Monday, 18 November 2013

Fry Weekly Word Practice! + Freebie

My oh my! --- have I been MIA. This week, I have uploaded the second pack for spelling practice using Fry words. These packs have deemed so successful in the past that I have decided to work on more packs! - Students reacted so well to each sheet given per week as a fun assignment and not some tedious job that they 'have' to do! This blog post will outline how to use them effectively step by step! 

Firstly,  the pack comes with activities for 5 weeks of word work practice. You will get a set of 6 word cards for each week and two empty cards - which you can include any extra words for that week.

So after they have been printed and laminated, use a few tricks / games to help kids get more exposure to the words. Here are some activities which can be used with these word cards or any word cards you have in your tub / folders.

Here's how I use these cards for extra activities in class - sometimes not needing any recording sheets / print-outs!

Game 1: See it, Hear it, Say it
This game is a simple activity where students practice listening to the word (pronunciation), then say it. It is great for reinforcing pronunciation (ESL Students) and for word recogniting / listening skills.
Method: have a pile of 10 word cards ready and explain to the class that they are to work in groups. Split the class into two seperate groups, Group A & Group B then explain that they will need to hear the word and once they hear a whistle (or any recorded sound horn you'd like to use) - they are to repeat the word starting with Group A then Group B. (the louder the word the better). It may be a noisy activity, but it'll help keep the students motivated and excited to beat the other team! Competition is a great tool. =P

Game 2: Words I Remember...
This game is a great follow up to Game 1.
Method: Each group will then recieve a blank cardboard / sheet in which they will all write 1 word that they can remember on this sheet silently. As they work in groups, (they can be timed or untimed depending on their levels) you can remind them that the group with the most amount of words will win the contest! Have some incentive ready for the winning team. Repeat the words after the time is up. Have the children check their own posters to see if they're correct (or missing any words)!

Game 3: Crazy Missing Letters
This game can be used at the end of the week / day after reinforcing the exposure to the words.
Method: students recieve a pile of letter cards - if you don't have these you can download them right here from TPT for free. Make sure you have enough cards / sets to create the words used for the day. So this will require some pre-planning, although a great way to revise the vocabulary / sight words. Give each group their set of cards and instruct them to use ALL the cards to create the words used in the lesson today/week! (you would have already done the two games above / practiced these words throughout the week). Circulate the room and see how many words were found by each group!

Game 4: Card Snap
This game can be played in groups and is best used after the students have been exposed to the words.
Method: make a set of flashcards with the words and lay them out on the table in each group. Instruct the students that once they hear the word - they will pick up the card and they must be quick before the other group members pick it up. Teacher / or you could place someone in charge of watching who picked up the card first!Refer to the freebie below to use as a recording sheet for tallying up scores.

Game 5: Write the Room -Sneaky Hiding Words
This game is great to be played also after the students have been exposed to the words.
Method: glue the words around the classroom, in many different places. Instruct the students that they are to find the words and write them on their papers. The team that finishes first wins. It's a team effort, so all the members must be quick to memorise / and record the word! Refer to the attached freebie with this post for a printable recording sheet for any set of cards!

For further take home practice, they can complete the 5 sets of worksheets in the pack! They can also be used as morning work, review, or quick assessments.

So far, I've created two of these packs and pack 3 is in the works! **will hopefully complete it once I stop procrastinatin** =D
Here are the links for each of the packs: Note ** although they are made to follow up the previous packs, it isn't necessary that you purchase pack 1 for instance so that pack 2 will be beneficial. If you find that your students need a slightly higher level in practice, you may purchase pack 2 / pack 3 sepereately etc...

Pack 1

Pack 2

Here is the freebie which is linked to the games above! You can play these games with ANY set of flashcards and still use these recording sheets! Enjoy. :)

 Now for the quick updates, I have recently posted this unit on Fry words also. They are sentence posters using the first 100 set of fry words. Perfect for binding together and allowing the students to get familiar with the words and how they are used in sentences during writing centers or small groups / reading and spelling activities!
If you'd like to check it out, it's right here:

Hope you've enjoyed this post, hope you check back soon. There will be laods of Christmas themed goodies coming your way! If you haven't joined FB Sea of Knowledge yet, now's the time! - There will be another December Frenzy coming up with over 200+ freebies!! :)

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Blake Education Giveaway Contest!

Blake Education is giving all Australian readers of Sea of Knowledge a chance to Win a Targeting Maths Book$59.95 in celebration of their end of year sales.  The Targeting Maths Series is a comprehensive resource for primary schools. It has been designed to provide busy teachers with all the additional material they need when teaching mathematics. All aspects of the primary mathematics curriculum are covered in this twelve book series.

Australian readers, enter the giveaway below to win this book:

International Readers enter to win a $20 gift voucher. Terms and Conditions of the coupon below.

Blake Education is having a massive sale reading sale and teacher resource sale with up to 65% off selected titles till the end of the year. For Australian teachers - this could mean excellent savings and preparation for the start of next year. 

Some titles included in the sale are below:

 This book was $34.95 and is now $17.48

These books are all part of Blake Education’s  end of year sales! Save up to 65% on Best-selling Literacy Readers such as Gigglers and Go Facts as well as well as quality Arts, English, Maths and Science Teacher Resources. Visit for literacy OR Visit:  for teacher resources.

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Friday, 1 November 2013

Awesome Free Thanksgiving Resources + Turkey Ordinal Numbers Freebie :)

Hello hello hello! It's been FOREVER since I posted on this little blog...I was getting kind of lazy I admit hehe... But also exhausted because of moving houses! The house had a major kitchen, freshly painted walls, new chimney (I normally HATE winter but I am now oh-so looking forward to it =) it is nearly over ...except for the random 3 boxes with items of don't-know-where-to-store-them sitting in the corner of the dining room and I'm trying my VERY VERY best not to look at them directly...LOL. As you all know (or us ladies would) when you move houses, you will need to shop for missing things and suddenly 101 things you thought you had are suddenly missing!! =P

Soo... this was the face I had to see everytime I said "Shopping"...
I decided to swap the word "shopping" to "sport" everytime I needed something... needless to say his revenge was turning on the sports channel for 4 long hours after we got back that day! grrrrrrr...

This will be a very short post, I have done my reasearch on the internet for finding some thanksgiving related respources. I currently teach ESL, but I have organised the titles for primary and ESL. We don't celebrate Thanksgiving here in Australia, but I LOVE the idea behind the tradition and I, myself like to learn and read about it. So here is a breakdown of some resources I have found to prepare you for November!

Primary Resources:
This reasource can be used for grades (K-3) to reinforce counting, numbers, tallying and patterns - best of all it's free! :)
This resource is a must have for writing! Also can be used for grades (k-3) and it is over 30 pages! Some of the titles included in this pack (love the last one): 
*How to Cook A Turkey
*How to Make a Turkey Bark
*How to Make A Turkey Your Pet
*How to Give Thanks For What You Have
 This resource is also a free craftivity to encourage children to identify with all the things they can be thankful for in their lives! I love this, it reminds the kids (and all of us) of what matters in life.
This resource is an activity which helps children identify rhyming words, great for grades (pre-k-1). Love the cards in this pack!

Finally, I'd like to include my Thanksgiving freebie full of Turkeys! This activity is a center game that helps reinforce ordinal numbers. Get it at the Sea of Knowledge Facebook page! Click the image to take you directly to the page. Enjoy ;)

Thank you for reading, wishing you a lovely November! Look out for upcoming posts related to Christmas + giveaway and a linkup right here at this blog. ;)