Wonderful Words of the Week: A Complement to the First Grade Wonders Reading Series

01 August 2017

This past school year our district adopted the Wonders Reading series for grades K-5.  That means we had to scrap our First Grade Words of the Week phonics program.  I was not a happy camper.  To make the transition a bit smoother, Janine Every and I created the Wonderful Words of the Week packet that you are reading about now.  We utilize the activities from this packet for morning job and center work.  You could also use these pages for early finishers, word work, and for homework.  We took the spelling words and high frequency words from the Wonders series to create our word lists.  The word lists start with 10 words (Smart Start Week 1, Smart Start Week 2, Smart Start Week 3, Unit 1 Week 1, and Unit 1 Week 2) and then they go up to 12 words for the rest of the Units.

You can click and download the preview file on TpT to get Unit 1, Week 1 to try for FREE.  We have also included the Word Lists for all six units and Smart Start in the preview file.



Each week includes the following activities, which can be used as literacy centers, morning work, word work, early finisher work, or homework.
·      Flash Cards
·      Word Search
·      Sentence Unscramble (three different ones each week, two to a page)
·      Word Unscramble
·      Say It – Trace It – Stamp It (two pages)
·      Cootie Catcher
·      Spin a Word (two pages)
·      Tiny Word Search
·      Search-Read-Write the Room (three pages)












This is currently a growing bundle.  The other units are done, we just need to proof before posting and we did not want you to miss out on the TpT sale.  The price will go up with each unit we add to the packet.  

Included so far:
·      Smart Start Week One – High Frequency Words
·      Smart Start Week Two – High Frequency Words
·      Smart Start Week Three – High Frequency Words
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·      Unit One, Week One – Short a and High Frequency Words
·      Unit One, Week Two – Short I and High Frequency Words
·      Unit One, Week Three – L Blends and High Frequency Words
·      Unit One, Week Four – Short o and High Frequency Words
·      Unit One, Week Five – R Blends, S Blends, and High Frequency Words

Coming Soon!
·      Unit Two, Week One – Short e and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Two, Week Two – Short u and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Two, Week Three – Ending Consonant Blends and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Two, Week Four– Consonant Digraphs and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Two, Week Five –Consonant Digraphs and High Frequency Words
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·      Unit Three, Week One–Long a (a_e) and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Three, Week Two –Long i (i_e) and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Three, Week Three –Soft c, Soft g, and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Three, Week Four –Long o (o_e), Long u (u_e), and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Three, Week Five –Vowel Variants (oo) and High Frequency Words
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·      Unit Four, Week One –Long a (a, ai, and ay) and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Four, Week Two –Long e (e, ee, and ea) and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Four, Week Three –Long o (o, oa, ow, and oe) and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Four, Week Four –Long i (I, y, igh, and ie) and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Four, Week Five –Long e (y and ey) and High Frequency Words
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·      Unit Five, Week One – R-controlled Vowels (–ar) and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Five, Week Two – R-controlled Vowels (–er, -ir, and -ur) and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Five, Week Three – R-controlled Vowels (–or, -ore, and -oar) and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Five, Week Four – Diphthongs (ou and ow) and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Five, Week Five – Diphthongs (oi and oy) and High Frequency Words
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·      Unit Six, Week One – Variant Vowels (oo, u, u_e, ew, ue, ui, and ou) and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Six, Week Two– Variant Vowels (au and aw) and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Six, Week Three – Silent Letters (wr, kn, and gn) and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Six, Week Four– Three Letter Blends (scr, spl, spr, str, and thr) and High Frequency Words
·      Unit Six, Week Five – R-Controlled Vowels (air, are, and ear) and High Frequency Words

Feel free to ask any questions.  If you purchase this file we ask that you not share this file with colleagues.  Our terms of use are for one classroom use only.  Districts are encouraged to purchase multi-user licenses.  For more on district purchases, click {HERE} to go to the TpT blog.

As always, feel free to pin this post. 

Happy Teaching!
-Erica Bohrer & Janine Every






Glitter Slime: Three Ingredients and Kid Safe

25 July 2017


Want something fun and safe to do with your kiddos this summer or with your students when you get back to school?   Why not try some no mess glitter slime!?  I tried it out this summer with my friends' children.  It was an absolute hit.

This recipe contains no Borax and is kid safe.  You will need Elmer's Glitter Glue, contact lens solution, and baking soda.


