Thursday, December 4, 2014

How to help BEGINNING or STRUGGLING writers succeed!

Writing in a skill that requires daily practice.  I have a little Moffatt Girl who is VERY eager to write.  I wanted to make some NO PREP Journal Prompts that would help her feel successful and learn to love the writing process.  I recently posted our NO PREP December Journal Prompts {HERE}.

Our new NO PREP Journal Prompts for Beginning (or struggling) Writers have been a HUGE hit!  I am overjoyed at the response I got the other day when we did our first writing prompt.  I feel like a little writer has been born! I now have a little girl who is BEYOND EXCITED to write every day!

These journal prompts are designed to help beginning and/or struggling writers build confidence, practice articulating thoughts, work on fine motor skills and proper letter formation.

Here is how they work…
Each journal prompt has "I Can" statements with text and visuals to help remind students to:
*use capital letters
*use finder spacing
*sound out words
*use periods
*draw a picture to support the text

There is also a place for students to illustrate their work or label pictures.
Each journal prompts has 2 different versions for differentiation:
-one with a starter phrase
-one without the starter phrase for more advanced writers

At the bottom of each journal prompt is an illustrated word bank! The word bank helps support and generate ideas for beginning and/or struggling writers.  It is important to remind students that they are not limited to the ideas/words in the word bank.


Each month will also include a fun cover to help create ownership and excitement about the journal prompts for the month.  Something that I like to do is to create a spiral bound notebook with all the journal prompts ready to go.  I usually get that done at a local office supply store.

I also included a basic SIGHT WORD list to help spell some of the most common words that kids use.

Here is a sample of one of the journal prompts included in this months set:
I am SO, SO excited about our NEW Journal Prompts because this little Moffatt Girl LOVED them!  After we finished our first prompt she said, "I love school, Mommy!" 
Well…if that just doesn't MELT.MY. HEART! 

We started by coloring the cover page.   Kids love to color and this was a perfect way to get them excited about the journal prompts!


Since Sophia is in Kindergarten, we use the set that has the starter sentences.  Next year for 1st grade, I will use the version without the sentence starters.  First we talked about the prompt, then she traced the starter phrase.  Actually, she wanted to draw a picture first, and then she started the prompt.

She used finger spaces…

She used capital letters and periods…

She sounded out words…

This process took about 20 minutes, so we took a small break until the next day.  
She was eager to finish her prompt...

This little honey worked HARD!  She was so excited about her writing!  To help her with the process, we would stop and reread what she wrote every few words.  She was so excited to see just how much she had written when she was done! She was proud that SHE could read it ALL by HERSELF!

We used the "I Can" Statement on the right of each page to help remind her of what good writing looks like! We read the statement and she said, "I did that!  I used a capital right here! (pointing to her capitals)  I sounded out box and I used a period two times!"
SUCCESS…SUCCESS…SUCCESS!
Honestly, I didn't realize how powerful those "I Can..." statements would be! 

Of course she wanted her picture to represent her writing, so she colored carefully and with great detail! 
She created ownership of her writing!  This was something that she was VERY proud of!


 More details!
 Yep!
I think she is pretty proud of herself!
I am proud of her, too!

Her prompt says:
When I wrap a gift, I put it in a box.
Then I put a bow on the box.


Here is one more finished piece!
She even sounded out Christmas….all by herself!! 
This is HUGE and we are on our way to some great writing!


You can get the December Journal Prompts HERE:

We also have NO PREP January Journal Prompts HERE:
I hope these NO PREP Journal Prompts are helpful for your BEGINNING and/or STRUGGLING writers!
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Sunday, November 30, 2014

HUGE Cyber Monday (and Tuesday) SALE!

It's time to SHOP! 
Cyber Monday is finally here and that means BIG SAVINGS!  My entire TPT store is on SALE 20% off!  You can get an EXTRA 10% off if you use the discount code: TPTCYBER at checkout!
SALE DATES: December 1st and 2nd
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I am BEYOND excited about these NEW NO PREP Journal Prompts!  These journal prompts are perfect for BEGINNING Writers or students who struggle to write!
Each journal page has  and "I Can Statements" check off list to remind students to:
*use capital letters
*finger spacing
*periods
*sound out and spell words
*draw a picture to support the text

At the bottom of each journal page is an illustrated Word Bank to help students spell words they might use.  Each set of Journal Prompts includes 2 versions:
*one set with starter phrases
*one set without starter phrases for more advanced writers


 

