Beginning Blends Picture Sort

Beginning Blends Picture Sort

If you're after a simple way to teach beginning blends like FR-, CL-, DR- and SK-, you'll love these 10 free picture sorts. Simply print, color, cut, sort and paste! Grab your set below and then hop over and grab a copy of our blend clip cards, too.  For more fun...

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Tropical Beginning Blends Sort

Tropical Beginning Blends Sort

Are your readers working on beginning blends? This colorful sort is the perfect way to practice 8 common beginning consonant blends. Scroll below to grab your festive freebie and then make sure to hop over and snag our Inflectional Ending Centers in our shop for more...

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Easter Egg Consonant Blends

Easter Egg Consonant Blends

Blends are always a little tricky for my little learners, so anytime I can make practicing them engaging and fun, I'm all over it!  These Easter Egg Consonant Blend Puzzles are the perfect way to bring some playful learning to your spring centers. Grab the fun freebie...

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Blends Activity Pack

Blends Activity Pack

Consonant blends (also called consonant clusters) are groups of two or three letters that are often placed together in words. A few of the most common blends are BL-, CL-, CR-, FR-, SC- and SM-. Our Blend Activity Pack makes it easy to focus on one type of blend with...

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Decodable Sight Word Lists 32 Editable Sight Word Games Editable Word Work Activities 15 Editable Word Work Board Games Handwriting Activity Pack Sound Mapping Alphabet & Sight Word Tic-Tac-Toe Bubble Gum Sound Mapping Cookie Word Work Game Digraph and Blends...

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Seasonal Centers

Seasonal Centers

The changing from season to season is a great way to teach students about the passage of time. These activities can provide kids in preschool, kindergarten and first grade helpful ways to explore the whole year. Whether you’re looking for apples, leaves and pumpkin...

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Free Ice Cream Blend Puzzles

Free Ice Cream Blend Puzzles

If you're looking for a motivating, visual way to teach kids how to read and write blends like BL-, FR- and SM-, you'll love these free ice cream puzzles. They're great to use as literacy centers, guided reading activities or homeschool practice. You'll love the...

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Blend Puzzles

Blend Puzzles

Activities that can easily be implemented anytime of the year are the best! These blend puzzles are the perfect addition to your literacy centers, no matter what season it is. Grab your free blend puzzles below and then hop over and snag our kid-approved Blend...

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CVC Clip Cards

CVC Clip Cards

Clip cards are a quick and easy way for kids to practice reading skills. That's one of the reasons we love them so much! Rhyming, alphabet letters, blends, digraphs... you name it, we've clipped it!  These CVC clip cards are a motivating way to help students identify...

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CCVC Puzzles

CCVC Puzzles

Looking for a fun way to help kids learn how to spell simple CCVC words such as ship, frog and crab? These print and play CCVC puzzles are easy to prepare and motivating to play. To practice any word under the sun, check out our Editable Sight Word Games in our shop!...

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Digraph and Blend Chart

Digraph and Blend Chart

Digraphs and blends tend to trip up new readers. Just when kids finally have their letter sounds down, out pop tricky letter combinations that change those sounds. Oy! This digraph and blend chart is a helpful way for students to keep letter clusters...

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Blend Clip Cards

Blend Clip Cards

If you're teaching kids how to read blends including FL-, BR- and SM-, these free blend clip cards are a must. Use them as a literacy center, word work station, word work activity or homeschool game. The sky's the limit!  When you're done, hop on over and check out...

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Two Kinds of Readers

Two Kinds of Readers

Did you know that there are two kinds of readers sitting in your classroom right now? It's true! And if you've ever felt unsure about how to help a struggling reader, than you'll want to stick around, because knowing how to spot each type will help you get bigger,...

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How to Teach Reading

How to Teach Reading

If you're wondering how to teach reading, you're in the right spot! This step-by-step guide covers everything from pre-reading skills to phonics, sight words and reading comprehension so that you can take kids from NON-readers to STRONG readers. Check out the...

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Free Blend Posters and Dice

Free Blend Posters and Dice

These free blend posters and dice are a great visual way to teach blends like CR-, GL- and SK-. The posters are great as a classroom display or flashcards, and the dice provide an engaging way for children to think of words that begin with each blend.  Also included...

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Digraph Playdough Mats Activity

Digraph Playdough Mats Activity

Kids will learn common digraphs in no time with these cute playdough mats. They are easy to prepare and make an awesome word work station or literacy center. This playdough digraph activity is the perfect complement to our popular Digraph Activity Pack!  Grab your...

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20 Flower Activities

20 Flower Activities

I don't know about you, but after a long and gray winter, I'm always excited to see flowers start to grow. You too? From working on phonics and letter sounds to science experiments and ten frames, these flower activities are perfect for kindergarten and first grade....

