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FREE Spring Sentence Scramble Activity – Differentiated Literacy Center for Multiple Grade Levels

Spring Sentence Scramble Literacy Activity

Early elementary students usually enjoy doing sentence scrambles. It’s kind of like a puzzle and a writing exercise in one!

The students will sort the set of six cards to make a sentence and then record the sentence on their sheet. The recording sheet is provided in both color and black/white.

There are four different sentences provided two different ways.

The first set has the capital letters and punctuation provided.

The second set has no capital letters or punctuation so the student must make that correction when writing the sentence.

If you enjoy this, please check out my Spring Literacy Pack, Spring Math Pack and Spring Literacy and Math Pack!

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America Literacy Pack – 23 Centers and Activities for Patriotic Holidays

America Literacy Pack 23 Centers and Activities for Patriotic Holidays

This literacy pack celebrates America with 23 centers and activities. Perfect for your students who need hands-on learning and not just another worksheet.

The pack is designed primarily for first grade, but could also work in kindergarten or second grade depending on student ability.

All student sheets are provided in both color and black/white.

This literacy pack is part of my larger America Literacy and Math Pack. It also has a coordinating America Math Pack.

Literacy

Word Bank – A printable sheet word bank with 42 relevant words for any America-related unit. Teacher can laminate and put in centers or hand out for students to use during the unit.

Word Wall Cards – A set of 42 word wall cards on red and blue star backgrounds.

President True or False – Students will cut out statements and determine if they are true or false. They will glue them in the correct section of their sheet.

Scrambled Sentences – There are two options for this activity. In the first, students will unscramble the sentence on the six card set. They will write the correct sentence on the recording sheet. OR There is also a worksheet with the scrambled sentences (no cards) that can be unscrambled and written down.

America ABC Order – Students will put four words on each task card in ABC order and write on recording sheet.

Write the Room – Students will complete write the room tasks. There are four sheets in this pack: short/long vowels, common/proper nouns, 1-2-3-4+ syllables, and person/place/thing.

President versus King Venn Diagram – Students will brainstorm the differences and similarities between a king and president.

George Washington versus Abraham Lincoln Venn Diagram – Students will brainstorm the differences and similarities between the two presidents.

If I Were President – Students will write a brief statement and illustrate four things they would do if they were president.

My American Favorites Mini Book – Students will fill in blank of up to 12 different favorites and illustrate each half page. The teacher may choose as many different topics/pages as she would like.

America Cross Out – Students will cross out the word in each row that doesn’t belong with the rest. They will then write a few sentences at the bottom using some of the words listed above.

My July 4th History Book Mini Book – Students will learn fascinating facts about July 4th and illustrate each page.

How To Become President – Students will list five steps to becoming president.

Dear Mr. President – Students will write a letter to the president.

Four Great Things about America – Students will write about four things they think are great about America.

My Favorite Place in America – Students will write about their favorite place in America and illustrate it as though it is a newspaper article.

America List It! – Students will attempt to write one word about America for each letter of the alphabet.

I Love America! – Students will tell what they like about America by writing one word for each letter in “I Love America”

How Many Words? – Students will write as many words as they can using the letters in “Washington, D.C.”

Reading Response – Students will illustrate the Beginning, Middle, End and My favorite part.

A Story Map – Students will identify Title, Author, Characters, Setting, Beginning, Middle and End.

A Story Web – Student will identify Title, Author, Main Characters, Setting, Problem and Solution.

America and The President Writing Papers – Titled pages with lines for writing and a large box on top for illustrating. Includes both primary dotted lines and regular lines options for both topics.

Other

America Word Search – Fun America-themed word search. No backwards or diagonal words.

Memory Game – Fun game for center time or early finishers.

Inauguration Day KWL – Explore Inauguration Day with this KWL activity.

America Literacy Pack - 23 Centers and Activities for Patriotic Holidays
America Literacy Pack - 23 Centers and Activities for Patriotic Holidays
America Literacy Pack - 23 Centers and Activities for Patriotic Holidays
Price: $6.50

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Syllable Sort and Count – Literacy Activity with One, Two and Three Syllables

Syllable Sort and Count Literacy Activity with One, Two and Three Syllables

Students will determine if the words on the cards have one, two or three syllables. They will then record the answers on the student sheet in the appropriate columns.

This is the perfect activity for students who need a hands-on, engaging activity instead of a worksheet.

The student pages are provided in both color and black/white.

This activity is part of my Spring Literacy Pack and my Spring Literacy and Math Pack.

