February 10, 2014

Introducing "Sparkly E" and a Freebie

After hammering home short vowels for the first 94 days of school we are finally introducing......
In our classroom he is better known as "Sparkly 'E'".
He was such a hit last year that I knew he would make another appearance on my plans this year.
We started off by spelling some CVC words.
We added sparkly e to the end of each word to watch (and hear) the magic happen!

 After discovering that 'sparkly e' changes the vowel sound from short to long, we learned a poem.
I found this last year on Jodi's blog Fun in First Grade I absolutely loved it.
Check out even more ideas over on here blog HERE.
I also made each student their own sparkly e to have to practice turning short vowels into long ones.

We used them during our "making words" portion of the lesson.
I had the students write down the CVC word, add their sparkly e, and then mark their word.
(Marking their word has to do with our phonics program).

This freebie I created goes along great with the above activity.
Get it by clicking on the picture below.


I also love to incorporate these practice pages from Abby's TpT store.
Long A Word Work Activities
Each packet has the same types of sheets so the students become familiar with how to do them pretty quick!
After the first day, they had a pretty good grasp on the idea.

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