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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. 

vowel pairs, vowel pair activities, vowel activities, vowel games, vowel centers, vowel songs, vowel crafts, vowel puzzles, vowel wheels, seuss activities, seuss games, vowel games, seuss centers, seuss craftsFirst 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.

vowel pairs, vowel pair activities, vowel activities, vowel games, vowel centers, vowel songs, vowel crafts, vowel puzzles, vowel wheels, seuss activities, seuss games, vowel games, seuss centers, seuss craftsBoth 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.

vowel pairs, vowel pair activities, vowel activities, vowel games, vowel centers, vowel songs, vowel crafts, vowel puzzles, vowel wheels, seuss activities, seuss games, vowel games, seuss centers, seuss craftsThere 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.

vowel pairs, vowel pair activities, vowel activities, vowel games, vowel centers, vowel songs, vowel crafts, vowel puzzles, vowel wheels, seuss activities, seuss games, vowel games, seuss centers, seuss craftsSo, 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.

vowel pairs, vowel pair activities, vowel activities, vowel games, vowel centers, vowel songs, vowel crafts, vowel puzzles, vowel wheels, seuss activities, seuss games, vowel games, seuss centers, seuss craftsWorking 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! 

vowel pairs, vowel pair activities, vowel activities, vowel games, vowel centers, vowel songs, vowel crafts, vowel puzzles, vowel wheels, seuss activities, seuss games, vowel games, seuss centers, seuss craftsThe 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. 

vowel pairs, vowel pair activities, vowel activities, vowel games, vowel centers, vowel songs, vowel crafts, vowel puzzles, vowel wheels, seuss activities, seuss games, vowel games, seuss centers, seuss craftsFinally, 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:

vowel pairs, vowel pair activities, vowel activities, vowel games, vowel centers, vowel songs, vowel crafts, vowel puzzles, vowel wheels, seuss activities, seuss games, vowel games, seuss centers, seuss crafts* 2, "We are on the prowl for a vowel” posters
* Vowel song-poster to the tune of BINGO, with matching AEIOU letter cards

vowel pairs, vowel pair activities, vowel activities, vowel games, vowel centers, vowel songs, vowel crafts, vowel puzzles, vowel wheels, seuss activities, seuss games, vowel games, seuss centers, seuss crafts* 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.   

vowel pairs, vowel pair activities, vowel activities, vowel games, vowel centers, vowel songs, vowel crafts, vowel puzzles, vowel wheels, seuss activities, seuss games, vowel games, seuss centers, seuss craftsJust in time for your March is Reading Month activities, today's featured FREEBIE is aSeuss-themed reading log.  I hope you find it useful.

vowel pairs, vowel pair activities, vowel activities, vowel games, vowel centers, vowel songs, vowel crafts, vowel puzzles, vowel wheels, seuss activities, seuss games, vowel games, seuss centers, seuss craftsWell 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

1-2-3 Come Do Some Vowel Activities With Me

The letter Yy is quite a unique letter, in that it can be both a consonant and vowel.

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With that in mind, I designed this Ys Guys & Spies packet, as recognizing special spellings for vowel sounds is part of successful decoding & word recognition.

Just like my best-selling ”Vowels & Villains” packet, instead of students being frustrated and tripped up with “exceptions to the rules”, they are prepared and get excited when they find a “spy” that they can “jail”.

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* A letter Y craftivity, where students create 3 different “Ys Guys“ writing the various Y words on their letters.

I've named them "Regular Y Guy" for words beginning with the letter Yy and having the "ya" sound, "Sky the Sly Spy Y Guy" for words ending with the letter Yy & having the long i sound, and then there's  "Shifty the Shady Lady", for words ending with a Yy and having the long e sound.

vowel activities, vowel crafts, vowel games, vowel worsheets, letter Y activities, letter Y games, letter Y worksheets, letter Y crafts, Y as a vowel activities, list of words with Y as a long i, list of words with Y as a long e,* There are 3, Y Guys posters to introduce the lesson, with a matching word poster filled with lots of examples.

* A variety of worksheets that build vocabulary, including “Jail the Spies” fun.

