Saturday, September 26, 2015

Weekend Warriors Link Up: Sight Word Sensations


The Weekend Warriors are back this month in full gear! This month we are talking all about SIGHT WORDS! 

Let's face it... sight words are tricky! Kids struggle learning them and we struggle finding fun and creative ways to get our students to learn them. It doesn't matter what grade I teach, first, second, or even fourth grade....I always have students who are struggling with their sight words.

Every school year I have a group of students who know their sight words like the back of their hands. But the majority of my students struggle with them. Maybe they can read some of them, but they can't always spell them. Some are even still trying to sound them out, which we know is not possible for many reasons. They have to know them by sight, with automaticity, in order to become strong readers. 

I like to start my school year, reviewing sight words the students should know from first grade. This is a quick assessment for me. It is just one tool I use to help me gauge where my students' skill levels are when they come to me. After I test them, I give them flash cards with the words they need to still learn. I love these flash cards because they have the word written in letter boxes for the students to visually see how the word is written.  This strategy helps many of my struggling learners. 


Learning and reviewing sight words can be so dull and boring. I want my students engaged! I have created several ways of doing this. One way is to focus on a small number of words at a time. Four or five words seems to be the magic number for most of my kiddos. 

This activity helps the students recognize sight words in different fonts, sizes and shapes. Once they identify the words, the students graph how many times they saw each word. 



I also like my students to see the sight words in text. I created fluency and cloze reading passages for this reason. Students need to see the words in context, not just in isolation in order to remember, retain, and use the words correctly. 


Are you ready to use some of these activities in your classroom? Try them out for yourself. This {FREEBIE} BONUS pack of activities is just for you. 


Now it is YOUR turn! We want YOU to link up with us too! Just grab the images and monthly theme banner above and create your own blog post about how you teach and/or use sight words in your classroom. Share your ideas and join in all the sight word fun!



Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Custom Teacher T-Shirts!

I'm a jeans, t-shirt, sneakers kind of gal! Besides yoga pants, I could live in them 24-7! So, this summer after I saw everyone's awesome custom blogger t-shirts, I knew I HAD to have one for my blog, too!

A BIG shout out to A+ Images for creating this fabulous shirt for me. How cute is this?

I was able to pick out the color shirt of my choice. I wanted one that complimented by blog colors. It was a difficult choice but in the end, I chose this light blue color, thinking it was versatile and my logo would stand out.

The shirt quality is fantastic. It washed very well and still stays true to size (always a good thing in my eyes). It kept its shape, is comfortable, and looks great.

A+ Images carries a variety of shirts at great prices. You can find shirts to design for your class, field trips, special school events, and more!

Here are a few shirts on my wish list:

Keep Calm Because Second Grade Rocks
Property of Second Grade


Ordering is super easy and quick! Check out all the links below to see what they have to offer: