Throwback Thursday! Schwa Anyone?

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I'm linking up with Primary Possibilities new monthly linky: Throwback Thursday!
I went all the way back to March 30, 2011. This was only my tenth post ever. How fun to look back & remember what we were doing way back then. Love seeing the smiling faces of these little sweeties who are now big kids in our building!

Posted: March 30, 2011

This week we are studying words that have the schwa sound. You know-- when the letter a sounds like UH (just like a caveman! lol).


I used this poster to introduce the concept, & then we wrote words that have the scwa sound on bones & put them up on the "animal skin" anchor chart. We continued to collect words as we discovered them in our reading.

On Tuesday, we made caveman necklaces! Kiddos wrote schwa words, on the bones, colored the caveman, & cut out all the pieces.


Then, we strung them all on yarn, with pasta in between the bones. They turned out really cute! They had a lot of fun making them, & I think they'll remember the schwa sound for a long time!


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Look at those little faces! So sweet!
They've grown, & so has the Schwa Activity Pack. LOL Here's what it looks like now:
Still the same fun activities that we were doing almost three years ago, plus a few more!
I hope you'll stop by Primary Possibilities to check out the Throwback Thursday Linky, So fun to take a look back to see what was happening back then!

Sharin' My Super Strength

Yes, it's true. I'm Sharin' My Super Strength over on The Primary Gal. What IS my super strength, you ask? Well. You'll just have to hop over to The Primary Gal and check it out!

I can tell you that it MAY have something to do with this:





See you over at The Primary Gal!

Bright Ideas...Choice in the Classroom

My Bright Idea? Implementing CHOICE in the classroom! 
I'll be honest. I used to be afraid of it, but providing kiddos CHOICE in the classroom has made a huge difference.


  • Gives students a greater sense of control = happier, more actively involved students
  • Increases engagement and motivation = more attention to work, more meaningful learning
True story!

You can offer choice all kinds of ways & at all kinds of times in your classroom. The easiest and most effective is during your workstation or center time.

Planning for CHOICE during workstations.
Step 1 - Think about the skills you want your kiddos to practice during the week.
Step 2 - Make a short list of the activities that fit each skill. 
Step 3 - Decide how OFTEN you want kiddos to practice each skill. This will help you determine how many activities to set up for each skill. 

Here's what it looks like when I'm planning:
Step 1 - Skills
  1. Variant vowels oo/ou
  2. Irregular Verbs
  3. Sight Words 
Step 2 - Activities that fit the bill
  1. Rainbow Words, Word Sort, Roll & Write, Boggle
  2. Go Fish game, Concentration game
  3. Tally & Graph, I Spy Sight Words, Go Fish game
Step 3 - Frequency = The number of opportunities 
  1. Phonics Skill - DAILY = 4 activities offered, but only 2 out per
    day
  2. Grammar Skill - 2 times (since we do whole group activities during the week) = 2 activities - both out 3 days
  3. Sight Words - DAILY = 3 activities, all out each day
 Do you implement student choice? I'd love to hear more about how it works in your classroom! Have you been thinking about providing choice in your classroom? Stay tuned...this is going to be an ongoing series.....we'll be talking about how it looks in different classrooms, the physical logistics, training your kiddos, and much more!

Ready for MORE Bright Ideas?
Next up is the lovely Michelle at Teach123 who is sharing tips for dealing with easily distracted students....OR you can visit the link up below & choose a topic that interests you!

Teach123
 

Sweets for the Sweet! a Freebie Linky!

I am so excited to be joining in with this super fun linky! I just love February! There's so many things you can do in the classroom! There's Valentine's Day, of course...but there's also Groundhog Day, Presidents Day, & Black History Month. I always use Presidents Day & Black History Month as a launching point for our Famous Americans project in February, too, which makes this little month of February B.U.S.Y!

When I heard A Class*y Collaboration was going to host a February Freebie Linky, I knew just what I was going to share! My kiddos LOVE these I Spy activities! I'm so excited to share this one with you! This is an I Spy Addition Facts. I love using them in workstations. Just print the I Spy picture & the recording sheet, grab your hand lenses, and you are good to go!

Just click on the image below to download your freebie! 


 Now click on the button to head over to Class*y & check out all the other freebies that have linked up! Better yet...link up a freebie, too!