* A “Letter Yy Word Booklet”.

vowel activities, vowel crafts, vowel games, vowel worsheets, letter Y activities, letter Y games, letter Y worksheets, letter Y crafts, Y as a vowel activities, list of words with Y as a long i, list of words with Y as a long e,* A short, 2-page “Ys Guys” emergent reader, with 36 Dolch sight words.

* A graphing extension of the last page in the emergent reader.

* 2 “Disguise” definition posters.

* 2 “Wanted” posters.

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* A “Ys Guys” spinner game.

* Practice literacy & math at the same time, with 4, number-strip puzzles.

Students color, write on words associated with that "Y Spy Guy", cut & then glue the strips together to make a mosaic picture puzzle.

The number puzzles reinforce skip counting by 2s & 10s

Click on the link to zip on over to my TpT shop to check out the latest Villians in this 58-page Ys Guys & Spies packet.  

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Use the large & small pattern to make this quick, easy & fun center activity. My Popsicle sticks include matching games for upper & lowercase letters, numbers, shapes, colors, equations, and contractions!

vowel activities, vowel crafts, vowel games, vowel worsheets, letter Y activities, letter Y games, letter Y worksheets, letter Y crafts, Y as a vowel activities, list of words with Y as a long i, list of words with Y as a long e,Well that's it for today. We are having absolutely gorgeous fall weather for November! 

The sunshine is calling me through my open window, so it's time to take a break and go play.  Wishing you a stress-free day.

 "Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine." -Anthony J. D'Angelo

1-2-3 Come Do Some Vowel Activities With Me

“When two vowels go walking the first one does the talking.” Is a simple & very popular rhyme that helps children read a variety of words with a vowel digraph. (Such as CVVC)

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To build vocabulary, improve fluency, as well as spelling, I teach the “rule breakers” along with the words that follow the rule. 

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I found it an especially appropriate title, as the word villain is a rule breaker!

Instead of being frustrated when they are tripped up by a rule-breaking word, my students get very excited because they’ve found yet another “convict word” to “jail”! 

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My kiddos were constantly on the look out for CVVC words.  

when 2 vowels go walking activities, when 2 vowels go walking posters, list of cvvc words, list of ai words, list of oa words, list of ea words, vowel digraph activities, vowel bookmarks, vowel crafts, vowel finger puppets, exceptions to the when 2 vowels go walking rhymeThey enjoyed determining if a word followed the rule or not, and took delight in finding “culprits” that they could add to the jailhouse.

Another thing that I include in the packet is some Rhyme Time activities.  There are posters with matching 2-on-a-page worksheets for time-saving printing.

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Here are some of the things that the packet includes:
* 3 large “When two vowels go walking…” anchor chart posters, with a smaller version showing all of the posters on one page, along with matching bookmarks.

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when 2 vowels go walking activities, when 2 vowels go walking posters, list of cvvc words, list of ai words, list of oa words, list of ea words, vowel digraph activities, vowel bookmarks, vowel crafts, vowel finger puppets, exceptions to the when 2 vowels go walking rhyme* When 2 vowels go walking…” finger puppets.  A set of boys, plus a set of girls in both black & white, as well as color.

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* A set of 8, Mix & Match, “build-a-bookmark” patterns (boys & girls, black line & full color).

when 2 vowels go walking activities, when 2 vowels go walking posters, list of cvvc words, list of ai words, list of oa words, list of ea words, vowel digraph activities, vowel bookmarks, vowel crafts, vowel finger puppets, exceptions to the when 2 vowels go walking rhymeI’ve included completed samples, so you can quickly & easily make examples to share with your students to help explain what you want them to do. 

As you can see by the photograph there are lots of ways to mix & match the heads, feet & bodies to come up with a cute "Walking Vowel Bookmark".

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* 74 rule-breaking word cards, with a blank set to program moreThese words are also listed on anchor chart posters.

* A variety of “rule breaking activities” including a rule breaker song to the tune of London Bridge

* 74 rule-breaking word cards, with a blank set to program more* 74 rule-breaking word cards, with a blank set to program more.

