Sunday, September 28, 2014

Building Fluency with Blends, Digraphs and Sight Words!

I am SUPER excited to have finished Set 2 of our Fluency Strips!  A few weeks ago I post about our Set 1 Fluency Strips {HERE}.  We use the fluency strips every single day!  I can't even begin to tell you the impact these have had on the littlest Moffatt Girls confidence AND fluency! She is reading up a storm and is currently working on the 3rd sentence strip in Set 1!

Set 2 is a bit more challenging and will work with blends, digraphs and primer sight words.  There are 480 different simple sentences strips in this packet!  Each and every sentence will incorporate a blend and/or a digraph word.  It will also include primer sight words!  This gives kids the opportunity to work on sight words AND phonics skills!  This packet allows for a TON of practice building fluency and confidence!



Set #1 (1-10) works with only CVC words and pre-primer sight words.  Be sure to check out set 1 {HERE}
Set #2 (11-20) will work with blends, digraphs and pre-primer sight words.  

As you can see, each set has been printed on colored cardstock, laminated and cut out. 


I had a few questions as to what colored cardstock I used in set 1.  I purchased my cardstock at Staples and here is a picture of the paper I used. The cardstock on the far left is double-colored so I used 8 pieces for 1 set of fluency strips and the other 8 pieces for the another set.  It worked out perfectly!


I found it easier to print on colored cardstock, laminate, cut around the edges of the paper, hole punch and THEN cut out the fluency strips.

I used a larger ring this time and it made it easier to flip.

There are a total of 10 sets in Set #2.  Each individual sentence strip set has 48 sentences for a total of 480 simple sentences with blends, digraphs and primer sight words!

Here is an example of some of the sentences used in Set 2:

1. The duck came to her.
Sight words: the, came, to, her
Digraph: ck in duck

2. Did she grin at him?
Sight words: did, she, at, him
Consonant Blend: gr in grin

3. Did you see the small plant?
Sight Words: did, you, see, the
Consonant Blend: pl in plant

4. The frog is small.
Sight Words: the, is, small
Consonant Blend: fr in frog.

When a student is reading the Fluency Strips, it is easy to target areas of difficult in terms of sight words, blends and/or digraphs. 

They are like eye-candy and so appealing!  I LOVE it when kids get excited about reading!   



I hung the Fluency Strips on Commnad Hooks and they worked out great!
On the top row is Fluency Strips Set 1 (CVC word and pre-primer sight words)
The bottom row is Fluency Strips Set 2 (Blends, digraphs and primer sight words)
Set 3….Coming Soon!


I love how accessible and organized these fluency strips are!  I am currently using set 1 with Sophia who is in Kindergarten.  Audrey, who is in 2nd Grade, can read Set 2 with no problem.  However, we will be using them for dictation!  I will read 3-5 sentences each day and she will write them down.  This will allow her to practice her blends, digraphs and spelling of sight words.  It also reinforces proper sentence structure!  As the year progresses, Sophia will be using set 2 for fluency. 

Be sure to check out the blog post for Set #1 to see the assessment piece in action!

You can purchase set #1 {HERE)


Set #2 available {HERE}

I hope you and your students find this resource helpful in building confidence AND fluency!








Thursday, September 25, 2014

Vowel Owls GIVEAWAY!

I am super excited about today's giveaway!  The Moffatt Girls LOVE to make learning fun and this Vowel Owl set fits the bill!  When I saw this adorable Vowel Owl set from Learning Resources, I knew would be a perfect learning tool for my little Sophia who is now in Kindergarten!  The timing for this product couldn't be more perfect!  

As you can see, we had a ton of FUN with our Vowel Owls!

There are 6 colorful owls (5 printed with the vowels and 1 blank one). We used the yellow blank owl to store the 100 picture cards.   You could also use the blank one for long vowels or the "sometimes y vowel".  I love that this set is so bright, colorful and durable!  

Simple pull out a picture card, say the same on the card and listen for the long/short single syllable vowel sound.  

Once you hear the vowel sound, sort it into the correct owl cup.

She loved this activity! So simple and yet so effective! She played until all of her cards were gone, and then she wanted to play again!

For example, here is the picture cat.  Sophia would say the sounds of the word cat and listen for the vowel /c/.../a/.../t/ Then she would sort it in the red owl cup with the a on it. Some words word short vowels and some words were long vowels.

I am not sure why, but we sure giggled a lot during this game!  I think it was those cute owls!

Happy little learner = Happy Mommy!

 I would also ask her if she heard a long vowel or a short vowel.  We talked about long and short vowels for awhile and then it really hit home!


For every single picture, she said the word and sounded it out…sound by sound!  