Syllable Sort and Count - Literacy Activity with One, Two and Three Syllables
Syllable Sort and Count - Literacy Activity with One, Two and Three Syllables
Syllable Sort and Count - Literacy Activity with One, Two and Three Syllables
Price: $1.00

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Noun or Verb Literacy Activity – Sort and record the nouns and verbs

Noun or Verb Literacy Activity Sort and record the nouns and verbs

Students will sort the cards into two groups (nouns and verbs). They will then record their answers on student answer sheet, writing each word in either the noun or verb column.

This is the perfect activity for students who need a hands-on, engaging activity instead of a plain worksheet.

The student pages are provided in both color and black/white.

This activity is part of my Spring Literacy Pack and my Spring Literacy and Math Pack.

Noun or Verb Literacy Activity - Sort and record the nouns and verbs
Noun or Verb Literacy Activity - Sort and record the nouns and verbs
Noun or Verb Literacy Activity - Sort and record the nouns and verbs
Price: $1.00

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Spring Literacy and Math Pack – 19 Centers and Activities for Reading, Writing, and Math

Spring Literacy and Math Pack Learning Centers and Activities

This spring-themed mega pack is full of 19 centers and activities that include reading, writing and math topics.

The two parts of this pack are also available separately in my Spring Literacy Pack and Spring Math Pack. (But you save money if you buy them together!)

All of the student sheets are provided in both color and black/white.

Appropriate for first grade and second grade, depending on student skill level.

The Literacy portion includes:

Syllable Count – Students will determine if the word has one, two or three syllables and record the answer on the student sheet in the appropriate column.

Springtime True or False? – Students will determine if the sentence is true or false. They will cut out the sentences and glue on recording sheet in either the true or false column.

Spring Cross Out – Students will cross out the word in each line that doesn’t belong. They will then use some of the words to write three sentences about Spring.

Help Ladybug Get Home! – Students will make a path by coloring in the squares with long vowel sounds to help Ladybug get back to the garden.

Spring Sentence Scramble – Students will unscramble five different sentences on cards and record the sentence on the student sheet.

Spring List It! – Students will try to think of a spring word for each letter of the alphabet.

Noun or Verb? – Students will sort the cards into two piles (nouns and verbs) and record on student answer sheet.

Sight Word ABC Order – Each card has five words from Fry’s First 100 Words and the beginning of Fry’s Second 100 Words. Students will record the card number on the student answer sheet and write the five words in ABC order.

The Math portion includes:

Addition and Subtraction Story Problems (w/out regrouping) – Students will read the story problem on the activity card and determine if they need to add or subtract. They will solve the problem and record their answers on the recording sheet. Answer cards are also included if the teacher would like to make them available so students can check for their answer.

Fact Families – Students will solve the fact families on the center cards. They will record their answers on the student sheet. Fact families included: 1-2-3, 2-3-5, 3-4-7, 4-2-6, 5-3-8, 5-4-9, 7-3-10, 9-2-11, 7-1-8, 4-8-12, 4-6-10, 2-5-7, 2-7-9, 2-8-10, 4-7-11, 3-6-9, 3-8-11, 3-9-12, 1-1-2, 2-2-4. 3-3-6, 4-4-8, 5-5-10, 6-6-12, 7-7-14, 8-8-16, 9-9-18, 10-10-20. Recording sheets come in both triple digit and double digit format.

Adding Change – Students will count the total change pictured on the activity cards. They will record their answers on the student sheet. Answer cards are also provided if the teacher would like to make them available.

Least to Greatest – Students will list the five numbers of the activity card from least to greatest on their recording sheet.

I Have, Who Has? Time Cards – Students will play a game to reinforce time reading skills. There are 32 cards that cover hour, half hour and quarter hour.

1 More and 1 Less – Students will record the answer of one more and one less.

10 More and 10 Less – Students will determine the answer for ten more and ten less and record on sheet.

Fill in the Missing Numbers – Students will fill in the 1-120 grid with the missing numbers.

Three Digit Addition – Students will add three digits to determine total.

Addition – Students will complete double digit addition problems without regrouping.

Missing Addend – Students will determine the missing addend.

Spring Literacy and Math Pack
Spring Literacy and Math Pack
19 Centers and Activities for Reading, Writing and Math
Price: $10.00

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How I Teach Language Arts – Relaxed Homeschooling in the Early Elementary Years Series

Relaxed Homeschooling in the Early Elementary Years Language Arts

I almost feel like it is dishonest to say how I teach language arts because I sometimes feel like I haven’t. I have facilitated a lot of learning. If there is any area where I feel like I’ve really embraced a relaxed approach to homeschooling and can see how well it can work, it is language arts.

