7/13/2017

Interactive PowerPoint ELA Lessons

Are you looking for a way to spice up your grammar lessons? Instead of just writing on a whiteboard and handing out worksheets, I began to create PowerPoint lessons to see if I could spike my students' interest during grammar time. Very quickly, I learned that I was spending less time writing on the board and focusing more on their engagement. 




With just a click of a button, I was able to get the next point up on the slide using animations and was able to check their understanding. I began to add interactive activities that required their participation, such as clicking for the right answer, matching, and drawing and writing on their whiteboard. This was SO much more fun for both me and the students! 

For many years, I have used my hands-on grammar activities and practice pages for classwork and homework, but the PowerPoint lessons really changed the game. For the past few months, I've added and improved each of my lessons and uploaded them onto my Teachers Pay Teachers store. I have put them into a growing bundle so that you can get them at a deeply discounted rate! :)






What is a growing bundle?

This means that the bundle is not completed yet. The price is lower as you are buying it with the (correct!) assumption that I will create more quality material for the bundle in a timely manner. After your initial purchase, you can download the updated file as and when I add the rest of the bundle. 

What is the benefit of buying a growing bundle? 

As more sets are added, the price will increase accordingly, which means you will be only paying a fraction of the final price if you buy it early. :)





Here are some preview videos I made. I hope they give you a better idea of what you can expect. 









Having this digital aid along with your regular lessons will surely enhance your teaching and student participation. Give it a go and let me know how it goes for you. :)

Thank you for stopping by!


5/01/2017

Editable End of Year Awards

Love it or hate it (and by now most of us will love it!), we're coming to the end of the semester. As the time comes when we look forward to a long and well-deserved break, we should also not forget to look back on the year, and all we have achieved. 

I always like to use the end of this semester as a time to celebrate what we've done, and there's no better way to back the little angels feel special than to have an end-of-year classroom award ceremony! I prepare individual 'Certificates of Achievement' for each of the children, and make it so that these certificates fit with the character and traits they've shown throughout the long school year. Furthermore, I try to make them feel that little bit more special by awarding them during a fancy ceremony in our classroom! Ok, it's not the Oscars, but from the looks on their faces it's just as special :) 

Here, I am sharing some of the ideas I've used in recent years:




There are 71 different awards to choose from, so every student can get something different! It's a PowerPoint file and they are editable, which means you can type in their names, your name, and the date.


Awards:

Dancing King
Dancing Queen
Junior Einstein
Math Whiz
Avid Reader
Best Author
Creative Mind
Class Comedian
Contagious Giggler
Joy to the World
Wise Owl
Caring Friend
Sports Star
Fab Fashionista
True Leader
Off to Hollywood
Social Butterfly
Helping Hand
Bright Future
Friendly Neighbor
Curious Mind
Rock Star
Nice & Neat
Ball of Energy
Good Listener
Sunshine
On-Task
Hard Worker
Team Player
Kind Spirit
Patience
Etiquette
Super Reader
All Smiles
Handwriting
Most Improved
Super Speller
Friend of the Earth
Homework
Attendance
Map Reader
Problem Solver
Amazing Artist
Rule Follower
Sharing Pro
Best Attitude
One of a Kind
Chatter Box
Question Bag
Excellent Behavior
Honesty 
Vocab Master
Music Box
Morning Cheer
Class Clown
Heart of Gold
Innovative Tech Guru
Storyteller
Memory Box
Brainy
Bubbly
Best Laugh
Most Responsible
Future Teacher
Full of Cheer
Sportsmanship
Animal Lover
Best Effort
Great Personality
Peace Keeper


Have fun with them! :D

2/19/2017

Phonics Mini Scribblers

What do you use to enhance your phonics lessons? What activities do you use in your literacy centers? I have seen many wonderful ideas on Pinterest, but I'd like to add one more to that as it worked wonders in my class. I started creating Mini Scribblers and put them in our literacy centers. These are write and wipe activities, and as you can probably imagine, kids love using dry-erase markers!


Here are some ideas how to use these Mini Scribblers:

1. You can cut the paper into smaller squares, laminate them, and put a ring through them. This is how I use them and they are a huge hit!

2. If you don’t want the hassle of cutting and laminating, you can print each page and put them in the file sheets and have the students use dry-erase markers to easily write and wipe their work.

