Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Phonemic Awareness Bundle

My sister, Cathleen, has been a special education teacher for 10 years in Pennsylvania.  She has worked with all different grade levels, but her main focus has been K-2.  She and I recently discussed some of her most valuable tools for teaching reading and she told me about picture/word work mats.  They are worksheets that have a ton of pictures on them that are all focused on a certain skill, for example: all the pictures on the work mat are focused on short vowel sounds.  So the pictures would include: cat, mop, mit...etc.  She would then use this work mat to teach short vowel sounds to her students.  She uses these mainly during small group and said that they are great because she can use one worksheet to come up with 3 or 4 different activities in one sitting. I decided to make her a whole packet dedicated to phonemic awareness so that she could have more resources and I could use it for RTII in second grade. So the packet is filled with not only these activity work mats and their activities, but it also has tons of worksheets and games that can be played during small group or centers time.  Here are a few pictures of activities that are in the packet....also click on any of the pictures below to see it at TpT or click {HERE}



 I have been using this packet in my classroom for months and I have found it to be an irreplaceable resource to my struggling students.  Also, the games included are simple games that the students can set up/clean up on their own, which is always a plus!

And oddly I'm going to finish this post with a recipe.  A rough recipe.  I'm not going to get all fancy and give you a printable recipe card like my favorite recipe blogs do.  However, a quick how to should be good enough, right?

My New Favorite Way to Cook a Whole Chicken:


You probably didn't realize that when you visited my teaching blog today that you'd get a recipe too, haha.  However, I have to share with you my new favorite way to cook a chicken! I bought a 5 pound whole chicken, rinsed it, removed the giblets, patted it dry, and cut it in half by removing the hard bone in the back using scissors.  Then I added melted butter and seasonings and I put it right onto the rack in my oven at 400 degrees.  Below the rack I placed a pan of veggies with salt and pepper.  This way the pan of veggies caught all the chicken drippings and it helped to cook them with flavor.  After about 30 minutes I lowered the temperature to 350 and cooked for another 20 minutes. Seriously, this chicken was soooooo tasty.  You have to try this method.



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