Language Arts, Uncategorized, Word Work

Word Work-Free Download!

I’m starting a new word work center in my classroom this fall and I decided to give it a try with one of my summer school students. He really enjoyed it-especially the stamp pad part πŸ™‚

I am going to implement this with sets of CVC words, but you can use any words you want. For this particular set, the six word he had were: Cat, Bed, Dad, Pig, Pot and Net.

Day 1 was drawing a picture for each of the words. I loved seeing his artwork!

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Day 2 was “bean spelling”, although as you can see I actually had counters in this center. I wrote letters on counters I got from Amazon. I had him write the word on the line, then spell it with the counters and check the box off.

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Day 3 was stamping the words-it was REALLY hard for him to resist the urge of sticking his fingers in the stamp pad-but we worked through it! My letter stamps are a little loopy and he did stamp a couple sideways. I recommend getting a more straightforward font on your stamps.

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Day 4 was rainbow writing the words. This one was less complicated and really gave him practice at the spelling patterns of his words.

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Day 5 was roll a color. He would roll a dice and write the word in the corresponding color. We had to use virtual dice because I can’t get into my classroom right now to use the real dice!

You can download this worksheet for free here! It is a PowerPoint that is completely editable-so feel free to change the different tasks. Maybe, instead of rainbow write, you can have them write in all caps or write with their non dominant hand! There are a lot of different options. I hope you enjoy!

Teachers Pay Teachers

End of July Sale!

When I logged onto Teachers Pay Teachers this morning, I saw my store featured on the front page! It was so cool to see my brand new logo up there with 7 other teacher authors!

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I am so proud of all of the work I have done over the past 30 days. I’ve created a lot of material and I have a ton of plans ready for the fall. To celebrate, everything in my store is on sale through July 31. I will be posting several products over the next week so keep checking back and keep stocking up!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Adaptation-Station

Blogging, Teachers Pay Teachers, Tips

My New Logo!!

I am so excited to share my brand new logo created by Ashley with Teach Create Motivate! She is featuring a branding package that was exactly what I was looking for!

The process was super simple. I saw her post on Instagram about the branding package and I emailed her for more information. She emailed me back in minutes!! I explained to her what I was looking for and provided the clip art I wanted to use. When I purchased the package, her next available date to start was July 18, which she confirmed in the email.

True to her word, she emailed me on July 18 to say she stared my package! In the 19th I received two sample headers. I absolutely loved one of them and told her to go ahead and move forward with that design! The next day she had the logo done as well-check it out:

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I absolutely love it!! I wanted the train station feel to go along with the name and I wanted bright, vivid colors and kid friendly text! She totally hit the nail on the head with this logo! The matching header is just as cute!

 

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If you need a branding package but are as graphic design challenged as I am, check out her site-the money is totally worth it!!

Monthly Plans, Teachers Pay Teachers

Mid July Check In

I know I know, I’m two days late with my check in but for a good reason! I finally took a little time off of the teacher grind and spent the weekend enjoying myself with family! Mu husband went out of town and although I missed him-it was nice to spend time with my parents, aunts & uncles and cousins!

First, it was an INCREDIBLE week for me on TPT. The Teachers Pay Teachers conference was this past week in Orlando, Florida. A hashtag called #spedtakesorlando was started on TPT. Authors added the hashtag to select products in their store and marked those products down to a $1. I sold more in a 48 hour span then I normally sell in 3 months! Look at this graph!

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I am so excited that so many people are trying out my products! It was incredible to see so many people interested in what I do and I’m already getting great feedback!

I am also excited to say that I have all of my September plans done! I still need to create some of the materials, but I have a framework for each content area. Check it out!

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So I can keep track, here is what I need to get done for each area, to make sure I stay ahead:

  • Reading: Comprehension Pretest/Post test, Emergent Reader, Guided Notes, samples
  • Language Arts: CVC word list
  • Math: Pre/Post test, interactive notes, scavenger hunt, task cards, samples
  • Science: weather notes, vocab cards, common storms, samples, water cycle notes, vocab cards, fold-able
  • Social Studies: Pre/Post test, pledge vocab, who am I reading passages,

I’m hoping to have all of that done by the end of the month, so I can spend August getting October/November prepped. YAY for being ahead!

My progress on my last set of goals: I got to 30 journals! Only 150 more to go! I started the scientific investigation items, but didn’t finish them yet. I actually pushed scientific investigation to October, so it was not as crucial as it originally seemed. I also finished the touch math product! I did not get to CVC file folders again and I’m guessing it’s just not important right now, so I am pushing it to the back burner.

