Oh, happy day! And happy Three Day Weekend! Is there any school out there who does NOT have this Monday off? I hope everyone does!
Before I start the main reason for my post, did everyone see the Joplin Love going around? I really want to participate but since I don’t have any TpT or TN products, I decided I want to give a TpT gift card. Here’s the problem: I can’t find where to purchase one. Is this because it’s Saturday and I slept too late? Are my pjs causing some interference with my brain? Could someone please help me with this??? I’d really appreciate it. If you’re not sure what the Joplin love is all about, go check it out:
Okay, thanks in advance for any help you can give me! 🙂
This week, I’m going to be introducing Vowel Teams. Because my curriculum says so. And I follow the rules. Right? (By the way, the Curriculum Cops came in on Thursday, too, and also tried to come in Friday, but I had to leave a little early for recess duty so I wasn’t there. Seriously! The whole school is abuzz about it. We can’t figure it out. New Year’s Resolution? Wave of the future? Curriculum Crack Down?)
I love to use this Vowel Team song that my friend told me about (and then I think she got it from a BTSA coach who got it from a different school and so on. I have no idea who created this but it wasn’t me. Drat.) Here’s the song. It’s to the tune of “Where is Thumbkin?”
Then, my friend made flash cards to go with it. The idea is that you sing the song and then flash these cards at them and they continue to sing the tune. But instead of the words, they say the sounds. For example, “ee, ee, ee, ee, ie, ie, ie, ie, oa, oa, oa, ue, ue, ue, ay, ay, ay, ay, ea, ea, ea, oe, oe, oe” Something like that. I’m singing it as I’m typing this and windows are breaking around me, along with some mirrors. I mix up the flashcards and the kids really learn to look at that first vowel. I know there are rule breakers and all that – this is just IN GENERAL.