Monday, July 30, 2012

Made It Monday!

I worked on 2 things last week:


I found this short vowel practice idea on Pinterest and took it a bit further, turning it into a game.  I don't have a name for it yet, so I'd love some ideas.


I went to Lowe's and stocked up on paint samples to make it.
I would start by using this game in small reading groups and adding a vowel to it each week as our HM series progresses.  Blends & digraphs come in around January, so I'd add those then.

First, "you" spin the spinner to decide if you'll be playing with real or silly words.

When it's "your" turn, you choose an onset and a rhyme (word family card) and make/read all 3 words. 

If you end up reading a real word (and that's what you spun) then you 
earn a little paintbrush.
When you get 10 little paintbrushes, you earn a big paintbrush and win.
I color coded each short vowel.  
Here are the word families (there are some repeats):


I got this idea from Lynn's blog, scratch-off lottery tickets.
I'm going to use this in conjunction with one of my big behavior management tools: the gem jar.  When most or all of my class is doing something great, they earn gems (anywhere from 1-8, depending on what they're doing).  Specialists can award gems, and if we hear compliments in the hallway that counts too (I'm a stickler for excellent hallway behavior!).  When the jar is FULL, the class earns a "party".  I let the kids vote on what kind of party to have, but they usually suggest the same ideas.  So I printed up lottery tickets, each one having a different party idea on it.  

I then mixed black paint, glittery silver paint and a drop of dish soap together and painted over the party idea.  So now, when we start to fill up the jar, I'll have a student choose a lottery ticket and scratch it off so they know what kind of party they're working towards.

To download the tickets for free, visit my TPT store HERE.

The gem jar idea comes from a behavior management packet I've also got on TPT that explains and shows all the big and little tools I use in my classroom, you can find it on sale HERE.

I'm the primary behavior specialist at my school for our SST team (Student Support Team), so I love to help others with behavior management.

Check out my first linky party!

Go check out all the other great ideas on Tara's blog:


  1. I love how the students can makeup real or pretend words...great use of their imagination!

  2. Your phonics game is adorable! Who knew there were so many uses for paint samples!

    Success in Second Grade

  3. Love the ideas! I may just need that behavior management guide.

  4. Such a great idea! Thanks for sharing :)

    I'd love if you checked out my blog at T is for Teaching :)

  5. I love this idea! I have really wanted to go and RAID the paint sample aisle at Home Depot... but am too nervous!
    Check out my Monday Made it here:

    Fancy Free in Fourth

  6. Great looking phonics game! Just another use for all those paint samples!

    Mrs. B's Nook

  7. Great idea! What a fun way to use paint samples. I worry a little about making pretend words--I don't think there is any research out there that supports that idea. I think using real words is best.


  8. I'd love to know if there's any research out there about nonsense word. Our school district (Anchorage, AK) uses the AIMSWeb assessment tools, and decoding nonsense words is one of the beginning & mid-year tasks. We also use it as a progress monitoring tool throughout the year.
    I personally think it's a great tool and an interesting assessment to give (specifically the nonsense word decoding one). I think working with real and nonsense words a lot discourages kids from guessing (when they're decoding) a word that sounds like it's a real makes them really sound it out and then think about the word they just read. But that's just me :)

  9. What a fun idea! I nominated you for an award :-) Stop by and check it out.