This activity really helps with the following:
*word recognition
*sounding out words
*spelling the words
*syllables
*long/short vowels

GIVEAWAY TIME
Learning Resources has graciously offered a set of Vowel Owls to one of The Moffatt Girls readers!  Just use the raffelcopter below to enter!
Can't wait to win? You can get your Vowel Owl Set HERE








Sunday, September 21, 2014

October NO PREP Packets!

October is almost here!  I love the fall and I wanted to make some NO PREP packets that would be FUN, hands-on, engaging and NOT scary!  I am so excited about our Harvest FUN packets for Kindergarten, 1st Grade and 2nd Grade!

The BEST part about these packets is that there is NO PREP! NO costly colored ink, NO cutting, NO laminating!  Just PRINT and TEACH!  The activities in these packets are meant to challenge, review and work on core skills! 


Here is what is included in this NO PREP packet:
*Rhyming Pumpkins (short a)- Color the pumpkins that rhyme in each set.
*Rhyming Pumpkins (short e)- Color the pumpkins that rhyme in each set.
*Rhyming Pumpkins (short i)- Color the pumpkins that rhyme in each set.
*Rhyming Pumpkins (short o)- Color the pumpkins that rhyme in each set.
*Rhyming Pumpkins (short u)- Color the pumpkins that rhyme in each set.
*Sight Word Set 1 _Roll a die and cold, trace and box up a sight word: like, can, my, not and we.
*Sight Word Set 1 _Roll a die and cold, trace and box up a sight word: and, big, look, for, you and play.
*Sight Word Set 1 _Roll a die and cold, trace and box up a sight word: go, see, run, find, in and help.
*Beginning Sounds- Say the name of each picture and write the beginning sound.
*Missing Vowel Sounds - Say the name of each picture and write the middle sound.
*Ending Sounds-Say the name of each picture and write the ending sound.
*Short a (-at words) Word Family House - Say the name of the picture in the -at family, write the word and read the simple sentence.
*Short e (-et words) Word Family House - Say the name of the picture in the -et family, write the word and read the simple sentence.
*Short i (-ig words) Word Family House - Say the name of the picture in the -ig family, write the word and read the simple sentence.
*Short o (-ot words) Word Family House - Say the name of the picture in the -ot family, write the word and read the simple sentence.
*Short u (-ug words) Word Family House - Say the name of the picture in the -ug family, write the word and read the simple sentence.
*Color by Sight Word AND Build a Sentence I - Use the color code to color the picture with the sight words like, the, see. Cut, unscramble, paste and write a simple sentence.
*Color by Sight Word AND Build a Sentence II - Use the color code to color the picture with the sight words little, you, are. Cut, unscramble, paste and write a simple sentence.
*Color by Sight Word AND Build a Sentence III - Use the color code to color the picture with the sight words here, is, big. Cut, unscramble, paste and write a simple sentence.
*Word Family Pumpkins (-at and -an) - Cut and paste the pumpkin onto the correct wagon.
*Word Family Pumpkins (-ed and -et) - Cut and paste the pumpkin onto the correct wagon.
*Word Family Pumpkins (-ig and -it) - Cut and paste the pumpkin onto the correct wagon.
*Word Family Pumpkins (-og and -ot) - Cut and paste the pumpkin onto the correct wagon.
*Word Family Pumpkins (-ug and -un) - Cut and paste the pumpkin onto the correct wagon.
*October Calendar- Trace the number and date, write the missing numbers on the calendar, and answer the questions about the month of October.
Ten Fame Puzzle - Look at the ten frames on the puzzle and put them in order from one to ten!
*Spin and Color a Ten Frame Pumpkin - Spin the spinner and color a ten frame (using the color code) that matches your spin.
*Roll, Trace and Box up Number Words (one to six)
*What Comes Next? Cut and Paste the number that comes next.
*Ten Frame Pumpkin Patch - Count and draw the number of pumpkins needed to make ten on the ten frame. Finish the equation.
*Let's Count Pumpkin Seeds- Count he dots on each pumpkin. Cut and paste the number next to the pumpkin.
*Color by Dots - Count the dots and use the color code to color the picture using number words one through five.
*Candy Corn Counting- Count each set of candy corn up to 20, write the number and color a set of 10.
*Shapes that Look Alike! Cut and paste the shapes into the correct spots (cone, cube, cylinder and sphere)
*Count and Graph Pumpkins - Count he different pumpkins and graph them by coloring in a space for each pumpkin (up to 5).
*Tally up Your Candy Corn - Cut and paste the fancy corn that matches the tally marks.
*Domino Addition - Count the dots on the dominos and write the equation. Color the pumpkin that matches the sum.
*Costume Syllables - Count the syllables in each word and color a pumpkin to match.
*Decomposing Pumpkins - Use two different colors to color the pumpkins and show 5 different ways to make 5.
*Count and Compare Pumpkins-Count the ten frames on each set of pumpkins. Color the pumpkin that  has more.
*Tally Mark Puzzle - Count the tally marks in each box. Cut and past the puzzle piece with the matching number.
*Pumpkin Measurement with Units - Measure the height and width of the pumpkins by coloring in the number of unit cubes.
*Number Words - Read the number word on the wagon. Cut and paste the set of pumpkins that matches the number word. Color the pumpkins according to the color code (Number Words zero to five)
*Number Words II- Read the number word on the wagon. Cut and paste the set of pumpkins that matches the number word. Color the pumpkins according to the color code (Number Words five to ten)


