Ahhhh... wish I was there now. But back at home, all has broken loose. I'm back at work, deep in the thick of it. I procrastinated on my observation because I was sick in November and my observation/evaluation is on tap for this week. You know how that goes. Monday was my
pre-observation and I had the required walk through right after that with my first group of intervention kiddos. Wednesday is the day for my observation. I decided to have my principal watch my adorable 2nd graders who participate in Orton Gillingham. My schedule is jam packed for the 30 minute observation and I'm having difficulty deciding what to cut, add, and maneuver. Why this increases anxiety after 28 years of teaching is just beyond me. Why do we do this to ourselves?
So, what's new in my TPT store? I'm so excited for a revamp of my favorite activity of all time. It is a "Magnetic Move Around" activity that is truly a most versatile activity. You can use this for K-4 students, and just work on different skills that are appropriate for the particular grade levels.
K students- make simple sight words
1st Graders- sight words, CVC words, add endings, change out a beginning, middle, or end sound for new word
2nd Graders- sight words, CVC, blends/digraphs, vowel teams, add prefix/suffix
3rd-a4th Graders- prefix, suffix, multi-syllabic words
All you need is your favorite set of magnetic letters. I love the color coded ones that are blue and red so students can visually see that each word has at least one vowel in it.I am not kidding you when I tell you my students LOVE this activity. They are amazingly great at this and ask for it repeatedly. So I made it into monthly products. However, currently it is getting a face lift and update and so it is available in a growing bundle format. So if you are interested in this type of activity, now is the time to grab it at it's best price. You can now get twelve months worth for the price of less than three months individually purchased. You can see a few sample pages below for January, February, and March! Simply post the phrase found at the top of your page with magnetic letters on your magnetic surface. Have students sit around you on the floor near your magnetic board with their recording sheet on a clipboard and armed with a pencil. Each student can come up and make a word while everyone records it on their sheet. There is a second sheet so you can continue the activity on the back. And if you prefer, there are letter cards that you may use and duplicate for your students in case you do not have magnetic letters for each of your students. But definitely, my favorite way to begin this is to use it in a whole group!
And if I can tell you that in your absence, your substitute teacher will love this. It is often an item I leave for my sub and if you have the same sub often, so that's a double bonus! Simple and minimal prep plus high student engagement equals happy subs and happy teachers!
As always, Wednesday is my Link Up Day. So be sure to check out what my other TPT friends have posted for you below as well. I'm certain you can find something useful for this time of the school year!
Until Next Time,