One Practical Way to Provide Support for Decoding CVC Words

Monday, May 3, 2021
Do you have students who are constantly searching your classroom walls to find a picture that will help them figure out what sound a letter stands for so they can decode CVC words?

Do you realize how much time and energy they expend just to decode a single three-letter CVC word?

Think about how this disrupts the process of blending sounds to decode that word.

It’s likely you have a set of alphabet cards with letter-sound relationships posted on your wall. Perhaps, you have phonics posters easily viewed from your guided reading table.

I also used key word picture cards to teach, practice, and review letter-sound relationships. I even made folders with key word pictures for common vowel patterns that were handy to pull out during reading instruction. But still, so much work for some of my students.

So, why not give them what they need right at their fingertips? I created Blend to Read CVC Words with Key Word Pictures to do just that!


These word cards are designed to support beginning or struggling readers as they learn to decode CVC words in kindergarten and first grade.

This resource is ideal for those students who still require a key word picture to recall a letter name and/or its corresponding sound. 

It also provides a great springboard for beginning readers to make connections between letters, their corresponding sounds, and how to decode CVC words, with it all at their fingertips.

Use these cards as part of your direct phonics instruction in your small guided, intervention, and resource groups.

Try out a free sample to decide if this resource is a good fit for your students.

Click on the highlighted words to download this free sample, Blend to Read Short A Words with Key Word Pictures, directly from my TpT store or visit my website, Just Ask Judy, to learn more.



Free Logic Puzzles

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Are you wanting to make your kids think? My students always loved logic puzzles and had a great sense of accomplishment when they finally found the solution. To get advice on teaching students how to solve logic puzzles, visit this link.


Once your kids get the hang of logic, puzzles make great centers, work for early finishers, home school, or just a fun and challenging reward for the students. Logic puzzles involve higher level or critical thinking skills and may be worked independently or in cooperative groups. Also, we all know the boy or girl in class who is brilliant, finishes everything early, and needs something to do, so here you go!


If you'd like a free logic puzzle to try out your students' skills, I have a lot at my store. 


Here is a great FREE puzzle for grades 3 - 6!


Teach critical thinking skills through logic puzzles for 3rd, 4th, 5th grade or 6th grade on Teacher Pay Teachers for schools first. #teaching #teacherblog #iteach345 #teachersfollowteachers #teacherlife



Enjoy this puzzle for your K - 2 students!

Teach critical thinking and problem solving to primary students through logic puzzles and brain teasers at home or in the classroom on Teacher Pay Teachers Easel documents for virtual learning. #teachersteaching #blog #teach #iteachmath #iteachgt



I also sell many logic bundles: Click HERE to find logic bundles!


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The Spanish Writing Activity That Students Love!

Friday, April 23, 2021

If your students are anything like mine, they moan and groan when it’s time to practice writing in Spanish. It often seems like they spend more energy trying to convince me that they don’t know enough Spanish or that they aren’t creative enough to write than they put into simply giving it a try.


That's why I love using "cuentos al revés" with my students! This activity provides students with the scaffolded support they need to feel confident that they are able to write in Spanish, while being fun enough that they want to. 


So how does it work? First, you come up with a list of questions in the style of a traditional reading comprehension activity. (I usually do 10 questions, but you can adjust the number according to your specific needs.) For example, you might ask “What did Maria need to buy at the store?” or “How many people are there at Juan’s birthday party?” (But in Spanish, of course!) You'll want to make sure that the questions you come up with correlate to the grammar and vocabulary of your current unit. Personally, I like to get really silly with the questions, throwing increasingly wacky situations at them as they go. (Why did Mariana’s grandparents have a tiger in their kitchen?!?) Students use their imagination to answer the questions as if they have found the information in a reading passage. Then, they write the corresponding story, using their answers as a starting point and adding as many other details as possible.


The activity is fabulous because it speaks to all of the complaints students often have about writing. For those who don't think they know enough Spanish to write, the questions provide excellent scaffolded support by modeling the target grammar and vocabulary. For those who complain about not being creative, the questions give them inspiration, so that by the time they are ready to write the story, all of the ideas are already right there on the page. And by introducing those wacky twists and turns, you'll get even your most reluctant students to admit they're having fun! (Well, maybe they won't admit it, but the looks on their faces will show you how they really feel!)


"Cuentos al revés" are also incredibly versatile! Here's a few ways you can use them:

  • Review activities

  • Formative/summative writing assessments

  • Enrichment activities

  • Stations

  • Sub plans


If you’re unsure of how to start, you can check out all of the “cuentos al revés” I have available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. They’re a great way to save yourself some prep time! You can also try a free mini "cuento al revés" in my TPT store!

The Spanish Writing Activity that Students Love!

Click here for your free "cuento al revés" activity!

Washing Hands Experiment with Glitter

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Teaching kids all about germs is one fun (and sometimes gross) escapade. Did you know that you can pull a simple germy hands experiment in under 5 minutes? This super simple and fun Washing Hands Experiment with Glitter will be a hit with your preschool and kindergarten kids! What's more... It also includes printable cut and paste activities with it! 

Pick up the printable pack in the link below!

