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Well as I have said before, I love providing my students with many different opportunities to manipulate and explore what they are learning. Instead of straight exit-tickets or worksheets, I prefer providing ways for students to cut and put together the activity. Most of my “worksheets” consist of some kind of cutting, gluing, and sorting.

Here is an example of one of the activities I found online for sight words. I did NOT make this myself so I can’t take credit for making this one (unlike the last fact family creation that I posted). But I did find it very helpful. Students cut out specific sight words and glue them onto construction paper and decorate. Or if you have a school that has a good fast copier/printer you can print them on construction paper and laminate them.

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Check out the activity and download it from the original website.  P.S. you don’t have to wait for Christmas to use these.

For those of you who have been wondering what kind of centers I use for literacy workshop here are some photo examples.  Each literacy center I try each try to address several different skills in one day.  First for sight words and sentence structure, students got to build various sentences using color coded cards.  Also students practiced saying sight words and covering them up using markers and spelling them.

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With phonics and writing students got to build CVC words a write a sentence using the words they built.  Students also practiced writing short vowel words on workmats with dry erase markers as well match pictures with the written word.

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Let’s not forget my computer center which is definitely the classroom favorite.  I paid for a classroom subscription to, and they have TONS of activities that include reading comprehension, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, and even math for K-1!

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I have been updating my website portion of the blog again.  For those teachers / parents that wish to see what my day will look like next year, click here.  Each part of my day has an in-depth look on how things will happen.

On a completely unrelated note I just wanted to share with my fellow teachers a look at how I do holidays.  I know this is TOTALLY not at the right time to post this, but you can always look back on my side-links later.  Here is a look at how I did my Halloween party.  First we started off by having some yummy decorated Halloween themed cupcakes and punch.


We then were able to get a hold of two pumpkins thanks to a TA traveling to Nome, AK (as you can imagine it is very difficult to get pumpkins up into Bush Alaska).  We separated the class into two groups and the TA’s guided the students in carving the pumpkins and gutting the pumpkins!

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Then it was time to do our Halloween Centers!!  That’s right, those of you that regularly visit this blog / website, I love having centers!  We separated the class into three groups.  Each group was placed at a center and then rotated after a certain amount of time.  The centers were; paper plate masks, lollipop ghosts, and paper bag Halloween puppets.

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Again a bit off season for this post but I thought it would be something cool for my fellow teachers to see and snag as ideas for next year!

A new section to my website has been added!  The section is called curriculum.  This section will contain information / ideas for what will be covered in Kindergarten / 1st grade and how I plan on managing my classroom.  The first section that has been posted is information in reading workshop and examples of how to implement guided reading in conjunction with your school’s reading program.  You can take a look at the new section here.

Well the 2012 – 2013 school year is about to come to a close for me and there is a mad dash to start end of year assessments.  However with all of the changes that are happening; I find myself looking towards the future and into the next school year.  I have already ordered a TON of Dr. Seuss unit supplies (for a look on what is up with that go here) for the classroom as well as math centers, writing paper, pocket chart stand, the works!  Check back here often as there will be lots of updates on the school year plans as well as other ideas.  Looking forward to the new 2013 – 2014 year!

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