Category Archives: First

Open and Closed Simple Syllables

Open and closed syllables are the first two syllable types your students should learn. Hundreds of common words can be spelled using these simple syllables, so teach them early and well!

Here is a great place to start:

You’ll start with these fun teaching tools–the open road and OPEN SYLLABLES:The LONG measuring tape remind us that these vowels are LONG. But, as we “go” along the road, we might run into a barrier–a CONSONANT barrel:

 

The road is CLOSED and our vowel is now closed in by a consonant. The short measuring tape reminds us that the vowel’s sound is now SHORT.

After this demonstration with real and nonsense words, your students are ready to change their open-syllable cars to closed syllables with various consonant barriers. There is a recording sheet included for this activity.

 

Your students will also sort open and closed syllables with this activity:

A separate Open or Closed worksheet will help you asses your students’ ability to identify these syllable types.

Did you notice that all of your students’ syllable manipulatives, sorting mats and instruction cards fit neatly in an IRIS container? I love ’em, too!

Grab this helpful simple syllables pack today and tomorrow for HALF OFF! More syllable sets are in the works, so check back with me soon! Have a great weekend!

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NEW TODAY!!! Star Wars LIGHTSABER NUMBER LINES!

The perfect addition to your Star Wars-themed classroom—a lightsaber number line! These come in Black Galaxy and Silver.  They are 3″ tall (the hilt is 4″ tall by 13.5″ long). You can add your favorite paper behind the blade for a “glowing” effect.     These number lines can grow as your students practice and… Continue Reading

Star Wars Jedi Centers for Number Sense & Counting 0-10

New math centers for your Jedi half off until Sunday! This set of STAR WARS JEDI CENTERS is loaded with Number Sense, Counting, and One-to-One Correspondence activities for the numbers 0-10. Each numeral is represented with a Star Wars character ten frame, Lightsaber tally marks, Death Star dominoes, Tie Fighter dice, stars, money, counting fingers,… Continue Reading

Word Work for First Grade {and beyond!}

Are you helping your students develop a solid understanding of phonemes–the sounds letters make, either alone or in concert with other letters? This is the year to do just that! In First Grade, students are introduced to so many new letter combinations and sounds it can be a bit daunting to teach. Today, I’m going… Continue Reading

Another FLASH FREEBIE!!!

For all of my fabulous followers…here is the second fall Flash Freebie (today only)… PHONEMIC L-BLENDS for your INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOK! If you are not using an interactive notebook for your First Graders’ word work, this is a GREAT place to start!  Easy prep for you, lots of great practice for your students. The added bonus… Continue Reading