Pop Tens!

I want to share with you today, a fun game that my students are always thrilled to play. It helps them build up their understanding of place value and seeing numbers as groups of tens and ones. 

I use a commercially produced game called 'Pop for Numbers' that is great for Numeral Identification. It has lots of gumball cards inside that each feature a numeral. 

Students take a ball from the container, and collect the same number of ones.

Upon their next turn, they collect another set of ones. Once a group of ten can be formed with the ones they have collected, they can trade it in

And so the building begins... 

if a 'pop' card is revealed, this player returns all their blocks to the tub and must turn their gum ball numbers over. The building then commences again. 

Your students may also like to practice building specific numbers using a new file of mine called "Show Me the Number Fun Book".

You will tell them a number for each page, and they can use MAB equipment to build the number.

The pages of this file can be printed and made into books for your students. 

You will direct the students to write a number on the "show me" card..

Students will then colour...

Trace .... 


Draw ..... 

And create an interactive flap page... 

to show their understanding of the numbers. 

You can direct your students to show an understanding of numbers between 1 and 99!

Find it here in my TpT store!

Have fun with your tens and ones! Thanks for stopping by! 

Patch Up Post!

Brooke from Teachable Moments has a brand new Link-Up for blogs that need a little bit of love! We have been on Summer Break here in Australia for the last 5 weeks and head back into the classroom next week... sigh... so our blogs have been a teeny tiny bit neglected..

So this post will hopefully patch things up somewhat and shower a little bit of love on our blogs.

I made this printable scrappy worksheet for the first week of school. It is great to start the first week with a few "getting to know you" activities! Students can finish this picture by drawing in their facial features and filling in some basic information about themselves. 

You can snag it from Google Drive by clicking on the image below

or by clicking HERE

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Big Shape Tracing

Use this fun robot themed prewriting activity to help your little learners become engaged and ready for writing.

Preschool Prewriting Printable Activity

Handwriting line practice is always a great activity to do with preschool and kindergarten students! 

I created this little robot to help a friend of mine who is struggling to motivate her little boy with pre-writing activities! I would love you to have it too!

Just click on the image below and download it from Google Drive!

If you need more 'big shape' tracing - you can find a whole packet of more robot tracing pages on TpT. 

and this alphabet version is a popular one too!

Thanks for stopping by friends - have a lovely day.

- Mel x

Bonus Bonanza!

Printable Teaching Resources for Teaching Consonant Blends

Blends Bonanza will provide you with everything you need to introduce your students to consonant blends in your phonics program.

After cvc Words

Are your students ready to move on from cvc words?
This pack will help get you started, teaching ccvc and cvcc words!
When teaching consonant blends it is most effective to begin with words than can be sounded-out. It is assumed that your students have already learned single sounds and cvc words.

Consonant Blends in Initial and Final Position

This mega pack includes vibrant and motivating images for 60 words that each have a consonant blend either in the initial or final position (ccvc or cvcc)

  • The 60 words have been carefully selected, and I have made custom graphics to suit. 
  • The 60 words cover ALL of the main blends and there are 12 pictures of each short vowel sound grouping. 
  • It is anticipated that you will introduce these words to your students, sorted in a short vowel sound focus. 
  • The consonant blends that come in the initial position in words, in this packet, include: bl, br, cl, cr, dr, fl, fr, gl, gr, pl, pr, sc, sk, sl, sm, sn, sp and st. 
  • The blends in the final position in words, in this pack are: ct, ft, ld, lf, lk, lm, lp, lt, mp, nd, nk, nt, pt, sk and st. 

What is included in the bundle?

I have included:

Poster and Cards Pack 

Print these posters to help introduce each word. Print them 4 to a page to create game cards

Word Making Mats

Use these with magnetic letters or dry erase markers, and students 'build' the word in 3 parts (beginning, middle, end). These will follow on from the word making mats in our original cvc resource "Word Making Train".

Write n Wipe Cards

Print these cards and have students use dry erase markers to write the words. One word per card, 3 difficulty levels

Bingo Mega Pack

Create bingo games for students to practice sounding-out and reading words

Cut and Paste Worksheets

Print and copy for your class, students cut, paste, color and write on these fun worksheets

Puzzle Paste Worksheets

Print these worksheets for students to build ccvc and cvcc words in a fun puzzle format. Each worksheet features 4 puzzles! 60 puzzles are included!
Head over to TpT to grab the files, and I thank you once again for your amazing support!

