Wednesday, April 30, 2014


I'm currently taking my third graduate class towards my masters (what a nightmare) and I recently finished a powerpoint project about hyperlexia and reading comprehension strategies.

This year I have two students who show signs of hyperlexia. Basically, they can read anything they come across, but they really struggle with reading comprehension. I was having a lot of difficulty figuring out what I could do to improve their reading comprehension. Then I mentioned it to my grad professor and she explained hyperlexia to me. I decided to do my class project on hyperlexia so that I could try to find some strategies.

I want to share my powerpoint in case anyone else has similar problems! Hopefully it can give you some ideas!

I also created this file folder activity to help my students with hyperlexia as well as the rest of my class with reading comprehension strategies. They love using it and it really is helping them a lot!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Reading Comprehension: Reading is Thinking!

Hello! I have a problem. And that problem is that I procrastinate like crazy. Right now I have a pile of homework to do for my graduate school class, but instead I am putting up files on TPT. But that's okay, because I am wicked excited about this last thing I made this weekend!

I have been having a big problem in my kindergarten class this year with students who are not thinking while they read. Specifically, I have two students with hyperlexia who can read anything, but they comprehend very little. This is the product that I have come up with to try to help my students think more while they read. If they aren't thinking, they aren't really reading!

There are a bunch of different ways to use this packet. Check it out and then modify it in a way that works for you! 

One way to use this packet is to make it into a file folder activity that students can use during buddy (partner) reading. After reading the book, students can move the comprehension picture pieces from the top thought bubble to the bottom as they discuss each story element. I used velcro on the pieces and laminated them so that they are easy to manipulate. I was so happy with the way it turned out! I love it!

You could also put the pictures of the story elements on popsicle sticks that students could pull out and talk about.

This packet also contains a bunch of different comprehension writing prompts that can be used. Each writing prompt has two options, one with smaller lines and one with larger lines. You can choose which prompts best fit your students' needs!

Stop by my teacherspayteachers store and check it out!! :)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Roll and Write

Another new TPT product!

GO HERE to check out my Sight Words Roll and Write activity for kindergarten Reading Street! It also has recording sheets for lowercase letters a-z!!

Medial Vowel Picture Sort

I just uploaded a medial vowel picture sort product onto TPT!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Snow Day Productivity!

We were supposed to be back to school today after winter vacation, but we are off today and tomorrow because of snow! It seems like the perfect opportunity to get some tpt work done! I've been working on a project for a long time and have finally uploaded it today! 

I just uploaded a Sight Word Unifix Blocks Mega Pack! This packet contains forty pages of sight word outlines. Students build the sight words with unifix cubes on top of the outlines as a literacy center! Students love this hands on sight word practice! You can also have students use this as a math activity, counting how many blocks they needed to build the words.

This packed is aligned with the kindergarten reading street program, but could be used with other programs and grades! It contains the following sight words: I, am, the, little, to, a, have, is, we, my, like, he, for, me, with, she, see, look, they, you, of, are, that, do, one, two, three, four, five, here, go, from, yellow, blue, green, what, said, was, where, come.

Please go take a look at my tpt store! While your there, check out my other products too!! 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

CVC Words File Folder Game

Check out my new product on TPT! It is a CVC file folder game in which students choose two consonants and a vowel, and blend the sounds together to read the word. It is great for literacy centers or for students who finish their work early.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Owl Chalkboard Clip Chart

I have so many things I want to post on here, but I keep running out of time!
I have been teaching summer school for students going into second grade this summer, and I am absolutely loving it! I have a lot of ideas and materials I will hopefully be posting soon. Hopefully...
My big news is that I was offered a job teaching kindergarten!!! I am so insanely excited. So hopefully I will start posting things I am doing to get ready. Of course I always say this and never actually do it. But I'll try!

Last night I stayed up until 3 am working on a new behavior clip chart. Oops! I just couldn't stop once I started. I saw an idea on TPT and thought about downloading it, but there were things I wanted to change, and it was not an editable file, so I decided to just make my own! (Thank you Primary Buzz for the idea!! You're great!) So this summer I have been using this behavior chart which I love, but I really want a black background/bright colors/owl theme in my class next year, so pirates didn't quite fit. This is what the pirate chart looks like in my summer school classroom.

This new owl chart will work the same way. Students start the day by moving their clips from "home" to "ready to learn." If I notice them doing something good, I ask them to move their clip up. If their behavior is a strugle, I ask them to move their clips down. Here is the link! It is free on scribd!