Thursday, August 3, 2017

Pockets Empty from Sale? Try these Freebies!

With my first school paycheck 6 weeks away (I don't go back until September 5!) I'm not buying anything more for my classroom. I hit up the Dollar Spot at Target and loaded my cart for the TpT Sale.  Good bargains!  But the money has run out for me so I am assuming it might have for you too!

Here are some Freebies to get you through!  Hope they can meet your needs!  

First up:  September Poems.  There are enough here to last you the month!  You'll see lots of September topics included here!  I use them in Poetry Binders and give a new one almost daily. Great for Daily 5!  I send home binders for fluency practice once a week.

Next I have my Make-a-Word September/October Packet for you!  If you haven't used these, please do!  Your kids will thank you!  By cutting out the pieces and moving them around, the kids can see the patterns and make lots of words.

I do these whole-class in September and then include it in my reading centers.  In October, we usually do a few words together and see what we notice about the letters.  

I try to include an "S" whenever possible so they can make plurals. They quickly learn that concept! Also, when we start Words Their Way, the kids are quite good at looking for their letter combinations of the week. 

By the middle of the year, I have several kids making 100 words per sheet! Amazing!  

TIP:  When class is working on these, I often stop and ask, "Who has a great word they want to share with the rest of us?"  I usually pick a few kids.  Each child will write the word they made on the board to SHARE with us which means everyone can copy it onto own page.

If you haven't tried one of my free Book-Its, please do!  

They consist of 3 activities related to featured book: Make-a-Word, Retelling (written and oral) and Pick-a-Prompt for writing.  I use one weekly and if I skip a week, I get lots of sour faces from my kiddos.  They are also GREAT to leave for a sub because it's over an hour delivery time.  Here are some free ones..go!

And after all these years, I still love Harry the Dirty Dog.  A true classic!

How my kids play together:  (I run two-sided so they will play 4 games total)

*Partners each get same sheet. (Can be same day or different day.)
*Each picks a word for Game 1. Player 1 says word, spells it, spells it again while writing it, and then says again. (Say, Spell, Spell, Say.)

*Player 2 does the same.

*Repeat until game over. Winner writes name on Winner line and then each gets opposite word for Game 2.

You can run double-sided (with same words or two new ones) and have kids play additional times. The games are quick (yet effective!) so many students love playing 4 games per sheet! They are also perfect for those extra few minutes here and there!

And finally, for today, some readers! Enjoy!

and see this post for my latest:

I'll be back next week with some math freebies!  Have a great day!

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