Here is what is included in this packet:
*Basket of Apples - Count on from the given number to find how many are in the set.
*Count, Draw and Compare Candy Corn -Draw the candy corn to show how many using <, > or = signs.
*1 Less and 1 More - Count the dots on the domino and show 1 less and 1 more.
*Counting by 5's and 10's - Write the missing numbers from 5-100 on the pumpkins. Count by 10's and color those pumpkins.
*Pumpkins for Sale - Color according to the code, less than 50 and more than 50.
*Piles of Pumpkins- Put the numbers in order from Least to Greatest.
*Missing Pumpkin Numbers - Write the missing numbers (before, after and in-between)
*Roll, Add and Color I - Roll 2 dice, add them up and color the picture.
*Roll, Add and Color II - Roll 2 dice, add them up and color the picture.
*Roll, Add and Color III - Roll 2 dice, add them up and color the picture.
*Let's Get to 100 - Fill in the missing numbers 1-100. Use the color code to color by 2's, 5's and 10's.
*Base Ten Place Value - Count the base ten rods and units. Write the tens, ones and total for each set.
*Solve and Color - Solve the problems and color the pumpkins with the matching sum.
*Piles of Pumpkins (true or false) - Cut and paste the equations to the correct wagon.
*Adding up Pumpkins - Find the sum for each wagon, cut and paste to match the pumpkin.
*Candy Corn Addends - Fill in the missing addend for each set of candy corn. Use the number line to help if needed.
*Balancing Equations - Use the numbers on the wagon to balance the equations on the pumpkins. (use the number line)
*Pumpkin Fact Families
*Pumpkin Number Bonds- Cut and paste to make a number bond.
*Pumpkin Patch to 20-Count the numbers on the ten frame. Write an equation, cut and paste the pumpkin to match.
*Word Problems- Read, draw a picture, use tally marks and write an equation.
*Roll and Write a Rhyming word- Roll the die and write a word that rhymes in the correct box. (CVC review)
*Show Me the Number I - Fill in the chart to show the different ways to represent a number (words, expanded form, base ten blocks)
*Show Me the Number II - Fill in the chart to show the different ways to represent a number (words, expanded form, base ten blocks)
*Spin and Color a Number - Spin the spinner, find the number words that matches the spin and color the candy corn to match the color word.
*Place Value Candy Corn - Use the color code to color the candy corn according to the place value. (tens and ones).
Roll and Show the Time - Roll a die, draw hands on the clock in the column to match the digital time.
*Roll and Read Beginning L-Blends - Roll the die, color the beginning blend to match the picture.
*Roll and Read Beginning Digraphs - Roll the die, color the beginning digraph to match the picture. (th, sh, ch and wh)
*Rhyming Candy Corn - Color the candy corn with the words that rhyme.
*Describing Candy Corn- Use adjectives to describe the different faces on the candy corn. Write a sentence using one or more of the adjectives.
*Picking out Pumpkins - An Adjective or a Noun? Read the words on the pumpkins. Color the adjectives and nouns according to the color code. Write 2 sentences. 
*Fix it up sentences about pumpkins. Edit the sentences.
*Scrambled up Sentences - Unscramble the sentence to make a complete sentence. Write the sentence on the line.
*Roll a Rhyme (short vowel) - Roll a die and write a word that rhymes with a word in the column.
*Life Cycle of a Pumpkin - (cut and paste) - Cut and paste the life cycle in order. Write about what happens to the pumpkin.
*ABC Order - Cut and paste the words from each set in ABC order.
*I Start and You Finish I - Look at the picture, read the beginning of the sentence and finish the sentence.
*I Start and You Finish II - Look at the picture, read the beginning of the sentence and finish the sentence.
*I Start and You Finish III - Look at the picture, read the beginning of the sentence and finish the sentence.
*Color by Sight Word- Use the color code to color the picture with 1st grade sight words.
*Spin and Write a Sight Word Set 1 - Spin the spinner, write a sight word that you spun in the correct column.
*Spin and Write a Sight Word Set 2 - Spin the spinner, write a sight word that you spun in the correct column.
Nouns and Verbs - Cut and paste the nouns and verbs into the correct spots.
*Comprehension Check I - Read the short story and answer the comprehension questions.
*Comprehension Check II - Read the short story and answer the comprehension questions.