* 74 rule-breaking word cards, with a blank set to program more* An assortment of “Lock them up” worksheets, with answer keys;  ai, ea, ie “I broke the rule” posters, along with a set of rule breaker,“build-a-bookmark” convicts, in color plus black & white.

* And as always, directions, tips, samples, links & photographs

I sincerely hope that your students enjoy learning tricky vowel combinations with these interesting techniques, as much as my students have.

Click on the link to pop on over to my TpT shop to check it out: "Vowel Villains & When 2 Vowels Go Walking...Packet". It's a whopping 135-pages, and just $4.95. 

* 74 rule-breaking word cards, with a blank set to program moreToday's featured FREEBIE comes from the packet.  It's the 3 "When 2 Vowels Go Walking..." poster set." I really enjoyed creating the graphics, & hope you like them too.  Click on the link to get your copy. 

* 74 rule-breaking word cards, with a blank set to program moreWell that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. 

My bones are achy, so I'm hobbling around with my cane that I haven't used in months, reflecting on how much we take for granted when we are healthy & buzzing around. 

Wishing you an energizing day, filled with lots of memorable moments.

"You know, all that really matters is that the people you love are happy and healthy.  Everything else is just sprinkles on the sundae." -Paul Walker

 1-2-3 Come Make A Common Core Scarecrow With Me!

So much to do and so little time to cover it all.  Sound familiar?  It's a no wonder that teachers constantly complain that there's simply no time for any of the fun craftivities of yesteryear. 

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He's 17 scarecrows in one, so you can pick the standard(s) you want to practice.  Patches covers the following Common Core/Report Card Standards in a quick, easy and super fun way:

upper & lowercase letters, numbers 0-30, odd & even, skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s, 10s, 2D shapes, 11-colors, vowels, telling time to the hour and half hour, and words: SC blend, contractions, compound words, beginning Ss sound words, CVC words that begin with S, plus rhyming words!

Wow!  That's a whole lotta bang out of one little scarecrow craftivity, and completed projects make a wonderful fall bulletin board, or look sweet hanging back-to-back from the ceiling.

To make this extra special, fold a sheet of white construction paper, have students trace their hand and then cut once, to get two hand prints for their scarecrow's "gloves".  I ran yellow construction paper through a shredder to make the "hair". 

Run off the scarecrow's body templates on a variety of colors of construction paper.  Students trim and glue together. 

For more fine motor practice, cut yellow rectangles with a paper cutter.  Have students snip the bottom portion and glue the "hay" to the back of the scarecrow's pant legs, then crumple.

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There's a blank head so children can draw their own scarecrow face, as well as a completed template for little ones to color.

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vThe packet also includes shape and color cards, along with a variety of worksheets for more practice.

scarscarecrow crafts, scarecrow activities, common core scarecrows, alphabet activities, blends, list of contractions, list of compound words, list of words that rhyme with scare, list of words that rhyme with crow, odd and even activities, vowel activities, scarecrow crafts, scarecrow shapes, common core scarecrows, shape crafts, shape games, alphabet games, odd and even activities, common core scarecrowsFor extra reinforcement, when everyone is done, play an "I Spy" game and give students a piece of candy corn to use as a manipulative.  Choose a student to call out a "patch". 

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This is a fun way to practice and review standards, as well as a quick and easy way to whole group assess, as you can see at a glance who is having difficulty. 

I've also included blank patches for you to fill in with whatever, plus ideas and templates to use the number, letter and shape scarecrows for matching games.

i.e. match the lowercase patches to the uppercase letters; match the number word patches to the numbers match the colorful patches to the color words, and/or match the shapes to the shape words.

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The following scarecrows are wonderful for vocabulary building and Daily 5 word work: Carl is the Compound words scarecrow; (Click on the link for a FREE alphabetical list of over 3,000 compound words.)

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Scott, is the SC blend scarecrow, with a list of 50 word cards as well as pocket chart cards.

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vSophie, is a scarecrow with 47-picture patches, for simple words starting with the letter S

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Write the words that rhyme with scare on the front of Rodney, and have children choose some words that rhyme with crow and write them on the back.

