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Blending Made Easy

Segmenting and Blending with TeachMagically

Many beginning readers struggle with blending words as they read. We are going to explore how to help.

Watch the video or read the transcript below:

Blending Resources

Here are the links to some of the products I use to help with blending.
Blending St. Patrick's Day
CVC Short Vowel Snowmen
Sorting Short Vowel Tulips
Blending Puzzles
Tons of Ideas

How to Teach Blending

Here are few blog posts that explain how to teaching blending.


I was talking to a friend about her daughter reading, and she was hissing and spitting (it's what some teachers call it.) 
So what that means is, the child never learned to “blend” the words.

Segmenting First 

When you segment words, and they write them....when you get /c/ /a/  /t/  that's really important and you want to do that,  but you want to make sure that you teach them how to blend them together. 

Then Blending

So when you say that first sound, you don't want to stop until you say the next sound. You have to go “caaaaattt” and if you make those sounds touch, that will really help those students, especially when they get into multi-syllabic words; words that are really big. 
So if you have a kid that is hissing and spitting, make sure you teach them that they have to blend those sounds back together.

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Consonant Clusters or Blends?

What do you teach after cvc words?

TeachMagically Blog Post about Consonant Clusters and Blends

Once students have learned the difficult task of spelling cvc words, you should teach and practice the consonant clusters. It starts at about a level E if you use F&P but I also discuss it during "kidwriting" as it comes up in stories. 

What are consonant clusters you ask? And how do they differ from blends?

Consonant clusters is the name given to two or three consonants that appear together in a word. Each consonant retains its sound when blended. The term cluster refers to the written form, and the term blend refers to the spoken form. So you can combine phonics and phonemic awareness seamlessly!

You can find fun puzzles that practice clusters and blends together by clicking the picture.

Check out the cool way we connected the Cluster/Blend Dominoes. First you read the word with the cluster then you must find the clip art blend that matches. It really works the brain; it's so much harder than looking for a matching picture.

Consonant clusters consist of four major categories:

 r-blends: br, cr, dr, fr, gr, pr, tr
s-blends: sc, sk, sl, sm, sn, sp, st, sw,
 l-blends: bl, cl, fl, gl, pl
3 letter blends: str, spr thr, chr, phr, shr
Ending blends: ct, ft, ld, lp, lt, mp, nd, nk, nt, pt, rd, rk, sk, sp, st (teach these last)

What are digraphs?

These differ from consonant digraphs.  Digraphs consist of two consonants that when blended make one sound: sh, ch, th, wh, ph, gh, ng (You need to teach and practice this with beginning readers.)

Exceptions:

The consonant blend sc can stand for the /sk/ sound as in scare or the /c/ can be silent as in science. 

Also, the consonant cluster ck represents one sound - /k/.

Most other consonant clusters will almost always stand for the blended sound of each consonant, which makes them very reliable and worthy of teaching.

Would love to hear the fun things you use to teach clusters and blends in the comments. Remember to "Teach Magically!"

Christmas Tree Cutting Wreaths

We made paper wreaths to practice cutting skills and to celebrate Christmas! (If you can use other colors if there are students that don't celebrate Christmas)
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How easy and fun is it!  

Check out the step by step pictures and directions!

1st- Fold a piece of 9X12 green construction paper in half...hot dog fold (down vertical middle)!
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2nd-Fold it again...hot dog style.
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3rd-Open...it should now be folded in half with folded edge pointed towards belly.  The open edge is away from the body and there is a folded line running horizontally across the paper.
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4th- Cut straight lines from the folded paper edge to the folded middle line.  Be sure to cut right to the middle line!  "Touch the middle line!"
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5th- Keep cutting equal size lines!  Thumb up, elbow in!
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6th-Keep going until the end! 
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7th- Open paper.
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8th-Fold 2 outer edges to touch in the middle.
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9th-Fold into a triangular prism.
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10th- Staple edges!
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11th-Decorate
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Cutting Skills Sheet

It is so important to practice scissor skills! Click on picture below to get a copy of TIPS FOR CUTTING with Scissors!
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Let's Connect

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Easy Visions of Christmas Craft

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After reading "The Night Before Christmas" poem.  We wrote to complete a prompt about the visions dancing in  heads!  What do we really want for Christmas?!?!

It is a great tie in to talk about when an illustrator draws "dreaming or thought boxes" what the reader understands!  It also lead to a great discussion of what "dancing in my head" (figurative language) means.

Creating this activity is so easy!

1. Read and discuss poem.
2. Students share what they are dreaming about this Christmas.
3. Take pictures of students with Santa hat pretending to sleep.
4. Print and cut out pictures.
5. Glue pictures to a doily. (Doily on Amazon)
6. Complete sentence and cut around edges.
7. Cut and glue to black construction paper.
Click here Free Visions Prompt


 Check out the display of all the crafts we make.
Visions Christmas Craft TeachMagically
Craft Display

 Fun Christmas Crafts

Jackson Pollock Inspired Christmas Trees
Christmas Wreaths
Christmas Bell Countdown Math Activity and Poem


Let's Connect

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Enjoy!



