Saturday, July 26, 2014

{FREE} Spelling Test Templates

Heading into Grade 2 means lots of changes, one of them being Spelling Tests.
I whipped up a Spelling Test template, and made a Bonus Words page that I can copy onto the back.

I also made a Pretest form to use before we start the lessons for the week, to see where the class is at and what words will need some extra practise throughout the week.
You can download all these copies {here} at my TPT shop. They're a freebie :)

For some added spelling practise, we'll be doing some Scrabble Spelling. I found some Scrabble games at yard sales this summer, so I have tons of letter tiles!
Spelling Word Addition

Sight Word Addition

All of our new word learning can be recorded in these books...portable Word Walls!
Word Wall Books: Portable Word Walls for your students!
Find them {here

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Monthly Newsletters

No matter what grade I taught, I have always handed out a monthly newsletter. These notes are my way of communicating what our class is doing for the month. The newsletters begin with a small reflection {what we've done}, then go on to reveal what we'll be learning about/doing for the month.
It includes important dates to remember, class birthdays, and more.
I thought that since ALL teachers could benefit from them, I would create an editable set. This way YOU can type in whatever information you want to!

The newsletters can be printed and sent home with students. They can also be emailed, to make the process quick and paperless. It's up to you!
You can find the editable newsletter pack {here}

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Bright Idea: How to Make Anchor Charts Interactive

My last Bright Idea showed how I store my anchor charts. You can find the post {here}
Today I want to share with you how you can make your anchor charts more interactive!
No matter what grade you teach, it is important to include your students in creating anchor charts. This will make the charts more meaningful to your students.

I have only taught primary grades, so the way I have my students interact with the charts is using these two things: Velcro and sticky notes!

On these charts, students attach the pieces to the anchor chart using Velcro dots.

Inspiration for two of these charts from Pinterest!

On these charts, students share their answers and I write them on sticky notes to show their responses.

{The pictures for the topics are removable/replaceable, so the charts can be used for any topics!}

More chart inspiration from Pinterest!

The best part about using Velcro and sticky note interactive anchor charts is that your anchor charts can be reused, saving you time and energy recreating the charts every year!

Find more Bright Ideas by checking out the links below!

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