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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Ultimate Collection of Spelling Activities

This past month I finally completed a project I have wanted to do for a few years. I wanted to make a written copy of all my spelling activities and more then that I wanted something I could display and easily show my students what the daily activity was without having to go through it all and write an example. Less explanation time, more learning time.

The spelling program that I use (available here:  http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Complete-Spelling-Package-1171467) is based on route memorisation of the words and is not phonetically based. As such I wanted a complete spelling activities list that doesn't involve finding patterns etc that seem make up 50% of most other spelling activity lists. 

I managed to record 90 spelling activities and I grouped them into the following headings:Quick and easy
Literacy based
Numeracy based
Requiring materials
IPad/computer based
This makes picking a spelling activity for the day a simple task.

I believe in making spelling quick and fun. Who wouldn't get sick of repeating the same 10 activities over and over again. 90 spelling activities should get you through almost half the year before you have to repeat any. Most of the activities can be done in an exercise book to save you photocopying costs. I usually remind students to stick to the lines and use one page a week, ruling around completed spelling activities. 

I have made this complete list of spelling activities available for purchase here: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Ultimate-Collection-of-Spelling-Activities-Ideal-for-Smart-Board-1171455

This package contains a PDF file for you to be able to print out the activities as cards for easy reference. Print 4 to a page to save paper or A4 for display. It also contains a PowerPoint presentation for putting up on the Smartboard for easy reference by your students during spelling time. 

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

No Fuss Calendar!

I always liked the idea of having a class calendar but the upkeep of it always seemed to result in the calendar staying on the same date for months. I have a job chart in my class and someone assigned to update the calendar but as a lower primary teacher the students would either forget to update the calendar (at an appropriate time) or would take forever going through the cards to find the replacements- even if I put them all into order and wrapped them neatly in an elastic band.

Now I could take the responsibility away from the kids and do it myself but then you have to ask yourself what is the point of having a calendar?

Enter my new and improved calendar! All the cards have been hole punched and attached together with a hinged metal ring. This means no loose pieces, always in order and easy to update at a drop of a hat. I have the metal rings handing on large pins in the wall but you could also use strong magnets on a white board or sticky hooks on a wall. When printed on A4 the cards are largest for students to copy the date off of for their work.

Its not hard to make your own but you can download my rainbow edition at Teacherspayteacher.
Included in the package is:

date, month (words and numbers form), day and year (2014 & 2015) printable cards to allow you to make a displayable flip calendar. 

Also included are 8 weather cards for those that like to include this with their calendar.

Alternatively use the months and days for a word wall display.