Number Sense and Numbers

We have been working so hard this year to develop number sense!

What do we do?

We use dot pictures to tell what we see!  Most of the time, they are hidden around the room and we search for them!
We have to tell what we see or count the dots and find a match.  So many can now tell by saying, "I see two and two so I know there are four." Oh yeah!



We used dice to play many games!  


 We rolled a dice and hopped to the number!  It was fun to see if the students had to count the dots or subitized!

When we played letter games, we compared our winning spots to decide who has more or less!




We used a NUMBER PATH to count and search for totals from story problems!


We are working on connecting the dots we see to the number that represents those dots and "wrapping" presents for Christmas!  Click on present to get the free game!


It is so much fun to see the learning that is happening!  Kindergarten is the BEST!

Christmas Tree Art Inspired by Jackson Pollock

How did we create these amazing trees?
Christmas Tree Craft Inspired by Jackson Pollock by Teach Magically

We watched a video about the famous artist Jackson Pollock!
Then all the fun began!

Decorate Christmas Trees with Paint!

We took cut tree shapes and placed them in a copy paper box top.
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 Place 3-5 marbles in a small container each of red, blue, and yellow paint. Place lid on container and shake. Count to 20 to coat evenly (plus it adds some math skills...or count by 10's or 5's or 2's)
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Dump marbles on top of  trees then shake, rattle and roll! 
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Be sure to observe all the different colors and shapes! Let dry and display with other crafts!
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Other Fun Christmas Crafts


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Christmas Math Activity Plus Christmas Poem

Check out the cool Christmas math activity we completed! It combined counting, patterns, and poetry all at the same time! Grab it here~Free Christmas Count Down and Poem
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Warning-Christmas Math Activity Links take TIME!

This takes some extra time for kindergarten students. One teacher told me it took from 8:30-10:30. I did it in 2 days because my time was limited but only 3 needed to finish. 

Counting out 12 red and 12 green links then gluing them together takes time so I usually do it the day before we are ready to glue it together. Click for more Christmas Math Activity and Poem Action Pictures
Christmas math Christmas poem

Christmas Steam Activity

You could always do this any time in December. Use the calendar to figure out the total number of chains needed and then create a pattern to get to Christmas Eve. It would be a great STEAM activity!

I always trace the bell on yellow paper, but when I did this with 3rd and 4th grade students, they did the tracing. Don't forget to glitter! It makes is so much more fun!


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Be sure to glitter!

Christmas Poem Shared or Guided Reading

I use the poem in guided or shared reading. It is difficult for some kindergarten students to read so they need to point to each word as I read it the first time. Then on the following days of the month, I have a small copy for each student to "read" with me. The students get to search for words in the poem and explain to the group "how" they know that word. We then discuss about "the sandman casting his spell" and what it means. We also talk about rhyming words.

Don't forget to create one for the classroom and discuss other things the students do to get ready for Christmas. Great oral language activity and build text to self comprehension.

You can check out Christmas Wreaths for some other fine motor work!

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Enjoy!

Ways to Use Poetry


I love to use poetry as much as possible!

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Working with poetry helps build a culture of reading within any classroom! I love to use a poem a week to help kindergarten/ 1st grade students focus and play with reading and poetry.

1st Day-Listen/Discuss/Read Poem 

I like to have the students close their eyes and imagine what they hear. No pictures allowed! Students turn and discuss what was imagined. Then I show the poem and point to the words as I reread, still no picture...no comprehension questions, just enjoyment of a simple poem.

2nd Day-Reread

I read the poem as I point to the words. Usually the students will join along and read with me. Sometimes I need to encourage them...a slight pause usually works. I usually have an image at this point. Yes, discussion usually follows.

3rd Day-Reread and Take Turns

Students get a chance to point to the words as the class chorally reads the poem. Students love to choose a special pointer. It really helps me see who has one to one correspondence and provides practice.

4th Day-Reread and Hunt

We practice reading the poem once and then student hunt for words or letters depending on the ability of the students. Once a few students practice chorally reading, the students can circle or highlight words I ask for them to find in their personal journals. I usually only let them hunt the words I ask for because they will sometimes circle all words, and I really want to focus the learning. We may also look for Concepts of Print.

poems poetry teachmagically poetryprocedure5th Day-Illustrate or Color

We reread the poem in their journals as they all point to the words in journals. We hunt for special words and/or letters then the students can color and illustrate their poem. Once finished, students reread other poems or count words/ letters as they wait for their friends to finish.

Check out this short, informative video on how I use these poems! So much fun and rewarding to watch the students grow as readers of poetry!
Must Have Poetry Resource

I hope you’ve found this information about poetry helpful. If you have any additional tips that might help a teacher, please share below in comments!






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