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Construct-a-Word provides a simple, engaging way for students to generate dozens of different words by first choosing an ending (for example -an, -ed, -at, -op) and then adding a beginning letter or blend. When a correct word is created, the word is stored in a Word Bank where students can read and review their words. For each ending, Construct-a-Word prompts students to create between 6 and 14 different possible words, adding an element of fun and discovery. It uses animation and sound to guide students through the steps of creating words, and employs prompts that are clear and easy to master. For ideas of how to use this tool outside the classroom, see Construct-a-Word in the Parent & Afterschool Resources section. Grades K – 2 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson Using a Predictable Text to Teach High-Frequency Words The Big Green Monster Teaches Phonics in Reading and Writing Grades K – 5 | Student Interactive | Learning About Language Word Family Sort Word Wizard ABC Match Puzzle Me Words Related:  Early Childhood

Word Family Printables - Free Flip Books and Words with Pictures Storytime Standouts features all sorts of free word family printables for kindergarten and grade one Whether supporting my own children as they learned to read, tutoring kindergarten and/or grade one children who are struggling with reading or presenting my Beginning to Read program to five and six year olds, I have always been a great fan of teaching Word Families. Introducing the concept of Word Families helps kindergarten children to understand that elements of words are the same. Three words may have different parts but they may also be very alike. The idea of substituting a beginning sound (or an ending sound) can be introduced long before a child is learning to read. Step 1 – Make sure you have Adobe Reader. Word Family Printables – Flip Books for Kindergarten and Grade One I use these Word Family flip books in my Beginning to Read program. 10 Word Family Flip Books How to Make a Word Family Flip Book Click on the book cover for our post about Fat Cat by Sue Graves and Jan Smith

Top 10 Indoor Games, Classroom Activities Whether it’s just too hot to go outdoors (lucky you, many of us wish we had that problem) or too cold because it’s winter and frigid outside, a day trapped in your classroom can feel like a lifetime. While many of you have heard of brain breaks and probably use them throughout your day, it still may not be enough to ease some of that tension. Here are 10 teacher-tested classroom activities that will help you let out some of that pent-up energy in a controlled, yet fun way. 1. GoNoodle is not only usually the students’ first choice, but it’s the teachers’ first choice as well. 2. This classic game is still popular in today’s classrooms. Number the four corners in your room. 3. This indoor classroom activity may be a blast from the past, but students still love it today. Lab reports are a staple in any science class, but getting students excited... A flipped classroom is a great way to put learning in the hands of students.... 4. 5. This is a simple game of “Where is it?” 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

First Grade Math Practice Tips and Ideas for Parents First grade math practice in the home is generally easy to incorporate. Children in this age group are generally eager and interested in math, and all you need to engage them in home practice is time and interest on YOUR part. FREE to print and download: My own series of 1st grade math worksheets to help your child master the fundamental skills of addition and subtraction up to 20. Do these worksheets, one page per day, to help your child memorize the math facts. Plus, you'll also find guidance about why its critical to memorize these math facts and lots of tips for practice and remediation! Math Games & Activities: Many popular children's activities and games include first grade math practice right in the play. Coin collecting , solving mazes , and some math-game software are also interesting ways to reinforce math skils. Any game involving movement up and down a game-board, such as Chutes and Ladders has counting practice built into every turn. . When your child uses the Kumon series, New!

Here are some of the top tips, tricks, ideas, strategies, for teaching first grade and the first grade classroom. First grade is an exciting time of transition for your little ones! To help you have the best year ever, we've scoured our own WeAreTeachers HELPLINE! and the Web for the best tips and ideas for this special grade. Whether you're a longtime vet of this level or just starting out, we hope this list will be your go-to resource for first grade! 1. Seeing their name up on the wall will help them instantly feel at home, and the bright colors will create a festive mood in the classroom. 2. ... or go scholarly with a more intellectual crossword-puzzle bulletin board theme. 3. Students can drop their dull pencils in the “Sharpen Please” tin and take a sharpened pencil from the “Ready to Write” tin. 4. 5. “The kids can make interactive posters on Glogster. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

FUN Critical Thinking Activities For Students in Any Subject The experts on STAAR, such as the Texas Education Agency, the Lead4Ward team and Regional Service Centers tell us that there are some very specific things that we need to do, and other things we should let go of in order to prepare our students for the state assessment. In addition, these strategies can also deepen and broaden their knowledge. Allow for more collaboration on rich content between students (student-centered)Provide higher level thinking questionsGive ample wait timeIncrease critical thinking through authentic instructionFollow the DETAILS of your TEKSKnow the vertical alignment of your TEKS and collaborate with other grade levels The following are ideas for activities that you can use in conjunction with our curriculum in order to help meet some of these criteria, as it is necessary to adjust our mindset from TAKS driven packets to STAAR rich conversations and activities. Talking Chips 1. Pair - Square - Share 3 Facts and a Fib 1. 1. Pass and Play

