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Teacher Trick & Treating!
I have teamed up with my Freebielicious friends again to share some teaching tricks and special free treats for you!
I have a few TRICKS up my sleeve that I would love to share. Brace yourself people, it's not rocket science so set a medial expectation pretty please but hopefully it's something you can use.
First, do you have "reading glasses" for your kids? My kids LOVE reading with their glasses. I always go to Oriental Trading online a few times a year and I buy a few dozen when they are on clearance. They usually have holiday themed ones that I purchase after the holiday for next year. Pop out the lenses and wha la! Magical reading glasses.
Next, did you notice what he is reading? I love the scholastic weekly reader but can't always afford to do it every year (like this year) so last year I was diligent to laminate all of my science issues for future use. I switch out the issues in their book boxes so they have different issues to read. I also do that with old issues of kids national geographic and other magazines. I take out the binding, laminate them and put them on a ring. My kids have read the same ones for years and they LOVE them.
Another tool for reading is a fun pointer finger. I purchased these martian fingers from Oriental but I can always find them around Halloween at the store too. I usually wait until after Halloween to find them on clearance and buy them for their summer bags. They have ones that glow in the dark too, which is super fun for flash light reading. Seriously, fingers and glasses puts my kids in reading heaven and they haven't been a distraction *yet*.
Moving on...I don't know about you, but fine motor ability seems to be a MAJOR issue with my students and each year it gets worse. I can't pinpoint what the reason is though. I try to have regular activities for them to increase strength in those little muscles.
During our last round of centers, I wrote their name a few times on a sentence strip and they traced it with different colors of glue. Just add a few drops of food coloring to a bottle of glue and there ya go.
So, for our new round of centers, I am writing five different sight words on a sentence strip for them to trace with glue. I like to do similar centers as often as possible to help with independence. We won't glue words all year but we will do it for one more round because the kids LOVE it, it's easy and it's purposeful in more than one way. I ask them to say the letter (spell) as they put glue on it and when they are finished, they have to read the words to their center partner. Then, if they finish early, they practice writing the same words on a dry erase board. Easy peasy.
Now, for your freebie! I have decided to make a huge class turkey next week. I am going to print these out on white cardstock and send them home. I will create one to show my students before I send it home too. It will include pictures of my family, pictures from magazines or newspapers of things that I am thankful for, etc. I hope they will have fun with this and I look forward to how different each feather will be. Just click this picture below to grab your freebie. I hope you like this idea!
Now hop along to the next Freebielicious friend to see what their Trick & Treat is! Fill that bag up friend!