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If you have students struggling with number sense, this comprehensive math intervention curriculum can be a great addition to your RTI or small group time!
This resource can be used in so many different ways. It was initially designed with kindergarten RTI in mind, specifically to meet the needs of students struggling with number sense. Additionally, it could be used to support your numeracy instruction in pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, within a small group, for ESL/ELL students, or for remediation in second grade.
An initial screening should help you identify the students that would best fit in an RTI group that focuses on number sense (i.e. Brigance, AIMS Web, MAP, etc.). They are typically students who are not able to master the standard during core instruction.
Ideally, your groups should be no more than five students of similar skill. This helps you focus on specific needs, and not feel overwhelmed by varying levels.
Each session should last 20-30 minutes and provide intensive instruction in number sense. The activities in this pack will HELP you do this, but I also encourage you to incorporate any other number sense strategies, games, songs, etc. that you find effective, too. The goal, of course, is to get HELP THE KIDDOS LEARN!
Because your students are sitting in close proximity to you during this time, it is easy to provide different activity mats for different students and not feel overwhelmed.
Since the activities are the same for each number, students will become familiar with the routine and recognize what they are to do on each mat as your sessions progress. Eventually, you could even create a math center using the mats!
The mats can be used flexibly. For instance, this mat could be used to practice identifying the number word at the top of the page with colored chips as shown, OR it could be a fluency page where students read the number words aloud.
The mats can easily be hole-punched and stored in a binder and then slid into a page protector or dry-erase pocket (as shown in the images) during instruction…
…or you can give students copies of the work mats to work directly on top of as practice, review, or assessment.
Kids and teachers LOVE these Highlight-a-Number mats because what’s more fun than a highlighter, of course?!
This page (which comes as a full-sheet or half-sheet option), is a great wrap up at the end of your instruction to see how your kiddos are doing.
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If you’ve been trying to figure out how to reach your students who struggle with letter recognition and identification, look no further! This all-inclusive resource is a LIFE SAVER.
This intervention curriculum is the perfect program to implement with students who struggle with letter identification. Teachers love this Common Core Standards-based program that focuses on letter identification and recognition in a simple, easy-to-follow format that has proven itself through student success. There are several activities for each letter of the alphabet, with picture samples for easy reference. It’s easily stored in a binder to keep your small group time organized and efficient. Though recommended as an intervention for kindergarten and first grade, it could easily be used in preschool and second grade, too. It’s also great for ELL and ESL students and a definite must-have for teachers, interventionists, and Title I and reading teachers alike! Let’s take a look!
For easy organization and storage, I keep this entire resource in page protectors in a three-ring binder. The page protectors can be easily written on with dry-erase markers and cleaned with little fuss.
It also includes two focus statements to help direct your instruction. You can print them out on 8.5×11 paper OR shrink them down to for use inside a clear photo frame. (The frame pictured below is a 5×7 and I shrunk the page to 55% before printing.) This is a great way to display the statements and keep them handy for quick reference during a lesson.
Activity 1: Letter Mat
Use this mat to introduce the letter you are working on. It can be used for a variety of purposes include: tracing the letter with a finger/marker while saying its name, making the letter from play dough, highlighting the letter within the words, saying the names of the pictures and listening for the sound the letter makes, etc.
Activity 2: Letter Recognition Mat
Provide your students with covers or a dry erase marker to locate the focus letter found on each mat.
Activity 3: Fluency Mat
Your students will read the letters on the mat. If they do not know a letter, they simply skip the letter and name the letter(s) they do know. Make this activity engaging by adding a fun pointer!
Activity 4: Handwriting Mat
This activity reinforces letter recognition through the writing of the letter. The focus ins’t so much on perfecting handwriting, but on recognizing letters as foundational to print and reading.
Activity 5: Letter Identification and Recognition Practice Mat
The purpose of this mat is to reinforce previously taught skills, and is a combination of all other activities. There’s also a black and white version, that you can print for seat work, morning work, or homework – so many uses!
After instruction, I like to give my students this version as a summative assessment – like a little quiz 🙂 (There are half-sheet versions included for this purpose.) For data collection, I would glue the half sheet into the top half of a notebook after completion. I would use the bottom half for them to do a little extended practice, whether that was telling me words that began with the letter, writing out more letters for them to read or find, or just daubing the letter as shown below. Then, I had a nice student sample to take to intervention meetings, use with student goal setting, or show to other teachers or parents. SUPER easy. SUPER helpful.
A few things to note…
You do NOT have to print all the pages for every letter! Based on the pre-assessments you’re doing with your kiddos, you probably know which letters your students need to work on. To save ink, just print those pages!
You do NOT Have to teach the letters sequentially. Again, you should only be teaching the letters that your students haven’t mastered. The Fluency Mats increase their number of letters as you work through the alphabet (so, A will only include A and B…whereas Z will include a lot more letter diversity). Just focus on the letter at hand. If a students cannot read the letter, just let them read the letter(s) they do know!
