Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Ten Pin Linky: Reading Ideas & GIVEAWAY reminder!

I've been a little MIA trying to catch up on a bunch of work before I leave for the BEACH!!!  Right now, it's raining cats & dogs, but I'm hoping all this bad weather makes way for beautiful sunshine for our week at the beach. I am so ready to go, and definitely ready to RELAX! Ahhh...

Oh, have you entered my giveaway??  I have teamed up with The Polished Teacher for an awesome 600 Follower Giveaway that ends Friday night... you have less than 2 days to enter to win!!

Anyway, I love Wednesdays because it's Ten Pin Linky Day...well, let's be honest, I love all summer days, but this one in particular is fun because we get to see all these great pins to get ready for the school year. Thanks to Just Reed for posting this particular brand of awesomeness every week ! :)

Shhhh... I know, but it really is coming fast... we go back July 31st, and the kids August 7th...that's WAY TOO close for comfort...

So, without further adieu....
Ten Pin Linky: Reading Ideas 

1)  Cara at The First Grade Parade is a genius & I am LOVING this idea. Can't wait to start it this upcoming year (well I CAN wait, but you know...)
 Students fill out the reader response form. Fill the back with popcorn and divide students into groups to discuss the story. They can snack as they share what they learned. Great for Friday activities & the link has examples of guided questions. awesome!

2.  Color Coded Sight Words - BIG BRAIN idea!!
Learning sight words is a HUGE part of reading in first grade. Mrs Dixon at Teaching Special Thinkers uses this genius strategy for helping her little learners with these words. She color codes them!
GREEN words are words that can be sounded out (cat, jump, etc...)
Yellow Words are words that have a "chunk" that students should already know, in order to sound out the word.
Red Words are words that just have to be learned or memorized because they don't follow any specific rule.

The link gives you a further explanation of how she uses this, but I am in love with it & think it will be a perfect addition to the way we work on sight words in my room. :)

3.  Roll & Answer Story Elements
Ms. Leslie Ann at Life in First Grade has this incredible idea of using those Taco Trays from Target, and creating a reading comprehension center. The kids roll to see what part of the story map they answer. :)

4. Printing on Sticky Notes for Guided Reading Questions...
Kristen at Ladybug's Teacher Files walks you through how to PRINT on STICKY NOTES.. Umm....yes, please!!!  This can be used for so many things :)

5.  Speaking of Sticky Notes...
What an awesome way for kids to THINK while they READ!  I think my kids will really love this, and what kid doesn't love getting into your sticky note stash??

6.  Fluency Anchor Chart
 We work and work and work and work and....... work on fluency all year. One of the biggest challenges is teaching my firsties how to "read" punctuation marks and use it to guide their inflection. I love this anchor chart for helping with that.  I can't find the source, but it's such a great idea!

7.  FOCUS Sticks!  I am so excited about these!

 Aren't these amazing??  If you click the TOP picture, it will take you to Make, Take & Teach where you can read the full explanation of how she uses these.  Technically, these are for WRITING, but I'm already thinking of ways to  make these for reading... LOVE!

8. Decoding Strategies...  LOVE this Anchor Chart !
It's everything ALL in ONE place! :)

9. Highlighter Sticks.  What a great idea!
Hadar at Miss Kindergarten came up with this little gem & I think it's so perfect for my firsties.  It will be great for looking for sight words, vocabulary words, word chunks... you name it !!

10. Critter Cafe Posters...

Julie at First Grade Critter Cafe has created this amazing set of posters for each Common Core Reading Strategy/Skill. I am just head-over-heels in LOVE with them. She's giving away a set right now on her blog.... 4 more days to enter... and then you can get them at her TpT shop.

I just KNOW my kids will love these!! :)
  So, that's it for me. I can't wait to see all your PINS!! Head over & link up!!

Wishing you a Happy, Safe, and Wonderful 4th of July!! :)


  1. Just entered your giveaway! Congratulations!

  2. Hope you have better weather at the beach than I am having right now! We have been in Myrtle Beach since Saturday and today is the first day we have seen the sun! It's been so yucky!


    An Apple a Day in First Grade

  3. Congrats on making it to 600 Followers! Fingers crossed ;)
    Enchanting Elementary

  4. I entered your contest AND got great ideas al in one place! Score! Thanks for sharing and I love your enthusiasm.
    First Grade by the Sea

  5. I am so happy to have discovered your blog!! I loved pins 2, 3, and 9. I am so making those pointers for next year. What a great giveaway. Congrats on reaching 600 followers.

    The Phonics Phenomenon

  6. 600, wow! Super impressed. I was in the 90s until Google Reader went away... :( So close, lol! Entered your awesome giveaway and loved your 10 pins!

    Teach On.

  7. I LOVE the color coded sight words idea, it's already re-pinned. Thank you for sharing that & hosting an awesome giveaway.


  8. I really like the color-coded sight words. Now I just have to decide how to apply it to my Spanish class :)

    La Señorita Creativa

  9. Love the fluency anchor chart and critter cafe! Thanks for linking up and sharing your finds!

  10. Love the anchor chart, have you a link to print it out. Thanks.

  11. Thank you sharing the thinkmark chart I made for my classroom a few years ago. The idea came from chartchums. It's a wonderful blog for teachers!

  12. Thanks for your charts, I'll make it for my sons

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