CVC Word Problems

Hi Everyone!

   As I was finishing up my lesson plans for the year, I had written down in my curriculum guide that I wanted to cover some basics on word problems.  I started to get frustrated that I didn't have any word problems that my students could read independently, and that is how I came up with the idea for CVC word problems!

I created short little word problems that require a knowledge of CVC words and beginning high frequency words.  Here is an example of what they look like:

At the top of the page, the student reads the problem.  For the second section, they use the maipulatives on the side to show how the problem is solved.  The last part of the page asks them to write out the equation.
To make sure that I had some differentiation, I created the exact same word problem, but added numerals instead of number words, and added color to the color words, for students who might need a little extra assistance.
At the end of the pack, I put in some vocabulary cards that will help your students understand some of the basic terminology of word problems.

If you are interested in this pack, you can download a free word problem page in the link below, or you can go straight to my TPT shop, and purchase the whole pack.



How to get your students to independantly learn their sight words

Hi Everyone!

   Over Spring Break I have been thinking a lot about my sight word goals for my students.  Most of them are doing a wonderful job, and flying right through them, but there are a couple who can't seem to get past the first couple of levels.  They don't seem to have the motivation or drive to learn them like many of my other students do, and there is no support at home either.
We all know how important sight words are, and how they can impact a child's reading level and fluency when they are truly mastered.  We also know, that the English language can just be kind of funky! There are many words that don't make sense phonetically, and we must memorize them based on how they look, without the use of phonetics.  With that in mind, I set out to create a pack that would reinforce sight words with my students.

I created my Wise Words pack with 10 levels from the Fry's first 100 word list.  Each level has the following activities:
*Sight word board games
*Sight word bingo
*Build it with magnets
*Rainbow write
*Secret code spelling
*Time me
*Letter box match-up
*I-spy with recording sheet

Each level is color coded, and all of the activities match, so that it is easy to keep them organized.  I put the activities for each level in sheet protectors, so that the students can use them over and over, and I don't have to waste copies : )
Each level also needs some supplemental material in the box.  I put each of the following into zippered pencil pouches, and labeled each pencil pouch to help stay organized.  These are items that most of us have already lying around the classroom:
1. Dry erase markers
2. Bingo pieces - I use the ones that have red on one side, and yellow on the reverse, but any manipulatives would work to cover up the spaces.
3. Game pieces - a spinner is included in the pack, or you can use some dice.  Game pieces can also be any manipulative you have around the classroom, I like to use bear counters.
4. Timer - I like to have one in each box, but if you don't want to spend the money for that, you could just have 2-3 available for the whole class.
I put my sheet protector pages in the box, along with my zippered pouches, and my red level is ready to go!
Please ignore the horrible job I did with the packaging tape : )

These boxes are intended to be used for early finishers or small groups.  I also like to use them when I have volunteers in the class.  I can just tell the student to go and get their sight word level box, and take it to the volunteer, and they can work on the activities together.  The goal is for students to work on this independently to gain mastery over their sight word levels.

If you would like this pack containing 172 pages of sight word goodness, you can find it in my TPT store by clicking on the picture below.
Wise Words - Mrs. B's Beehive
Have a wonderful week!


Easter Craft

Hi Everyone!
   I wanted to share a quick Easter craft with you that my class did before we left for Easter break.
The students first filled their paper with tissue paper squares in colors meant to imitate a setting sun.
Once the whole paper was done, we added the green hill, and the three crosses.
I'm very happy with how they turned out.  We had a good discussion about the other criminals that were crucified with Jesus.  We discussed how not all criminals are "bad guys," but just people who have made some poor decisions in their lives.
If you want a copy of the hill, crosses, and a sign that you can put on your bulletin board with your students art, just click on the link below
Easter Craft - Mrs, B's Beehive


Donation Door Freebie

Hi Everyone,
    One more week until Spring Break, I can't wait!!!! It's difficult when Spring Break is this late, I am super tired and feel like I am crawling to the finish line.  My husband of course thinks I'm crazy, because he doesn't get the (in his opinion) massive amount of breaks that teachers do, but I swear if he spent one day with those little balls of energy he would understand!
Anywho, I spent today updating my donation door, and I wanted to share the template with you.

I have mentioned before, that all of the families at my school have to donate 20 service hours for the year.  If they don't donate that time, they have to pay $5 for every hour that they are missing at the end of the year.  The money usually just gets sent to the office.  Last year, one of my parents was missing some of her hours, and she told me that instead of just giving the money to the office, she would like to buy books for the classroom.  Why hadn't I thought of that before!!!! 

 I have so many books on my wish list from Kim Adsit's reading workshop, Jen Jones' phonological awareness curriculum, Deedee Wills and Deanna Jump's writing curriculum, and many more! Unfortunately, I have yet to win the lottery, and can't afford to get all the books I want at once, so the donation door really helps me get the things I need.

I write the name of the book that I want, plus the author, how much it costs, where it can be found (usually Scholastic or Amazon), and how many hours of service you get from donating this book to the classroom.  I add a picture of the book as well, just so they can have that as a reference point when they are purchasing the item.
Side note - is anyone else frustrated that you can't purchase Dr. Seuss books on the Scholastic website!

I let my parents know about the donation door on the second day of school at parent orientation.  I also make sure to send a reminder note home to them whenever the office sends out the hours of service reminder slips : )  Books are obviously not the only thing you could add to these, any classroom supplies, such as glue sticks, pencils, Kleenex, etc. can be added.

If you would like this freebie with the sign and editable hands, click HERE