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Sight Word Stations - Interactive Videos

Hello friends!
We all know that a huge part of reading success in the primary grades depends on the sight word strength of the reader. We all have students that need help with sight words. I know I have plenty of those students. I also have plenty of students that I can just send them off with sight word building activities and they can do them, but are they really  LEARNING the sight words?  I have students that can find the beginning sounds and grab each cute pictured card I have and write it down on the correct line. They are good direction followers. This doesn't mean that they are learning what the sight word IS. The students in my classroom need someone to TELL them what those words are. While I am in guided reading groups, I can't mill around the room to ensure they know that the words are. This then makes the work I am asking them to do meaningless, no matter how cute it is.

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I struggled with my son learning his sight words, even with his teacher mama helping him.
I wanted to reach my students that need this help. I wanted my visual, auditory and kinesthetic learners to benefit from the same activity! I THINK I have finally come up with one that will WORK. I have been practicing it with my students in my classroom, but also with my own special needs 6 year old kindergarten child.
Enter - Sight Word Stations!

These sight word stations are starting off with the pre-primer word list. 
I wanted my students not only to see what I wanted them to do, but also HEAR it. I wanted my students to use magnetic letters! I want them to build the words. I want them to write the words. 
I also wanted to make sure that I didn't need to use technology. It never seems to work when you need it to. 
I created these sight word station movies. Each movie is about 3 minutes long. I put 4 videos together in a set to allow for it to run anywhere from 11-15 minutes. This is perfect for a guided reading station. In fact, some students may be able to go to another station after they complete the sight word station. These videos have me teaching your child. It is my voice, with an interactive sight word lesson. It is very repetitive, so even your kindergarten students can complete it. 
I know not everyone has magnetic letters, so I created a sheet where students cut out the letters that they need in order to complete the activity. There is also a full size sheet that students can use magnetic letters. They fit perfectly with the letters that you can find here.

This is the smaller sheet that students are able to follow along with. You can use these with your computer. 

Students can also work in small groups using your promethean board. Students use this during guided reading /center time. They know how to find the folder on the desktop. It is labeled with what set they are on. I will have my students complete the same set, 3 times, before moving them to the next. After meeting with me during guided reading groups, I can decide to increase that or switch them to the next group. (my dry erase boards are from steps to literacy - double sided magnetic boards)

Students can also work alone on an activity. This is perfect for students that are on RTI or that you meet with frequently, but it is not their turn. It helps to reinforce what you are already teaching. 

Students are excited because it is paced for them! There are clear directions! I cheer them on, and share words of encouragement. As students are writing, I offer sentence structure reminders for capitals, punctuation and spacing! 

I love that my friends are manipulating the letters. I have them mix them up and spell the words three times before we move on. 

You can also use these with QR codes. Students can scan them on an iphone, ipod or ipad. You can send the sheets and qr codes home for additional practice at home. Easy peasy! It is like you are there with them! 

As students are reading, there are tracking dots so that they are getting that much needed one to one correspondence practice! 

Set one contains the following words:

Sets 2 and 3 will be here very shortly! 
So there you have it! Sight word stations that WORK.
I am going to be giving away a set for you and a friend. 
All you need to do is: 
leave a comment here on how you would use this in your classroom
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Like the post and leave a comment.
I will pick a winner tomorrow at 8pm est. 

Lots of luck!

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DIY lightbox

Hi friends! Happy Monday!
I am linking up with my sweet friend Tara from 4th Grade Frolics today for her awesome Monday Made it! I wanted to share with you how to make a DIY lightbox!

DIY Lightbox
I have seen lightboxes that are hundreds of dollars. I don't have that kind of money laying around. If I did, I would be buying clothes, not a box. Also, I needed a bigger box. I have binders that I wanted to share and that box was too small to open up inside. I figured there had to be a better way!!!!

This light box cost me $4 for the first one. It will cost you from scratch with needing lamps about $18.
I had most everything already in my house. You likely have a few of these items in your home too. 
For the cheap version:
Most everything can be bought at dollar tree.
4 foam boards from dollar tree.
Parchment paper (some people use tissue paper,but I like parchment because my lamps can touch it and it's not going to catch on fire!
Packing tape
One piece of floppy white poster board.

You will need 4 of these boards!
You will cut a large square on two of the boards. Then, tape on your parchment paper. As you can see, I had to double it up because the hole is so big. 

