Category: Phonics

Small Group Phonics Warm Up: What’s Missing?

How do you start your guided reading groups? What about your morning meeting? I love to have this  warm up posted on the board so while I get my last minute things ready, students are already revving up their brains! It’s called, “What’s Missing?” and I play this small group game two different ways that […]

Buzz and Sparkle: Two Fun Classroom Games!

Today, I wanted to pop on over to share two fun, classroom games I’ve used in my classroom: Buzz & Sparkle! Both games are whole group, circle games and only require about 5 minutes to play. I’ve used them for morning meeting games, warm ups, and even to calm students down after coming in from […]

5 Ways to Promote Reading Fluency in your Classroom

Reading something fluently is the ability to read it at an appropriate rate with the correct intonation. It is when you read as though you are speaking conversationally, without any struggle. Fluency is essential to reading comprehension. A few weeks ago, I shared this image on my instagram page: Go ahead and read that. I bet […]

Short Vowel Activities

CVC words are some of the first words we teach our students to blend together to read! It is a very difficult thing to learn as our students take their knowledge of letter sounds and go on to learn how to read. I find by the time my students make it to my first grade classroom […]

A Week of Phonics Instruction Plus a Freebie!

In my new role as a K-2 literacy teacher, I spend a lot of my time working on direct phonics instruction to help my first and second grade students decode words they are encountering in their texts. I thought I would take a little time to go through what a week of small groups phonics […]

Letter Names and Sounds – Free Games!

After some baseline testing, my Kindergarten students are now grouped into three major categories: (1)   Letter name identification (uppercase) (2)   Letter name identification (lowercase) (3)   Letter sounds   In my small groups, I wanted to create some interactive games that would allow students to see their letters over and over and over […]