The Elmer's Glitter Glue is the key ingredient.  It already has the glitter and color in it, so there is no need to add messy food coloring or glitter.  Your custodian will thank you! All my ingredients were purchased at Target and can be found easily at other stores.

You will need two containers of Elmer's Glitter Glue.  They come in a variety of colors.  I picked two of the same color but it might be cool to mix the pink and blue and see if it makes purple.

You will need 1 Tablespoon of Baking Soda.

You will need 3 to 4 Tablespoons of Contact Lens solution. 


 Glitter Slime Recipe
Ingredients:

  • Two Bottles of Elmer's Glitter Glue 
  • 1 Tablespoon of Baking Soda
  • 3-4 Tablespoons of Contact Lens Solution

Directions:

  1. Pour the two bottles of Elmer's Glitter Glue into a bowl.
  2. Add one tablespoon of baking soda.
  3. Add three tablespoons of contact lens solution.
  4. Stir the mixture.
  5. If the mixture still seems loose, add another tablespoon of contact lens solution.
  6. Mix the mixture using your hands.  If the mixture sticks to hands, use contact lens solution to help get it off. 
  7.  Let kids play with slime.  Keep slime in a sealed bag or container when not in use.


Follow Up Activity - Slime Recording Sheet:

Click the image above to download the sheet from TpT.  

If you want a little more accountability or perhaps any easy way to introduce "How To" writing, utilize the free "How to Make Slime" recording sheet I have for free in my TpT store.   

I used PRISMACOLOR pencils to color in the title and draw the picture.  These pencils are of amazing quality.  From now on, I am going to use these beauties to draw my samples and decorate my banners.


I used Mr. Sketch Scented Crayons to color in the illustration.  These are the coolest crayons ever!!!  I cannot wait to put these scented crayons in the spelling center!  


You can find more ideas and join the Go teach! Community on Facebook by clicking {HERE}. Go teach! is the new incredibly loud and proud community with project ideas, resources, classroom tips, giveaways and more to inspire and help teachers.  Brought to you by teacher fan favorites such as Elmer's, EXPO, Sharpie, Mr. Sketch, Paper Mate, Prismacolor, DYMO, and X-ACTO.


*Thank you to Go Teach! for sponsoring this blog post.  All opinions are my own.  I received compensation and free products in exchange for writing this post.  I only support brands and products that I use and that I believe in.

**Thank you to Morgan and Gavin for being my models.  They were compensated with Glitter Slime for this post. 

As always, feel free to pin!

My Favorite Teaching Uniform...And It's On Sale!

21 July 2017


My favorite teaching uniform is on sale!  I jokingly call it a uniform because it gets me through the fall, winter, and spring and I have it in multiple color combos.  It is comfy and hides everything I want hidden.  Let's get real here, your behind and front should not be seen while wearing leggings unless you are at the gym and this legging/tunic combo hides it all.  Leggings are my favorite pants but I wear them responsibly.   As a petite girl, I don't want to spend the money to have everything hemmed.  Leggings, even ones that are too long on me, can be easily folded and hidden in boots.


Here are the Nordstrom Anniversary sale sources for my "teacher uniform."  I am not currently an affiliate for Nordstrom, so I am honestly sharing and putting this blog post out there because I don't want you to miss out on the deals.  I make zero dollars through the Nordstrom links.


These leggings are by Zella and they hold everything in.  I love me some LuLaRoe but the one size fits all does not offer me any support and they are a bit too sheer and cool in the winter.  These Zella Live In leggings are amazing (I am wearing an xs).  They hold up so well in the wash and suck everything in and are still very comfortable.   You can snag them on sale {HERE}.  They run true to size and are a bit long on me but I tuck them in my boots.



 This Lush Roll Tab Sleeve Tunic comes in so many color combos.  I am trying to show restraint and not buy them all.   I wear a size extra small.  They can go from Fall to Winter to Spring.  I like to layer up with a cozy cardigan in the fall.  Click {HERE} to shop the tunic.

Here are some photos of me in my white one last fall:



I am a Kendra Scott addict and most of these Kendra Scott Filigree items are on sale!  Snag them now, they are perfect to wear with the long tunics.  Here are the links:



I also found some Jane tunics for you on sale.  These are affiliate links.  For full disclosure, that means I get a small percentage of the sale if you shop through my links.  Just click the images to shop.  I am always on the lookout for cute tunics to go with leggings and a cardigan.





I hope you enjoyed this post.  Tag me in IG @EricaBohrer if you buy anything I shared.  I would love to see how they look!


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