In the sample, I chose 24-scare rhyming words and wrote them on the shirt, and then wrote an equal amount of words that rhyme with crow, on the pants.  The alphabetical lists include rhyming words that start with every letter except U & X.  I chose one of each.

Finally, the number scarecrow, has several options and serves double duty.  There are number patches from 0-30, which  I traced in a variety of colors. 

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color poster.jpgFor more math number practice, I've also included skip counting patches.  Children can skip count by 2's, 3's, 5's and 10's. 

color poster.jpgThere are matching worksheets in the packet as well, along with number cards, plus number puzzles in color & black and white. 

The puzzles review counting from 1-10, counting backwards from 10-1, as well as skip counting to 100 by 10s.

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color poster.jpgFor more odd and even scarecrow number fun, click on the link to practice numbers from 1-120, in the Scarecrow's Pumpkin Patch packet.

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Glue the numbers on the shirt and the number words on the pants.  For more practice, have students write the words above their matching number patch.

color poster.jpg The Common Core Craftivity Scarecrows are part of a whopping 184-page jumbo packet in my TpT shop for just $5.95. Click on the link to pop on over. Patches, The Standard Scarecrow Packet.

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“I know I am but summer to your heart, and not the full four seasons of the year.” -Edna ST. Vincent Millay

1-2-3 Come Do Some More Green Eggs and Ham Activities With Me

Did you know that Dr. Seuss wrote Green Eggs and Ham on a bet that he couldn’t write a book with fifty or fewer distinct words?  After doing some checking, I discovered that the bet was made in 1960 with Bennett Cerf, the co-founder of Random House, and was for $50.  Ironically, even though Seuss wrote Green Eggs and Ham using EXACTLY 50 words, it's been reported that Cerf never paid up. 

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I was intrigued, so I grabbed my copy and painstakingly found all 50 words, then alphabetized them in a handy list, as well as on an anchor chart poster, and YES(!) all but 8 of those words (6 of which are nouns) are also listed on our Dolch lists. (Happily, 6 of the other nouns that he used, ARE listed on the Dolch list of nouns.)

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Students could also pick a partner, and play "Speed" against them, to see who can arrange their set of cards in alphabetical order first. The packet also includes a 2-page tip list of ideas, like "Kaboom!".

For writing practice, print, laminate and trim the cards.  Toss them into a Seuss hat and have students choose 2-3 and incorporate those words in sentences.  Remind them to use proper spacing, capitalization and end punctuation

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green eggs and ham activities, Daily 5 word work, daily 5 word work for Seuss, Seuss activities, a list of the 50 words in green eggs and ham, a list of words that rhyme with Sam, a list of words that rhyme with green, Dolch word lists, Dolch word activities, Dolch word games, word games, Kaboom game, vowel activities, long and short vowel sorting activitiesFor some rhyming practice, run off the two "trace, write and alphabetize" worksheets, which use words that rhyme with Sam and green.  All of these activities are perfect for your Daily 5 word work block. 

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If you use my activities, I'd love to hear from you.  Comments help keep me energized.  You can leave one below, or contact me via e-mail: diane@teachwithme.com  I also design quite a few items from requests.

To see all of the Seuss FREEBIES on my site, simply click on the link to zip on over to that section.  I also have an entire Seuss board on Pinterest, featuring lots more creative ideas, free educational activities and crafts.

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 The sun is FINALLY shining, so I'm off for some much-needed fresh air.  Chloe, my poodle pup will be thrilled.  The ground is still littered with dirty piles of snow, but the promise of spring in now in the air; at least for today.  Wishing you an energy-filled day, with the sounds of spring in your heart.

"Sometimes you may never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory." -Dr. Seuss

1-2-3 Come Make A Name Ornament With Me

I'm not sure about your kiddos, but as the last day before vacation neared, I could sense the energy levels climbing.  To help them stay focused, I always tried to do a few hands-on "craftivities" that my students would really enjoy, but also wanted to include standards to keep the administration content as well.

keepsake ornaments, christmas ornaments, christmas crafts, christmas games, christmas activities, name activities, vowel activities, With that in mind, I designed the Keepsake Name Ornament packet.  It's a quick, easy & fun Christmas ornament that helps reinforce your students' names, letter recognition, vowel identification, capitalization, graphing, counting and addition!  Woo hoo! 

keepsake ornaments, christmas ornaments, christmas crafts, christmas games, christmas activities, name activities, vowel activities, This would be a wonderful center on the last day before vacation, or a special "craftivity" to do for your Christmas party day. 

