Word of the Day - A Daily Vocabulary Activity

7/30/2014 / 8 comments

I recently updated my Word of the Day set, adding coordinating clipart which helps to enhance understanding of each vocabulary word. While I worked on this, I also created a PowerPoint version of this set.

My fifth graders loved the Word of the Day last year. It was our opening for Word Study, during the last block of the day. I had the entire WOTD set printed out, but sometimes I would forget to swap the words out. (We all know how crazy those days can get!)

One day I decided to upload the file to my computer, so we could project it onto the screen. This was a huge help, especially for a few students with vision problems.

Usually several students would have to  walk across the room in order to read it, record the definition and create their own context sentence for their notebook. This saved a ton of time!

As the weeks went on, we were studying how to use the context of a sentence to understand what a word means. I decided to incorporate this into the WOTD. I added in some boxes, covering up the word and the definition.

It was a humongous hit! The new interactive way of learning the word was a whole lot more engaging for all of us!

Here's how to use the interactive PowerPoints:

Each set (both ppt and printable version) contain the following:

Here are a few sample posters and slides from each of the four sets:

What I love most about this activity is how fast, but meaningful it is. I cannot tell you how many times students would come up to me, excitedly waving a book around when they found one of the words we have worked with that year!

If you are interested in using this resource in your class, you can enter below using Rafflecopter. I am giving away one copy of each set! Good luck!

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Making Gel and Rice Sensory Bags

7/14/2014 / 8 comments
It is official! I am going back to Kindergarten this year!! :)  I am VERY excited to be back in K!

I wanted my first Monday Made It to be a back to Kindergarten project. I always used hair gel sensory bags with my kinders for letter/sound practice back in the day. However, I gave my old set to one of my colleagues last year when I switched to 5th. I decided to have this be my made it for the week. I am trying the rice for the first time too!

I went with the neon dye, but they are a bit more primary when you use only the hair gel.

I filled each bag up about a third of the way with gel and then squirted in some dye. These came out well when I only used one dye.

But, I must admit I tried to blend colors on the sixth bag and ended up with the dreaded blackish brownish bag!! That could be a result of my rapid fire dye squirting! Patience is not always one of my virtues when I craft! ;)

After adding the gel just squish away to blend both ingredients together. I added a piece of clear packing tape to the top so nothing will come oozing out!

Here is a close up of two of my favorites.

Next up we have the rice bags!

To dye the rice, I put a few tablespoons of water,  a squirt of dye and a teaspoon of rubbing alcohol into a tupperwrare container. Next, I added about 1 1/2 - 2 cups of rice. For the first batch, I put the cover on and shook the container. The results were not pretty. After that I used a spoon to stir it together. This was a lot faster and way neater too!

Once I created a hue I liked, I drained off the liquid and put it in a bag. However they were way too wet. Since it was so gorgeous out I decided to use the sun! I spread each color on a paper towel (in a very thin layer) and let them sit outside for 10 minutes.

Lastly, they went into the bags and were taped up as well!

I wasn't sure that I was going to like how the rice worked, but I have to say it works well and feels so cool! I think these will be an excellent tool in stations and reading groups this year!

I am headed over to check out Tara's blog to see what everyone else has been up to creating this past week! Click the picture below for a link!
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Things I Love...July Edition

7/04/2014 / Leave a Comment

Happy Fourth of July!! Summer is here which is wonderful of course! However, it leads to more free time. Which leads to more online browsing time. I am trying to keep it at that - window shopping as opposed to buying! Here are a few things that I am currently smitten with!

Click the pic or store name for more info!
             Amazon                                                                  Macys

Dresses, both by Evan Picone of course! I am always looking to expand my collection!

I have a lunch bag I love, but this is gorgeous!

Small purses have never really worked for me, but I would make an exception for this one!


I adore this shoe. That is all there is to it!!

What is on your wish list at the moment? Let me know in the comments!
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A Weekly Word of Advice Winner!

7/03/2014 / Leave a Comment
Congratulations to Stephanie from 3rd Grade Thoughts! She is the winner of A Weekly Word of Advice set!

This set has 20 social and 20 academic posters. Use the checklist to help you choose a word to motivate and inspire your students for the week! You can find this item in my TpT shop! Click the pictures above to find out more information!
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