1-2-3 Come Do Some Vowel Activities With Me
Today I'm featuring 4 of my newest vowel packets. I hope your students enjoy them as much as mine did.
First up are my word wheels and puzzles. They are my way of grabbing students’ attention, so they’ll want to practice vowel pairs, which can be a bit tedious on the road to fluency.
The crafty little twist of a wheel, and game-like aspect of making a puzzle, is a fresh alternative to a worksheet, which students really enjoy, and has been extremely successful in improving fluency, while building their vocabularies as well.
Both the wheels and puzzles come in color, so you can use them for an independent center, as well as black & white, so children can make their own.
I’ve also included a “Trace, Write & Alphabetize” worksheet, if you want your kiddos to show that they’ve worked on those center activities.
There are puzzles and wheels for ai, ay, ea, ee & oa vowel pairs. Some have six sections, others 10.
Next up is a "Vowel Owl" packet. It's stuffed with a variety of super-fun ways to practice those tricky vowel pairs: ai, ay, ea, ee, & oa, which help build vocabulary & fluency.
There are games, sorting mats, worksheets, puzzles, posters, an “All Aboard the Vowel Train” booklet, as well as a paper chain and “flip up” craftivity, plus an emergent reader, 1-page story, which includes 80 Dolch sight words!
We all know that “Practice makes perfect”, but simply reading and writing words can become a bit tedious.
So, if you want your kiddos to get them excited to practice their word work, tell them they’re going to get to make a paper chain, where they trace and write the vowel pair words, color the pictures, then link them all up.
Working in an independent center, putting together a puzzle, then recording the results, or playing a word game with a partner or as a small group, also creates interest, and helps improve fluency.
Whenever I could, I also tossed in a bit of math practice (Tally marks, counting, adding, and analyzing data.) Mixing math with literacy gives you more bang for your time too!
The vowel-pair number puzzles, also mix math with literacy, as they practice sequencing numbers from 1-10, counting backwards from 10-1, plus skip counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s.
The puzzles come in full color to use for an independent math center, as well as black & white, so that students can color and cut to make a puzzle of their own.
For an interesting bulletin board, have children glue the pieces of their puzzle on a sheet of construction paper, leaving a small gap in-between, creating a mosaic effect.
Finally, since I'm celebrating Seuss for the entire month of March, I decided to make a Seuss-themed vowel packet, and came up with "Vowel Prowl" with the Cat in the Hat.
Even though I designed this packet with Seuss's crazy cat in mind, it also works "purr-fectly" with any other cat, like Pete! Simply color the patterns blue for you know who.
The packet includes:
* 2, "We are on the prowl for a vowel” posters
* Vowel song-poster to the tune of BINGO, with matching AEIOU letter cards
* 4 vowel worksheets
* A “tally time” listening & following directions activity
* 3 options for a “Popsicle stick “long or short” puppet pal.
* 3 options for “long or short” vowel “header” cards to put in sorting cups
* 60 mini word cards for sorting
* 2 sorting mats
* 10, alphabetical lists of long and short vowel words
* 2, “I’m On The Vowel Prowl” word journals, with 10 pages. (2-on-a-page patterns to conserve paper.
Just in time for your March is Reading Month activities, today's featured FREEBIE is aSeuss-themed reading log. I hope you find it useful.
Well that's it for today. I can't believe it's snowing again! That lion continues to roar here in Michigan.
Oh well, since I'm cooped up like the kids in the Cat in the Hat story, I may as well design some Horton "stuff". Wishing you a heart-full of springtime.
"Step with care and great tact, and remember that Life's a Great Balancing Act!" -Dr. Seuss