I've included upper as well as lowercase letter tiles that your students trim and glue to a strip of construction paper.  I used red & green, but just one color looks nice too.

While children are at lunch or recess, laminate your students' completed projects and have a room helper cut them out, punch a hole at the top & add a yarn tie.

Gluing on a school photo makes them even more special, and even though the ornament spells their name, have them write their name and the date on the back.

keepsake ornaments, christmas ornaments, christmas crafts, christmas games, christmas activities, name activities, vowel activities, For some math fun, I've included two point value charts, so your students can practice a bit of addition, by adding up the point value of their letters. 

keepsake ornaments, christmas ornaments, christmas crafts, christmas games, christmas activities, name activities, vowel activities, Use the chart with point values to 4, with younger students, and the chart with numbers to 26, for older students. Because their total will be large, have children figure out the place value of their name using this grand total.

keepsake ornaments, christmas ornaments, christmas crafts, christmas games, christmas activities, name activities, vowel activities, There's an ornament worksheet to record their answer, along with other data, so that you can review consonants and vowels as well.  Students can color this ornament, or simply run off on a variety of colors of copy paper.

Vowels are also reviewed, with a graphing extension. There's a graph for the total number of letters in your students' names too.   As you can see, I've packed in all sorts of math extensions in this simple ornament "craftivity".

keepsake ornaments, christmas ornaments, christmas crafts, christmas games, christmas activities, name activities, vowel activities, To add to the fun, I've included a "secret" coded Christmas message that you can challenge your students to solve.  Students refer to the point value poster to figure out what the sentence says. 

Make it a "speed" game, and see who can decode the message first. To save you time, I put two on a page for quick printing, and included an answer key.  Click on the link to view/download the Keepsake Name Ornament activities. 

keepsake ornaments, christmas ornaments, christmas crafts, christmas games, christmas activities, name activities, vowel activities, Thanks for visiting today.  As always, my December days fly by.  I've got to get to the post office today or my family in Wisconsin, won't get their goodies in time for Christmas.  Wishing you a stress-free day.

"May voices join with the multitude of the heavenly host to proclaim His glory. May hearts be filled with His everlasting song of joy and peace this Christmas season."  -Unknown

 1-2-3 Come Play Some Long E Word Games With Me

Word work and vocabulary building was part of my Y5's every day activities.  Daily 5 came along and simplified or complicated things, and gave teachers something else to try and find "stuff" for.

To keep my students interested and semi enthusiastic about word work, I changed the theme of these activities each month, so although the skills were repetitive, there was variety because the theme was different. Doing this little adjustment was very successful and helped avoid tedium.

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A sheave of wheat was pretty prominent and perfect for the ea vowel grouping.  Some of my kiddos were often confused with that long E sound wanting to spell these words with an ee, so I decided to make up a list of words for both.  Need, became needle and the haystack idea was also born. 

The Haystack Howdy packet is a quick, easy and fun way to practice words with a long E vowel sound, which have the double ee or ea letters in the middle of the word.

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Print, laminate and trim the cards.  Toss them into a container and have students choose 1 or 2.  Using the list, ask for a word. 

The child holding that card, shows it to the class, everyone reads it together, then they put the "needle" into the haystack.

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Using an Exacto knife, cut a slit wide and long enough for the needle cards to be slipped through the slot. 

Hold up the file folder, by putting a small basket in the back.  The cards will drop through the slot and into the basket.  Keep the cards in an envelope, in the folder and tuck into your file drawer.

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There are plenty of other ways to use the cards as well.  For writing practice or a Daily 5 activity, have students choose 3-6 cards and use those words to create sentences. Afterwards, have them select 10 cards to alphabetize. 

