Winter Sight Word Hide and Seek Freebie

Winter Sight Word Hide and Seek Freebie

Hey, y'all. We made it through Thanksgiving and this long weekend has been wonderful. I've had time to catch up on things and actually think clearly again! Woo hoo!

I had a few extra minutes (can you believe it?!) and I made a new hide and seek sight word game. The words in this series (by series, I mean there's a Halloween and Thanksgiving version, too) are from the reading program Into Reading by Houghton Mifflin. They are from the 2nd grade curriculum but many first graders may be able to read them too.

Simply place the cards you want your students to practice reading in a pocket chart and place the snowman behind one of the words. Students take turns reading the words, guessing which one the snowman is hidden behind. The game is over when the snowman is found.

This game is a favorite in my class and my students get so excited when they find it. Changing the cards out seasonally makes the game even more novel. You can grab a copy of your own for free here.

How do you like to practice sight words? I'd love to know! Drop a line in the comments and fill me in.

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for more great resources coming soon. Have a wonderful week and I'll talk to you soon.

Stay sweet,

How I Stopped Blurting in My Classroom

How I stopped the Blurting in My Classroom

Hey, y'all! I know you've never had a student blurt out in your classroom before [insert sarcastic tone]  but one day you might. If you're dealing with this issue in your room, I have a couple of tips for what I did to stop the cycle in my room.

I tried everything. We read the books, we had the visuals, we praised the students doing the right things, we gave consequences to those who didn't, we filled out behavior reflection sheets... nothing seemed to get it through that this behavior was totally disruptive.

Then came the data.

I made a quick table in a Word document with each students' name in their own square. Then, I tallied. It seemed like it was more than half the class with this problem, but once the data came in (and by data I mean I tallied every single blurt from every single student), it was only about 4 students who really struggled with this.

Students got to see how many times they interrupted the class each day and became really aware of how disruptive it was. (Like 50+ blurts from one student alone!) I was at a loss for tricks by that point, so I did what I hate doing and I let every single student who didn't blurt go to the treasure box.

I hate the treasure box. I believe intrinsic rewards are more beneficial than extrinsic ones. But they just weren't getting it.

So the first day, 10 students went to the treasure box. My biggest blurters were sad. The next day, 13 students went to the treasure box. Again, my biggest blurters were sad. It just didn't click yet. Each day, more and more students went. Finally it clicked. My most disruptive students GOT IT! And they went to the treasure box! And I was finally able to TEACH!!!

It was a red-letter day, I tell you.

Now, again, I hate the treasure box. I hate buying junk that they're just going to throw away eventually. So the day everyone got to go, we started building in whole class rewards like a dance party. Then, we upped the ante and students had to earn the trip to the treasure box over two days, then a week. Then, whole class rewards took precedence, and they were weaned off the treasure box.

Did it take time? Yes. Did it work? Yes. Thank God.

The biggest thing is that students needed to become aware of their behavior before they were able to change it. And it has made all the difference in the tone of our classroom and what we are able to accomplish.

It's not a perfect method. I've had students who wouldn't care either way. But it helped me and hopefully it'll help you.

I didn't make a big deal about who didn't go to the treasure box. I didn't call anyone out who had an awful day. I just praised the students who exhibited self-control. Those "good kids" never seem to get the same attention from the teacher that the tougher kids get, so we changed the dynamic. Our classroom is now happier, calmer, and more productive. All it took was helping students reflect on their behavior.

What do you do to curb blurting in your classroom? I'd love to know. Drop a line in the comments and tell me all about it.

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for more great ideas and resources coming soon.

Stay sweet,

January Math Centers for Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade

January Math Centers for Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade

Hey y'all! It's getting pretty chilly around here and winter math centers are just the thing for keeping my littles engaged while enjoying the season and all it has to offer.

Kindergarten centers cover things like addition and subtraction within 10, counting, simple graphing, skip counting, and more

First grade and kindergarten centers practice nonstandard measurement while second grade centers practice standard measurement with both inches and centimeters.

First grade centers review adding and subtracting within 20, place value to 100, fact families, money, graphing, and more.

Second grade stations include adding money, addition and subtraction within 100, place value to 1,000, graphing, and more.

These stations are always a hit with my class and I know your students will love them, too. I like to dress them up by putting the cards in mittens or seasonal gift bags, adding cotton balls for counting manipulatives, or putting materials in sensory bins. It helps to make the stations a little more entertaining.

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for more great resources coming soon. Have a wonderful week and stay sweet.

Free Fall Sight Word Games

Fall Sight Word Hide and Seek Games

Hey y'all. Are you ready for some new freebies?! Woo hoo! I have two brand new hide and seek games in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. They are super fun and easy to differentiate.

Simply place the sight word cards in a pocket chart and hide the ghost or turkey behind one one of the cards. Students take turns reading the sight words, trying to find the hidden card. My students absolutely LOVE these games and it really helps them identify the sight words more quickly.

You can grab a copy of each of these games for free in my TpT store here and here. The words are from our district's second grade curriculum, but most words are also suitable for first grade, too. Just pick and choose what you need!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!

Stay sweet,

Editable Math Hide and Seek Games and a Freebie!

Editable Math Hide and Seek Games

Hey, y'all! So I was playing a sight word hide and seek game with my class in the morning and they were eating it up! I mean kids were all the way sitting down, no one was bugging anyone around them, they were nearly silent with their hands raised just dying to be called on. It was the best behaved they had been all year.

Then we got to math time, and it was much *ahem* busier than it had been in the morning during our reading game. And that's when it hit me. Could we review math facts or concepts using the same strategy? Could we have a similar game that they are so engaged in that everyone is on task for math?

Why yes, we can! And it comes as a math hide and seek game. I printed out cards with math facts on them (answers missing of course), and hid a little character behind one of the cards. Students take turns solving the equations trying to find the hidden character. For instance, a student would say, "10+2=12" and I would lift the card that says, "10+2=___" to see if the character is behind that card.

It may just be this group, although I've had kindergarten classes get excited too, but they are just BESIDE themselves trying to find the hidden card. AND they're practicing needed skills!

I love these cards because there are a ton of choices for equations making differentiation and increasing the rigor easy, but they also have an editable page making it super easy to target skills your class is working on. Pre-printed cards have addition and subtraction facts to 20, but you could use the editable pages to create more equations with numbers to 10, doubles, doubles plus one, or even multiplication equations.

The fall set has a picture of Johnny Appleseed, a ghost, and a turkey for the hidden character. The winter set has a picture of a gingerbread man, a penguin, and a Valentine superhero. And the spring set has a picture of a bunny, a flower, and a sun. I like to trade out the characters and surprise my students. It adds to the fun and excitement!

And for sticking around to the end of this, I have one more game for you. This shape hide and seek game is free in my TpT store. It's played the same way with a few different character choices to use. You can use whichever cards you need making it just right for kindergarten, first grade, or second grade. 

I hope you found some new ideas for your classroom and enjoy this shape freebie. I'm always adding new things to the store so check back often for more great resources.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!

Stay sweet,