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Phonics 4 in a Row Game

Phonics 4 in a Row Game

Whether you're working on simple CVC words, digraphs, blends or R-influenced words, these playful Phonics 4 in a Row games are a must-play. Kids love them so much that they actually ASK to play again! Snag your set below and then hop over and snag our 26 more work...

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First Grade Centers

First Grade Centers

If you’re looking for first grade centers your students will beg to repeat, you’ve come to the right spot! Playdough to Plato is all-in on helping you save time, stay inspired and get bigger teaching results so we pulled together some of our favorite first grade...

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February Centers

February Centers

Take your February math and literacy centers to the next level with these 23 print-and-play stations.  Practice sight words, CVC words, 2D and 3D shapes, math facts, units of time and so much more.  They are perfect for kindergarten and first grade!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

LITERACY CENTERS:

–> EDITABLE Sight Word Board Game

–> EDITABLE Flip & Write Sight Word Game

–> EDITABLE Sight Word Hide & Seek Pocket Chart Game

–> EDITABLE Sight Word I Have, Who Has Game

–> EDITABLE Write the Room Sight Word Game

–> Rhyming Puzzles

–> CVC Puzzles

–> 10 CVC Roll It, Read It, Write It Sheets

–> 2 Digraph Roll It, Read It, Write It Sheets

–> 2 Blends Roll It, Read It, Write It Sheets

–> Compound Word Puzzles

–> 3 Story Starters + Word Cards

MATH CENTERS:

–> Mystery Number Challenges

–> Place Value Build & Compare Game

–> Place Value War

–> Subtraction from 10 Game

–> 2 Sets of Subtraction Mats (Subtraction from 6 & Subtraction from 12)

–> Math Fact Board Game

–> 2 Versions of Roll & Cover Pattern Block Mats (Numbers 1-6 and Adding 2-12)

–> I Have, Who Has 2D Shapes

–> I Have, Who Has 3D Shapes

–> Units of Time Clip Cards

–> Daytime or Nighttime Sort

 

THAT’S 23 MATH AND LITERACY FEBRUARY CENTERS IN ALL!

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Ending Blend Centers

Ending Blend Centers

These 8 ending blend centers are perfect for kindergarten or first grade literacy centers, word work stations, or homeschool activities.

Just like the beginning blend centers, you can focus on one type of blend with newer readers (for instance, L blends) or review several different blends at the same time for kiddos who are ready for a challenge.

The playful centers practice 9 of the most common ending blends:

-CT, -FT, -LD, -LF, -LK, -LP, -MP, -NK, and -PT.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> Phonics Cover Up

–> Word Trash

–> Rocket Words

–> Blend Puzzles

–> Roll, Read and Write Game

–> Spin and Write Game

–> Phonics Puzzles

–> Blend Color Up

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18 EDITABLE Holiday Sight Words Games

18 EDITABLE Holiday Sight Words Games

Practicing sight words just got WAY MORE FUN! No matter what sight words your students have to learn, this pack will give you an EDITABLE board game you can use for every holiday of the year. Grab your set in my shop or on Teachers Pay Teachers! Then, grab our...

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First Grade at Home – Week Ten

First Grade at Home – Week Ten

Let’s finish out our print-and-play series with one last batch of done-for-you (SUPER motivating!) first grade activities! Just like last week, I’m excited to give you just-right activities for your students to complete at home so that they hit the ground running when school starts back up again.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> A teacher letter you can copy and paste in an email to quickly explain your plan to families.

–> A weekly checklist giving kids 25 simple (and fun!) ways to stay engaged and learning.

–> 6 print-and-play activities practicing sight words (they’re EDITABLE!), blends, magic E words, diphthongs, adding to 12 and 20 and shapes.

–> PLUS, as a bonus, you’ll also receive an engaging flower science experiment.

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Second Grade at Home – Week Nine

Second Grade at Home – Week Nine

Save hours of distance learning planning time with this done-for-you (SUPER motivating!) pack of second grade activities! Just like last week, I’m excited to give you just-right activities for your students to complete at home so that they hit the ground running when school starts back up again.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> A teacher letter you can copy and paste in an email to quickly explain your plan to families.

–> A weekly checklist giving kids 25 simple (and fun!) ways to stay engaged and learning.

–> 7 print-and-play activities practicing sight words (they’re EDITABLE!), diphthongs, silent consonant pairs, 3-letter blends, 3-digit place value and greater than/less than.

–> PLUS, as a bonus, you’ll also receive super motivating batch of LEGO STEM challenges kids will LOVE.

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Second Grade at Home – Week Eight

Second Grade at Home – Week Eight

Save hours of planning time with this done-for-you (SUPER motivating!) pack of second grade distance learning activities! Just like last week, I’m excited to give you just-right activities for your students to complete at home so that they hit the ground running when school starts back up again.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> A teacher letter you can copy and paste in an email to quickly explain your plan to families.

–> A weekly checklist giving kids 25 simple (and fun!) ways to stay engaged and learning.