Teaching kids all about germs is one fun (and sometimes gross) escapade. Did you know that you can pull a simple germy hands experiment in under 5 minutes? This super simple and fun Washing Hands Experiment with Glitter will be a hit with your preschool and kindergarten kids! What's more... It also includes printable cut and paste activities with it!

Super Simple Germ Experiments

Teach kids how germs linger on their hands with this glitter science activity. Instructions are included within the pack. 

Grab your copy from the link over at Sea of Knowledge



One Fantastic Freebie for Teaching the Silent E Pattern

 Do your students need more practice decoding words with the silent e pattern?

If so, get them rolling and reading with this free game-like resource. What a fun way to increase their speed and fluency!


This is a great activity to use in your small groups, in a literacy center, or with an assistant or volunteer. Consider sending it home or leaving it for a sub. 

There are four pages to choose from. Pick the ones that best meet your students’ instructional needs.

  1. More familiar silent e words without consonant blends and digraphs; each row has a single vowel sound
  2. Less familiar words without consonant blends and digraphs; each row has a single vowel sound
  3. Silent e words with consonant blends and digraphs; a single vowel sound in each row
  4. Silent e words with and without consonant blends and digraphs; a mix of vowels in each row 

Just print, add dice, and go!

Click the highlighted words to find out more and to download your free copy of Roll & Read Silent E






I Am Poem

Integrating poetry with reading and history is an integral way to push your students to higher levels of thinking. Use this I Am Poem Template to help your students understand deeper levels of characterization in a novel, literature story, history unit about famous people, or even in science and math when discussing people who contributed much to their fields of study. Or, use this in writing to have students express ideas about themselves, family members and/or friends. Great for Back to School, the start of a new quarter, a student of the day/week activity, or any other time you wish to focus on your amazing students.




Grab your free I Am Poem template HERE!







FREE Anti-Bullying Resource

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

When I needed a resource to handle bullying behaviors, I found two categories of products: 


  • Babyish resources for primary grades
  • Bullying in which someone commits suicide

Free social story about bullying in upper elementary school. #TEACHers #antibullying #teachersfollowteachers


This is NOT what I wanted, but all I could find; so, I wrote my own reading passage. My resource is about gateway behaviors to bullying. These are the common behaviors that lead to bullying but are questionable as to whether or not someone is actually being bullied. The purpose of my product is to nip bullying before it starts. Miriam's Story is organized so that the teacher discusses behaviors as they happen in the reading. 




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Spanish Family Interpersonal Writing Assessment

Monday, April 19, 2021

 Spanish Family Interpersonal Writing Assessment

It's never too early to have your Spanish students practice real-world tasks like interpersonal communication.  Yes, your Spanish 1 students are definitely capable!  A great task for them to complete is an email reply to practice interpersonal writing.  Have your students read a short, simple email full of comprehensible input on a topic that is familiar to them.  In the email, pose personal questions for your students to answer.  When students reply, they will respond to the questions.  Expect novice learners to use familiar vocabulary, simple structures, and repetition - this is appropriate for their proficiency level!  It's also important to remember that there will be grammatical mistakes.  That's okay.  It's part of the learning process.  Remember that your students are communicating in the target language, errors and all, and that is no small feat! 

One of my favorite topics to cover with my Spanish 1 students is family.  There are so many ways to make this topic personal to students, and therefore, to get your students interested and invested.  If you're interested in giving email replies a try with your Spanish 1 classes, I suggest starting with this theme!  Here is a free resource to get you started - email, student response sheet, and grading rubric!

Teaching Perseverance in Learning

Sunday, April 18, 2021

 If you are trying to encourage a growth mindset in your students, and would like them to persevere through learning tasks, this might just be the lesson you’ve been looking for! Real learning takes patience, confidence, and perseverance even when mistakes are made along the way. Try this free introductory lesson and then I hope you’ll take a look at the full unit that it is based on.  Just click on the image below to access your free lesson!

Visit this Rainbow City Learning Blog post to learn more about teaching perseverance through the arts!





Making Phonemic Awareness Instruction as EASY as possible!

Phonemic awareness is a crucial pre-reading skill that early primary educators need to explicitly teach.  However, if you are anything like I was, you didn't have resources, and you were constantly struggling to come up with words to use to practice.  Well, your struggles are over because my frustrations drove me to create word lists to tackle EVERY phonemic awareness skill.  Now I pull out one of my lists and use it anytime I have a chance.  It might be when lining up, transitioning between subjects or during a guided group or whole group.  


You can try these word lists out yourself by clicking on the image below or visiting this link:  Free Phonemic Awareness Word Lists.  

 


Preschool Graduation Ideas Name Crowns

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Having kids working on their names all year is a fun activity – having them write / build their names at the end of the year in preparation for their graduation party is even better. Preschool Graduation Ideas Name Crowns are a perfect addition to your end of year fun. 

Head to Sea of Knowledge here to read more about End of Year Ideas. 

Having kids working on their names all year is a fun activity – having them write / build their names at the end of the year in preparation for their graduation party is even better. Preschool Graduation Ideas Name Crowns are a perfect addition to your end of year fun.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021