Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Word Walls in the Dual Language Classroom

High Frequency Words word walls can be a great tool for beginning readers and writers. They help build confidence and foster  independence. When I taught  first grade in a dual language classroom, following the Gomez and Gomez model, I was encouraged to have color coded word walls.  Here are some pictures of my walls. I found that for me it was best to post the words as they were introduced. At the top of the walls  I posted the student generated alphabets . In order to be effective word walls do  require modeling and interaction.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Hello Fall!

Today fall has officially arrived. I love fall! Here in Dallas we don't see much seasonal color change. It will probably be the end of October before it actually starts feeling like fall. This is the time of the year when I miss Idaho and its beautiful autumn landscape. Here are a couple of pictures I took of  some of my favorite places there.

For me here in Texas now, fall means time for the State Fair, the Pumpkin Village at the Arboretum and pumpkin lattes from Starbucks. And as a TpT  product creator and seller, fall means I get to work with tons of adorable clipart to make my learning materials for fall. So here is another little flip book for you, since flip books seem to be very popular at my store. I hope you enjoy them and find them useful.
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Happy Fall Y'all!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Hide and seek high frequency words game

I believe that learning should be fun. If there is a way I can turn the practice of a skill into a game, that's the way we would practice it in my classroom. Today I will share a game my students enjoy. It's easy to prepare: print, laminate, cut and arrange the cards in a pocket chart.  When you are ready to play, hide one of the small cards behind a word card. The student have to 'find" the hidden card by reading the word on the card they think it is under.

For this game you would hide the fish, the polar bear or the floating ice block behind one of the penguins. The student will say "I think the fish is behind 'ella'. You turn the card over after the word has been read. Whoever 'finds' the fish gets to hide it and turn the cards next. It's an easy and fun way to practice reading high frequency words. If you would like to try it in your classroom click here to down it.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Poinsettia: La Flor de la Nochebuena

If there is one flower that represents Christmas is definetely the poinsettia. Right after Thanksgiving I start my Christmas shopping by buying a few poinsettias. I place them in a basket with a  Christmas bow and enjoy their beauty throughout the holidays and beyond.
When I was in the classroom, I would also have these flowers there, right next to Tommie DePaola's book The Legend of the Poinsettia. After reading this book a popular activity was to make paper poinsettias. Today, I will share with you my favorite way of making them.
  • Copy the pattern in green and red construction paper.
  • Cut the outside circle and the inside lines.
  • Fold  over the ends of each petal and glue them together. Just a little bit of glue will do, but you need to hold them together for a few seconds. You will need to model this step. It may be tricky for some students at first, but once they figure it out it's not hard. I have made these with first and second graders.
  • Once all the leaves have been folded, glue the red ones to the center of the green one.
  • Use yellow glitter for the center of the poinsettia.

These flowers make a beautiful classroom display. To get the pattern click here.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

I'm Thankful Activities

It's November! It's time for pilgrims, turkeys and pumpkin pies. It's also a time to reflect on our blessings. As teachers, we have a great opportunity this month to teach our students about thankfulness. I like to start my Thanksgiving units reading aloud the book I'm Thankful Each Day!/Doy Gracias Cada Dia! by P.K. Hallinan.

After reading and discussing Hallinan's book, a class book with a page contributed by each student is a favorite activity. Sometimes we follow up with a flipbook or with  an individual, more personal project to provide students a way to express and share their thankfulness.
Here are some ideas for you:
Click here to download these free pages.