Spanish QR Code Letter Matching Puzzles

Posted by on Mar 29, 2015 in 21st Century Teaching & Learning, Letter Knowldege, QR Codes, Spanish | 0 comments

Spanish QR Code Letter Matching PuzzlesMaking upper and lowercase letter matches just got a whole lot more fun! Your students are going to love making letter matches with this letter matching QR code activity. I have includes all the Spanish letters of the alphabet plus pictures of things that begin with that letter sound. This activity is perfect for your ABC station!

See how it works!

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10 “Egg”citing Early Literacy Ideas

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in Compound Words, Daily 5, Easter, Free Resources, Literacy, Phonics, Phonics, Phonological Awareness, PreK, Preschool, Rhyming, Spring | 0 comments

10 “Egg”citing Early Literacy Ideas


1. Number and Letter Sorting
For this activity I used extra small eggs.  They were so cute, I could not resist buying them! You can find them at the Dollar Store.

Number and Letter egg sort
2. Syllable Count and Sort
In this activity I used regular sized Easter eggs and wrote words on them with a Sharpie.  I used three cute bunny baskets I bought at the Dollar Store, added some grass and printed out some numbers.  This is a good activity for students that are beginning to read.  They are supposed to read the word, count the syllables in that word and place it the basket that has the number equal to the number of syllables in the word.
egg syllable sort
3. Beginning Sounds
This is an early phonics activity.  To complete this activity students must match pictures to the letters they begin with.  When they find a match, they place the picture inside the egg that has that letter written on it.  Click on the image below if you would like to use the pictures I put together for this activity.
Eggciting Beginnings

4.  Compound Words
For this activity all you do is write the first word in a compound word on the top part of the egg and the second word on the bottom half.  To make it easier for younger students write the two words on the same colored egg.  To make it more challenging, write the first word on one color egg and the second word on a different color egg.  To play this game, students choose a picture of a compound word then look for the two egg pieces that have the words that make up that compound word.  Once students find the two words, they place the picture inside the egg, and snap the egg together.
Eggciting Compound Words

5. Rhyming Words
Students never get enough rhyming practice. This is such a quick and easy idea for a rhyming center. Write a couple rhyming words on each egg, add a cute basket and you’ve got yourself a basket of rhymes.
Basket of rhymes

6. Antonyms
Are your students learning about antonyms? This is a fun way to practice. How long will it take you to write antonyms on a dozen plastic eggs with a Sharpie? That is how quickly you can put this station together!  Want to add an extra challenge?  Write some synonyms too.
Basket of Antonyms
7. Short and Long Vowel Sort
Place the little chicks inside the eggs. Students open up the egg, read the word and sort it by short or long vowel. If you’d like to use the words I used, just download the free file.
Short and long vowel sort landscape

8. Picture and Word Matching
For this activity, students choose a picture then they must find the egg that has the name of that picture written on it. Once they find the picture and the egg with the matching word, have them place the picture inside the egg.  For this activity, I used the same pictures from the “Egg”citing Beginnings activity.
picture to word matching.JPG
9. Contractions
Again very easy to put this station together. Write the two words that make up a contraction on the top part of the egg and the contraction on the bottom half.
egg contractions
10. Sight Word Scramble
What is Easter without jellybeans? Place jellybeans with letters written on them inside an egg. Students unscramble the jellybeans to reveal a sight word.  If you’d like to use this station in your classroom, I have included the jellybeans and answer recording sheet for you .
Spill the Jellybeans

For more ideas for using plastic Easter eggs in your stations, check out my “Egg”cellent Teaching Ideas Pinterest board.

Pinterest Board Cover

Originally posted on March 12, 2014. 

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My PLN Comes to Life

Posted by on Mar 22, 2015 in PLN | 1 comment

Yesterday I was fortunate enough to attend a bilingual conferenced called BEAM in Arlington, TX.  BEAM stands for Bilingual/ESL Education Association of the Metroplex. This was the first time I have attended this conference.

I left there very impressed by the presentation and super excited about meeting some of my virtual PLN bilingual peeps in the flesh. I met 2 of the 3 member that make up the Dual Language Trio. Meeting them made me feel validated about the importance of having a PLN.

BEAM 2015

In one of the sessions I attended the presenters shared bilingual word work ideas. They shared a Spanish rhyming activity and held up the example.  As soon I saw it, I immediately recognized it! The activity was created by one of my PLN friends, Angelica Sandoval from Chula Vista, California. I took a picture of her materials and sent it to her in on Twitter. She was very excited  materials she created and shared on her blog, had made it from her classroom in California, into bilingual classrooms in North Texas.

BEAM 2015

PLN in a Nutshell 

For those of you not familiar with PLNs, it means Professional Learning Network or Personal Learning Network.  To describe it in a nutshell, a PLN is basically connecting with others who share similar passions and interest via social media to collaborate, share and learn together.

My experience yesterday, meeting and seeing the work of my PLN members at a conference, validated the importance of being a connected educator and leader.   I am currently using Twitter, Voxer, and private Facebook groups to stay connected.  There are also many other ways to become and stay connect such as Google+, Instagram and LinkedIn. I encourage you to find a social media platform you enjoy and use it to grow and learn as an education leader.

I would like to leave you with a quote from one of my Voxer PLN friends.

connected educator



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Sound Detective Work Work

Posted by on Mar 14, 2015 in 21st Century Teaching & Learning, Phonics, QR Codes, Word Work | 1 comment

Introducing Sound Detective Word Work Stations!
Take the work out of word work with these ready made word work stations. These five stations come ready to print, laminate, cut and go!

Each stations includes an answer recording sheet for accountability. Plus students can scan the QR code on the answer recording sheet when they are finished to check their work!

Station 1:: Beginning Blends
Sound Detective Beginning Blends

Station 2: Write CVC Words
Sound Detective Short Vowel Words

Station 3: Write CVVC and CVCe Words
Sound Detective Long Vowel Words

Station 4: Initial Digraphs
Sound Detective Initial Digraphs

Station 5: Digraphs Within Words
Sound Detectives Digraphs Within Words

As always these stations will be 50% off for the first 48 hours.

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Write and Scan S Blend QR Code Word Work

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in 21st Century Teaching & Learning, QR Codes, Word Work | 0 comments

Are your students working on mastering S blends?  Use this QR code resource to give your students the practice they need in a fun and engaging way!

This is the second set of Write and Scan S Blends. Set 2 includes 16 more S blend words for additional practice. These task card include a variety of S blends: sn, sc, sk, sl, sp, st and sw.

The QR feature allows students to complete this activity independently and provides them instant feedback on their progress.

Write and Scan S blends QR Code Word Work Set 2

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