Monday, August 15, 2016

Vocabulary Journals

 Vocabulary journals are one of the best and easiest resources for your students to help "build" their vocabulary. I used  these vocabulary journals last year and saw my student's vocabulary increase significantly in their writing and speaking. I copy the cover onto colored copy paper and write the students name on the front and staple the pages together. I use this for Math and Ela. Each time we write a word we go over the previous words. It helps keep it fresh in their minds. My teaching cohart makes 2 journals- one for math and one for ela- both ways work great.


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There are many different versions for different uses and grade levels- I love using the illustration pages for reading vocabulary words I do not put these in the journals- I use the alphabet pages- for our daily journals.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Vowels and Consonants

Our first day back in second grade and we are learning about the difference between vowels and consonants. I have taught second grade for 17 years and I have found students coming into 2nd grade can tell you what a vowel is- but ask them what a consonant is and so many times
 they will say-What is that?
 So we start off the first day with our
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
vowels and consonants name game.
Easy- Fun- Free Printable Download Below

1. Cut some poster boards into rectangles and write the students name on each
2. Then cut some colored paper or card stock into small strips and have the students cut them into small squares
3. Then the students place the coloered squares onto the vowels in their name- now they can see the vowels and consnants easily
4. After you have went over the vowels and consonanats have them glue the small squares onto each letter
The next day we did the vowels and consonants sheet that went along with our Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Vowels and Consonants- you can download it here

Download from Teaching Times 2- Here

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