Friday, November 15, 2013

Long Vowel Practice

I'm so excited - we finally made it to long vowels!  If you teach first grade then you know what I mean!  We open up a whole new world when we introduce long vowels.  There are hundreds of new words that my firsties can add to their repertoire!  They have been loving it too!

My first grade team felt like we needed a little more to go along with our long vowel stories from our reading series.  We have always added "extras" before but we just felt like we needed something different.  I created this unit for us to use this year.  I really do feel that this can be a great supplement to any reading series.

This unit is actually very flexible!  You can use it with your whole class or with small groups.  Here is how we've been using it in our classroom:

We spent 2 weeks on long a which was great, because it allowed me to use everything whole group to introduce before putting all of it in centers.  I loved using the onset/rime cards above every morning for a quick fluency practice.  I would reach in and grab and onset stick and then the class would read the real/nonsense words as quickly as they could.  They loved that half of the words didn't make sense!  We would practice with about 5 different onsets each morning.  It would only take about 2-3 minutes but it was great reading practice!

I used the above worksheets in my guided reading groups.  My firsties seemed to really enjoy all the different activities.

We will work on long i next week and I'm excited that my kiddos already know how to do each activity.  I'm keeping all of their fluency stories together in a folder.  I plan on taking a day or two every few weeks to just go back and practice reading past stories.  I love that can go back and feel successful when reading familiar passages.

I would love for you to check it out!  Just click on any of the above images and it will take you over to TpT so you can see it a little more in-depth.

What are your favorite "long vowel" activities?  I would love to hear your ideas!

Have a WONDERFUL weekend!

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