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I'm delighted that you have taken the time to drop anchor here at my little teaching blog: Sailing Though 1st Grade! Oh, the places we will go! Enjoy the voyage.

Jul 27, 2013

So Much Still to DO!

OMG... I can't believe how little I have accomplished so far this summer and how much I have yet to do to get ready for my new group of first graders. Although I had the best intentions of keeping this blog up to date during the break - I failed miserably. Everything takes WAY longer than I ever plan for.

In any case... I wanted to share a few of my latest creations and some FREEBIES to keep you coming back.

Over the summer I completed a few new Word Work packs:

I also created a comprehension-based 

with matching Paper Craft

Finally ...

This morning I also uploaded a new Word Family Houses FREEBIE to my TPT store that you might find useful. Grab YOURS!

Grab a few more freebies below from my new Word Work packs.

Jul 21, 2013

Short A, Short I and Short O PowerPoint Shows

The absolute easiest way to have my student practice blending, decoding and reading new words is to add all the words into a PowerPoint Show and set it to run automatically or have a student be the "mouse clicker" moving us from slide to slide. We go through the show slowly on Monday and by Friday... we are whizzing through ALL the words.

My weekly PowerPoint shows focus on the spelling pattern and/or phonics skill for the week, which of course is dictated by our Reading and Language Arts curriculum.

You can grab my UNIT 1 PowerPoint Shows below.  There are 3 presentations in all. (Each has been saved for use with both older (.pps) and newer versions of PowerPoint (.ppsx) Unfortunately, in order to protect graphics copyright, I am unable to save them as .ppt for individual editing)

The shows included focus on vowels:

Short A
Short I
Short O

Click HERE to grab yours for FREE.

If you find these useful - all future units will be available shortly in my TPT store.