Reading Resources that Rock!

Whether you use Daily 5, an independent reading workshop, or your own version of reading centers and rotations, you need quality reading products. Not just another okay printable. I have highlighted a few of my favorite reading resources that I use each year with my firsties.

Task cards are such a valuable tool to use in the classroom. They are simple, don't take a lot of prep, can be differentiated, and are fun for your kiddos! Below are Comprehension Task Cards great for grades Kindergarten through Third Grade.

Not only included are tons of Comprehension Task Cards, but also response sheets. These are great to use for differentiation, students countability, and a quick assessment. Blank response sheets are also included in this Comprehension Task Card resource.

These Comprehension Task Cards are so great because there are different categories of cards to fit all student needs. Categories include fiction and non-fiction text based questions for K-1 and another set for 2-3. Also included are general questions, analyzing statements, and predictions & visualizations. Mix and match for guided reading groups, independent reading, or partner work.

Each category of these Comprehension Task Cards are a different color for organization.

This Long Vowel Team Word Work is a student favorite. It is packed with different activities, including this word sort. My firsties love sorting picture and word cards to the correct vowel team.

Student can also sort words into long vowel sounds without paying attention to the vowel team. Great for struggling readers!

Individual long vowel sounds are sold independently, but you can find the money saving bundle by clicking here

Along with sorting cards are some word work printables. There are five different activities plus the sorting cards for each Long Vowel Team Packet

Coloring vowel teams by code is always a winner. My kiddos are begging me for more of these activities.

Students practice their knowledge of vowel teams by finding rhyming words.
Unscrambling words to match the picture allows students to use their vowel team knowledge.

Need anchor charts for your long vowel teams? Grab the FREE Long Vowel Anchor Charts here. You can find the colored version here.

Additionally, Short Vowel Word Work is great for Kinders and Firsties. These simple to use and engaging word work activities are a great addition to your short vowel word work.

Highlighting short vowel sounds by word families is a fun activity to use with highlighters or crayons.

Coloring by short vowel sound code allow student to use pictures to hear the short vowel sounds.

Cut and sort by short vowel sound is a fun interactive activity.

Who doesn't love a short vowel word search?

This is one of my favorite organizational tools. I have used a reading workshop model (you can read about how I do it here,) and to help me organize my reading conferences I use this amazing Reading Binder. It allows you to organize your guided reading groups, strategy groups, or conferences.

Plan for your strategy groups easily and access your plans quickly!

 Keep track of all your reading conferences with your students. Perfect for data collection!

 Make and keep track of plans for your guided reading groups too!

And last but not least, are your FREE Sight Word Flash Cards. These are so great to differentiate sight word practice for different students. I use different color paper for each set which motivates students to get to the next color. Read about fun activities we do in our classroom with sight words here.

Grab your freebie by clicking on the pictures or here!

I hope these resources are helpful to your reading instruction. I would love to hear from you!

Happy Reading!


Resources that Sprinkle Winter into your Classroom

Ah, winter time. Who doesn't love the wintery cheer that is abundant outside and the giving nature of people around this time of year? Even though I reside in Arizona, I grew up in the wintery city of Chicago and can't resist getting excited about winter time. I wanted to share with you some of my favorite winter resources for the classroom. Enjoy a Christmas Cookie Writing Freebie found in this post!

I love having an Elf on the Shelf show up and play tricks on our classroom each holiday season. The first day he always brings some holiday decor to make out classroom bright and cheery.

Integrating useful and purposeful addition and subtraction practice is simple with these Math Bingos. To find the link to any of these products please click on the pictures. Addition and Subtraction Bingo within 10 are great for those Kindergarten classrooms and some first grade classrooms. Perfect to differentiate your different math learners.

Need Math Bingo for your First Grade and Second Grade  classrooms? These sets include addition and subtraction up to 20.

Another great math center and game is Winter Warriors. It is a wintery spin on the classic card game "War." Included in Winter Warriors are three different sets of cards creating three different games for the price of one! Players deal out the entire deck to two players. Each player flips one card over. The player with the greater amount wins that round and collects both cards. The player to have the entire deck of cards in the winner! Find Winter Warriors by clicking on the pictures or by clicking here.

Each player plays their card...

And the winner takes the cards for that round!

Who doesn't LOVE a freebie! As promised, here is your Holiday Freebie! Students can choose their favorite Christmas or Holiday Cookie and write a recipe for it. I love having a "Cookie Party" while students write their recipes.

These next two resources are some of my favorites and students love them! These Christmas Literacy Centers include five engaging games that will get your kiddos excited about your literacy block.

Students get to unscramble mixed up sentences in this Christmas Literacy Center.  

Students sort parts of speech in this Christmas Literacy Center.

Students sort real words and silly words in this Christmas Literacy Center. 

Need Christmas Math Centers? Look no further! Included are FIVE unique Christmas themed math games for your students. Find them by clicking here or on any of the pictures.

These fact family Christmas trees are perfect for Addition and Subtraction practice.

Christmas Bingo with cute presents as the markers are another great addition.

Students wind their way around this Elf Math Game by practicing addition and subtraction.

I love having printables on hand for review of different topics covered. These always come handy when there is s substitute, a student needs extra practice, a student needs to be challenged, center work, or even morning work. This Winter Printables Packet is JAM PACKED with math and literacy practice, plus each page has a unique wintery theme. Grab your say clicking here or on any of the pictures.

Winter Writing Prompts is another resource JAM PACKED with writing for informative, opinion, and personal narratives prompts. Each prompt includes steps in the writing process such as brainstorming, rough draft, editing & revising, and finally a final draft. There are several formats for the final draft and rough draft to differentiate your learners.

Find all these winter resources and more by clicking here!

Happy Wintering!

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