Organizing Materials for Word Work

I  wanted to pop in really fast and share a very simple way to organize and implement word work. We had to use a specific program for spelling in my district.  We used these words as our word work, since they were based off of the Words Their Way Program. Word lists were differentiated.  We had three groups: an above grade level that got the challenge list from the series, an on grade level list that got the “regular” list from the series, and a below level group that worked on Dolch sight words.  The groups were color coded. Each week I typed up the spellings lists and put several copies in the color coded folders.  When it was time […]

Prefixes and Suffixes and a Freebie!

Over the last few weeks we have been doing a LOT of work with prefixes and suffixes!  My kids are recognizing them in their reading and writing (don’t you just love when that happens!?!?). We watched the Brainpop Jr on prefixes.  I love Brainpop Jr and am very lucky our school provides a membership.  It is FANTASTIC and we use it to introduce EVERYTHING! I also found these two really cute Between the Lions videos focusing on the prefixes un- and re-.  Beware- they are from YouTube.  I know some schools block it 🙁 We brainstormed together as a class and made these anchor charts. We used what we learned from the charts to create these super cute craftivities. The are from my new pack, A […]

Contractions and that Crazy Apostrophe Guy

Contractions (and common possessives) are a part of the Common Core standards.  We have been hitting them hard, minus the possessives part.  We will get there next!! It is interesting to watch my kids with contractions.  We worked and worked and worked. Most get the idea, but forget the apostrophe.  It is like he is a forgettable little thing. Here are a few of the activities we did: Singing like Crazies: We watched the Between the Lions song: Sang our own song that a colleague shared with me. Sorted It Out Sorted the contractions on the Promethean board (I can’t share this, I think it would be a no no according to my district) where we sorted the words by ending and noticed how they were created. We […]

Irregular Verbs

I have been making spelling and grammar games for centers this school year and have posted a contractions and plurals game packet for free on Teachers Pay Teachers. I have made a new packet for irregular past tense verbs. It is also posted for free. The games are the same, but with different words. My students like the familiarity of game play with a new concept/ words. It also saves me time! Please feel free to download! I hope you find it useful! If you do download, please leave feedback and follow my TpT store! I would really appreciate it! Also, there was a typo on the Kaboom! label for the plurals game and I have fixed that as well. […]

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