Sight Word Stacking FREEBIE

4 more Mondays! 4 more Monday! Am I the only one counting down the days? I didn't think so! The end of the year is near so I'm trying to come up with new ways to get my kids excited about learning. I'm tired, their tired, and the days sure can be long with the same old routine. Sight words are something we practice on a daily basis and they can get old after awhile. I try to incorporate a new sight word game each month so the kids don't get burnt out on them. My latest game, sight word stacking is their absolute favorite!

Sight Words are so important for children to learn. Sight Word Stacking is a fun, hands on game for children to practice their sight words. It is a class favorite for sure! Visit this blog post to see how to play and grab a FREE printable too!

I've had this huge box of foam sheets that I got a garage sale sitting in my supply closet for months and I finally found a use for them.  I cut the piece of foam into squares. They aren't perfect, nor are they all the same size. Each square is no more than an 1 x 1 inch. I wrote a sight word on each square and put them into baggies. Here is how it works. 

Each group gets a bag and lays all of the squares face down. They turn a square over one at a time. If they say the word right then they get to stack it. If they say it wrong, it goes back into the pile face down. Each time they get a word right, they stack it on top of the other. 

Sight Words are so important for children to learn. Sight Word Stacking is a fun, hands on game for children to practice their sight words. It is a class favorite for sure! Visit this blog post to see how to play and grab a FREE printable too!

Sight Words are so important for children to learn. Sight Word Stacking is a fun, hands on game for children to practice their sight words. It is a class favorite for sure! Visit this blog post to see how to play and grab a FREE printable too!

Eventually their stack will start to look like this. I tell them that once the square is laid down, they cannot touch it again and they cannot straighten the stack up. 

Sight Words are so important for children to learn. Sight Word Stacking is a fun, hands on game for children to practice their sight words. It is a class favorite for sure! Visit this blog post to see how to play and grab a FREE printable too!


Sight Words are so important for children to learn. Sight Word Stacking is a fun, hands on game for children to practice their sight words. It is a class favorite for sure! Visit this blog post to see how to play and grab a FREE printable too!

Sooner or later, their stack will fall! I love hearing "NOOOOOO! WE ONLY HAD TWO MORE!" 

Sight Words are so important for children to learn. Sight Word Stacking is a fun, hands on game for children to practice their sight words. It is a class favorite for sure! Visit this blog post to see how to play and grab a FREE printable too!

Once their stack falls, they choose one of the squares and write that word on the game sheet. Then they use that word in a sentence. Once everyone in their group has written a sentence, then they can start another round. 

Sight Words are so important for children to learn. Sight Word Stacking is a fun, hands on game for children to practice their sight words. It is a class favorite for sure! Visit this blog post to see how to play and grab a FREE printable too!

Sight Words are so important for children to learn. Sight Word Stacking is a fun, hands on game for children to practice their sight words. It is a class favorite for sure! Visit this blog post to see how to play and grab a FREE printable too!

Would you like a copy of this activity sheet? You are in luck! Click here to get it for FREE! I use this a lot for early finishers. The directions on the page say for them to choose 5 squares, then write each word in a sentence. You can play it in groups like I mentioned earlier or you can have them do it this way. If you like this idea, pin the image below to save it for later.

Sight Words are so important for children to learn. Sight Word Stacking is a fun, hands on game for children to practice their sight words. It is a class favorite for sure! Visit this blog post to see how to play and grab a FREE printable too!

These are super easy to make and the kids really enjoy it. I'm hoping this one will keep them interested in sight words for the next few weeks.



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Five for Friday: April 25th

I feel like it has for-ev-er since I've linked up with Doodle Bugs Teaching. Its been a crazy week but I'll do my best to share it with you. 



We reviewed prefixes this week. On Monday, I made these anchor charts and we brainstormed words for our journals. I've been so forgetful lately that I forgot to take a picture of their journals but thought you'd like to see the charts we made. 



We skated right into measurement this week with my Skating into Measurement unit. We measured everything we could get our little hands on. Here are our two favorite activities from the week. This roll and measure center came can be found in my measurement unit and my Bloomin Math Centers. 
They rolled a dice, then had to measure a line in either inches or centimeters based on which number they rolled. 





Then we did a little Find Someone Who! I taped the skateboard cards onto their backs. They had to find a partner and measure the card on each others backs. They LOVED it. The best part of the whole lesson though was when we had a fire drill during the middle of it and we had to walk outside with cards on our backs. The other classes thought it was funny and the kids liked showing off the fun they were having. 









We've been studying habitats all week in science. I'll share more on this next week when we wrap up our unit. National Geographic has a great, kid friendly, habitat website that is full of photos, videos, games and so much more. They spent their entire computer lab time on it and didn't complain one time. Click here to go to the site. 



Today I checked out these videos from our library. My kids asked me what they were. #youknowyou'regettingoldwhen….#ripvhstapes



We will be studying the branches of government next week in social studies. I just uploaded this new unit to TPT last night. I can't wait to share if with ya'll next week. It's on sale all weekend. 






I'm participating ia giveaway over at Reading & Writing Readheads. She is celebrating a recent milestone and I'm so excited that she asked me to be a part of it. There are several packs up for grabs including a quiet pencil sharpener. Head on over to her blog to check it out and to enter. 


My parents are coming in for the weekend and I'm so excited about it. Enjoy your weekend everyone! 