Here is what is include in this packet:
*Grandma's Antonyms and Synonyms Harvest Quilt (color by the code).
*Hard and Soft G sounds (color by the code)
*Hard and Soft C Sounds (color by the code)
*Vowel Pairs oo (Cut, paste, sort and write sentences)
*The Sounds of Y (long i and long e)
*Batty Irregular Verbs (present and past tense irregular verbs)
*To, Too and Two (Fill in the sentences with the correct words)
*Consonant Blends (riddles)
*Sight Word Search with ALL 2nd Grade Dolch Sight Words
*It's all About the Main Idea (Read the sentences and cross out the two that do not tell about the main idea)
*Super Sentences (Write adjectives to make the sentences better)
*Double the Fun - Double the consonant and write either -ed or -ing and the end of the word.
*Facts and Opinions about Pumpkins
I Can Fall-O Directions - Follow written directions and add to the picture.
*Picking the Right Source (Read each clue and write the best resource for finding the information: dictionary, atlas, or internet.
*Sequencing Events - Read the short story and put the events in order.
What Happens Next? Read the story and write a prediction as to what will happen next.
What Happens Next? (story #2) Read the story and write a prediction as to what will happen next.
* What Could Happen Next? Read the sentences, write two different things that could happen.
*Harvest Time (Look at the foods, write words in the column to describe what they look like, how they taste, how they smell and how they feel.
*Poetry: Write a Word Cinquain
*How to Carve a Jack-o-Lantern Writing
*Combing Sentences - Read the sentences and rewrite/combine them.
*Spin and Write Place Value I - Spin the Hundreds, Tens and Ones spinners to make and write a number.
*Spin and Write Place Value II - Spin the Thousands, Hundreds, Tens and Ones spinners to make and write a number.
*Skip Counting in the Hundreds - Skip count by 2's with each set of numbers (in the hundreds)
*Pumpkin Patch Regrouping (Add 2 and 1 digit Numbers for simple regrouping)
*Candy Corn Word Problems - Use addition and basic regrouping to solve the problems (add a 1 digit number to a 2 digit number)
*Pumpkin Seed Word Problems -Solve the word problems. Includes expanded form, addition, greater than, less than, double digit addition with no regrouping and subtraction.
*How Much Does the Pumpkin Cost? Count the coins to find out how much each pumpkin cost.
*Shopping for Pumpkins -Answer the questions (compare, add or subtract) to find the cost of each pumpkin.
*A Pumpkin Joke - Add 2 digits to a 3 digit number with no regrouping. Use the letters to solve a pumpkin riddle.
*Missing Candy Corn - Write the missing numbers (up to 100) in each row of candy corn to complete the number line.
*Owl Find the Missing Numbers - Write the missing numbers on each pumpkin to complete the pattern (numbers in the hundreds)
*Pumpkin Comparison - Count the hundreds, tens and ones in each group. Write the <, >, or = sign.
*Compare and Color the Pumpkin - Compare each set of pumpkins with numbers up to 1,000 and color by the code.
*Number Sentences - Complete each number sentence (i.e. 1 more, 1 less, 10 more, 10 less, 2 more, 2 less, 20 more and 20 less)
*Tally up Your Seeds - Read the clues to help you complete the tally chart and answer the questions.
*What's Missing? - Fill in the missing numbers to add 3 digits with no regrouping.
*Ordering Numbers - Put the numbers (in the hundreds) in order from least to greatest.
*Roll and Solve (Addition) - Roll a die and solve an addition problem in that column (no regrouping).
*Roll and Solve (Subtraction) - Roll a die and solve an addition problem in that column (no regrouping).
*Greater Than, Less Than and Equal To - Compare each set of numbers, fill in your own set of numbers to make the sentence true and write the numbers from greatest to least.
*Telling Time by the 5 minutes - Read the numbers on each clock and write the digital time.
*Harvest Shopping - You have a specific amount of money to spend in the store. Discover 4 different ways to spend the money and wire the items you could buy.
*Number Match Up! - Read the number words and match the number.


I hope that these NO PREP packets help make the month of October FUN and a bit easier! 

Happy Teaching!







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