Earth Day Fun & Freebie

 Hey Hoppers!! Earth Day is this coming up quick this Wednesday. We'll be spending the next few days completing activities from my  Earth Day {For The Common Core Classroom} mini unit!

There are lots of fun activities and new vocabulary to take us through each day this week!

Also, with six weeks of school left we've really been focusing on upping our close reading game. So I went ahead and included four different close read passages for us to dive into!

Two versions of each text passage are included for easy differentiation.

I also wanted to offer Blog Hoppin' followers this Freebie close read from the unit that you can only grab from this post, HERE!! This one is geared towards K-1 students. Enjoy!! :)

Small Group Literacy Activities

Hi there!  This is Deedee from Mrs. Wills Kindergarten.  Here is a little repost from a few weeks back.  Hopefully, you will find something you can use!

We only have about 6 weeks of school left, so now is not the time to coast to the end!

First off... I want my students to be a little more fearless when it comes to using context clues to identify unknown words in a sentence.

We want students to use context clues to figure out unknown words.  One strategy they can use is to skip the word and think about what makes sense.  These sentence strips can be used in a variety of ways.  
Students can simply skip the covered word and think about what makes sense, or if you want them to look through the word to “check their guess,” you may ask them to:  
1)  guess the word 
2) write the sounds they hear in that word
3) look through the word to see if their guess might be correct.
 Then we check!
I am not suggesting you conduct spelling tests, but we know the skill of reading a word is a bit easier than spelling the word without a model.  
  In this activity, I  prepared words and placed them in the basket.  I pulled one word out at a time and read it to the students. 
I made these cards editable, so you can add your own words.
 They are challenged to “picture the way the word looks” and spell it correctly.   
Then we check it!  They LOVED this!
I got a 4 pack of Meridian LED push lights at my local Wal-Mart for under $4.00… these are MAGICAL!!!!
Students push a button for each sound they hear.
 Then they write the sounds.
 They check to see if they were right!
For CVCe words, I took the batteries out of the light and wrote an “e” on the light with a dry erase marker.  This is to remind them that the e does not make a sound.
We worked on segmenting words into syllables.
Level 1:  Students push a light for each syllable they hear.
  Level 2:  Students push a light for each syllable they hear.  Teach your students that each syllable must have a vowel.
Although this may not lead to the traditional spelling, you will encourage your students to hear more sounds! 

We also played a fun version of bingo with rhyming words!
 and a little word family fun!  
This activity has so many levels of differentiation, my entire class benefits from it.
My students love ANYTHING that feels like a game.  They are alert and poised to new learning!  This makes my job 10 times easier. 

Free Printables for Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Hello! April is officially more than HALF OVER (where did it go!?) and Teacher Appreciation Week is right around the corner! Even though we are teachers ourselves, I know many of you have kids and are thinking about how to say a special "thank you" to their teachers, too!

I thought I would share some free printables and ideas for putting together some easy-peezy, but seriously cute, teacher appreciation gifts with just ONE of my Creative Paper Boxes! My Creative Paper Boxes are packed with goodies and I have bundled them together so they I can offer them at a huge discount with discounted shipping. However- that doesn't mean you can't split up the goodies to create multiple gifts and get even more bang for your buck!

I took a trip to the Dollar Tree (my little creative heaven) where I knew I could find some affordable goodies to dress up these paper products. Great news- even if you didn't snatch up a Creative Paper Box, you can still swap in any store bought notepads to create similar gifts or buy one now!

My limit was $10.00 for all the wrapping extras for all four gifts:

Everything except for some optional tulle ribbon was purchased at the Dollar Tree! 
One stop shopping folks!

These gifts give you some options for different sizes, too. Some have one notepad, some have multiple paper products. Here are some more details about what each gift used. 

*If you are using my Creative Paper Box goodies, I spilt the pack of 20-notecards into two sets. I left 10 notecards with envelopes in the original plastic sleeve and then wrapped a tulle tie around the other set of 10 for a different gift. 

If you haven't grabbed a Creative Paper Box, there are still some available in my Etsy store or on TpT! *Boxes on TpT are priced slightly higher due to higher selling commissions, however it gives you the option of using TpT credits towards your purchase or earning credits back!

I have lots of goodies and fun things planned for Teacher Appreciation week from Creative Clips Clipart from May 4-8, so make sure you check out my store and FB page for lots of things to celebrate YOU! Thank you for all you do!


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