If they are not familiar with a word, they can look it up and add it to their writing journal or student dictionary.  Children can also work with a partner and play Memory Match, Slap, Speed etc.  I've included a 4-page tip list of ideas.

For more teachable moments, there's also a background page about the idiom "needle in a haystack" as well as a definition page for the word sheaf.

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I used to have an entire week for a nursery rhyme and fairy tale theme, but as standards became more demanding, I ran out of time.  I'm sure you all can relate with "so much to do, so little time to do it in..."

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There's a poster poem of the rhyme in black and white, as well as color, plus 8 pocket chart picture word cards, and a paper "strip" booklet for students to make. 

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My kiddos LOVED making these emergent readers that they could take home and practice with.  Click on the link to view/download the Haystack Howdy packet.

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This Nana is in serious need of some snuggle time, with her new grand baby Kaitlyn and little grandson Kaiden, so I'm off to visit my daughter. Wishing you a love-filled day.

"One machine can do the work of 50 ordinary men.  However, no machine can do the work of one extraordinary man." - Elbert
 Hubbard  

 1-2-3 Come Make A Multi-Purpose Scarecrow With Me

Since there are so many standards on our plates these days, there never seems to be enough time for everything, let alone a fun seasonal craft that we know our students would enjoy. That's why I spend so much time designing hands-on "craftivities" that revolve around all sorts of standards. 

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Upper and lowercase letters, vowels, sc blend, beginning s sounds, matching words with pictures, numbers 0-30, odd and even, skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s & 10s, shapes, telling time, colors, contractions, number words, color words, compound words, CVC words, and rhyming words.

Completed projects make a wonderful fall bulletin board, or look sweet hanging back-to-back from the ceiling.

To make this extra special, fold a sheet of white construction paper, have students trace their hand and then cut once, to get two hand prints for their scarecrow's "gloves".  I ran yellow construction paper through a shredder to make the "hair". 

Run off the scarecrow's body templates on a variety of colors of construction paper.  Students trim and glue together. 

For more fine motor practice, cut yellow rectangles with a paper cutter.  Have students snip the bottom portion and glue the "hay" to the back of the scarecrow's pant legs, then crumple.

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There's a blank head so children can draw their own scarecrow face, as well as a completed template for little ones to color.

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For extra practice, when everyone is done, play an "I Spy" game and give students a piece of candy corn to use as a manipulative.  Choose a student to call out a "patch". 

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This is a fun way to practice and review standards, as well as a quick and easy way to whole group assess, as you can see at a glance who is having difficulty. 

I've also included blank patches for you to fill in with whatever, plus ideas and templates to use the number, letter and shape scarecrows for matching games.

i.e. match the lowercase patches to the uppercase letters; match the number word patches to the numbers; and/or match the shapes to the shape words.

For more scarecrow-themed letter fun, click on the link for a set of scarecrow alphabet cards.

The following scarecrows are wonderful for vocabulary building and Daily 5 word work: Carl is the Compound words scarecrow; (Click on the link for an alphabetical list of over 3,000 compound words.)

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Scott, is the SC blend scarecrow, with a list of 50 words. The packet also includes an entire SC blend section, with lots more activities.

vSophie, is a scarecrow with 47-picture patches, for simple words starting with the letter S

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Write the words that rhyme with scare on the front of Rodney, and have children choose some words that rhyme with crow and write them on the back.

In the sample, I chose 24-scare rhyming words and wrote them on the shirt, and then wrote an equal amount of words that rhyme with crow, on the pants.  The alphabetical lists include rhyming words that start with every letter except U & X.  I chose one of each.

Finally, the number scarecrow, has several options and serves double duty.  There are number patches from 0-30, which  I traced in a variety of colors. 

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For more math number practice, I've also included skip counting patches.  Children can skip count by 2's, 3's, 5's and 10's.  There are matching worksheets in the packet as well, along with number cards, plus number puzzles in color & black and white.  

For more odd and even scarecrow number fun, click on the link to practice numbers from 1-120, in the Scarecrow's Pumpkin Patch packet.

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Glue the numbers on the shirt and the number words on the pants.  For more practice, have students write the words above their matching number patch.

