It’s been a long time but I must stop and say thank you to all who have been downloading my sight word parking lot! Almost every week I get a notification that it has been downloaded so I take it that it’s working for you.
Schools are about to reopen here in Trinidad and Tobago and I thought I would give you teachers a back to school gift. I am now live on TeacherspayTeachers and this is my first product! Eeek!
It is a Jolly Phonics inspired workbook/ worksheets that I designed to help reinforce the Level 1 (Red) Tricky Words. Here is a preview.
You can download the resource here. Please look out for my supplementary reading pages coming soon!
Have a really blessed term teachers. Enjoy!
This resource can be used to play two games: Pelmanism (memory) or Snap. You may think of other games as well.
Game One: Pelmanism
In Britain it is called Pelmanism after Christopher Louis Pelman, who founded the “Pelman Institute for the Scientific Development of Mind, Memory and Personality” in London in 1899.
You need to create two sets of word cards – two of each word. Shuffle and place them face down. The first player turns over a card and reads the word. He then turns over another card and reads the word. If the cards match he gets to keep the pair and play again. See the ‘How To Play’ file included for more details.
Game Two: Snap
I could vouch for this game being fun, fun, fun! My students love this one. You need only one set of word cards – one of each word. Shuffle and place the cards face up. One person (teacher or student) calls a word from the set. Students ‘snap’ the word (cover with their hand). The first one to snap the word gets to keep it.
Both games enhance memory, visual discrimination and of course reinforce instant recognition of high-frequency or sight words taught.
The package includes:
- 1 .pdf file with 2 pages which you need to print back and front. The front is blank for you to insert your own words.
- 1 How To Play word document
I hope you and your students enjoy this resource as we work, play and grow together.
Here is another resource that you can use in so many ways. Its main use if for sequencing letters of the alphabet.
The package includes six pages for you to print and laminate, as follows:
1) Page with capital (uppercase) letters for matching
2) Page with common (lowercase) letters for matching
3) Page with blank spaces for putting the alphabet in order
4) Page of capital (uppercase) letters for cutting out
5) Page of common (lowercase) letters for cutting out
The resource can be used in many different ways. The child can first match the letters, both uppercase and lowercase. The child can then use the blank card to sequence the alphabet either on his own or by looking at the cards with the letters. However it is used, this resource supports children who may have difficulty sequencing the alphabet by allowing them to go in stages until they can do it on their own.
Of course you can store in this handy plastic bag and label.
Now here’s the great news! This resource is free for you to download, print and use in your classroom. You can print as many copies as you like. Even the label is there for you. It is in .pdf format.
If you are a teacher in Trinidad and Tobago the learning outcomes from the Primary Curriculum Guide for Infant One, are listed in the file for your convenience. (Colours are different from those showed here).
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Here’s another nice resource I saw online and thought I would make it myself for my class. It is a parking lot for sight words. The word is called and the child drives a car into the correct parking space. As usual I changed the original one a bit. Here‘s the original one.
Here’s mine. Since I’m working with limited resources, I laminated these and wrote the target words on with a dry erase marker. In this way, I can use the lots over and over again.
I wanted to use it whole class and wanted to be able to tell at a glance if the child had parked on the right spot. So, I put in ‘bumpers’ just before the word. The cars cannot cross the bumpers.
Here they are, getting ready to enter the parking lot. They made little engine noises as they drove and when another word was called, I encouraged them to reverse and go forward like a real car would, instead of jumping lanes.
On the right, they are driving towards the word ‘his’. Someone may be going the wrong way!
In order to prevent copying, I put the words in different places on each lot so the children look for the word rather than just follow the person next to them.
Here’s the entire set. The cars were purchased locally at a variety store.
My main reason for making resources is to allow further reinforcement and learning to take place in the children’s free time. They can use this resource on their own. A child who knows the words well can use the flashcards to call the words. To facilitate that, I included the flashcards with the target words and a dry erase marker. The entire set fits nicely into a plastic zip bag (the kind you get when you purchase curtains). Isn’t that just handy? After all, we’re working with limited resources here.
Do enjoy! The children certainly do!
Here’s the best part. You can download the template for this parking lot if you like. Just print, laminate and rev up those engines! Here you go.
I love making resources. I mean, really, really love it. So, I saw this idea on the internet some time and decided to make them for my class. It is a spaceman to help children remember to put spaces between words as they write.
Since we generally use finger spaces, I altered the one I saw so that it fit onto the child’s finger – the very finger they would use to put the space between words.
Just not to be left out of the fun, I made a bigger one for me to use on the board. Two fingers fit in there. So I was able to demonstrate as I wrote on the board.
Somehow they remembered to put a ‘finger space’ when the spaceman was there to remind them. Even the ones who had already mastered the spacing issue, kept asking to use Mr Spaceman when writing.
Hope you like this idea. Better yet, try it!
Photo of spaceman courtesy: dreamstime.com
The resource was made for personal use only and I gained no profit in making it.