One of my absolute FAVORITE resources right now are our Fluency Strips!  I have a little reader who has shown SO much growth with these flippable Fluency Strips!  The Bundle has 1,440 SIMPLE Sentences that work with basic sight words, CVC words, blends, digraphs and long vowels!  
*The bundle offers the best savings, but these are also sold individually


This NO PREP packet provide a very interactive, hands-on approach to the 1,440 simple sentences in the Fluency Strip bundle!  Kids get to spin spinners, roll dice, color, cut, paste and MORE! 
These simple Emergent Readers provide students with a GENUINE opportunity to practice early phonics skills and sight word recognition.  This bundle makes 90 six page emergent readers!!!
Our Ready2Read Reading Bundles are already discounted AND on sale!

Our Winter NO PREP Seasonal Packets…


 This is just a few examples of what is available in our TPT store!  
EVERYTHING is ON SALE!
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

December NO PREP Packets

I LOVE Christmas and so do the little Moffatt Girls!  There is so much excitement during this very busy month.  Of course I want them to keep learning with some fun, hands-on and engaging resources so I made our December NO PREP packets! Easy for me and super FUN for them!

The BEST part about these packets is that there is NO PREP, especially during this VERY busy month! NO costly colored ink when printing these pages, NO cutting, NO laminating!  Just PRINT and TEACH!  The pages in these packets are rigorous and engaging!  There is NO FLUFF in these packets!  They are filled with meaningful skills that help teach and/or reinforce grade level standards.

*This product has been recently updated, so if you purchased it last year then re-download it!
Here is what is included in the Kindergarten packet:
*Color by Sight Word Christmas Picture (sight words the, a, is and you)
*Color by Sight Word Reindeer (sight words it, I, can, and like)
*Color by Sight Word Reindeer II (sight words me, see, go and my)
*Color by Word Family Reindeer and Candy Cane (Word Families: -at, -ug, -et and -ip)
*Color by Word Family boy and dog picture (Word Families -an, -og, -ut, -en, id, and -it)
*Color by Word Family Penguin (Word Families -ib, -un, -ot, -ag, and -ad)
*Short a Christmas Lights! (Color the Christmas lights by word family and paste onto the Christmas tree)
*Short e Christmas Lights! (Color the Christmas lights by word family and paste onto the Christmas tree)
*Short i Christmas Lights! (Color the Christmas lights by word family and paste onto the Christmas tree)
*Short o Christmas Lights! (Color the Christmas lights by word family and paste onto the Christmas tree)
*Short u Christmas Lights! (Color the Christmas lights by word family and paste onto the Christmas tree)
*Santa's Real and Nonsense Word Sort (cut and paste)
*Letters to Santa (short a) Cut and paste the correct CVC postage to match the cvc picture
*Letters to Santa (short e) Cut and paste the correct CVC postage to match the cvc picture
*Letters to Santa (short i) Cut and paste the correct CVC postage to match the cvc picture
*Letters to Santa (short o) Cut and paste the correct CVC postage to match the cvc picture
*Letters to Santa (short u) Cut and paste the correct CVC postage to match the cvc picture
*Sound it out and READ (short a words) Look at the picture, box up the CVC word, put it in a simple sentence and read.
*Sound it out and READ (short e words) Look at the picture, box up the CVC word, put it in a simple sentence and read.
*Sound it out and READ (short i words) Look at the picture, box up the CVC word, put it in a simple sentence and read.
*Sound it out and READ (short o words) Look at the picture, box up the CVC word, put it in a simple sentence and read.
*Sound it out and READ (short u words) Look at the picture, box up the CVC word, put it in a simple sentence and read.
*Spin a Sight Word Wreath Part I (sight words: and, run, was, said, big, away, blue, and jump)
*Spin a Sight Word Wreath Part II (sight words: find, three, little, can, look, two, down, and make)
*Santa's Syllable Sort- Cut and paste the pictures to the correct number of syllables.
*Spin a Number Word (match numbers to number words)
*How Much Postage? (count the items in the box and make a number sentence, paste the correct postage onto the letter)
*Christmas Counting from 6-12
*Number Order from 1-20
*Decorating the Christmas Tree (simple word problems)
*Christmas Patterns- Color the items to match the patterns in each row.
*Roll, Add and Color the Reindeer (Roll 2 dice, add them up and color the reindeer)
*Roll, Add and Color the Penguins (Roll 2 dice, add them up and color the penguin)
*Roll, Add and Color the Penguin and Gingerbread (Roll 2 dice, add them up and color the picture)
*Roll, Add and Solve simple Addition problems up to 10 (includes built in manipulatives)
*Stocking Stuffers (Write the numbers that come before, in between or after)
*Reindeer Ten Frames- Color the ten frame (up to 10) to show the problem. Write the equation.
*Penguin Ten Frames- Color the ten frame (up to 10) to show the problem. Write the equation.
*What Time is it? Look at the time on each clock, color the box that shows the correct time.
*Comparing Numbers- Look at the two numbers (1-20) and color the ornament with the larger number.
*Ten Frame Addition- Color the ten frame to match the equation, write the sum.
*Color by Sight Word I and Build a Sight Word Sentence- Use the color code to color the picture. Unscramble the words at the bottom to make a sight words sentence and write it on the lines.
*Color by Sight Word II and Build a Sight Word Sentence- Use the color code to color the picture. Unscramble the words at the bottom to make a sight words sentence and write it on the lines.
*Cookie Addition- Count the cookies on the cookie sheet, write and solve the simple equation up to 10.
*December Calendar- Fill in the numbers on the calendar for the month of December. Answer the questions at the bottom.
*Count and Graph Snowmen- Count the snowmen that are the same and graph them on the chart below.
*Find and Tally Sight Words I- Find and circe the sight words in the picture. Tally them on the sight word chart. (Sight Words: that, she, find, here, and come)
*Find and Tally Sight Words II- Find and circe the sight words in the picture. Tally them on the sight word chart. (Sight Words: down, away, three, my and make)
*Tally up Your Marshmallows! Count the tally marks (up to 20) on the cocoa cups. Cut and paste the marshmallow that matches.
*Base Ten Match Up- Count the base ten rods and units (up to 20), cut and paste the chocolate chip that matches.
*December Measurement with Units- Measure the height or width of each item by coloring the correct number of unit cubes.
*Roll and Count on - Roll 1 die or 2 dice, write that number on the marshmallow, count on by writing the next 4 numbers on the cocoa cups.
*Letter to Santa - Write a letter to Santa.
*Writing Prompt- The best gift…
*Writing Prompt- If I were a reindeer…
*On Christmas I like to…

