October 8, 2012

Spiders, Bats, and Vowels OH MY!

If these next 3 months of school aren't the BEST time of the year, than I'm  not sure what is...well ok there is this one day called the last day of school, but that's a whole different story!  October is full of pumpkins, bats, and spiders.  Then November brings my birthday, fall weather, and our Thanksgiving feast.  Last comes December when we go all out for The Polar Express, and Holiday parties (I hate we don't call them Christmas parties) and a 2 week vacation! 

But backing up to October...in the next few weeks we will talk about bats, spiders, and pumpkins.  We have been learning about the short vowel sounds since the second week of school.  Our district is implementing a new phonics program, so it has been a little v-e-r-y slow getting started...but none the less, we are truckin' now!  Next week we will finish our last short vowel {Praise the Lord}. 

I created a pack of short vowel word work for the month of October to go hand in hand with all our fun units! Included is a pumpkin, bat, and spider themed vowel sort.  I have included directions at the end of the packet so be sure to make your way all they way to the last page : )

Click on the picture to download!
Here is a peek at what you can expect!

I can't wait to share with you what we are doing for our bat, spider, and pumpkin units!  Here's one thing I'm super excited about:  Another teacher and I bought a mini pumpkin to plant and watch grow...only it takes 95 days for it to mature (they made sure to leave that off the packaging)! 
I am going to leave you with a question and 1 more freebie!  Have one of your student's ever asked you if they should spell a word with a 'c' or a 'k'?  It's only my 2nd year of teaching and I can count on both hands (and toes) plus some more how many times I've heard that question.  Well here is a cute little saying I learned from our phonics program that helps the kids remember which to use:  "K takes i and e and c takes the other 3".  Confused yet??? 
Here is a visual I made for my kiddos to refer to when writing. You can click on the picture to download!
So clever, so cute, AND so glad I now have the answer to their questions (if I didn't already know how to spell the word of course!)



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