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31 May, 2012. 1 Comment. A Day In First Grade, Daily 5, First Grade. Posted By: Kristen Smith

At my school we have two first grade classrooms and I am so blessed to teach with a fellow teacher who is my dear friend. We were discussing at the end of the year that we would like to get better at making “word work” more valuable and useful for our kiddos.

This year our principal had asked us to try many different language programs which left us teetering between using a bunch of methods and ideas. We *had* to teach the Texas Language Curriculum and implement the Daily 5. Along with that we were trying to figure out how to run Literacy Centers while listening to the words of the Sisters and doing straight word work the way they suggested in our classrooms. Eventually, (after much trial and error) we got into a groove and found, that for us, and our methods of teaching styles that using a combination of methods worked really well.

In my classroom I use a lot of cooperative learning games and group activities. So much so that word work/literacy centers and math bins became my students favorite times of the day! However, after assessing what exactly the students were being held accountable to, I decided that I wanted to fine tune them a bit for this next school year. 

This task has become the first on my summer “to do” list. While I have a bunch of pocket charts, word cards, word tiles etc. I found that some of my firsties really struggled with spelling patterns, finding relationships between words and I made a mental note that this next year, I need to slow down in the beginning of the year and really help my students with onset and rime, word families and make sure that I don’t take off without some of them! 
Because of these things, I have been super busy making word sorts, word families and word work/literacy center activities. I am really excited to see them get set in motion early on in the school year. 

Since I know that my kids would LOVE these games and activities ((and it would really help them)) I am putting up some of the games I will be using for free!! Some of these games are oldies but goodies and some of them I just came up with. 
I hope you enjoy them! If you are looking for more activities like these please feel free to check out my TpT store. I just put up a packet FULL of onset and rime cards and activities. I am so excited about this!!

These next two pages are freebies for you! They are part of my onset and rime packet (the actual packet includes more than 12 games) and the actual onset and rime cards as well as the common diphthongs and special sounds that I taught in my first grade curriculum last year. You can use these games with pocket chart cards, letter tiles, magnetic letters, flashcards and more! I hope your kiddos enjoy playing the games!

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  1. I have enjoyed reading all of your Daily 5 posts. I am hoping to implement it in my class this year! I would love a copy of the freebies from this post but I can’t seem to find the link. Thank you for sharing all of your wonderful ideas!

    rmitchell@asheboro.k12.nc.us

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  • I have enjoyed reading all of your Daily 5 posts. I am hoping to implement it in my class this year! I would love a copy of the freebies from this post but I can’t seem to find the link. Thank you for sharing all of your wonderful ideas!

    rmitchell@asheboro.k12.nc.us

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