Sunday, January 1, 2012

The Bandit 'Y', Number Words, and Greater Than Less Than Alligator

I had started this post the week we got out for Christmas break but then realized it had never posted. Our last story was An Egg is An Egg (not a fav of mine) and our phonics skill was y as 'e' and 'i'. There are many ways of teaching this but I have found the "Bandit Y" to be the most helpful. We created a wanted poster for this guy, who is known for stealing e and i and acting like them. My kids LOVED this and it helped so much to those who were struggling.

We also did number words to 10. This was the lesson in Saxon, but I felt like my kids were ready to learn this a long time ago, so I started making center activities for this skill back in October. Needless to say, this lesson was a breeze at this point. Since we had extra time, we made a chart using this now familiar number words.

I also wanted to share my great find at Pier One Imports (love that store!) How perfect is this as the greater than less than alligator??? We haven't gotten to that in our math yet, but when I bought this into the classroom my kids were so excited about it and wanted to learn the skill that goes with him. I love when they get so excited about learning!

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  1. I love the alligator, and I am headed out to find one as well. I am also going to your store next. I am new to the world of teachers blog, and have created one, to help me learn from teachers like yourself. I am new to first grade and just trying to figure it all out.

  2. love that cute alligator!! i have one similar but it came from target a few years back!!!

  3. thanks for your "Y" poster! I pinned onto my pinterest account to make one for myself!

    Lori @

  4. I always teach my kiddos about the alligator, but I never thought to use an *actual alligator*!!! Heading to Pier 1 immediately!!

    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  5. Leslie! You always have the CUTEST ideas!!! Love, love, LOVE this!!! That dang poster is darling!!! XOXO, Cara :)

  6. Loving all these ideas! It is so fun to see how other teachers teach and adapt the same ideas..but make them their own! AWESOME! (plus your stuff is always so cute!)
    First Grade Blue SKies

  7. Love the alligator! Looking online now at Pier One!

  8. great ideas!!! Your kids are lucky to have you as their teacher!!!

  9. My teaching partner and I loved your Bandit Y idea so much. We made an anchor chart like yours to introduce Bandit Y and we made a Bandit Y craft and words sort for our kiddo. You can check it out here:
    We love your blog!