Here are a few printables in action…


Our Color by Word Family pages are always a HUGE hit!

We LOVE these watercolor pencils!  Just dip the tip of the pencil in water and it turns into a non-messy watercolor! LOVE….LOVE….LOVE these!


This little Moffatt Girls is always happy when I pull them out!  I like breaking things up and making them as engaging as possible. Sometimes we paint, sometimes we use the watercolor pencils and sometimes we just use crayons.

 It is kind of like an art project for her :)

What I LOVE about these fun coloring pages is that kids hardly realize that they are reading 21 word family word, 4 color words and following directions by coloring by the code!  So much learning for a "coloring page"!


Sound it out and READ pages...

This is a great way for kids to work on sounding out words and writing each sound in the sound boxes.  Next, they get to use that simple CVC word in context by adding it to a simple sentence and READING!


 As you can see, we still need to work on some proper letter formation :)  However, the focus of this page was on sounding out short a words and putting them in a simple sentence!  SUCCESS!

Then of course coloring is a very important component...
 This next page was very engaging and brought lots of giggles!  You have to match the correct CVC word to the correct picture in order to deliver you letter to Santa.  Great for reading CVC words!


 Writing Prompts!
"If I were a reindeer…"
 If I were a reindeer, I would fly with Santa.
Kids' drawings are just too cute!

