Paint in a bag, good for drawing and practicing letters

Paint Bag Writing Tablet - Put some finger paint or tempera paint into a sturdy freezer ziploc bag. Seal it well and smoosh the paint around the entire bag. Children can practice writing letters or sight words.

DIY salt tray with alphabet cards - great for early writing practice

Had when i worked in a preschool and kids love them! I would use colored sand instead of white salt. DIY salt tray with alphabet cards. Easy to make and kids have fun smoothing out the salt after correctly making the letter

Literacy Center: Word (or alphabet) Swat

Literacy centers - the first six months sight word swat as a literacy centre. Dollar tree has giant fly swatters!

Boggle is such a great game for pattern recognition and spelling. You can even get a little math in there with the scoring. You can make a new one any time.

Boggle Templates - Make a New Game Every Time!

Sight Words Freebie

(Homework time activity options) Sight Words Freebie Learn and recognize sight words by finding the hidden words with coloring activities.

First Grade Writing Sentences Worksheets: Stretch a Sentence Worksheet

Stretch a Sentence

Stretch a Sentence- perfect for adding details! I really like this idea! This is a great way to assist students with goals for saying complex sentences.

Boggle- This is by far the most popular in my room. I got this amazing activity from Create-Teach-Share and my kids go bananas for it. I just change the letters weekly to reflect our spelling pattern focus and they go on a word making frenzy. LOVE it!

Boggle- This is by far the most popular in my room. I got this amazing activity from Create-Teach-Share and my kids go bananas for it. I just change the letters weekly to reflect our spelling pattern focus and they go on a word making frenzy

Story Sequencing

Teach Your Child to Read - Since I shared my visual plans on Sunday , I wanted to pop in and show you how weve done with staying on track! First, I forgot to show . - Give Your Child a Head Start, and.Pave the Way for a Bright, Successful Future.

Superhero writing area

Classroom Environment Superhero capes on back of chair ( Great Idea for the first row of seating for program attendance)

First Grade- "Slap The Word". Two children at a time... teacher says a word and then the children have to slap the correct word quickly.

First Grade- "Slap The Word". Two children at a time. teacher says a word and then the children have to slap the correct word quickly. Easily one of the best sight word activities I've seen!

Check out this and many more learning ideas in a great list of early elementary activities!  (The Stay-at-Home-Mom Survival Guide)

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The Stay-at-Home-Mom Survival Guide: Early Elementary Activities use old dvd cases and CDs to make easy word family activity. (never throw anything away.

The student picks one from each can and makes up a silly sentence.

Parts of Speech Cans. Make and record sentences while teaching parts of speech! Pick a stick of each color and make a silly sentence! - Then make silly art!

Classroom DIY: DIY Unifix Cube Spelling Center http://www.classroomdiy.com/2012/09/diy-unifix-cube-spelling-center.html

DIY Unifix Cube Spelling Center

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