This resource is aesthetically simple on purpose! There are not fancy fonts or overwhelming pictures in order to decrease the distractions for our struggling kiddos. This was an intentional decision when making this resource.
This resource has been recently updated to include new graphics and fonts!
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As a first grade teacher, assembling literacy centers wasn’t always the highlight of my weekly preparations. In fact, it seemed downright cumbersome at times to find or create something that would hold the attention of my kiddos for ten to fifteen minutes and was engaging and could be completed independently so that I could work with guided reading groups.
Finally, one fall I decided that it would be SO much easier for myself and my kiddos to have a series of activities that repeated themselves weekly. Word Work seemed like the easiest station to apply this idea to since the focus spelling pattern we worked on changed weekly.
So, I set out to create a collection of activities that were simple yet effective. I came up with six separate centers and would typically use four of them each week (1 per day), varying the activity and order they were presented. After a week or two of using the activities, my students became independent and this center would operate seamlessly week after week. That’s not to say I wouldn’t change it up with games or other activities, but these gave me and my students a strong set of activities to pull from.
Highlight-a-Word! was definitely a favorite of the 6- and 7-year-old crowd! Seriously, you want to up the engagement? Just throw out a highlighter! Want to see your kids working furiously to read and word hunt? GIVE THEM A SMELLY MARKER. All the heart eyes.
Anyway, this resource dates back a ways, so I gave it a little refresher. Besides Highlight-a-Word, there are five other word work activities that are perfect an independent literacy centers.
After introducing the new spelling pattern to your students, you can issue everyone a word mat. You can even put them into plastic sleeves so that they can use a dry-erase marker to find the words. Then, spend some whole group time hunting the words and determining which words have the pattern. Provide the same mats at the center + the recording sheet and they can practice reading and writing the words.
Here’s the fan favorite with an updated look. I’m telling you, highlighters are life 😉
Cut & Sort and Read, Write, Stamp! are always fun, too!
The second favorite was definitely the Silly Word Sort, where students had to read the words and determine if it was a ‘real word’ or a ‘silly word’ (nonsense word). We loved coming up with, spelling and sorting these silly words as a whole group, too! Always good for a laugh!
Lastly, this mini-book was easy to create and assemble. Each book included seven traceable words and space for the students to illustrate the words.
I would love for you to sample this resource for FREE! Just fill out the form at the bottom of this post. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!
You can also purchase these set individually or as a part of a few different bundles. All are linked below.
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Check out this great list of activities for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade!
Read all about this fun Meet the Teacher activity, along with several back to school anchor charts and class posters that are perfect for the start of the new school year
I LOVE this letter recognition resource for guided reading, one-to-on instruction and intervention! It fits into a binder and is SO versatile! It’s a must have if you teach pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, or ESL students!
Teaching adjectives and verbs with popcorn?! Sign. Me. Up. This activity is teacher and student-approved. I promise, your kiddos will love it and will be talking about it all school year long. Plus, they’ll have a great foundation for these concepts afterward!
If you teach little guys, then the start of the year is all about teaching them foundational skills in everything. Which is why I love math crafts! They’re a fun way to reinforce foundational numeracy skills, such as subitizing and making ten, along with fine motor work and following directions! #winning
And, if you want to get your kiddos pumped up about a school year full of reading, while teaching them to LOVE books, then you have to check out these activities that help celebrate reading! They will share out their thoughts on their favorite books – and work on their reading reading comprehension skills as an added bonus!
Another great must-have for teaching foundational math skills is this math binder that’s great for small group instruction, math stations, and intervention. Teachers will appreciate the simplicity of the format and students benefit from the engaging activities!
Lastly, is this resource that includes FIFTY SETS of flashcards based off of kindergarten and first grade standards. They are extremely versatile and can be added to a number of activities that you already do in your classroom – from centers to small group to guided reading – the possibilities are endless!
This is the *best* science curriculum for the start of the school year! Your students will familiarize themselves with introductory science vocabulary, concepts, and skills – including safety!
And, don’t forget, there’s a MEGA SALE going on on Teachers Pay Teachers right now where you can save 25% right now! Al of the resources mentioned above have a ‘Shop this Resource’ link underneath the image. Or, you can hop over to shop all of my resources at Babbling Abby on TpT.
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Can you believe it’s time to prepare for the school year?! Seriously, where does the summer even go?! If you’re looking for activities that are GREAT for back to school, check out some of my absolute FAVORITES!
Each of these resources has TEN ACTIVITIES to use during the first week of school!
And, of course, I love a good anchor chart! This set of anchor chart templates is perfect for making posters for Meet the Teacher, Rules (school, bus, classroom, lunchroom, hallway, and recess), School Shots (getting to know school helpers and faces), and How to Be a Friend! You can by this set individually or snag it as part of a year long bundle!
