100 Day Class Book



       I have a free item to share with all of you in honor of the 100th day of school.
     We have a great time celebrating the one hundredth day in my classroom.  This is a class book that you can make with your students on the one hundredth day of school. 
      I feel modeling your expectations for writing is very important and when you do that your students will show greater understanding and gains with their writings.  In this free sample I have included a sample writing and a graphic organizer.  I have my children use the graphic organizer to write down their sentences.  They get it checked by me and then we revise and edit and then they use the other paper to write their final copy. 
      If you like this writing lesson you can find my paragraph writing packets in my tpt store.  My students improve with their writing significantly when using these prompts, samples and graphic organizers and they are designed to follow the gradual release of responsibility model of instruction.  Also available in my store is a 100 day pack that has many activities for your students.
 
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Celebrating-100-Days-of-School-463800




This is my daughter Michelle, using the Aging Booth App.  I plan on using this with my students and adding it inside the book.  It will be a hit with my students. After taking the pictures with the Aging App. you can send the pictures to your e-mail address and print them off. 
Have a great week.
Happy teaching! Jane


Word Families

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  If you teach beginning readers, you already know the importance of teaching word families to your students.  This time of year I spend much of my word- work time teaching and working on the different word families.
Learning word families sometimes called chunks or phonograms can help emergent readers begin to understand our complicated language by providing some predictable patterns within words.  When learning to read, patterns are important.  Children who recognize the patterns will have an easier job decoding words.
Once children learn the most common word families they will be able to decode over 500 words.  This will put an emerging reader well on their way of mastering the entire decoding process. 


This video talks about why it is important to teach your students the word families.  
There are many resources available and I have created many of my own.  In the beginning I love using these charts because they have the ending part of the word families on it. 
Even after teaching these strategies there seems to always be some students that will not quit understand and say something totally different at the end of the word.
This boy is doing a nice job, even coming up with blends in the beginning.
 
 
This chart is a center activity in my classroom.  The students sort the pictures in the right family pocket. 
 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Word-Work-and-Phonics-Activities-10-Grab-and-Go-1372613
      
 My 10 grab and go word work and phonics activities  has many different beginning reading concepts in it.  Many highlight understanding word families.



 
     Another activity I plan to start next week with my students is having them work in a word family book. These are printables, just copy into a booklet and print.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Word-Families-a-booklet-to-make-1583056


And something that I couldn't live without are my Word Family Trucks.  These are trucks that contain word families and the word cards are all included.  Every time we learn a new vowel pattern or sound the trucks come out and we read the words in the pocket chart.

 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Word-Family-Trucks-Lesson-Center-Activities-and-Student-Booklets-748007
 
This is really just a quick look at some activities I use to help with this important skill.  Thank you for viewing.
Happy teaching!
 

 




Top Pinterest Picks

Happy New Year! Welcome 2015!

Today I am linking up with Pawsitively Teaching and Inspired Owl's Corner to look at great pinterest posts that will help me teach in January.


This is a picture of a pin that I put out of my Martin Luther King unit that we did last year.  Because of our three year curriculum in Multiage I am unable to do this again this year.  So sad it is a favorite of mine.
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/45106433743590420/
Click  to see original pin.
I just love this snowman picture and I know I will have to do this art project when I do snowman activities with the youngers.  That will be in my lesson plans the second week back.  Check out these winter activities here



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Click to see original pin.
Love this video, need to jam out to this song while we make our New Year's resolutions.
 
More ideas just check out my pinterest boards!