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Hooray for you, Courtney!  I will be contacting you.  As for everyone else, don't go away disappointed!  I have a few freebies for you, too!! :)

Due to the short week AND our Patriot's Day Assembly this Friday (in honor of 9/11.  Does your school do anything?  Every year, we invite families to this big event.  Each grade level sings a song, the whole school sings the National Anthem, we have a moment of silence, our Eagle Chorus sings, and we recognize family members in the armed forces, including firefighters and police officers.  Last year was super special because my partner's son was home on leave from the Marine Corps.  This year will be bitter sweet - he is currently training at Twenty-nine Palms and will be deployed to Afghanistan in October.)  That parenthesis just got gigantic.  I was not expecting that, but I'm sure you were if you know me at all.  As I was saying, due to our short week and the Patriot's Day Assembly (and in case you were curious, yes, this will be happening during our 2 1/2 hour Language Arts block.  Go ahead.  Call the cops.  They will already be at our school so I will make it easy for you.) I will be reviewing Theme 1, Weeks 1-3.  So I came up with (or looked around for stuff I already had) some review activities.  And now you can grab them!  :)  Just click on any of the pictures to get them.

Activity #1:  Rhyming Words  
I shared these before but here they are again:
We are going to play this game whole class and students will have to find their rhyming partner.  Always a big hit -- always, "can we play again?"  I printed mine on cardstock and laminated them so that they would last.  I also made two sets for centers (less arguing and all of that) but as I've mentioned before, centers are now a bad word.  Shame on me!

If we have time, we will do this quick follow up cut and paste worksheet so I can do a quick assessment.  

Activity #2:  Short a word families
We will be sorting short a words into families on the magnetic whiteboard and then the kiddos will go back to their seats to try it on their own.  I believe I have shared this one, too, but just in case you didn't get it before, here it is.  I always copy the words on colored copy paper so that kids have easy access (and no confusion) when they are getting their supplies.  This could also be used in a center or during word work.  

Activity #3:  Compare and Contrast

We will start the review by comparing and contrasting two kids in the classroom.  Think:  one little girl and one gigantic boy.  Lucky for me, I have one of each in my class!  :)  

Activity #4:  Short i word families

Same idea as the short a word families.  I sure hope my little friends don't get bored.  YIKES!  :)  We WILL be revisiting the literature all week, too.  I don't know about you, but I just can NOT WAIT to re-read The Cat Sat and The Mat and Nan and Fan . . . terrific stories, I tell you.  Compelling!  Suspenseful!  WILL the cat sit on the mat?? WILL the cat get fat???  The characters are SO WELL ROUNDED.  I wonder when the movie is coming out.  

So maybe you didn't win the Target gift card but maybe you found something else you can use.  I sure hope so!  I am also working on a cause and effect worksheet but it's not completed yet.

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend.  I had planned on hibernating but ended up with 4 events in 3 days.  SIGH.  I would much rather have 1 event in 4 days and hem and haw over whether or not I should attend.  I did attend the late late late show of Big Brother -- GREAT STUFF, PEOPLE!  It is getting down to the wire and I am loving every minute of it.  Jessie was as annoying as ever but Rachel's reaction was actually quite funny.  :)

Have a great week!  And for those of you FINALLY starting (hooray - more people having to wake up to the alarm clock!  I don't like thinking I am the only one!), good luck!!!!


  1. I don't know if you have an activboard, but I made a flipchart to go with your 2 word family sorts. If you'd like a copy emailed to you - just let me know.
    Thanks for your sorts and I enjoy your comedy.
    Have a good week!!

  2. I'm doing some compare and contrast this week, and I love your Venn diagram! Thanks so much for sharing!
    A Day in First Grade

  3. Just wanted to let you know that I passed on an Award to you.. it is called the Versatile Blogger Award. Please see my site for information! Thank you for being such a wonderful inspiration to me!


  4. I awarded you as one of my 10 ten favorite teaching blogs! Go check it out here http://misskindergartenlove.blogspot.com/2011/09/i-love-blogging.html and pick up your award here http://bit.ly/rtHPbL.

  5. Kristin, I found some of the resources used in my reflection area!! Check out the post...


  6. PS: you might want to check this post out too!! I put you on my top 10!! :)


  7. Hey Kristin! Thanks so much! I am so excited to go shopping at Target.