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I would add to the saying "when two vowels go walking the first one does the talking and USUALLY says its name." this will give the students the decoding strategy that if the vowel name doesn't work try the short vowel sound... one or the other should handle most words. Also I would put these up on the blackboard while using them but not on the wall.

Teaching's a Hoot!: Word Family & Anchor Chart Fun

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Secret Stories :: Secret Samples

Consonant bkends ...interactive notebook

Paper plate animal writing - 4 pages 1.what a ___ looks like 2.what a ____ eats 3.where a ____ lives 4. cool facts about ____.

Miss Kindergarten: Sight Word Chant

Hard C/Soft C Anchor chart from Mrs. Jones's Kindergarten

BALANCEDLITERACYDIET :: index :: Balanced Literacy Diet

Spalding Phonics - YouTube video about the Spalding phonograms. Important point is that the letters represent minimal speech units (phonemes), not blends. After 54 of the phonograms have been learned, instruction in spelling begins. Each child thus accumulates a personal list of hundreds of words for which the spelling has been worked our & repeatedly practiced.

Free Sites to Support Literacy ~ Great for classroom use and to share with families!

I found this on twitter... I don't own it nor did i come up with it i just think it's a brilliant idea... Showing different words you can use instead, just like a giant thesaurus :)

Fun interactive way to teach students how to use the guide words in a dictionary or thesaurus

Thesaurus Discovery Bottles - Found this idea on Pinterest and adapted it for a library lesson. I filled Vitamin Water bottles with colored rice, objects, and words. Students found five words and five objects. After writing a story using all, they used the thesaurus to replace the overused words found in the discovery bottles. This worked great and the kids were super engaged.

Synonyms... Shades of colors = Shades of meaning. The colors on the paint strip are similar, but not exactly the same...just like the words (Degrees of intensity in words)

Shades of Meaning: Noticing Subtle Differences : Book Nook : Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus

Handwriting Without Tears Verbal Cues

Fairy Tale ideas

Spelling Game

Beyond the Book Storytimes: Projector

Lucy Calkins Speaks to kids about how to be a writer....the guru herself!!!

Resource for 1st

This poster was created to give students a visual cue of what letters make more than one sound. This will help them to become more automatic with them.

Great visual

Why Read 20 Minutes? All parents need to read this. Really like the pictograph for visualization.

k/ck rule

6 Syllable Type Poster