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Using Literacy Work Stations to Teach Compound Words—with FREE download!

Posted by Laureen on Jan 13, 2015 8:00:00 AM

This is a guest post by blogger Laureen. If you like what you see here, you can check out her blog, Teach with Laughter, for more of her writing.

Hi again! I’ve been enjoying my visits here on the Hameray Classroom Literacy Blog.  I enjoy creating engaging, hands-on literacy activities for my students and am delighted that I have been asked to share some of them here.

The last time I visited, I shared a writing activity that could be used with the Story World Real World Gingerbread Man set.  Each year, when I do a gingerbread theme in my classroom, I take the opportunity to do some review of compound words.  After all, gingerbread is the tastiest compound word I know!

Here is a word work literacy station that students can work at independently:

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Students will match the gingerbread cards to create compound words and the recording page will allow you to check for understanding.  I have included a student instruction card to build independence. 

I know I’ve said it before but you really should check out the Story World Real World series. 

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Laureen is a first-grade teacher in Canada. She has been teaching kindergarten and grade one for more than twenty years. Laureen loves to make learning fun and you can find her at her blog, Teach With Laughter. You can also visit her TPT page here.

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To learn more about Story World Real World, click here to visit our website, or click the series highlights image below to download information sheets with key features. To get today's free activity download, click the image to the right below!

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Topics: K-2 Literacy, Story World, Real World, Compound Words, Laureen

Using Mrs. Wishy-Washy to Teach Compound Words—with FREE Download!

Posted by Laureen on Mar 17, 2014 8:00:00 AM

This is a guest post by blogger Laureen. If you like what you see here, you can check out her blog, Teach with Laughter, for more of her writing.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! It’s Laureen visiting again from Teach With Laughter. Today I’m going to share with you an idea that I use with my students as a follow-up to reading Joy Cowley’s Mrs. Wishy-Washy books.

Like you, when reading with my students I am constantly pointing out words, including compound words. You’ll find compound words in just about every book. For example, in Mrs. Wishy-Washy and the Big Tub you’ll find "sunshine," "afterward." and "everywhere," and in Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s Birthday there’s even one in the title!

As a follow up I created an engaging "I Spy" activity for students. Using a magnifying glass (who hasn’t met a child who loves them?) they will search for teeny-tiny words.

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Students need to combine words to create compound words and record them. For example they’ll find "cake" and "cup" to create "cupcake." I have included a student instruction sheet to keep students on task in a center, an "I Spy" picture page and a recording sheet.

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Make sure that you have a magnifying glass handy and watch the learning and the smiles happen!Thanks for reading my post and enjoy your freebie!!

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Laureen is a grade one teacher in Canada. She has been teaching kindergarten and grade one for 22 years, has two children, and enjoys creating hands-on learning activities for her classroom.  You can read about more of her activities at her blog Teach With Laughter.

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To learn more about the Joy Cowley Collection, click here to visit our website, or click the series highlights image below to download an information sheet with key features. To get today's free activity download (4 pages), click the compound unit image below!

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Topics: Mrs. Wishy-Washy, Joy Cowley, K-2 Literacy, Compound Words, Laureen

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