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Lines & Angles

This week we started our geometry unit.  I like to save geometry for second semester.  It is a great reprieve from all of the multiplication and division practice!  

We started by learning about a point, line, ray, and line segment.  I introduced each item with a movement, and then we practiced, and practiced, AND PRACTICED.  My kiddos love taking turns being the “leader”.  

Angles were next on the agenda.  I introduced angles in a similar way.  First, we used our arms to create the angles and to get out of our seats.  Then we moved to our interactive notebook.  After developing a definition for each angle as a class, the students wrote the definition and drew an example in their notebook.  You can find the angles flip book HERE.

We also did a fun name activity with angles.  It was really nice outside that day.  For some reason I thought it was a good idea to pull out the glitter...I was wrong.                                                This glitter gives me anxiety!  #alltheglitter                                                                                                                                                                              

I used the angles sort as a quick, informal assessment to see where my kiddos were before moving on to the next skill.  

Click HERE to grab the angle sort and 5 in a row game as a freebie from my tpt store.

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Phonics for BIG KIDS

Phonics instruction can be tricky for older students.  When I taught first grade it was a natural part of our guided reading time.  The lower level text allowed for more opportunities to incorporate phonics instruction.  My third grade students desperatly NEED phonics instruction.  They need to work on the same skills my firsties did, but at a higher level.  As a result of this need, Phonics for BIG KIDS was born.

There are four components to our phonics routine: Assessment, Word Work Lesson, Interactive Notebook & Game.  Below you will find a short blurb about each component of instruction.

Prior to beginning instruction, I give each student in my group a quick assessment.  It is a list of 30 words that focus on the specific skill that we will be focusing on.  This gives me a baseline to track their progress.  At the end of the week I give them the assessment again to track progress.

 Word Work Lesson 
At the beginning of the word work lesson I give each student their laminated “Working with Words” mat and the word parts needed.  I laminate this mat to use it as a dry erase board.  I follow the script, “Find the word parts to create the word ________.”  After they create the word, they then match it to the picture and write the word with a dry erase marker on their mat.  I do that for all eight words.  I also put students in small groups where they each take a turn pretending to be the “teacher”.  

Interactive Notebook
I love incorporating interactive notebooks into my instruction.  It is a great way to reinforce what we just practiced.  There are three interactive notebook activities included for each skill.

The demonstration cards are used to provide an example for each word included in the lesson.  You could also use these cards for sorting, playing memory, Go Fish, etc.  I use them for many more things that just demonstrating, depending on the level of students that I am working with. 

I would LOVE to see how you do phonics with your big kids.  Tag me on Instagram @thecrazyschoolteacher with the hashtag #phonicsforBIGKIDS.

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Sight Words -- Captain Word Whiz!

Let’s face it, sight word instruction can be very boring, but it is crucial for our kiddos. I’ve tried a million ways to “spice up” sight word instruction and there hasn’t been anything that I felt truly motivated my students until Captain Word Whiz.  Here is how it works


The key to success to any sight word program is organization.  Take the time to make the copies and get organized for the entire school year and you will not regret it!  I copy and staple all of the lists and organize them into file folders. 

At the beginning of the year I assess my students on their sight word knowledge and assign them to the appropriate word whiz list.  Each list has 25 sight words on it.  For example, if Reagan knows the first 58 sight words, I would place her on list three.  Note:  She will not become Captain Word Whiz for list one and two, ONLY after she has successfully completed list three.

Let’s Practice!
My students keep their lists in their binders or folders that go home with them every day.  I give my students the opportunity to work on their words during daily 5 and I also assign sight word practice as homework every night.

Quiz Time!
Each morning, I orally quiz each student on one page of their list.  Once they have mastered the full page of five words, I whole punch next to each word.  When they have mastered the entire booklet, the whole class sings a superhero tune and I announce “Reagan Word Whiz!” while my teacher helper brings the cape over for the new word whiz.  The kids go crazy with excitement!  I then give the Word Whiz his or her certificate and they put it on the board for the day.  I allow the Word Whiz to wear their cape in the classroom all day and take a picture to post on our classroom website. 

There you have itI hope your kiddos enjoy it as much as mine have!

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