Flying High In First Grade: Reader's Workshop Today I am linking up with Ms. B over at Buzzing with Ms. B for her Reader's Workshop Linky Party. As we get near the first day back to school, I know we are all thinking about how we are going to teach the first week. My district is very big on the workshop model and we do it for math, reading, and writing. If you are new to the workshop model this is what it looks like. For the first 3 weeks of school I am teaching the students why we read, how we read, what we do when we get to a word when don't know, how to write in our reader's response journal, etc. all within the workshop model. Here is an example of how the 1st day of reader's workshop would look in my classroom. I would bring the students to the carpet (that's where all of our learning happens). The first day I talk about why we read. A trick I use so that I can use these anchor charts year after year is write the students responses on sticky notes and stick them to the anchor chart.

Great Science Experiments for Kids The best science experiments for kids are just right for their age, give plenty of hands-on exploration, and ask questions that help kids get at the heart of a science concept. First grade science experiments are not flashy or complicated; when it comes to learning new concepts, simpler is better. Kids do best when they can focus on one new thing at a time, and the number one rule in science experiments is to let kids do it themselves. Science teaches the workings of the world around us. When preparing science experiments for kids, think of the broad range of topics you'll want your kids to know about. Science Pages Among the favorite science experiments for kids are the ones that involve water. Moving on to dustier explorations, earth science for kids lets them discover the wonders of rocks, facts about earthquakes, ways to protect our environment, and more. To combat the prevalence of nature deficit disorder, you absolutely must not miss these nature science experiments for kids.

Natural Science: The Plants Plants have basic needs, including food, air, water, light, and a place to grow. ***Here you can download and print the vocabulary template of the unit.Summary of the vocabulary: The plants.Flashcards about the plants needs Let´s think about the live of the plant.- Parts of the plants - Parts of the plants IILet's speak-What do you eat from a plant? ***The fruit or the seed.-The plant breathes with .... ***the leaf or flower. Communicate yourself! 1. 2. 1st Grade Social Studies Worksheets In first grade social studies, students will start with the basics like schools and neighborhoods and how they are alike and different from others. They’ll discuss the importance of schools and neighborhoods and identify the roles people play. In addition, they’ll talk about what their roles and responsibilities are, including how to show respect, how they can contribute, and what the safety rules are. They might also be asked to identify where they live and discuss towns, cities, and states. Learning about social studies can be interesting and fun.

crafts for kids and their parents 5min craft: Toilet Roll Bat Buddies This halloween craft for kids couldn’t be any easier and Molly and I had so much fun messing around with them at the weekend – where could she hang them upside from next?!! Our toilet roll bat buddies can be re-created in three simple steps Fold in the top of the toilet roll to create the bat ears, glue the fold into position (use kitchen paper tubes if you prefer)Cut the wings out of black craft paper and glue to the sides of the TP rollDraw on the goofy facial faetures That’s it!! Goofy or spooky the kids can let their marker filled hands decide.. The steps again: Cut out the wings (print this pic and use to trace if you like) Glue to the sides of the toilet roll and get busy with the markers, colouring pencils or crayons

1st Grade Curriculum – Kids Printable Resources – JumpStart First grade curricula must cover the basics of math, reading, science, social studies and arts in a simple and easy-to-understand manner. 1st grade lessons provide the foundation for the learning that happens in later years, so it is important to be careful while selecting the 1st grade curriculum for your child. JumpStart's worksheets, activities and lesson plans are a great supplement to any first grade lesson plan, and will provide you with valuable information about the topics that first grade curricula should include. English Activities and Worksheets for 1st Grade Math Activities and Worksheets for 1st Grade Science Worksheets and Activities for 1st Grade Lost in Space! Critical Thinking Worksheets & Activities for 1st Grade 1st Grade Curriculum It is in 1st grade that 6 – 7 year olds build their foundation in various subjects and learn new concepts. What First Graders Should Learn – 1st Grade Curriculum Online 1st grade is a time of hands-on learning. Curriculum Ideas for 1st Grade

Chalk Talk: A Kindergarten Blog: Sensory Details Poetry This week we learned about poetry and sensory details. We used the book Owl Moon as a springboard for writing a sensory detail poem. Owl Moon is perfect for teaching about sensory details because Jan Yolen is very specific and detailed about what the young boy hears, feels, sees, and smells. She even brings up how his mouth tastes and feels. Today we wrote a sensory details poem about winter. We went back over the poem and talked about how each word used our senses to give us a visual picture in our heads.