I should also say as way of background that I spent a lot of time the first few years working on relationship building with Caroline. Due to health issues I had, our relationship had been through a lot of disruption between the ages of two and a half and four and a half. So more important to me than any learning was making sure our relationship was strong.

Here’s the background to get you to where we are now.

We started “teaching” Caroline when she was about six months old. That’s when she would sit in our laps and look at baby books with us. I consider that the start of her language arts education. We also talked with her all the time. We used adult voices, adult sentence construction, and a rich vocabulary. We talked about the books we were sharing together. We talked about what we saw when we were in the car. We talked about everything. We didn’t let her watch TV until she was almost two. So from six months to twenty-three months, we read multiple books to her a couple of times a day and we had lots of conversations with her. She always had access to a huge basket full of books. We gave her a lot of unstructured play time. We utilized books for conversation.

From two years to four years we pretty much did the same thing. Lots and lots of books, lots of conversation, lots of play, and some selected DVDs. We primarily used the Baby Einstein DVDs and we used them as a discussion tool. She LOVED them. We tied them in with books in the house, drives that we took, places we visited, etc. When she was about two and a half, we even used sticker books as learning tools which worked wonderfully well! I wrote extensively about what we did (and didn’t do) when she had just turned three in How I currently “teach” Caroline.

At four years of age, we did a bit of a trial homeschool preschool. Even though I had always intended to homeschool, I felt a bit angsty about her being an only child and wondered if she would be happier with other kids. (I also wondered if I would be happier if she was with other kids.)  It was when we did the trial preschool that I started to realize she was a different kind of learner. She was not interested in doing the same things over and over again. She thrived on variety. Not just preferred it, but thrived. I had purchased the Confessions of a Homeschooler Letter of the Week Curriculum and she was completely bored with it by about the third or fourth day. Once she had done an activity once or twice, there was no way she was going to do it again for another fifteen or twenty letters. I wrote extensively about our trial in Reflections on our practice homeschool preschool.

At five years of age, we did kindergarten. By this time, Caroline had pretty much taught herself to read after playing on websites like Starfall.com, ABCMouse.com, etc. She started out using Starfall, but we eventually also subscribed to ABCMouse (which I wrote about here) and wish I had done it sooner since it had so much great stuff! I sometimes sat down with her while she was working on a concept that I knew she didn’t know, but the repetition and exploring on her own just did it for her. I wrote about Teaching Our Spirited, Active Child to Read when she was six.

However, I would say much of preschool and kindergarten was simply play. I had lots of plans for kindergarten and we even tried to keep a regular schedule, but ended up really having to switch things up part way through the year.

Her sight word vocabulary astounds me. I think the reason she knows so many words by sight is she usually turns on the closed captioning while watching videos. So she’s reading along with the video. I never encouraged her to do this. She just did it and it has been a great thing for her.

Which brings us to first grade (last year) and second grade (this year).

I guess no one will be surprised when I tell you we still do basically the same things. After a few years of trial and error, I’ve learned what works with her and I just go with it. We read a lot to her, we have her read to us, we talk a lot, she uses computer programs, she does stuff on the Kindle Fire HD, and we do some worksheets that I pull from different workbooks I’ve picked up. We play games that relate to reading whether they are games I’ve purchased or my own products that I create.

Like many right-brained children, she is not a fan of writing. This is one area where I am letting her lead me. My intuition tells me that to push it is completely counter-productive. And so she still dictates her journal to me and then illustrates it. I plan work that takes minimal writing. Eventually it will click with her. In the meantime, I make sure it doesn’t prevent us from moving ahead in other areas. I just plan things that don’t require a lot of writing.

Making these changes to a relaxed approach to language arts (and learning in general) was a huge change for me as a former first grade teacher. But I can see that this is what Caroline needs and that is the whole point in homeschooling her! We homeschool her to give her what she needs, how she needs it, and when she needs it. We focus on keeping strong relationships and carefully observing her so we can provide the learning opportunities she needs in all areas, including Language Arts.

So far we can see that this has been a good thing. :-)

This is part of my Relaxed Homeschooling in the Early Elementary Years series. Read the Introduction to the series here.

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This is also part of the iHN January Hopscotch. Check out all the fun series here!

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Christmas Fun Sentence Scramble – Differentiated for multiple grades

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This FREE Christmas Fun Sentence Scramble activity is a great way to reinforce sentence concepts and comprehension. There are TWO sets of cards so teachers and homeschoolers can use the set most appropriate for their students.

Set one: Sentence cards have correct capitals and punctuation. Students only need to put words in order and copy onto their recording sheet.

Set two: Sentence cards have no beginning sentence capitals or punctuation. Students must make this correction when writing sentences.

Student sheet is provided in both color and black and white.

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