Friday, March 14, 2014

Five for Friday {{FREEBIE}}

Happy Friday!  I'm linking up with

{1}  First up...the FREEBIE:
Kooky Cookies 
Do you want to keep track of what your students are doing with word work while you are doing the oodles of other things that we all do like working with small groups, one-on-one assessments, student conferencing,  putting out fires, saving the world etc?  Do you want to avoid giving your students massive paperwork and most definitely want to avoid going through it all?  Then let's get this party started!  Here's a freebie for use with magnetic letters and cookie sheets...
...and here's how I use it...

As students make their words, they are rewarded with a stamp on their record sheet. They work independently, then simply carry their cookie sheet, with the word and record sheet on top, to the person with the stamp. The person might be me, a classroom volunteer, or sometimes even a responsible peer. The student quickly reads the word, points to the picture and receives a stamp.  My average students earn between 3 and 6 stamps in a 15 minute center.  Then the record sheet is saved for the next time that we do the activity.

I purchased my magnetic letter set at Lakeshore (currently on sale) and the cookie sheets on the Dollar Tree website.

{2} First TPT product for sale! 

I have a newfound, profound respect for all of you TPT sellers with your oodles of beautiful, creative products.  IT IS TIIIIIIIME CONSUMING TO MAKE JUST ONE PRODUCT!!!  ...and you know that was an understatement.  I just uploaded my first TPT product for sale, CVC Record Sheets for Building Words on Cookie Sheets and Other Fun Ways.  I have used this in my classroom and my kinders and I absolutely love it.  If you like the freebie that I posted about above, then you will love the complete set.  The activity is the same, but there are three more levels in this product.   I also included record sheets for letter beads and letter tiles and a generic set for making CVC words using whatever other materials you like to use or that can dream up.  I use these throughout the second half of the kindergarten year.  Some students even ask to do them during their free choice time!  It's available for $5 now, right HERE!

  {3} Bead-n-Read
This is the letter bead version included in my product for sale.
I found my lower case beads at Lakeshore.

{4}Tile Style
This is the letter tile version included in my product for sale.
I found my letter tiles and the handy case at Really Good Stuff.  I added two extra sets of tiles to the case so that I would have plenty for a group of 6 students to use at once. Baby food containers are the perfect size for CVC tile words. Who knew?

  {5} Leprechaun Gold

The leprechaun has been in room 10 this week. He hasn't been too mischievous yet, but he did leave a footprint and a note leading to a game to play. He left no instructions for the game, but my students quickly figured out that they would have to read the words to find the gold nugget.  That's because we play this game monthly with new words and new materials. 
My kinders were sure that chocolate was inside the gold nugget, but they couldn't figure out how to unwrap the spray painted rock!  I found the pails in the dollar section at Target and I plan to recycle them with new words on pink paper eggs next month! 
'Top o the morning', afternoon or night to you, wherever you are in the world. Enjoy your weekend and your St. Patty's Day!