Click on the link to view/download the "craftivity" portion of the Common Core Scarecrow Packet.

This section will be FREE for an entire year!  After that, you can pick up the whopping 184-page jumbo packet in my TpT shop for just $5.95.  Click on the link for Patches, The Standard Scarecrow Craftivities packet to pop on over.

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 "If stars can shine with darkness, so can you." -Unknown

1-2-3 Come Work On Vowel Digraphs With Me

I think most everyone has heard the reading rule “When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking.”  It was probably thought up by a teacher or parent who was trying to make learning to read a bit easier.  

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It’s one of the reasons non-English speaking people have a rather difficult time sorting through all of it.  Just as soon as they learn that cute little ditty, they trip over said, weight, shoe and so one.

Keeping that in mind, I wanted to discover what sort of percentage the rule had at bat.  After about an hour of surfing and many articles later,  I was surprised to find that educational gurus gave this rule a rather low score. Averages for being “correct” ranged anywhere from as high as only  57% to as low as 36% depending on their word list.

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Clymer’s study (1963/1996) seems to be the most referred to reference; he found that when two vowels appear side by side, where the long sound of the first one is heard and the second is usually silent, happens only 45% of the time!

I let my students know that the ai, ea, ee, and oa digraphs, have the most success with this rule.  Some teachers also like to add the ie digraph, and although I can think of quite a few examples where it’s true, (pie) I can think of many more words that are an exception to the rule. (piece)

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Quite a few teachers seem to be calling these "team words" as the vowels work together like a team, to make one sound.  Starfall.com, a popular educational site, also refers to them in this way.

To provide more teachable moments, and build vocabulary, as well as practice spelling, I’ve also included a list of words that are exceptions to the rule.  I call them "rule breakers."

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Instead of moaning and groaning that they’ve found another exception, they will take delight in tossing those words into a cell. 

I've included empty jail cell templates for the ai, ea, ee & oa vowel diagraphs, as well as filled-in ones for you to use as an example, after your students have completed theirs. 

when two vowels go walking the first one does the talking, vowel songs, when two vowels go walking songs, vowel activities, vowel posters, vowel anchor charts, vowel games, vowel bookmarks, vowel crafts, vowel rules, Bobbi, a visitor to the site, e-mailed me an adorable walking vowel bookmark,  she did not know the source, and despite some effort, I could not find it either, so I made up my own version.   

I thought others, who also teach the When two vowels go walking...rule,  would enjoy making them as well.  That request led to lots of research and creating an entire When two vowels go walking... packet!  (Thanks for the adorable idea Bobbi!)

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Use the black line versions, so that your students can color, cut them out, and then attach them to whatever vowel pairs you’re working on.   I've provided the color versions, so that you can easily make laminated samples for yourself.

The vowel digraph “body” also has several options, and comes filled in with the ae, ea, ee, and oa pairs, a blank set, where you can have your students fill in other vowel digraphs that you want to cover, as well as a pattern, where students choose a vowel pair and then list examples of words in the empty boxes. 

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2 vowels go walking activities, 2 vowels go walking postersThis packet will be FREE for an entire year, after which time it will be revamped and then put into my 137-page jumbo "Vowel Villains & When 2 Vowels Go Walking" packet.

I'm forever searching YouTube to see if some creative person has posted something that will help students learn. I found 3 rather short and very cute videos about the When two vowels go walking... rule.  The pictures are screen shots from those clips. 

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I'm sure they all had a great time making this 1.54 minute video.  Click on the link to view the kindergarten vowels go walking.

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when two vowels go walking the first one does the talking, vowel songs, when two vowels go walking songs, vowel activities, vowel posters, vowel anchor charts, vowel games, vowel bookmarks, vowel crafts, vowel rules, If you'd like some anchor charts of the most popular vowel digraphs that fit this rule, click on the link When two vowels go walking..." poster packet.  

Use them as anchor charts to hang in your room, or run some off for your students and have them write a list of words that conform, on the back. 

when two vowels go walking the first one does the talking, vowel songs, when two vowels go walking songs, vowel activities, vowel posters, vowel anchor charts, vowel games, vowel bookmarks, vowel crafts, vowel rules, If you're looking for a few more vowel activities, The Vowel Owl packet is a popular download: Students sort the 570 CVC & Dolch word cards  into the various long and short vowel owl cups, making it a fun "Word Work" activity for your Daily 5.

