classroom and we're bursting with excitement!

This one is all about friendship with a fun gardening theme! Students are going to LOVE helping our gardeners solve their friendship dilemmas and collect gardening tools along the way.

Here's the story: Gary the gardener is reaching out to classrooms everywhere in search of a special group of students who can help his gardening team solve their problems.

First, students will get ready to help the gardeners by creating an anchor chart and making gardening bags and hats.

Caroline needs help with her carrot patch. Students will write ways to show friends that we care. They will write their ideas on carrots and will display their work by creating a cute carrot patch craftivity.

Tommy needs help with his tomato plant. Students will sort through scenarios to review tattling/reporting. They will display their work on a fun tomato plant craft.

Polly has problems with her pepper plants. Students will read short stories and will write solutions for each problem. They will put their pages together make a pepper mini book! Short stories are about helping, sharing, and honesty.

Peter is learning to play fair in his pea pod garden. Students will read a letter about winning and losing and will respond to it by writing on peas.

Next, the class will create a beautiful bulletin board display! Everything you need is included in this resource including the title and flowers.

The last challenge is a friendship chain. Students will fill out links and will put them together to make a bright chain for the classroom.

After each challenge, students will collect gardening tools to help grow our friendship garden!

This resource also comes with a word wall filled with friendship vocabulary!

... and a fun coloring page to celebrate the end of the mission!

Are you ready to challenge your students with this engaging and exciting mission? Find everything you need to get started HERE!

**We'd love to see what your students are up to. If you participate in this mission, feel free to post pictures on social media and use the hashtag #friendshipgardenmission! We'll be on the lookout for your beautiful pictures!!

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Reading Intervention - Phonics Sounds

Has this ever happened to you?

You've spent months teaching your students every sound that was required in your phonics program. You practiced them every day using flashcards, singing songs, and playing sorting/matching games. You finally felt like your students were ready to read and ... you quickly realized that they weren't recognizing their sounds in words. Why is that? All that hard work and nothing to show for it. It's frustrating, isn't it?

We often assume our students will easily be able to decode words once they learn simple phonics patterns. However, we often find that it is not the case. Why? Students need practice in order to easily recognize their sounds in words. The more they read, the more fluent they will be. That's why it isn't enough to practice those sounds with flashcards and games. Kids need to SEE those sound patterns IN words in order to become more fluent readers.

How do we make sure that our students will recognize their sounds when reading? Simple. Expose them to words and sentences right from the start!

Have kids highlight/color sounds patterns in words. This will help them become more aware of the presence of sounds in the words that they read.
Get your students to sound out words and match them to pictures. This will make their reading more meaningful and will help them remember the words that they are reading.

Have your students track words when reading sentences. One-to-one correspondence isn't automatic for all kids. Help them remember to track words by showing them how to point while reading.

Make sure that your students are reading sentences and passages THREE TIMES. That is the KEY to them becoming fluent readers!

Are you looking for reading intervention pages like the one above? You're in luck! Leave your information below and I will send 20 pages right to your inbox!

For the complete set (53 sounds included), CLICK HERE!

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Hands-On Learning - Transform Your Reading Instruction & See Results!

Are you concerned that your students are not getting the most out of your phonics instruction? It's easy to become frustrated and feel like we're not doing everything in our power to meet our students' needs. I'd like to share some teacher-tested and student-approved best practices with you because I think that every teacher deserves to see his/her students succeed.

Over the years, I have tried multiple strategies to get my students to dig deeper and become confident readers. Students love to learn, but they can quickly get frustrated when they are struggling with a new skill or concept. Our goal as teachers is to help our students develop their reading skills and constantly grow as learners. I truly believe that giving out students meaningful experiences is what will drive them to learn.

Did you know that one of the most effective ways for our students to comprehend new concepts is through hands-on activities? Providing students with opportunities to manipulate sounds and words is important for them to grasp those new concepts. Students need authentic, hands-on learning experiences.

Why hands-on learning games?

  • They provide engaging and meaningful experiences.
  • They allow for collaborative learning.
  • They give you time for small-group instruction.

Are you ready to turn your reading instruction from "blah" to "wow"?
I can't wait for you to start this five-part email series because I know that you and your students will benefit from hands-on learning in your classroom!

What does this email series include?

  • Valuable information about hands-on learning
  • Tips and ideas for incorporating hands-on learning in your classroom
  • Storage and organization ideas
  • FIVE FREE games for your students!

*Every email in this five-part series contains a FREEBIE, so make sure that you open them all!*

Leave your info below, and I'll get you started with your first FREEBIE today!

I look forward to keeping in touch with you!

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