Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Filling Buckets and a Long E ee/ea Game

I've been looking forward to starting up "bucket filling" in my classroom since December. I've seen lots of blog posts about it so I know I'm not the only one using this. My school didn't have the book so I had to wait and get it from another school, AND THEN we had snow and ice, AND THEN I had to wait until a day when FINALLY no one was absent. That day finally came on Monday. I had a small bulletin board that I was using for our focus wall/anchor wall (reading/la skills for the week are posted here), so I moved that over to a corner of my whiteboard and took over this space for our buckets. I plan on putting up pictures of our class to fill the empty space, but for their privacy I took this picture first. I used small library pockets and made a label with each student's name and clipart of a bucket. I couldn't find clipart that I liked for the sign so I drew that myself... I'd be lying if I said it took any less than 45 minutes for me to make that. I'm not much of an artist! I stapled an actual bucket to the board and it holds the notepaper and some pencils. I snagged that bucket (actually more like 5 of them) in the Target dollar spot last summer and I knew I'd find a use for it! We'll get notes out on Fridays only, and they can write notes for bucket filling when they finish morning routines, when they finish work early, after lunch when we're taking our bathroom/water breaks, or at the end of the day when they're all packed up. It's only been 2 days and those buckets are getting pretty full!

Our bulletin board

Our bucket filling notes

Here's something I've been working on for next week. It's an ee/ea long e game called "Read the Street". Students read the ee/ea words on the car cards and try to move their cars through each stop light. Watch out for yellow lights (lose a turn) and red lights (start over)! Every thing you need for the game is in the download and there are a few blank cars in case you want to add your own words. You might also want to draw arrows on your game boards to guide players through the lights. I'd love for some of you to use it and let me know what you think! Click on any of the preview pics below to download.


Allison @ Room Mom 101

I love finding creative ideas for my classroom! Thanks so much for sharing. I will be checking back often for ideas.

Nicole Loses

I downloaded and will be trying the Read the Street game next week. Thank you for the free download! I'm a bit confused on how to use the gameboard. Could you explain a bit more? Thanks again!

Miss Griffin

They start in the first square and each time they read a word correctly they get to move down the street (to the next square). When they get to the end of the row, they move to the next street (line). The first person to get through each box wins. I know it's not the best... I would have liked to make a larger board with a winding road on it, and I might work on that now that I've gotten better with working with graphics.

Chuck Glowacz

Great came to practice reading the 'ee' sound in words. I am going to try it out wiht a client tonight.

Chuck Glowacz

Chuck Glowacz

Looks like I need some spelling practice!


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