Saturday, January 7, 2012

Phonics Tales Freebie Posted and some classroom happenings

I've just posted the freebie packet for Phonics Tales. Click here to get them. I'd love to hear from you if you can use them in your classroom! Hopefully there are no errors in it, but if you find some, just let me know and I'll fix them. :)
And I thought I'd share a few things we did in our classroom last week (or I should say the last three days since we were only there Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday)
We made New Year's resolutions.***I plan on using these to compare and contrast our holiday with the Chinese New Year when we learn about that.
This is one of my *favorite* activities. I can't take credit for this adorable idea though. That would be the fabulous Cara!

Aren't these adorable??

We also started talking about plot. This is a comprehension skill that we haven't talked about before so I thought our 3 day week would be the perfect time to get a jump start on covering next week's skill. We used the story The Three Little Pigs. Here's the chart we made to help remember what plot was.

We also made our own little pigs

Then came my kids' favorite part. We divided into three different groups and each group made a house. This really helps teach teamwork and how to work together. They *loved* it.

And for you Reading Street Teachers, we are on Ruby in Her Own Time next week. I love this story! I'll be back with some other things we are doing, but I thought I would share how I'm teaching plot. I found this great strategy a few months ago and a lot of you might already be familiar with it but it was new to me. It's the SWBS model:

To practice this method, I plan on completing this chart with my kids next week .

Hope everyone is having a great weekend! Don't forget about my Roll Tide TPT Sale happening now! 


  1. Great stuff! Thank you for the Phonics Tales:)

  2. I love the idea of dividing the kiddos into three groups to make the piggie's houses! Your display in the hallway looks great!

  3. As always...very cute activities!


  4. Everything is so cute! I love the 3 Little Pigs Wall. What a neat idea!

  5. LOVE, per usual! You are so creative...question: Do you re-do your door each month? I am obsessed with it! I must know! I left my email if you have time to write and let me know!

    Mrs. Wheeler

  6. I really wish I had an inside room - my door leads to the outside, so I can never decorate it :( It looks so cute!
    The Teachers’ Cauldron

  7. love love love the 3 little pigs! i am bookmarking it for later this year!! so cute!!!!

  8. I love the Phonics Tales Comprehension Packet!!! Thanks for making it a freebie.

  9. Your door looks fabulous!! I like the SWBS I have never seen that before I need to try that. Also THANK YOU for the phonic tale freebie! Awesome!

    Apples and Papers

  10. Very cute! Thanks for sharing :)

    I think I may have to do the 3 Little Pigs Soon!

    Colleen Patton
    Mrs. Patton’s Patch

  11. I love these anchor charts! I am going to try them soon!

  12. We did a similar resolutions project! LOVE your plot lessons! I can't wait to do this with my (1st/2nd combined) class!

  13. I love all of your anchor charts! My district also uses Reading Street and we will begin the same story this coming week! Thanks for sharing the Phonics Tales printables!!

  14. I love your anchor charts! I also use Reading Street, but I wish we were not ahead of you so I could implement your ideas. Oh well, save them for next year.