1-2-3 Come Do Some Vowel Activities With Me
“When two vowels go walking the first one does the talking.” Is a simple & very popular rhyme that helps children read a variety of words with a vowel digraph. (Such as CVVC)
However, so that children are not frustrated, it is extremely important to add “…sometimes but not always.” after they recite the rhyme, as there are lots of exceptions to the rule. I've included this sentence in my poster set.
To build vocabulary, improve fluency, as well as spelling, I teach the “rule breakers” along with the words that follow the rule.
This has been so successful with my own students, that I decided to design the "Vowel Villains" & When To Vowels Go Walking" packet.
I found it an especially appropriate title, as the word villain is a rule breaker!
Instead of being frustrated when they are tripped up by a rule-breaking word, my students get very excited because they’ve found yet another “convict word” to “jail”!
Believe me, your students will LOVE this approach to word work. Choose from a large variety of super-fun "rule-breaking" options.
My kiddos were constantly on the look out for CVVC words.
They enjoyed determining if a word followed the rule or not, and took delight in finding “culprits” that they could add to the jailhouse.
Another thing that I include in the packet is some Rhyme Time activities. There are posters with matching 2-on-a-page worksheets for time-saving printing.
Rhyme time, is another quick, easy & fun way to build vocabulary and help students find more examples of words that fit the rule.
Here are some of the things that the packet includes:
* 3 large “When two vowels go walking…” anchor chart posters, with a smaller version showing all of the posters on one page, along with matching bookmarks.
* 7 large vowel digraph posters to use as headers for a word wall.
* “When 2 vowels go walking…” finger puppets. A set of boys, plus a set of girls in both black & white, as well as color.
They provide a super-fun way to introduce the rhyme & help children remember it.
* A set of 8, Mix & Match, “build-a-bookmark” patterns (boys & girls, black line & full color).
I’ve included completed samples, so you can quickly & easily make examples to share with your students to help explain what you want them to do.
As you can see by the photograph there are lots of ways to mix & match the heads, feet & bodies to come up with a cute "Walking Vowel Bookmark".
* 338 (10-on-a-page) word cards for ai, ea, oa, & ee; including a blank set of cards so you can program with more words, plus a tip list of what else you can do with the word cards, including the“Kaboom” game.
These words are also listed on anchor chart posters.
* A variety of “rule breaking activities” including a rule breaker song to the tune of London Bridge
* 74 rule-breaking word cards, with a blank set to program more.
* An assortment of “Lock them up” worksheets, with answer keys; ai, ea, ie “I broke the rule” posters, along with a set of rule breaker,“build-a-bookmark” convicts, in color plus black & white.
* And as always, directions, tips, samples, links & photographs
I sincerely hope that your students enjoy learning tricky vowel combinations with these interesting techniques, as much as my students have.
Click on the link to pop on over to my TpT shop to check it out: "Vowel Villains & When 2 Vowels Go Walking...Packet". It's a whopping 135-pages, and just $4.95.
Today's featured FREEBIE comes from the packet. It's the 3 "When 2 Vowels Go Walking..." poster set." I really enjoyed creating the graphics, & hope you like them too. Click on the link to get your copy.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
My bones are achy, so I'm hobbling around with my cane that I haven't used in months, reflecting on how much we take for granted when we are healthy & buzzing around.
Wishing you an energizing day, filled with lots of memorable moments.
"You know, all that really matters is that the people you love are happy and healthy. Everything else is just sprinkles on the sundae." -Paul Walker
A Spooktacular Idea? You Decide!
The other day I was out walking our puppy, Chloe, in the dark and misty morning.
Perhaps it was because she was wearing her adorable little pumpkin hat, or maybe it was because my brain never shuts off, but when we passed a rubber glove lying in the leaves, it made me think of a craft project—ghost finger puppets.
We happened to have a box at home so I quickly snipped off the finger sections.
I wanted the edges to be a little jagged so they would look more “ghostly”.
Just as I had envisioned, their semi-transparent appearance gave them an eerie and spectral look-making them perfect little ghost finger puppets for a child.
To see which I liked best, I made some with black-magic marker eyes and then used mini glue dots to fasten some with wiggle eyes. You decide which "look" you prefer for your students.
They’re not only super-easy, quick and inexpensive to make, you can use them for a multitude of fun activities with your little punkins!
What to do with the digits:
Make a quickie center by putting up a TV tray covered with a black plastic tablecloth. You can buy round ones at The Dollar Store.
Put some safety scissors, the wiggle eyes, black markers and a Halloween bowl filled with the rubber gloves on the table. Demonstrate what to do and post your sample.
When everyone has made their puppet, gather your students together in a circle and do the Ghost Pokey.
Students should be wearing their finger puppets and do the movements with the ghost puppet. Click on the link to view/print the Ghost Pokey song.
Have your students sit in a circle and practice counting by 1’s, 2’s , 3’s, 5’s, and 10’s with their finger ghosts. When you count by 5’s and 10’s, have 5/10 students stand in front of the class and flash their finger ghost in unison as everyone counts.
Read stories like Three LIttle Ghosties, or 10 Timid Ghosts in a Haunted House and have your students follow along, adding and subtracting with their finger puppets. Click on the link for some ghost activities.
Students can also use their ghostly finger to follow along as they read aloud or use it as a pointer to show the correct answer on the board or on their paper.
Click on the link for a skeleton “I Spy”.
My students LOVE doing these each morning.
Fill them in with numbers or letters. Students point to the number/letter that you call out and then trace it. They take the sheet home and play the game again by tracing the circles.
I hope the rest of your October is simply boo-tiful !