Dynamic Duo - September

 Guess What? The Dynamic Duo is Back!
Our theme this month is R.T.I.!

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's the Dynamic Duo!  Do you hear a superhero theme song playing in your head yet?  This duo is not able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, we aren't more powerful than a locomotive, we aren't faster than a speeding bullet, but we are going to give our teacher friends a chance for a double giveaway and have some fun doing it! 

My blog buddy, Fern @ Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas and I are giving away lesson packets this month that we think would be useful for R.T.I.  We figured that you are now finished with your beginning of the year assessments and are looking for ways to help your students. 

We will each choose two winners.  You may enter to win on both blogs, in fact I would encourage you to do so, because it doubles your chances of winning!  If you are lucky enough to win on both blogs, we will let you choose an additional lesson packet from each of our stores, plus you'll get the 2 packets of the month.  
Great deal, right?!!!

 The packet that I am is highlighting for this giveaway is . .  . 

 Reading Tips & Tidbits
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The packet that Fern is highlighting this month:

Sammy Skunk's Fact Family

 Are you ready to enter to win these great packets?  
All we ask this month is that you follow our TPT stores.
That's it, it is that easy!

After entering on my blog, don't forget to hop over to Fern @ Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas and enter there so you'll double your chances of winning!

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Working with Words

I just finished revising my Working with Words packet. These printables are for students in grades 2nd - 4th. You can use these as whole group assignments, homework, or a literacy center.  It is an easy center to set up.  All you need is a pencil and copy of the assignment.

Add a small container of coins so students can count the coins to find the value of their word.

Students will sharpen their dictionary skills with the "Look it Up!" worksheets.  Three printables are included so you can differentiate this activity.

"Out of this World" is a partner activity.  Students make a crossword puzzle with their spelling, word wall, or vocabulary words and then exchange puzzles with a partner.  The great thing about this activity is partners can study different lists of words and still work together.

"Stair step words" is an activity that can be easily extended.  Suggestions:
*Highlight chunks
*Circle blends
*Color the digraphs
*Color the vowels or consonants

Add a little seasonal fun with these printables.  Students will write the words and either circle blends, digraphs, or divide the words by syllables.

Students will write sentences using at least two words in each sentence with these worksheets.
Students need to use a computer to complete this lesson. Click HERE to visit the site.

I also included black and white and colorful schedule cards.

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I also have a packet for interactive journals.  You can use these printables with spelling, word work, and vocabulary.

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R.T.I. - Reading

Are you finished with your beginning of the year assessments yet?  Do you feel all tested out?  Now that you know where your class is academically, it is time to begin planning for ways to help them.

First and second grade teachers, I just revised my Reading Tips & Tidbits packet. The activities in this packet would work on those skills that your students need.

Letter shuffle is an activity that can be used many different ways.  Student puts the letter(s) in their Letter Sounds personal pocket stand when the teacher ask them questions.

*What sound do you hear at the end of the word "lamp"?
*What blend do you hear at the beginning of the word "slide"?
*Spell with your letter cards a word that rhymes with "cap".
*Spell the word "pat".  Change one letter to make the word "pot".
*Copy the letter cards and punctuation mark cards on different colored card stock. The first letter of the sentence begins with green because that is where you "go" to begin reading a sentence.  The punctuation mark is where the sentence "stops" so it is red.

The pattern for the letters and a pattern for the holder above is included.  There are block letters and D'Nealian letter cards.

Letter shuffle is a great activity to do at Family Reading Night or send it home for homework.

Here's a sneak peek of the Letter Shuffle printables included with this packet.

Snakes always seem to be a favorite exhibit on any Zoo field trip.  This adorable snake cartoon is sure to hold your students' interest in the Stretchy Word lesson.  Students will count the sounds they hear in the word cards provided.  For extra reinforcement, mask the digraphs first and remind your students that digraphs make one sound.

I made the mask by cutting up a folder like this:

Use a few of the word cards with your reading group and then let your students practice the skill at a center you set up with the other cards. Students can use large rubber bands to stretch out the words.  File folder rubberbands work great for this!

Here's a sneak peek of the Stretchy Words printables included with this packet.

Students will make real and nonsense words with these digraph and chunk cards.  Use this to prepare for the  Dibels test.

There are 4 recording sheets and answer sheet included so you can set this up as a center for extra practice.

Here's a sneak peek of the Bizzy Digraphs printables included with this packet.

Students will count sounds in the Let's Count! lesson.  There are 6 animal cards and 4 Halloween-themed cards included.  Seasonal erasers are an easy way to add a little fun to this lesson!  Students put their markers on the circles with numbers and then push one marker up for each sound they hear.  Then students will write the word on the line. 
There are 2 recording sheets included so this can be set up as a center for additional practice.
There is also a blank template included that you can use for an extension assignment.  Students can draw a picture(s) or cut pictures out of magazine.  You can even staple several together and let students have their own personal idea book.  The next time they don't know what to write about during journal time, tell them to get out their idea book.

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Behavior 101

I just revised my Behavior 101 packet.  If you have previously purchased it, you may go to "my purchases" to download the revised version for free.

This packet now includes:

 Documentation is easier with these forms.

The traffic light system includes a monthly chart, happy note, sad note, and stamp or punch chart.

How was my day charts are weekly behavior charts.  There is a number rating and smiley face way to document your students' behavior.  There are colorful and black and white versions.

The Super Hero charts document behavior and work habits.

The stamp /punch charts are a great way to motivate your students!  You can use these seasonal charts to reward behavior, work habits, homework, or document number of books your students read.  To add a little fun use:

Students will proudly wear home these wrist bands!

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