Sunday, July 31, 2016

Editable Sight Word Puzzles

Last fall I created a set of editable sight word puzzles to use as a part of my literacy centers.  They were such a hit with my students that I decided to upload them to my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

They were really well received and I got many requests to continue making them!
I went on to make a holiday set, winter set and spring set!

But each time I would also get requests for 'non-seasonal' puzzles to use all year long!

I FINALLY got them done in time for the Teachers Pay Teachers Site-Wide Back To School Sale!
The Sale is 8/1 & 8/2 and everything in my store will be 20% off!
Use promo code: BESTYEAR and get an additional 10% off!

So about those new puzzles!

There are 84 editable puzzles in this pack!
There are 21 puzzles for 2 letter words, 21 puzzles for 3 letter words, 21 puzzles for 4 letter words and 21 puzzles for 5 letter words!

There are also color images that match the puzzles for you to use in a literacy center as a 'model,' added practice, early finisher, etc!
(I always had my students practice with the color puzzles 3x and then move to the black & white one.  If they finished early, they could go back to the colored ones for extra (fun) practice!

Here's a preview of what they do:

I have a FREE sample for you to download to try out this newest set of puzzles!
Simply download the product preview and you will get this puzzle for FREE:

Here it is 'in action':
Download the pack and follow the directions on how to add the letters you need to build the word you are working on.  Print and copy!

Have students color the picture

Have students cut the top half off and then on all the dotted lines.

Students spell the target word and then glue them to the frame.

They then practice writing the word on the lines!

For added practice, early finishers or for 'challenge' work, students can then use that target word in a sentence on the back and circle the word!

The 'generic themes' in this pack cover the following:
sportsanimalsfoodbeach/oceanfictional characterscommunityreadingcommon everyday objectsplantingtransportationoutdoorscampingfire safetypicnicschoolhobbies

Perfect to use all year long!

If you are looking for another great sight word center activity be sure to check out THIS POST where I show you how to use my sight word mini books!

You can even find a FREE SAMPLE for 'see' HERE!

And while prices are discounted, it would be a perfect time to check out my sight word readers!  I have been using these books in my kindergarten classroom for over 10 years!
The link will bring you to the SUPER BUNDLE that includes all of my books!
You can also purchase smaller bundles (Bundle 1 and Bundle 2) OR smaller sets!  The SUPER BUNDLE will give you the biggest discount- especially during the sale!  
Valued at $55, during the sale days it will be only $28.80!

Still not sure? Check out the FREE SAMPLER!

And here's a 'cheat sheet' on how to find what is in my store!

On the LEFT SIDE are 'Custom Categories' that will help navigate what I have available.

You can also use the search bar on the RIGHT to search in my store!

BUT there's more ways to find what you are looking for or to 'browse!'
As you can see the list of 'CUSTOM CATEGORIES' is rather long!  So be sure to scroll down!

The other feature is the 'sort by' that is located right below the four 'FEATURED PRODUCTS'
Click the down arrow and you can sort by Most Recently Posted (I LOVE this feature because I go to a favorite seller and see what they have posted since I last shopped!), Best Seller, Rating, Price or Alphabetical!

If you are still having trouble finding what you are looking for or having a question about a product before purchasing, simply click the 'Ask A Question' tab!  I am usually pretty good about responding back almost immediately after receiving the notification (as long as my boys are in a cooperative state at the moment!)

And best of luck as you begin another year of school!
I personally still have a WHOLE MONTH left of vacation...that 'June 26th' end date is not looking soooo terrible about now!

Until next post,

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Resources to Use 'On The Fly!'

I know it has been a LOOOOOOONG time since I last blogged (hanging head in shame) and I have a TON of pictures to blog about, but I am having too much fun enjoying summer with my two adventurous boys!
We also just finished a big house renovation project (we were living in only 2 rooms since April!) and are settling back into a 'normal' state.  Most of everything is unpacked and it's not a game of 'where could I have stashed that?' each time I need something!

I am here today to tell you about a promotion I am participating in on Sunday July 31st.

As much as we all love preparing centers and engaging lessons for our students, there are times we need something 'fast' or 'ready to go.'  I never really appreciated this until I became a mom and would be woken up at 2am to a fever or stomach bug calling from the next room that prevented me from going into school the next day.

So 30+ teacher authors and I have teamed up to bring you 'on the fly' resources that will be discounted for ONE DAY ONLY!

There are many different items to choose from for varying grade levels.  Maybe you need a morning work pack, a print 'n go, sub folder activity, printables pack or 'ready to go' center?  
The items in the list do not require a lot of teacher prep or materials!

You can find all the discounted deals by clicking HERE:

BUT that's not all!
We are also giving away Teachers Pay Teachers gift cards!
And not just one....FOUR $50 gift cards to TpT!!!
The entry window is only open until 6am EST 8/1, so don't delay entering!  
(Scroll to the end of this post for details on how to enter!)

They will be awarded in time to use for the TPT Site-Wide Back to School Sale that will run August 1st and 2nd!
My entire store will be 20% off and then an additional 10% will be taken off at checkout if you enter promo code: BESTYEAR

Here's a bit about my 'on the fly' resource:

I have been using these 'flip books' in my classroom for a few years now.
I use them mainly as a 'make a book' center activity, but I have also used them for morning work, early finisher activity and in my small remediation groups.

Just download, print, copy!
PERFECT to have ready for a sub folder too!

I have even taught my kids how to use a mini stapler and it is a completely independent center!
The best part...they are reading '4 pages' BUT it only uses one piece of paper!

Each letter has a page like this:
('X' has 2 pages- one for initial sound and one for ending sound)

You can even copy the 'dotted line page' onto the back for additional letter writing practice and/or a space for them to write their name.

Then they complete these steps:

The students are also practicing fluency by re-reading the same sentence four times (just changing the ending word each time).

I have my students keep their flip books in their book baggies in the beginning of the year when we are just learning how to read so they can feel confident reading independently!  We have also read them to our older reading buddies and they LOVE bringing them home to read to their families!

If you think this is something that would benefit your students, be sure to grab it today, 7/31, for only $5 (which is 50% off and even cheaper than waiting until the TpT Sale on 8/1 & 8/2)!

Are you ready to enter to win a $50 TpT Gift Card?
You have several chances to win if you enter all 4 of these rafflecopters!
Be sure to follow what the entry question asks you to do...if selected as a winner and you did not answer the question you will be disqualified!

Best of luck and wishing you a wonderful start to your new school year!
Be sure to check your email on August 1st to see if you are one of the four lucky winners!
Until next post,
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