If you teach kindergarten and first grade, then you’ll probably spend much of the first few months of school working on letters and the alphabet. Even though this *amazing* binder of activities was created with intervention in mind, you will LOVE it for small group work and guided reading! It’s one of my faves!
Sight word and handwriting practice are a cinch with this 2-in-1 Handwriting Makes Me Happy set. Plus, it includes task cards to use with any word!
And, if you want to get your kiddos excited about reading this year, you should totally check out Celebrate Reading! There are fun activities for getting your kiddos in grades K-5 excited about reading and it can totally be used any time of year!
And, let’s not forget math! This is a great curriculum for small group instruction at the beginning of the year and also great for intervention later on!
Math crafts are a super fun way to engage your little learners, work on skills in number development, and have fun! They will LOVE them!
Oh, one more literacy resource that might interest you! These are sets of flashcards that you can use for or with anything! Each bundle is growing, which means you can grab it for a steal before the price increases 🙂
Happy Back to School!
Grab a FREE set of Manuscript and D’Nealian letter practice worksheets that can be used in preschool, kindergarten, first grade, and second grade classrooms for students who are learning the alphabet. Each page includes a corresponding picture and lined spaces for practicing letter formation.
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I’ve just released my latest teacher tool that is ideal for accompanying your kindergarten or first grade ELA curriculum. It’s basic in principle, simple to prep, and will help support the ELA activities you’re doing in your classroom. Each resource will contain 50 sets of flashcards that you can use to for a variety of purposes – from guided reading to intervention to differentiated student practice and more.
These sets weren’t designed to be stand-alone activities, but to assist in your instruction of basic ELA principals in kindergarten and first grade.
Let’s take a closer look…
Each set comes nine cards per page. Some have the option to print in color along with black and white, but printing on your favorite Astrobrights paper is always a good option 😉
To keep it simple, there are only straight line cuts. It takes only minutes – if not seconds – to prep an entire set.
Each set of cards also contains a unique marker so that you can easily see which cards go together. This is great for teacher and students!
Organization is SUPER easy, especially if you can snag some of these great containers from The Dollar Tree! However, you can easily pop them into a plastic baggie, an envelope, or on a ring, too!
Here’s some suggestions for how these can be used in your classroom!
Because this is a GROWING MEGA BUNDLE, you can grab it right now at an incredibly discounted price. However, as I add more to each set the price will increase. So, don’t delay! Click the graphics below to learn more!
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As I’m sure many of you know, I absolutely LOVE fun fonts. So much so that I decided to make my own last year to share with the teaching community. But, before I became a digital font designer, I used to LOVE to doodle and play around with handwriting ALL. THE. TIME. In fact, handwriting was one of my favorite subjects in elementary school. The day we started learning cursive might as well have been a holiday in second grade.
Sadly, handwriting is rarely considered a subject these days as penmanship simply cannot compete with content-driven instruction and digital writing pieces. Instead, students must passively pick up handwriting – often with incorrect formation, strokes, and writing utensil grip. Sigh. But there is SUCH good research for the many benefits of handwriting instruction that we shouldn’t just write it off (pun completely intended). If you need more convincing, read HERE or HERE or HERE!
So what can you do? How can you easily incorporate handwriting into your school day when every single stinkin’ second is already spent? My suggestion would be to combine it with something else you’re already teaching or incorporating into you school day. Like, for instance, sight words!
Sight words are often a focus during guided reading, literacy centers, and intervention. This can give the teacher an opportunity to explicitly teach the word, along with proper letter formation and pencil grip.
By teaching sight words and handwriting simultaneously, you’re really getting the most bang for your educational buck! The resource pictured in this post not only includes a set of Dolch sight words for each list, but also includes a handwriting sheet and twenty task cards to use for additional practice within a small group or literacy center.
You can easily incorporate handwriting and sight word practice into the curriculum and schedule you currently use. They also make excellent resources for review, intervention, morning work, or even additional practice for home. The possibilities are endless!
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The BUNDLE is a great deal, especially for use when differentiating instruction!
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It’s the week that report cards are due and, as you look over the report card skills and standards, you’re suddenly thinking: Did I assess that? Did my students master that skill? I think he mastered it, but I don’t remember? I think he struggles, but I don’t have evidence? Did I teach this?!?!?!
Well, at least that’s happened to me a time or two!
Since it’s imperative to be intentional with every ounce of time and instruction, I needed a review to be absolutely SURE that my kiddos were ‘getting it.’ This reading foundational/literacy and math review pack can be used as a review of the standards, preparation for benchmark testing, as a quick assessment, or as a progress monitoring tool. Above all, it helps you easily take note of which standards students have mastered and where there are gaps, so that you have the opportunity to reteach before it’s too late.
I would recommend doing a review activity each day in a teacher-led literacy center. This will give you the opportunity to complete the review together and take note of student success and/or gaps in learning.
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If you do these reviews and catch a kiddo who needs a little bump, be sure to check out these amazing intervention activities – teachers AND kiddos love them!
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