*This product has been recently updated, so if you purchased it last year then re-download it!
Here is what is included in this packet (1st Grade)
*Roll, Add and Color the Reindeer (Roll 3 dice, add them up and color the reindeer)
*Roll, Add and Color the Christmas Kids (Roll 3 dice, add them up and color the Christmas kids)
*Roll, Add and Color the Penguin (Roll 2 dice, add them up and color the penguin)
*Color by Digraph (sh, th, wh anc ch digraphs)
*Color by Blends (bl, cr, sl, and st blends)
*Santa's Vowels (color the long and short vowels according to the color code-write 3 sentences)
*Ten Little Reindeer (working with ordinal numbers)
*Christmas Word Search
*Christmas List (gifts to buy/make and wish list- great writing practice)
*Reindeer Nouns (Color by the code: person, place and thing)
*Missing Addends (Find the missing addend for each number sentence)
*Missing Numbers (Find the missing number in a subtraction sentence)
*Patterns Everywhere! (answering question using a number chart from 1-120)
*Elapsed Time (Answer questions with time)
*What Time is it? (draw hands on the clock to show time by the half hour)
*Time to Spin- (Use a spinner to spin a time and then color the correct clock)
*Light up the Number Bonds- Complete each number bond.
*Number Words (Roll 3 dice and color the reindeer with the matching number word)
*ABC Order for Santa's Reindeer (Put Santa's reindeer in ABC Order)
*Penguin Foldable (Cut and paste the foldable, write a noun, verb, 3 adjectives and a sentence)
*Reindeer Foldable (Cut and paste the foldable, write a noun, verb, 3 adjectives and a sentence)
*Santa Foldable (Cut and paste the foldable, write a noun, verb, 3 adjectives and a sentence)
*Long and Short Vowel Christmas Lights (color the lights according to the color code, cut and paste on the tree)
*Let's Count by 5's 
*How to Wrap a Christmas Present (First, Next, Then and Finally writing prompt)
*Fix it Up Statements I - Find 3 mistakes, fix the sentence and rewrite.
*Fix it Up Statements II - Find 3 mistakes, fix the sentence and rewrite.
*Find and Tally Sight Words I- Look at the picture, find the sight words and show the correct number of tally marks. (sight words: could, know, every, again and were)
*Find and Tally Sight Words II- Look at the picture, find the sight words and show the correct number of tally marks. (sight words: just, from, then, after and when)
*CVCE Sign Language Decoders - Use the sign language symbols to decode and read the CVCE word.
*Sight Word Sign Language Decoders I - Use the sign language symbols to decode and read the sight word.
*Sight Word Sign Language Decoders II - Use the sign language symbols to decode and read the sight word.
*Stocking Full of Verbs and Adjectives (use the color code to color the verbs and adjectives)
*Letters for Christmas (cut out the letter tiles that spell Christmas to make new words-record your words)
*Letters for Snowflake (cut out the letter tiles that spell Snowflake to make new words-record your words)
*Letters to Santa (cut and paste the correct digraph postage to the correct pictures)
*CVCE Words (cut and paste the missing letters that match the picture.
*Calendar Time for December- Fill in the calendar and answer the questions.
*Word Problems- Solve the addition and subtraction word problems by showing your work and writing an equation. 
*Addition to 20- Cut and paste the equation that matches the sum on milk glass.
*Subtraction to 20- Cut and paste the equation that matches the sum on milk glass.
*Toy Story Shopping- Use the picture to answer the questions about how much the toys would cost (up to 20 cents)
*Toy Shopping - Color the coins needed to buy each toy.
*Ten Frame Subtraction- Roll 2 dice, add them up and subtract the sum from the set of ten frames. Write an equation to match the ten frames. 
*Fact Families- Complete each fact family.
*Complete Sentences- Read the sentence and decide if it is a complete sentence or not by coloring the light.
*Comprehension Check I -Read the short story and answer the questions.
*Comprehension Check II- Read the short story and answer the questions. 
*Writing Prompt- The best gift…
*Writing Prompt-If I were a reindeer…
*Writing Prompt - On Christmas I like to...
*Dear Santa (Write a letter to Santa)
*Make your own Christmas Cards (students can choose which cards to make-perfect for a writing center!)
*Christmas Cow (Mooey Christmas)
*Nativity (the reason for the season)
*Nativity (peace on earth, good will toward men)
*Reindeer (may the joy of the season be yours)
*Reindeer (blank)
*Mouse (merry Christmas)
*Snowmen (warm wishes for the holidays)
*3 Snowmen (blank)

