Friday, November 22, 2013

The Gift of Reading Blog Hop

Welcome to Hanging Out in First! You have arrived at  

At each blog stop, you will be gathering Reading gifts and freebies.  In each post you will find a picture of a snowman with a letter on it. Collect all of the letter to solve the mystery quote to enter the giveaway. Record all of the letters on your recording sheet and follow each blog along the way so that you can enter the amazing giveaway at the end!

The hop is set up as a loop, so you may start anywhere along the hop, but if you would like to start at the beginning you may go to A Day In The Life of A Title I Teacher's blog.  This is also where you will go after you finish the hop to enter the giveaway!!
During the holidays we remember to cherish and be thankful for the things that we have.  We treasure the gifts that have been given to us.  So many of us take for granted the gift of reading.  We have been doing it so long, that we forget where we all started and how important the power of words truly are.  

As a first grade teacher, I get the pleasure of seeing the gift of reading every day!  I get to give this gift to a wonderful set of students every year.  Today, I get to share it with you!

In first grade, we start at the very beginning with reading, so phonemic awareness is crucial.  The activity that I am sharing with you today helps students to practice phoneme segmentation.  Phoneme segmentation is the ability to segment the sounds in any given word.  This is the building block to encoding and spelling!

With this activity, students will practice segmenting sounds in a variety of ways.  Students can cut out pictures, use Elkonin boxes to push and say the sounds in each word, and then sort the pictures according to the number of sounds it has.  

Students can also color circles for each sound that they hear in a word.  

Lastly, students can graph their pictures for the number of sounds and use their graph to answer questions about the sounds that they hear.  

At the end of this pack are pages to help track phoneme segmentation fluency!

Click the picture below to grab your freebie!! Enjoy!

Don't forget to record your letter for the giveaway at the end!
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Thank you for stopping by my blog today! I hope that you enjoyed your gift and learned something new. If you would like to be the first to know about new posts, giveaways, and blog hops follow me on Bloglovin' by clicking the image Below.

Don't stop now! Hop on over to Curious Firsties to pick up another amazing reading gift! Happy Holidays!

If you get lost along the way download the Hop Map here to easily pick back up where you left off! 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Coming Soon... a blog near you!

This is one blog hop that you don't want to miss!  We will be sharing the "gift of reading" with you!!  Lots of great freebies for your winter season!

By the way, have you checked out my linkys?  Click the tabs at the top for more fun freebies and be sure to link up your own!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Phoneme Segmenting

Hello all!

I am here today to share with you my phoneme segmenting packs!  I have two that I have just uploaded to my TPT store today and another on the way!

Phoneme segmentation can be such a difficult skill for some students.  To be able to take apart sounds (especially blends) is difficult because it is the opposite of everything we tell them to do when we teach them to read.  Usually we are telling them to put the sounds together, now we are taking them apart?  But alas, it must be taught.  It is so crucial for students to know how to segment so that they can become good writers and spellers (and readers!). 

The two packs that I have currently in my store are my fall and winter packs.  Each contain seasonal pictures of words that the students will practice segmenting.

The first activity in these packs is a Push it, Say it, Sort it activity.  With this, students will look at the picture and think of the word it represents.  Then they will use Elkonin boxes to push and say the sounds (these are all cute and seasonal too!).  Then they will count the number of phonemes that it has and sort it.

With the next activity, students will segment the sounds and color in a circle for each sound in the word.  It is a quick way for teachers to see what a student understands too!

The last activity incorporates a little math!  Students will graph the pictures by the number of sounds.  Then they will answer questions about their graph and the sounds that they heard.

Also included are fluency pages.  Students and teachers can use these pages to track their phoneme segmentation fluency.

You can check them out in more detail by clicking the pictures below.

On a side note, if you are interested in these packs, you may want to check out a blog hop that I am participating in NEXT weekend! *hint*  *hint*

Monday, November 11, 2013

And the Winner's Are...

Were you a winner?  We had such an amazing turnout with the blog hop and giveaway.  I truly hope that you ALL were winners and able to pick up some great freebies!

Unfortunately there were only 7 winners to the giveaways.


Giveaway 1 - Free choice of any 10 items from my TPT store.......


Giveaway 2 - Pack 1 for K-2.......

Giveaway 3 - Pack 2 for K-2

Giveaway 4 - Pack 3 for K-2


Giveaway 5 - Pack 1 for 3-5


Giveaway 6 - Pack 1 for 3-5


Giveaway 7 - 6 and up Pack

Congratulations to ALL of our winners!!  I will be emailing you tomorrow morning.  I apologize that I cannot do it tonight (sick little guy at home).  Check your emails in the morning!

Thank you all for participating and making this a fantastic hop and giveaway.  Be sure to stick around.  I am sure there will be more to come!!

Friday, November 8, 2013

I'm So Thankful Blog Hop!

We are celebrating all that we are thankful for and that includes teachers!  We want to show all of you how much we appreciate you.  Teachers do so much and this is our time to give back and say thank you!  Thank you for following!  Thank you for participating!  Thank you for collaborating!  Thank you for sharing!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Join us by hopping through each blog and gathering lots of Thanksgiving and autumn freebies.  In each freebie you will find a picture of a pie with a word on it. That word will tell you something that teacher is thankful for.  Record all of the words on your recording sheet and follow each blog along the way so that you can enter the amazing giveaway at the end!

You may start anywhere along the hop, but you have found your way to the beginning!  This is also where you will go in the end, for the giveaway!!

You have made it to blog stop number 1.

The product that I am sharing with you is a fun center that my firsties love!  This center includes three different pictures (2 math and one holiday ELA).  In each picture are tiny math problems (or words for the ELA one!).  Students should use a magnifying glass to SPOT the equations and then JOT them down on their recording sheet!  It is a fun SPOT AND JOT center!!  I hope that you enjoy!

Now hop over to the next stop on your journey:

Don't forget to come back and enter the giveaways!!  We have so many!

I'm So Thankful Giveaway!!

The first giveaway winner will win their choice of ANY 10 ITEMS from my TPT store!!  You are going to want to get your recording sheet handy with all of those thankful words!!

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Giveaway Pack 1 for K-2
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Giveaway Pack 2 for K-2

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Giveaway Pack 3 for K-2

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Giveaway Pack 1 for 3-5

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Here is the second 3-5 pack giveaway!

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And the Giveaway for Grades 6 and up!

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Fall Craftivities!

Just wanted to show off some fun fall craftivities!

I found this fun idea on Pinterest. The kids loved it!  We made one picture showing all four of the seasons.  I cut small pieces of construction paper for students to glue onto their tree. Orange and yellow for fall, pink for spring, green for summer.  Winter was supposed to be left bare (some of my kids are still trying to get this concept).  It was a great visual for students to see it all together!

Here is another one that we did for Columbus Day.  I know it is way past Columbus Day, but it is better late than never, right?  I honestly can't remember where I picked up this great freebie (sorry), but it is so cute. The students get to write as if they were Columbus and they had discovered America.

Look at the little one with the red hair and freckles!  Love it!