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A Week of Knuffle Bunny

Happy Good Friday everyone! Do you have today off? It was so nice to sleep in this morning but I could not wait to share what we did in Reading this week. Every once in a while I like to venture outside of our Journey's series and share some of my very favorite stories with my kiddos. We had a short week this week and I knew it was the perfect time to bring the Knuffle Bunny out of my filing cabinet. These are my very favorite children's stories so they don't get placed in my library. They are nicely filed away in my cabinet so they don't get torn up. I had the chance to meet Mo Willems while I was in college. He presented at the Children's Literacy event held at Texas Tech and I immediately fell in love with his work. His stories are beautifully written with humor and my kids adored his illustrations which is what I really tried to focus on this week. All of the activities we did this week came from my Knuffle Bunny Mini Unit that I'll be sharing with you at the end of this post. 

We started out the week reading the first story in the series. Knuffle Bunny. Most of my kids, including my boys fell in love with Trixie from the beginning. I was asked to read the pages where she talks in baby talk more than once. After reading the story we did a quick story sequence activity. 


On Tuesday, we read Knuffle Bunny, Too. We did lots of predicting throughout this story in our journals (sorry I didn't get a picture of those.) After reading we did lots of review on cause and effect. This is a skill that my sweeties really needed to work on. I called a group of students up to the front of the room and gave them cut outs of the questions that were going to be asked on their activity sheet they would do later on. They had to match themselves with the right  cause and effect from the book. I did take pictures of this but they were really blurry for some reason so I'm unable to post them. (Sorry!)

Wednesday was my favorite day. We read Knuffle Bunny Free. This is my favorite story of the series. We watched this youtube video that is a reading of the story. 


After we really talked about how Trixie had grown as a character from the beginning of the series to the end. Then we did a quick character trait review. 



As I mentioned earlier, I really tried to focus on the importance of the illustrations in this series. What we did next was my favorite activity of the week. If you have never read the Knuffle Bunny series, Mo Willems uses real life black and white pictures and his characters are cartoon like. I had five black and white illustrations  for them to choose from. A rodeo, a safari, a playground, the beach, and an airport. After each child selected their illustration, they drew themselves and their own Knuffle Bunny on scratch paper and cut them out. We were going to write all about their illustration they had created but before I turned them out on their own, we completed a writing graphic organizer. 


Once their organizer was complete, they could started on their final draft. Here are a few of my favorites. I think they all turned out great! 





To wrap up our Knuffle Bunny unit, we did a little bit more writing. They were to write about their favorite story from the series. I busted out another graphic organizer. They chose their favorite book, along with two adjectives that they picked to describe the story they chose. They had to tell me why they liked the book, what their favorite part of the story was, and who they would recommend this book to and why. 



Here are some of our published results. For a group that struggles with writing, I thought they did a really great job. I didn't have one student complain that it was hard to do which was a first for our writing lessons. 




Last but not least, here is a picture of our Knuffle Bunny display in our hallway. 


You can get all of these activities we used in my latest Knuffle Bunny unit. I created this mini unit based on the skills I knew my students needed to work on. Here is a closer look. 

I hope everyone has a great long, Holiday weekend. I'm off to enjoy the beautiful day outside. 

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It's a Second Grade Thing

I am so excited to team up with some of my second grade bloggy friends to bring you a brand new, collaborative Pinterest board!

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The purpose of this board is to share some of our spectacular second grade teaching ideas and resources with our followers. Here are some of the amazing bloggers participating:



To kick off our new board, we are giving away a $25 gift certificate to Teachers Pay Teachers! WOO HOO!!! Check out the Rafflecopter below:



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We are SO excited to be connecting with our amazing readers on Pinterest! See ya over there!




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Blogs We Admire: Guess Who I Secretly Admire


We all have blogs that we secretly stalk admire. Can you guess who I creep on? LOL Here's a few clues.




Any guesses yet?!?


We are polar opposites! I've never been to a hockey game. We don't get much ice down here in Texas. 


She has a slight obsession  for a particular animal that you might see when you go to the zoo. Have you figured it out yet?
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Hippo Hooray for Second Grade! 



Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!

We have become good blogging buddies over the past few months and I just adore her! I chose to review her Making Words for a Whole Year pack and I absolutely love it.



Making Words is a hands on activity where students try to make as many words as they can with the given set of letters.  Last year I had a boggle board in my classroom and my kids really enjoyed it. This year I wasn't able to put one up due to lack of wall space. I love having this type of activity in my word work station so when I found this resource I was stoked that all of my kids could be working on it at the same time. This pack incldues four sheets per month for the entire year. I have been using them on Fridays as fillers between tests and other activities and for my fast finishers. Each sheet has a mystery word that the students work hard to find. It's a big deal in my class for whoever finds it first!

A bunch of my kiddos just started little league so we started out with the mystery word "baseball". They caught onto the concept quickly and asked for more of a challenge! There is a picture in the top corner to help them figure out the mystery word.




This type of activity is great for spelling patterns. They quickly figured out that they could make the word ball and if they added an s, they could make the word balls. They would get so excited about this. One kid literally jumped out of his chair, threw his arms into the air and said "I found a 3 AND 4 letter" word!  It required my struggling students to use their higher thinking schools which I loved. 








Would you like a sample from Angela's unit? Click here or on the picture below. 


Don't forget to head on over to Hippo Hooray's blog. You can check out other secret admirer posts by clicking on the links below.  











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