Here is what is included in this packet (2nd Grade)
*Find the Grammar- Look at the picture and find the hidden words (nouns, adjectives, verbs and pronouns) and write them in the correct category.
*Find the Long Vowels - Look at the picture and find the hidden long vowel words and write them in the correct category. 
*Commas in a Series- Read the story of the Christmas Cookies. Place comma where needed. Answer the questions on the bottom.
*Roll and Find the Guide Words- Roll a die, read a word in the column, look it up in the dictionary and write the page number and guide words.
*Create Your Own Comic Strip! Use the callouts to create a comic strip!
*Let's Play Boggle- Use the two different Boggle boards to find and write as many words as you can!
*Make New Words- Cut out and use the letter tiles for the word "Decorations" and make as many words as you can.
*Contractions Sign Language Decoders- Use the sign language symbols to decode the contraction word. Write the words needed to make the contraction.
*Authors Purpose - Cut and paste the phrases into the correct columns (Persuade, Inform, Entertain).
*Find Adverbs- Read the sentences and circle the adverb in each sentence.
*Find and Write Compound Words - Circle and write 15 compound words in the word puzzle.
*Find and Write Homophones - Circle and write 15 homophones from the word puzzle.
*Find and Write Synonyms- Circle and write 15 synonyms from the word puzzle.
*Find and Write Antonyms- Circle and write 15 antonyms from the word puzzle.
*December Acrostic Poem
*Supporting Details I - Read the topic and use the picture to help write supporting details. (Winter picture)
*Supporting Details II - Read the topic and use the picture to help write supporting details. (Baking cookies)
*Supporting Details III - Read the topic and use the picture to help write supporting details. (Taking care of a puppy)
*How to Build a Snowman- Write directions on how to build a snowman. Draw pictures to match each step.
*Writing Prompt- If I were a reindeer…
*Writing Prompt- The best gift…
*2 - Digit Addition and Subtraction- Match the gift to the reindeer.
*Money- Coin Riddles - Read the riddles and write the coins needed for the given amounts.
*Measurement: Inches and Centimeters - Measure the heights of each snowman in inches and centimeters. Answer the questions.
*Addition and Subtraction- Read the problems and solve the equations. Set 1- addition up to 20. Set 2 - Subtraction within 20. Set 3 mental math in the hundreds.
*Dictionary Skills - Use the dictionary to look up the given words. Write the page number, the guide words, the part of speech, the definition and use it in a sentence. 
*Money Math Problems - Read the math problem and answer the questions.
*Subtraction (Let's Borrow) - Solve the subtraction problems and color the snowman that matches your answer.
*Double Digit Addition with Regrouping- Solve the problems and color the path to light up the tree.
*It's all About the Main Idea! Read each group of sentences. Cross out the 2 sentences that do not stick to the main idea.
*Multiplication with Repeated Addition- Solve each set of problems with repeated addition, grouping and multiplication.
*Addition with Regrouping - Solve the addition problems and answer the riddles.
*Mental Math - Addition - Solve the addition problems as quickly as you can. Record the time in each column.
*What's the Value of the Coin? Read the clues about the coins used in each riddle. Write the value of each coin.
*Coins: Making Change- Look at the price tag on each gift. Show two different ways you can pay for the gift using different coins.
*Input and Output up to 100- Use the rule to fill in the missing numbers
*Input and Output up to 1,000- Use the rule to fill in the missing numbers. 
*Time by the 5 Minutes - Write the digital time under each clock. Color a christmas light that matches your time.
*Elapsed Time - Read the word problems. Draw hands on the clock to show the beginning time and the ending time.
*Subtraction with Regrouping- Subtract and solve the problems. Use the color code to color the even and odd differences.
*Read a Chart - Baking Cookies - Use the chart (tally marks) to answer the questions.
*Understanding a Bar Graph- Use the Bar Graph to answer the questions.
*Bar Graphs - Use the bar graph to answer the questions.
*Fractions- Color some of the ornaments on the tree. Write a fraction to show the amount you colored. 

Here are a few of the hands-on printable in action…
This coin riddles pages was such a GREAT way to work on making exact change!

Here is an example of one of the riddles:
Beth had 5 coins. The amount of the coins is 38 cents. What coins does Beth have?

I found it to be most effective when we worked with real coins.  Of course you could always use play money, especially in a classroom setting.  Some of the printables are great for independent work, and some are great for teaching.  This was a page that we worked through together!  The perfect challenge!

 Measurement: Inches and Centimeter
We pulled out the measuring tape (from the sewing box) and got to work!

It was so fun because we got to measure the snowmen Puddles, Shorty, Buttons and Frosty!

We measured the height...
and we measured the width for a bonus :)

Subtraction with Regrouping
I always like to incorporate a couple of skills on each page.  In this page, we did subtraction with regrouping.  Then, you had to color the lights green or red, depending on if they were odd or even.  


Working on Dictionary Skills….


*Find the word in the dictionary (working on ABC order)
*Write the page number
*Write the guide words on that page
*Write the definition
*Use it in a sentence

Making New Words...
This is such a great way for kids to work on making words!  We cut out the letter tiles at the bottom of the page, and used them to make as many words as we could.

This is such a great way for kids to see word patterns, blends and digraphs.

Hard at work with words!

I hope that these NO PREP packets are super helpful to you during the busy month of December and that they make learning FUN, engaging and hands-on! 






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