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Introducing R-Controlled Vowels with Leveled Readers—with FREE Download!

Posted by Lyssa Sahadevan on Dec 11, 2014 8:24:00 AM

This is a guest post by Lyssa Sahadevan of Marietta, GA. She writes a blog called My Mommy Reads which is about motherhood and teaching-related topics.

R-controlled vowels, also known as “bossy r” words start appearing early in leveled texts. While we often spend much time on CVC (consonant/vowel/consonant) words at those early levels, we can always introduce the “bossy r” sounds.

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One of my favorite ways to introduce the “bossy r” concept is this amazing video from The Electric Company
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After watching the clip, we write the words from the video to start our word lists for each sound. We then find them in our Joy Cowley Early Bird books and we practice building them with letter cards. This can be done with the whole group or smal groups over several days.

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From there, we work on sorting the words into categories. I am including one of our sorts available for download below! I laminate the cards, cut them out and have the students (during small group) sort the cards and record the words. I then have students highlight the "bossy r" as they read the word list to a partner. It is quick, meaningful, and reinforces the sound.

While all students will not be ready for mastery of these sounds, some will be and I know the exposure will benefit everyone!

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For more information on the books used in this blog click the series highlights image on the left below. To download the Bossy R Word Sort Packet, click the image to the right.

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Topics: Joy Cowley Early Birds, Lyssa Sahadevan, Vowels, Bossy R

Tying Your Vowel Lesson in with Stories—with FREE Download!

Posted by Laureen on Oct 30, 2014 9:52:00 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 there, it’s Laureen stopping in from Teach With Laughter to share my excitement with you about the series of levelled readers called Story World Real World. Each pack includes four books. The Story World book is a traditional story, and it is accompanied by three nonfiction books that relate to the story. This post is the first of two about The Greedy Dog and the Very Big Bone Theme Set.

The traditional story of The Greedy Dog and the Very Big Bone lends itself to a great discussion about always wanting more. Sometimes we just need to be happy with what we have.

The three accompanying informational texts will grab your student`s attention and can easily be related to the story. Bones teaches students interesting facts about bones. Mirror Magic is about reflections and mirrors (too bad the Greedy Dog didn’t know this information!). Dogs at Work talks about the fact that dogs aren’t just pets—many have jobs. The four books are guided reading levels K/L making them perfect companion books!

I usually like to have some kind of follow-up activity for my small groups, so I created an activity that related to the story and also a skill my first-graders are working on: long and short vowels.

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On each of ten bones, there are pictures and words of items that either have the short ‘o’ or long ‘o’ sound. They are to be sorted onto the two sorting mats. I have included a student instruction card to keep students on task when I am unable to be with them and a recording page to check for understanding.

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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!

New Call-to-Action  Greedy Dog Vowel Packet

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Topics: K-2 Literacy, Story World, Vowels, Laureen

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

Posted by Laureen on Oct 21, 2014 8:00:56 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 there! It’s Laureen again, excited to share with you an activity you can use with many of the Mrs. Wishy-Washy books. If you look at my past posts, you’ll see that I am a huge Mrs. Wishy-Washy fan!

While reading one of the Joy Cowley’s Early Birds series books, Wishy-Washy Ice Cream, I thought about the long and short vowels in the title and that my students needed some practice differentiating the two. I made two headers one that reads long vowels and the other short vowels. Then I created some picture cards that can be printed out, cut apart and sorted as seen on this student instruction card.

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I keep this instruction card at the literacy center to remind students what they should be doing.

Since I am usually doing guided reading with another group while students are working on word work, I like to include a recording page so I can check for understanding and keep students accountable for their work.

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I hope you and your students enjoy this activity and if you don’t have any of Joy Cowley’s Early Birds series in your classroom be sure to check them out. I think they’re a must for every classroom!

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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.

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To learn more about Joy Cowley Early Birds, 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!

 New Call-to-Action  Mrs. Wishy-Washy Vowel Packet

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Topics: Mrs. Wishy-Washy, Joy Cowley Early Birds, K-2 Literacy, Vowels, Laureen

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