Goals for the second half of July

  • Get all of the materials done that I listed above
  • Finish Oct. adapted materials for my lower students. I still need
    • Graphing Unit completed
    • Scientific Investigation Unit completed
    • Create Government unit
  • Print and prepare September Binder
  • Start creating a Special Ed teacher binder

I’ll check in on this list around August 1 (which is the due date for one of my closest friend’s first baby!!)

Home Office

Home Office Essentials

First, can I just say Thank God for helpful hubbies that are willing to cut, laminate and Velcro materials for your classroom? I know it’s not Corey’s favorite thing in the world, but nothing makes me happier then when he sits down and starts tackling the pile in the corner of our living room.

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I always waited to use the supplies at my school. I started to realize two things. First, the quality of some of the products at my school were not great so I was having to remake materials every couple of months. Also, the work goes faster when I’m at home with a glass of wine and my puppy.

Tomorrow is Prime Day for Amazon-and I will be watching to see if my favorites go up as part of the sale! Here are the things I have at home that I can’t live without now!

  1. A laminator! I can’t believe I’ve only been using the school laminator. The quality from the home laminators is incredible. A lot of my colleagues use Scotch brand, but I find the Amazon brand to work just fine! This laminator costs about $22 and a package of 100 laminating sheets is only $13! I still use the school laminator for file folders, books and other big pieces. I use the at home laminator for all of the little pieces that get handled frequently by the kids.
  2. Velcro-I actually buy off brand because Velcro is super expensive. I do splurge and buy the pre-cut discs, cutting lamination is a total pain. I really like this brand, it seems to be holding up pretty well! 1000 pieces may seem like a lot but trust me, once you get into the file folder/adapted book world you will be flying through your stock.
  3. A paper cutter-my husband boughtΒ this for my birthday and I absolutely love it! I think he bought it for himself to be honest, but either way it was a great addition to my home office. It did cost about $30 but it was worth it@

I have my eyes set on a new binding machine. One of my favorite bloggers, Simply Special Ed, posts that she uses the RubiCoil binding machine and her binding on her books looks awesome. I want one badly but the price tag is holding me back. Here’s to hoping that it goes on sale tomorrow!

What are your classroom essentials?

Adapted Books

Freebie! Left and Right Adapted Book

I promised a freebie about a week ago and kind of forgot to post it! I created this book for a student who is working on learning the difference between left and right. I uploaded it in my TPT store for free-go grab it and leave some feedback πŸ™‚

 

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Adapted Books, File Folders, Math, Science

Recap of June!

I will be honest, my June goals quickly got pushed aside! I went to my county’s media center to print and laminate materials from my new Numbers and Counting unit on Monday and saw a sign that the center was closing for good on Thursday-so sad! They are looking to relocate it but that likely won’t be until August. I quickly got to work to get my September materials prepped, I didn’t want to be in that cram with all the other teachers fightingΒ to get work in. I worked my butt off for 72 hours and I created 3 adapted books and comprehension materials for reading, units on the US symbols and the Pledge of Allegiance for social studies and a weather unit for science. So proud of myself!

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Although I did get the math vocabulary task cards and problem and solution passages from my June goals completed, the journals and CVC file folders got pushed to the back burner. Check out the picture above, though, and you will see that it was worth it!

Time for some July goals! I’m actually going to split July into two goal blocks-I wanted to make sure I make the most of this summer!! Here are my goals through July 15:

  • Get to work on those journals!! 180 is a big number to get to-maybe I can get to number 30 by July 15?
  • Finish the adapted graphing file folders and worksheets-one of the VAAP concepts (the alternative assessment in Virginia) is to insert data into a pre-constructed template. I am creating some samples to work on this with my lower functioning students
  • I also need to figure out how to teach the scientific investigation to my lower students-I’m going to push myself to have all of the materials created in PowerPoint by July 15.
  • Touch Math for money!! I made a touch math for quarters file folder for a kid who REALLY needed it for ESY, while I’m thinking about it I want to make some for the rest of the coins too.
  • Plan scientific investigation unit for higher kids-not going to go overboard. I’m going to use some pre-created materials, I just want to have the month planned out!
  • Those CVC file folders-can’t forget about them!

That’s good for now! We are off to Williamburg to enjoy the long weekend and watch two dear friends get married!! Happy 4th everyone!