Sunday, April 6, 2014

Freebie - Irregular Vowels Game

I just finished up running records with my 5th graders last week and one goal jumped out at me for almost all of them - irregular vowels. No matter what level they are reading on, many were tripped up by these tricky sounds! I decided to put together a game for Word Study this week and I would like to share it with everyone!

* All graphics are created by Pretty Grafik Designs *

This freebie includes one game board featuring 11 irregular vowel sounds:

igh - examples: sight, night, light, bright

ng - examples: bang, long, ring, sung

ost - examples: host, ghost, most, post

ow - examples: cow/bow or low/row 

oi - examples: hoist, moist, coil boil, foil

oo - examples: book/look/took or goose/loose

ous - examples: famous, joyous, nervous, anxious

au - examples: fault, haul, vault

sion, tion - examples: information, lotion, mission, vision

augh - examples: laugh, daughter, taught 

ough - examples: cough, rough, tough

It also includes rules of play, a key to help students understand the sounds these irregular vowels make, and a score sheet. This score sheet works well as an exit slip!

If you are interested you can click the pictures above or click here to find it in my TPT shop!

Are irregular vowels hard for your students to master too? Let me know in the comments below!  I hope you are having a great Sunday!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

TPT 3 Million Strong Sale!!

TpT is having a 3 Million Teachers Strong Sale this Thursday and Friday!
(Feb 27th - 28th)

My entire shop is 20% off, but if you use the promo code: TPT3 you can save even more -- a total of 28% off everything in my shop!!

Here are a few of my center ready activities that are great for the upcoming holidays! Simply print and place in your literacy stations! Click the picture for more info!
My cart is packed and ready to go, so I am off to shop!

Happy shopping everyone!!

Thanks to Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs for the sale graphic!!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Data Tracking Sheets

I have been working on getting my class to be accountable for the grades they earn this year. I have a few students who have a tendency not to take some of their grades too seriously.

In November we began tracking scores, and I noticed right away that it impacted their awareness of the grades they got. Several mentioned "I don't want to mark this test down!" I asked them what they could do next time to avoid this and they all replied "study a lot more!"

Then the holiday's came and all of our many snow days. As many routines do, this began to fall apart. I have a couple of students who never forget to mark scores down, but I know many have not been following through.

I wanted to revamp them (my old ones were just tables with no clipart - so very dull!) to hopefully motivate them to fill them in more often.
I included directions and cover sheets in this set. We currently store ours in a folder, but I think the cover will make it easier to find!
There are sample score sheets so they can see the different options they have for filling in their sheets. A lot of my students use the bar graph, but the line graph is a lot quicker to fill in!

Each month has 7 sheets: Spelling, Vocabulary, Math, Science, Social Studies and 2 Reading sheets, one for Constructed Responses and one for Reader's Responses. We do both responses in my classroom, but the Constructed Response is a bit more formal.

All the subjects are scored 0-100%, except for the Reading Responses and Constructed Responses - those are based on a 5 point scale. I made it larger, in case you want to include 1/2 points.
All of the monthly sheets have thematic clipart for that month. They are only available in grayscale to help save on ink!
We are going to make completing our data sheets a habit by incorporating it into our morning routine. All corrected work will be waiting on their desks in the morning and they will fill in their data sheets before morning meeting!

I am looking forward to sharing these with my students when I go back to school next week!

If you are interested these are available in my TpT shop. Just click on the store name or the pictures above!

You can save $1.50 on this set for 24 hours today only at TpT!  

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