3. You could also simply print the pages and use them as worksheets in class or for homework. 








Some teachers may choose to use them in small group instructions or RTI. These would be perfect to support your reading readiness in pre-K or Kindergarten, ESL students, or in first grade.

So far, I've made Mini Scribblers for alphabets/beginning letter sounds and CVC words. I will continue to add more in the future, so please go to my store and click *follow* to get notifications when I post a new product! :)







If you are just looking for easy no-prep printables like the pictures below, you can click one of the images. I have a sample packet for you to download so you can have a better idea of what is included.







Have a beautiful day! :)




11/07/2016

First Grade Language Centers

A few years ago, I started to make little sets of activities to go with my grammar lessons. We would do them together as a whole group and sometimes in a small group, and I would let them ‘play’ on their own at literacy centers. I also placed them in the early-finisher’s basket because they just l-o-v-e-d it. Good for me! My work is done! Kids are having fun learning about… GRAMMAR!

Because these sets were so successful with my kids, I started to make more activities to go with each of my grammar lessons. They include puzzles, sorting cards, task cards, games, and simple activities. I posted them all in my store and put them together in a huge bundle. That way, you can save a whole lot of $ instead of buying them separately.

I've spent many hours including clear directions for each activity, pictures of how to use them, and answer keys. I hope your kids can enjoy them as much as mine did! :)



These are the units that are included in the bundle:

Pronouns 
Subject-Verb Agreement 
Adjectives 
Nouns 
Conjunctions 
Commas 
Singular and Plural Nouns 
Verb Tenses 
Prepositions 
Determiners
Prepositions 
Capitalization
Inflectional Endings
Shades of Meaning
Multiple Meanings
Synonyms and Antonyms
Homophones
Base Words and Affixes
Sort into Categories (FREEBIE) 



If you are like me and are looking for a fun, hands-on approach for your students to practice grammar, I strongly recommend this packet! Whether you follow Common Core or not, you will find this bundle useful when it comes to teaching grammar.

Have a good week!

10/11/2016

Halloween How-To Writing

I always try to stick a little fun writing activity in every season, and this one is a great way to practice the students' how-to writing skills. The students can make the witch's cookbook into a flipbook, then make a witch to go along with it. 


https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Witchs-Potion-Recipe-How-To-Writing-2824726

The kids will have fun creating their own magic potion recipe. If you have covered poetry or rhyming, they could have fun with coming up with interesting spells. I provided a quick reference sheet for them to look at when choosing ingredients. They, of course, don't have to choose from the gross, icky-yucky ingredient list I gave them. For the potion instructions page, I included two different sheets for you to choose from. You can choose one according to your students' level. When completing this page, students can look at the reference sheet to use some of the cooking words.



https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Witchs-Potion-Recipe-How-To-Writing-2824726

You can click here to download the flipbook and the craft template! :)

9/29/2016

Conjunctions Literacy Center and Worksheets

I'd like to share the conjunction activities and worksheets I use in my class. I have three activities including puzzles, task cards, and a board game. Although the children ALWAYS love to play scoot with the task cards, they enjoy having the variety of activities to work on their own or in pairs.


https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Conjunction-Center-Activities-so-but-and-or-becausefor-2475023

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Conjunction-Center-Activities-so-but-and-or-becausefor-2475023


With all my center activities, I have worksheet / practice sheets to go along with them for additional reinforcement. Teachers use them for homework, small group, assessments, and for early finishers.  


https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Conjunctions-and-but-so-or-for-Common-Core-Practice-Sheets-L11G-1719136


You can click any of the pictures to download them! :)





9/26/2016

Types of Sentences Activities and More

Are you teaching about the four different types of sentences? I made a set of worksheets for extra practice last year, and this year, I created some fun and easy activities that could complement the worksheets! You can use the practice sheets for a review, homework, classwork, or even for early-finishers. If you are looking for assessments to go with this, you can get them here.

At our school, we use the terminology statement, question, command, and exclamation, but I also added alternative terminology for others as well (declarative, interrogative, imperative, exclamatory). There are 4 posters and 16 worksheets included in this packet.




Now, here are some fun activities that you can use with your students to help them understand this topic better. I created 3 literacy center activities to focus on the four types of sentences (statement, question, command, exclamation). It has a simple sorting activity, a game, and task/scoot cards. You can use them for a whole group, small group, or place them in centers for individual or pair work.


https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Types-of-Sentences-and-End-Punctuation-Activities-2750753

You can click here to download it! :)