I've also included a Vowel Howl game board, as another fun option for practicing long & short vowel sounds.  Click on the link to view/download the Vowel Owl packet.

when two vowels go walking the first one does the talking, vowel songs, when two vowels go walking songs, vowel activities, vowel posters, vowel anchor charts, vowel games, vowel bookmarks, vowel crafts, vowel rules, My personal favorite vowel activity is the Old MacDonald Had Some Vowels packet. 

My Y5's, kinders and 1st graders, all enjoyed singing the song and substituting the EIEIO with the vowels AEIOU. 

Because children are familiar with the tune, the emergent reader booklet, is a fun way to reinforce long and short vowels

The repetitious-simple sentences, are filled with common Dolch sight words.  

Click on the link to view/download the Old MacDonal Had Some Vowels packet. 

when two vowels go walking the first one does the talking, vowel songs, when two vowels go walking songs, vowel activities, vowel posters, vowel anchor charts, vowel games, vowel bookmarks, vowel crafts, vowel rules, Finally, for a set of vowel anchor charts/posters click on the link.  To take a look at all of the vowel FREEBIES on teachwithme.com click on the link to pop on over to that section.  Simply scroll down to pick and choose.

when two vowels go walking the first one does the talking, vowel songs, when two vowels go walking songs, vowel activities, vowel posters, vowel anchor charts, vowel games, vowel bookmarks, vowel crafts, vowel rules, Thanks for visiting today.  I hope you found some useful items. Wishing you a stress-free day. 

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1-2-3 Come Review Vowels With The Cat and the Hat and Me

As you add vocabulary words to your word wall, it's a good idea to continue to reinforce vowel sounds with your students.  With this in mind, I thought it would be fun to do something with a Seuss theme to review vowels.   The Cat in the Hat seemed like the perfect helper.  vowel activities, cat in the hat activities, seuss activities, seuss crafts, daily 5 word work, seuss word work, common core seuss, activities to go with seuss books, cat in the hat activities, whole group assessing, alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet assessments

Using the sweet clip art of myclipartstore.com,  I designed Seuss's tall cat to represent long vowels, and then made a shorter cat for the short vowels. 

There's a template with all of the vowels on one page, (upper and lowercase versions) as well as patterns with all of the cats showing one letter.  This way you can choose to work on one vowel at a time, or all five, picking your pattern accordingly. 

Run the cats off, trim and then glue them to the appropriate short and long vowel boxes.  I used turquoise paper for the long vowels, and yellow paper for the short vowels.  Glue them together, laminate, trim and attach to a Popsicle stick with glue dots.  

To easily sort and differentiate, use a different colored Popsicle stick for each vowel group. (For example, all of the A's are on red sticks, the E's on yellow etc.) 

vowel activities, cat in the hat activities, seuss activities, seuss crafts, daily 5 word work, seuss word work, common core seuss, activities to go with seuss books, cat in the hat activities, whole group assessing, alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet assessmentsI've included a comprehensive list of words for all of the long vowels, as well as a list for all of the short vowels.  I drew from elementary word wall lists, as well as the Dolch lists (PK-3rd) so that you have a nice variety to choose from.

Pass out whatever vowel cat paddles that you want to work on, call out a word from your list, and have students flip and hold up their cat paddle with the answer.  You can see at a glance who is having difficulty. 

If you want to cover all of the vowels at the same time, only the students with that vowel cat hold up their stick.  Click on the link to view/download the Vowel Cat in the Hat Paddles packet. 

vowel activities, cat in the hat activities, seuss activities, seuss crafts, daily 5 word work, seuss word work, common core seuss, activities to go with seuss books, cat in the hat activities, whole group assessing, alphabet activities, alphabet games, alphabet assessmentsThanks for visiting today.  Feel free to PIN away.  I have an entire Dr. Seuss board on Pinterest.  Click on the link to pop on over.  

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