January 2015 - Susan Jones Teaching

Phonics Fun in 1st Grade!

We have been hit by a snowstorm here on the east coast! A good ole 26 inches of snow hit us here in Salem, which meant that it was Theo's first real snowfall!

He was already apprehensive...

and... he was not a fan! He didn't cry... but just sat in the snow with that face for a minute or two lol

While we have been snowed in for the past two days, I thought I would re-do some of my oldest units for some updated phonics fun!

Cover Up game for digraphs! My digraph unit has games, centers, search and find printables for all the following digraphs:


Read and Draw! My long vowels unit has short stories, sorts, and plenty of small group games for all 5 long vowels and their different spelling patterns.
Click above to see more closely what is in the unit!

BINGO! What's more fun that some ole' fashioned bingo! I made game boards for short vowels. long vowels, and blends/digraphs. I love using these on "fun Friday" or during centers. The best part is, students can play themselves without me.

and lastly, I updated my consonant blends unit:


My blends unit also has games, printables, and short stories for students to decode and find s blends, r blends, and l blends.

If you already own any of these or my word work bundle which includes all these units - please go to "my purchases" and re-download.

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February Math Centers - Valentine Math

Math centers/Math tubs are my favorite part of our math block. This is when I meet with small groups, re-assess students, and watch my kids practice their INDEPENDENCE!

Once August and September fly by, my kids are on their own during our 25 minute "math tub" time. Now, don't get me wrong... my feelers are still out and my eyes are wandering around the classroom to give reminders to students who need them... but for the most part, my kids take the tubs and go!

I just finished and uploaded my February math centers based on what my students are learning at this time. I also asked my Facebook Followers to see what their kids are learning now!

Here is a little sneak peek:
Heartbreakers: place value & expanded form practice

ValenTIME's Day: addition with 3 addends and telling time to the hour and half hour.

The other 4 centers are:
Sweethearts: mentally adding/subtracting 10 from 2-digit numbers
My little book of story problems
True to your heart: comparing 2 digit numbers
Valentine Surveys

You can grab my Valentine centers HERE or if you want to catch a deal, you can grab all my math centers for the whole year for a discounted price below:

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Tacky the Penguin Activities

If I can find one reason to be bummed that I'm on maternity leave, it's that I don't get to teach TACKY! My students l-o-v-e reading about that silly Tacky and I love teaching all about him! Last year I created my Mo Willems author study and I wanted to create a similar unit focused on Tacky with some great Tacky the penguin activities.

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I scoured through the six Tacky books that I own and read each year and came up with comprehension, vocabulary, and opinion questions for each text. I also made a little Tacky craft and some general Tacky activities that can be used with any book.

Here is a little look at what's included:







and there is lots more!

Click on the cover below to see if this unit works for your students :)

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