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“Watch Out for Tricky T!” – Free Phonics Resource

3 May

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My RTI students often have a hard time with blends, specifically R-blends like tr- and dr- where the beginning consonants change their sounds. To help them with tr- blends, I created a poem and activity packet to help reinforce the sound T makes inside the blend. Students can read (and reread!) the poem and highlight the tricky blends inside of the poem. The corresponding activities and games will help build automaticity with the “Tricky T” sound inside the consonant blend.

Download this FREE poem for teaching or reviewing the sound of the tr- consonant blend by clicking HERE or the image below.

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If you’re interested in the complete phonics packet, check it out HERE! This packet includes word lists, assessments, practice word cards, and fluency activities/games.

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Looking for new resources to try out in your classroom? Be sure to check out my other phonics and fluency products.

 

Happy Teaching!

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NEW Daily Phonics Series + a TpT Sale!

6 May

Introducing Daily Phonics

For those of you who love my Daily Fluency series, I recently developed a Daily Phonics series for practice with identifying sounds and word patterns. This series of resources is perfect for any group of elementary students who need a little extra support with decoding and phonics. My RTI decoding and fluency students love these packets!

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Each packet contains a directions page, posters, and 40 Daily Phonics pages (20 per month). The series will soon include pages for every month of the year!

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Daily Phonics provides opportunities for students to identify:

  • short & long vowel sounds
  • beginning & end sounds
  • consonant blends
  • digraphs
  • diphthongs
  • r-controlled vowels
  • syllables

Students will also have daily practice with:

  • illustrating the word
  • writing the word 3x
  • unscrambling a sentence with the word in context
  • hunting for the word in a list of similar words

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There are many ways to integrate this resource into your daily routines. If you have the printing resources, copy the packet and create folders for each student to complete at their desks or at home. (See images below!)

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You can also create reusable Daily Phonics pages by laminating each page or using sheet protectors. Students can write on the pages with dry-erase markers and then wipe-off when they’re done. If you use iPads in the classroom, upload this packet as a PDF and use a PDF annotating program for students to complete independently. You can also project the pages and have students complete them for bell work, literacy centers, or Daily Five rotations… all you need is a SMARTBoard or an overhead projector! There are many possibilities for how to use this resource, so it’s up to you how you want to integrate it into your day-to-day routines.

(NOTE: For my groups who do Daily Fluency everyday, I do Daily Phonics just on Mondays so that they’re not spending too much time with these warm-up activities.)

Free Daily Phonics Posters

Download my FREE Daily Phonics posters here or by clicking the image below. These posters are included in each packet and  will help students with identifying the following phonics sounds: consonant blends, digraphs, diphthongs, and r-controlled vowels. Hang the posters up in your classroom or put them in your students’ Daily Phonics folders!

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TpT Loves Teachers Sale

Everything in my store will be 20% off on May 6th & 7th. Use promo code TPTXO for an extra 10% off that already discounted prices.

ON SALE — Daily Phonics 20% OFF

Here are the packets that are complete and ready for purchase at a discounted price:

March/April

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May/June

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The remaining packets in the series will be coming out this spring/summer so that you can kick-start your Daily Phonics routines starting Day 1 of the new school year. Keep checking back at my store or become a subscriber to receive email alerts when new products are posted!

LAST DAY for MsJordanReads Teacher Appreciation Giveaway!

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Also, for those of you who have been busy and missed my posts last week, TODAY is the last day for my Teacher Appreciation Dansko Shoe Giveaway. If you haven’t entered this awesome giveaway yet, click HERE for a link to my blog post. I’ll be choosing a winner this evening (5/6/14)!

Happy Teaching!

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A Shoe-ly Amazing Teacher Appreciation Giveaway!

29 Apr

Have you ever walked a day in the shoes of a teacher?

If you have, let’s face it — it’s exhausting! For those of us who are teachers, let’s add 179 more days to that one day. What you end up with is a very tired group of teachers (with very tired feet).

It’s a rewarding job, but teaching is truly hard on the feet. It’s “go, go, GO!” all day long… AND if your day is anything like mine, you’re lucky if you get to sit for even two minutes. Since naps are not an option, I pretty much resort to wearing very comfy shoes. 🙂

If I’m in my classroom, you may sometimes catch me wearing my slippers (shhhh… don’t tell anyone!), but of course I’m not always in my classroom, and it’s not always appropriate for me to wear slippers. Being on my feet all day, I’m always on the hunt for non-frumpy looking teacher shoes that are comfortable but still look cute!

I was very excited when Dansko approached me about teaming up for a Teacher Appreciation giveaway. I love that they are participating in Teacher Appreciation month and, more importantly, recognizing teachers for all their hard work and dedication. With this giveaway, not only do I get to share TWO pairs of very comfortable shoes, but I get to keep a pair for my tired feet, too! Win, win!  A giveaway for both of us! So, obviously I said yes. I normally don’t participate in endorsements, but I couldn’t pass this one up. Comfort for me and comfort for YOU!

I picked the coffee swirled Jenelle sandals, and tried them out for Western NY’s first sort-of-spring week this week. The Jenelle sandal ($135 value) is perfect for every spring outfit and will take you through the summer, too! It’s more comfortable than a flip flop and perfect for tired teacher feet. I really like them and am thinking may have to get myself a pair in another color (just don’t tell my fiance!).

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Win a Pair!

Enter my Teacher Appreciation giveaway and you could WIN a pair of these comfy sandals for yourself and a teacher of your choice! All you have to do is share this post (using the share buttons below) and then complete the entry form to nominate a special teacher that has made a difference in your life. Think about a current teacher (yes, just one) that has gone “above and beyond” and has truly inspired or influenced you. Share your story and you could win a pair of shoes for both you and your nominee! (NOTE: If your nominee is a male, I will offer an alternative shoe.) Nominations will be posted on my blog on May 8th.

Details: I will be choosing a winner randomly at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, May 6th! You can only submit ONE entry using the form below. The winner will be posted on my blog and contacted on May 7th.

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Everyday I thank the teachers that have influenced me. I work with so many special teachers who are extremely dedicated and passionate about teaching. I watch them shape the lives of countless children and truly make a difference. They are inspiring, and I would have a hard time picking just one!

I also thank all the teachers that once taught me! My second grade teacher, Mrs. Clark, is actually the reason I became a teacher. If she was still teaching I would nominate her in a heartbeat! She showed me how to bring a love for learning into the classroom, and I strive to be that kind of teacher everyday.

THANK YOU to all the teachers out there who are making a difference each and every day!

Best of Luck!

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Check out Dankso on Facebook or find their shoes at the nearest retailer! Dansko is also sponsoring a Thank a Teacher promotion where you can enter to win a free tote bag. All you have to do is share your teacher appreciation story using the form on their website! 500 winners will be randomly chosen!

Thank a Teacher with Dansko!

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