Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Synonym Pockets for Teaching Shades of Meaning!

I just added these to my store. 
These are similar to my multiplication hidden pockets here and the spelling idea in my upper grade spelling practice ideas packet here.

This 42 page document (not including the cover) contains 35 common words students use in their writing, plus three synonyms for each that vary in nuance.

This can be used for independent, whole class, or small group practice. It meets Common Core Standards for grades 2-7 (mostly in literacy CCSS-ELA - gradelevel.5).




I chose the words based on student writing so they’ll be improving their knowledge of synonyms and improving their writing vocabulary at the same time.

Here's how it's arranged: students have the three word synonym sticks that go in a pocket with the main word. They put the word sticks in the pocket in order of strength of connotation. For color words they can order the synonyms from lightest to darkest or visa versa.

These pockets lend themselves to a variety of uses. Since there are 35 words, you can have each students arrange one at a time and them keep them moving in a circuit around the room. You could have students practice alone and self check or play it like a game in groups of 2 or more. Student directions are included for game playing so it could easily be a center. They could also all be mixed up and students required to figure out which words are synonyms for which pockets.




The pockets and words can be printed on card stock and laminated for durability. Also, cards can be printed 2 or more per page to make smaller versions or save card stock.

Pages are black lined so you can print, cut out, and assemble(photo directions included).

This document contains:
-35 words with 3 synonyms each (one page per word set)
-key with synonyms in order by “shades of meaning” so students can self check
-student game directions for easy centers or practice game time
-assembly directions (easy and a older students or parents can help)
-Directions and 7 ideas for using these with the whole class, small group, individual, partners, and during guided practice in the classroom.



Head on over to my store now and pick up your set to use all year long!
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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Transportation Unit Vocabulary Cards

These are very similar to my Animal Sorting Cards (my overall best seller!) only these are transportation words!

Transportation cover 
Though I have the animal cards in both English and Spanish, the transportation cards are only in English for now.
 
This is a set of title cards and transportation picture cards (with names on them) for practicing transportation classification and vocabulary. The cards have real pictures to give students a more accurate idea of what each vehicle or item looks like.

16 pages:

-12 title cards with adorable tire tread background detail
-6 picture cards

There are title cards for: vehicle, transportation, air, water, land, ride, walk, fly, drive, road, sidewalk, how we move




Transportation thumbnail 2
The title cards can be used for: bulletin board labeling, pocket chart sorting/classifying, or center work, word walls or word banks, vocabulary practice and games.

There are also 36 transportation cards that can be used for the same ideas.

Transporation thumbnail 3

I recommend laminating the title cards and picture cards for durability.

Head on over to my TPT or TN shop and get your set today!  They're a steal at only $2!

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Food and Nutrition Vocabulary Cards

Anyone doing their nutrition unit with the new year?
This set of real food picture vocabulary cards might just be the thing you need!






Nutrition cards cover


This is a set of title cards and food picture cards (with food names on them) for practicing food classification and learning about nutrition in general. The cards have real pictures to give students a more accurate idea of what each food looks like (which my buyers tell me is one of the best things about them!).

25 pages:

-16 title cards (several options for how you want to sort or use them)

-63 food cards including foods for all the food groups and fats/oils as well as unhealthy choices. 
 Nutrition cards thumb 2

 There are title cards for: food, nutrition, healthy, unhealthy, beef, pork, grain, poultry, seafood, junk food, legumes, dairy, protein, meat, vegetables, fruit

The title cards can be used for bulletin board labeling, pocket chart sorting/classifying, or center work.

There are 63 food picture cards that can be used for the same ideas, and one blank card so you can have a template to add any extra cards you want to create. There are two different "produce" cards so you can also use whichever you like.

 Nutrition cards thumb 3

 I recommend laminating the title cards and animal cards for durability.

Head on over to my TPT store and download these for only $2! 

Welcome to the New Blog!

I've finally separated my personal blog from my professional! :)  It's been a long time coming.  I'll be spending the next few days transferring over my most recent education related posts and then start adding new posts within the week.

This site will now be dedicated to all things education related.  If you still want to see my craft projects, recipes, and anything else I randomly post about, you can still check out those things at http://www.allthingsalicia.typepad.com.