Firework Letters Sort Activity

Fourth of July Letters preview

Tomorrow’s Fourth of July! Yay, America! Check out this free printable page all about sorting letters (consonant vs vowel). It’s simple: color the letters based on the type of letter. Then enjoy a hot dog and the fireworks!

Click here for the free printable PDF: Firework Letters

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OO Like Spoon – Worksheet

I made another freebie for We Are Teachers! It’s centered around the “oo” sound like in the word “spoon.” Click here to visit my post (and download the worksheet) over at We Are Teachers.

OO Like Spoon Preview

Before, Between, After – Letters Worksheet

I recently blogged about a number sequence/counting worksheet I made around the idea “before, between, after.” I thought it would work well for the alphabet as well. This will be a bit more challenging for kids, especially the section on what comes before a letter. However, I think this is still a valuable ABC exercise. Enjoy!

Before between after - letters STICKER

Click here for the free printable PDF: Before Between After – Letters

Missing Letters – St. Patrick’s Day ABC Worksheet

Check out this St. Patrick’s Day freebie I posted over at We Are Teachers recently! It’s perfect for pre-K or kindergarten, or students needing a review of the English alphabet. Enjoy!

Missing Letters PreviewClick here for more St. Patrick’s Day freebies!

Write On Plastic Pocket Charts

Check out this cool idea a reader submitted. It’s simple, but genius!
If you use a pocket chart to hold vocabulary words, you can diagram them right on the pocket! Use an overhead marker or a whiteboard marker to diagram words onto the clear front pocket of the chart! This way, you can leave it up for the week while you’re focusing on a specific principle, and you don’t have to write on the word strip.
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As Seen on Pinterest

If you haven’t gotten addicted to Pinterest, you should. In fact, you should join me on Pinterest and see the tons of great teaching ideas out there! Here are some cool ideas I found recently:

Hang anchor charts with fun ribbon!

Poster showing what belongs in a student desk and how it should be organized. Genius!

“If MLK Jr. Had Instagram…” What a great way to have place history in a context kids know! Click here to read more.

Letters in Environmental Print! Ask kids to find and bring in 5 labels, then sort them into the alphabet.

Alphabet Cards Printable

ABC cards STICKERIn case you didn’t know, the new Microsoft Word 2013 has tons of cool templates! For all kinds of things, all kinds of occasions. I found these ABC cards completely made and ready to print. Awesome!

Click here to download: Alphabet Flash cards

Sight Words Tic-Tac-Toe

I recently read a blog post on all the fun ways you can modify tic-tac-toe to make it more educational. This idea was my favorite: Cut up an egg carton (or make your own board out of paper) and create pieces of two different colors. On each piece, write a high-frequency sight word you would like your child or class to practice. Then have the kids play the standard game with these rules:

  1. You must say the word when you play the piece.
  2. After the game ends, you must write down the words you used AND the words your opponent used.

I would make a bunch of sets for my classroom using a variety of sight words so kids can play when they finish an assignment. If you use paper (pieces and boards), laminate them so they’ll last longer. Also, to keep sets together, I’d make a blue set (using light and dark blue pieces) so the kids know all the blue pieces go together.

This game can also be played with letter names and sounds if you’re working with younger kids (preschool, kindergarten, first grade).

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