Is it time to move on?

I know I often say I am excited, but this is on a whole other level. I just finished some resources that have been a labour of love for quite some time.

I decided right from the outset to bundle them up, as I know so many of you like to buy my bundles. 

The 'Blends Bonanza' will help you move on from cvc words.

 In Kindergarten, as part of my explicit phonics teaching, I teach the order:

1. single sounds
2. cvc with a focus on short vowels
3. consonant blends (initial and final position)
4. consonant digraphs
5. vowel sounds and 'harder' sounds

Consonant Blends Activities

Consonant Blends Activities

Sure, when reading and implementing my 'wider literary' program, students are interacting with sounds in a more organic way. 

But when we use worksheets and structured activities to progress through a continuum-of-learning in 'phonics' I use the above sequenced progression.

My teaching makes more sense if students move from cvc to ccvc. Why? Because the only difference between a cvc and a ccvc is one extra consonant. They learned all those in #1! 

In my teaching program, my students had only been exposed to single sounds and short vowels up until the point of learning blends. 

I can't understand trying to teach blends in Kindergarten with big words that include harder sounds. 

For example, I would much rather teach the "cl" blend with words like 'clam', 'clip' and 'club' than 'clothes', 'cloud'  and 'clever'.

Sure, in the wider literacy program, students will be exposed to words like 'cloud'. But they will only need to 'hear' the sound and perhaps read/understand it in part of a wider context.

When I'm explicitly teaching "blends" and learning to ENCODE AND DECODE with blends - spelling worksheets, 'building' activities etc - my activities MUST be ccvc or cvcc.

Use resources with words like 'cloud' and "blue" for activities where the students just have to 'hear' the sound, NOT for when you are teaching how to spell and write. 

There are not a huge amount of these words available (ccvc and cvcc). But the idea is that you teach your students about blends and how to blend, and then they apply this knowledge to their reading when they encounter blends in longer and trickier words.

Because there are not too many words in ccvc and cvcc format, you will need to structure your program based on a short vowel sound focus - not a 'blends' focus. This is very achievable, as students 'pick up' blends so quickly. They are easier to learn that tricky digraphs that make a whole new sound - like oi or ou. Consonant blends look like they sound. Once students learn a few, they pick up the others quickly. 

You may also have to 'teach' some new vocabulary - only a couple - that may not be too familiar "stag' for example is a word used, and the children may think it s 'deer'. But in my experience, the kids pick it up almost instantly and LOVE the new words. Your first activity for the week should be to introduce a bank of words and discuss them. Perfect timing!

When you have a short vowel focus to your program, your students will be learning multiple blends at the same time - for example if you do 'short a' first, they could focus on 

plan, tank, trap and ramp all on one day. What ties them together is the short vowel, not the blend. 

Consonant Blends Activities

This packet of resources would follow on very well from our "Words Train" resource, that helps learn cvc words. Although it is not necessary. This resource encourages students to build and make cvc words to gain and understanding of cvc words. 

When you use a framework like this for word work, where students are 'building' the word on a structure, it makes learning blends SUPER easy. You just show students how you are making one letter to one of the cards. During my very first lesson on blends, I often make a cvc word with my coloured cards, and then physically write a new letter on one of the existing cards - so in the image below - b, a, t would become br, a, t and the students could see very clearly how easy it is to add a new letter and make a new word. 

For blends, I would recommend that you print and use the posters to help introduce the students to your focus words for the week. Start with short a and work your way through to short u. 

I printed these '2 to a page'.

The bundle includes worksheets where students can cut and paste to build the word. Writ'n'Wipe cards are also available to use in a literacy centre or small group. 

The word building mats are very similar to the ones in my cvc packet, incorporating colours for each section of the word. This will assist your students in recognising the blend as one chunk within the word.  You can use them with letter brick, magnetic letters, or my favourite - dry erase markers. 

Blends Bonanza is in my TpT store HERE

I also have a little free file for you today. Schools in Australia head back for a brand new school year in late January, early February. This little interactive sweet cupcake incorporates a Valentine theme AND 'getting to know me' theme - perfect for this time of year.

You can find it on Google Drive by clicking on the image below:

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