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postheadericon Using Reading Street -Street Rhymes in Poetry Notebooks


Reading Street- Common Core Edition- Grade 1- Unit R
Using Street Rhymes in my Poetry Notebooks


Street Rhymes are found on Day 1 of each weekly story.  They are used to introduce the week's concept. 


I use this activity with my "Blue" advanced group as part of their fluency workstation work.  They glue one Street Rhyme in their Poetry Notebook each week. We are on a 6-day cycle so it would be on our Day 1.  We practice reading each rhyme daily whole class during our morning meeting and Blue group (yellow group may be able to this early on as well) students practice on their own to build fluency as the week goes on.

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I have students glue the rhyme at the top of the page and leave space at the bottom to illustrate sometime during the week.

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In this particular rhyme, one of the weekly assignments (in addition to practice reading for fluency) would be to identify all the "number words." 





postheadericon Quick and Easy Flashcards


Here's a quick and easy way to make flashcards for all the first grade high frequency words. 

Lakeshore Learning has a quick and easy way to use flashcards. If you go to the Lakeshore Learning Site, you will see a blue tab to the top right that says "Resources." Click on the tab and you will see "Teacher Corner." Under Teacher Corner, you will see "Flashcards." This is a great way to make flashcards or word card for your centers. To go directly to the Flashcards click HERE.  All you have to do is type the words into the box. Quick and easy!

Below is all the High Frequency Words for the Review Unit. I have already made the Flashcards and saved them as a PDF. This document is four pages long.  

Review unit flashcards

There are a couple of ways to make them. You can print the cards on colored paper and laminate and then cut them out. Or, you can print them and send them through the copier with some colored card stock and then cut them out. We bought this card stock from Staples. 

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Once you have the cards made you can cut them out and use them for centers. 

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postheadericon Teaching on a Budget: Tip #5- Use Your Words


Thanks for following along during my Teaching on a Budget series.  This is the last post in the series, but it's not entirely over.  I will continue to post frugal classroom ideas and projects for you to try.

When all else fails and you can't tighten the budget anymore, just ask. There are many discrete ways to get the materials you need and the help you so well deserve.


Sign up with Donor's Choose- register your classroom need/project at Donor's Choose an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need.  Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on their site, and you can give any amount to the project that most inspires you.  When a project reaches its funding goal, they ship the materials to the school. Donors get photos of the project taking place, a letter from the teacher, and insight into how every dollar was spent.  Take a look around the site and see what other teachers have requested and how they wrote up their proposal.  This will make the process a bit easier and not as intimidating to do.  Remember post #3- collaborate…this might me a great place to give it a try!


Ask for Parent/Family donations

My weekly classroom newsletter always has a wish list section.  I am always in need of tissues, zip lock bags, glue sticks, and reusable containers.  We go through these things so quickly that I always ask for them as needed. A newsletter is a great way to keep the home/school connection open but is also gives you an opportunity to make classroom requests without feeling like you are asking for too much.

If you don't have the time to add a newsletter to your to-do list head over to it is a great website for teachers to post their supply list and share it with parents. It can be emailed of printed out and handed out during open house or slipped right into the homework folder.

During Open House/Back to School Night, I set up a pocket chart with baseballs displayed on it.  Each baseball has an item written on it that I would like donated to the classroom. Families who choose to may select a ball and return it to school with the purchased donation.




postheadericon Reading Street Word Work-Say It, Build it, Write It!


I'm always looking for something "new and exciting" for my students to do in their word work center. I want a center that each student can work at once they have 70% accuracy with the skill. I want them to be learning, practicing, and mastering this skill during independent center time. This is a great activity to do with high frequency words and the weekly spelling words. 


Where did I get this idea? PINTEREST! pinned this idea and I thought it was great! 


I made my own to use in my classroom and laminated them, so the students can use markers and just wipe it off easily. No more wasting sheets and sheets of paper! 

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I use a cookie sheet, so that magnetic letters stay on as they build. I got these cookie sheets at the Dollar Store. I like them becasue they are small enough for each student to work on at their seat or at a table. 

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