Then, with your dollar tree packing tape, tape the sides together. I didn't tape it too much because I want to be able to easily accordion file fold it when it is not in use.  Then, I slide in a piece of foam on the bottom.

After that, I slide the poster board in the back. You want to do this so that when you are shooting, you don't see the seam. I use clamps to hold the poster board, (dollar tree)but if you have binder clips - that will work too. Just clamp the poster board to the top. I put a piece on top too, but it isn't needed. Neither is the aluminum foil. I use it to bounce light sometime, but when I edit my picture using the camera app, I don't need it.  Then, add your three lamps! 

You can easily fold it - see?
It lays flat!!!! This one lays right behind my nightstand in case I need to shoot something quickly and my bedroom windows are open for natural light! 
I use three lamps. One on each side of the paper, and then one up front. 

Here is the second version. I use this most often. It holds all of my lamps, clamps, poster boards, tripod etc, so I love it! 
This is what my set-up looks like! 
I can do this with all the other lights turned out - I feel like it actually works better when the only lights on are the ones in front of my object I am shooting. 

Here is what it looks like all sitting inside. I pop the lid on, and tuck it into my son's closet! 

Here are some photos to show you before and after, and also so you can see some pictures that I have taken since making this! 
This photo is just using my kitchen table with the lights on - on top of a posterboard. Looks bright - right? 
This is using the lightbox - when I only had one lamp!!!!!

Here is a side by side comparison! (This was using all three lamps- I didn't have the clamp lights yet for the first photo)

Here is a photo with an app marketing with it. 

Here are two friends that also used my lamp tutorial from periscope.

My guided reading cliff notes pack was shot in my diy lightbox!!
Editable Bubble Gift Tag  - Shot with my lightbox
Back to School Forms - Shot with my lightbox

That is my only made it this week. I will try to make something special for next week using my Target dollar spot finds!!!
Happy Summer!

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Guided Reading Cliff Notes

Hey there friends!
Are we at the end of the year!? What? This year has flown by. As I am prepping for next year and the changes going on in my school, I was trying to prepare for a new teacher in our grade level next year. Each year, I try to reflect on what I can do to make my planning easier and my lessons and time more effective. I mean, who says, eh - I have enough time in the day, thanks! :)

I have been using The Next Step in Guided Reading as basically my bible since it was published. The information included is amazing, but refer back to my previous comment - TIME. I never have time to reread it every year like I want to. That means, the book ends up on my shelf, unused and I make things up on a spur of the moment on my feet kind of teaching. I am always ok with that, but I really wanted to be more organized when it came to my guided reading time.

End of the Year Gifts- Bubble Tag

Hey all!
Wow, I can't believe that I am starting to test my students for their end of the year testing! It is crazy how fast this year went by!

What are you doing for your students for gifts? 

I bought each of my babies two books. 
This year, I will be giving my friends bubbles, too!!!!  The bubbles are my favorite thing that I have done. All because of these adorable tags! They are so precious!!!  You can click on the picture below to see the editable file in my store. 

These ones below are ones that I made for when you just don't have time to edit. All you do is print and tag. These will be perfect!!!  Click on the pictures below to see those as well! 

Bulletin Board and Focus Wall and some Freebies!

Hi friends!
I am re-doing my pinterest board covers, and since I did my Focus Wall and Bulletin Board cover today, I thought I would share a few oldies but goodies! 

If you'd like to see cute bulletin board ideas and focus wall stuff, please click the picture below to see my pinterest board. 

There are reading strategy posters, and grammar review posters. 

 I just LOVE my focus wall this year! 

Earth Day and Natural Resources

Hey there friends
I just wanted to pop in and share my Natural Resource and Earth Day pack with you!
While you are here, click on the image below to see my Earth Day Pinterest Board!

My friends have enjoyed our Natural Resources and Earth Day Activities! I am so happy that they were able to have a hands on experience creating their own green cleaner! 

Teacher Meme

Hi guys!
Can I just tell you what joy I get out of finding and creating funny teacher meme's?
It is the BEST. THING. EVER!!!
I decided to have a teacher meme contest. The winner will get a $50 TPT gift card!!!!

Here are a few of my favorites:

My husband works outside year round, so this is him to me EVERY time I share any kind of distain from teacher exhaustion. 

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