–> 7 print-and-play activities practicing sight words (they’re EDITABLE!), diphthongs, silent consonant pairs, 3-letter blends, 3-digit place value and 2 and 3-dimensional shapes.

–> PLUS, as a bonus, you’ll also receive a motivating science project teaching kids about density and buoyancy.

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Second Grade at Home – Week Six

Second Grade at Home – Week Six

Get ready for some seriously fun distance learning! Just like last week, I’m excited to give you just-right activities for your students to complete at home so that they hit the ground running when school starts back up again.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> A teacher letter you can copy and paste in an email to quickly explain your plan to families.

–> A weekly checklist giving kids 25 simple (and fun!) ways to stay engaged and learning.

–> 6 print-and-play activities practicing sight words (it’s EDITABLE!), R-influenced words, silent consonant pairs, diphthongs, 3-letter blends, building and comparing fractions, 3-digit addition and beginning multiplication.

–> PLUS, as a bonus, you’ll also receive a fun science craftivity teaching kids about the 4 types of clouds.

 

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Second Grade at Home – Week One

Second Grade at Home – Week One

I’ve heard from so many second grade teachers like you whose schools are closing indefinitely because of the coronavirus and they need an easy way to keep kids engaged and learning at home.

Rather than scrambling to pull together just-right activities for your students each week, I’m excited to give you a simple solution: a pack of school at home activities your students can complete on their own.

And since we know that some families won’t have access to printers, I made sure to include plenty of printable-free learning options so that every child can participate.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> A teacher letter you can copy and paste in an email to quickly explain your plan to families.

–> A weekly checklist giving kids 25 simple (and fun!) ways to stay engaged and learning.

–> 5 print-and-play activities families can print off at home. This week works on blends and diphthongs, sight words, addition and subtraction within 20, telling time to the quarter hour, and comparing numbers to 200.

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First Grade at Home – Week One

First Grade at Home – Week One

I’ve heard from so many first grade teachers like you whose schools are closing indefinitely because of the coronavirus and they need an easy way to keep kids engaged and learning at home.

Rather than scrambling to pull together just-right activities for your students each week, I’m excited to give you a simple solution: a pack of school at home activities your students can complete on their own.

And since we know that some families won’t have access to printers, I made sure to include plenty of printable-free learning options so that every child can participate.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> A teacher letter you can copy and paste in an email to quickly explain your plan to families.

–> A weekly checklist giving kids 25 simple (and fun!) ways to stay engaged and learning.

–> 5 print-and-play activities families can print off at home. This week works on digraphs and blends, sight words, addition and subtraction within 10, addition and subtraction within 20, 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional shapes, and telling time to the quarter hour.

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Phonics Games That Make Learning to Read Fun

Phonics Games That Make Learning to Read Fun

Teaching kids to read is one of the most important tasks a kindergarten and first grade teacher has. Some students learn quickly, while others need a bit more help.  Enter: phonics games! For those reluctant kids, nothing makes phonics more fun than games. These...

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End of Year Centers

End of Year Centers

End of year centers your students will LOVE! Finish the year stronger than ever with 21 math and literacy centers practicing word families, sight words, telling time, skip counting, number bonds and so much more.

The end of year centers are easy to differentiate, making them perfect for kindergarten and first grade!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

LITERACY CENTERS

The mega pack makes it so easy to differentiate. Stretch activities for your strong readers and break down the activities for your struggling kiddos.

–> Color Up. Work on letter sounds, digraphs or blends! Simply grab a card, say the word out loud and color the beginning sound.

–> Spin a Word Family. Spin a word, read it and color it on your sheet. There are 5 versions so you can practice every vowel.

–> Word Clip Cards. Have students read and clip CVC words or, if they’re ready for a challenge, give them the Magic E version instead.

–> EDITABLE Sight Word Game. Race to the finish line as you read and write sight words along the way!

–> EDITABLE Roll and Write. Roll a die and write the matching word. Because the game is editable, you can practice any words under the sun!

–> EDITABLE Sight Word Puzzles. Match each sight word with its twin! When you’ve finished, write your pairs on your record sheet to practice spelling.

–> EDITABLE Hide and Seek. Play a pocket chart sight word game with the class!

–> EDITABLE Sight Word Card Game. Have students practice their sight words with a friend!

–> 4 Story Starters. Get kids writing with creative story prompts and end of year word cards.

MATH CENTERS

The set also includes math activities teaching critical skills including numbers, telling time, addition and subtraction.

–> Mystery Numbers. Practice counting in numerical order from 1-120.

–> Skip Counting. For students who are ready to be stretched, practice skip counting by 2, 5 or 10 instead.

–> Shape Graph. Work on 2D or 3D shapes AND build graphing skills at the same time. Just spin a shape and add it to the graph!

–> Number Bonds. Figure out the missing number and write it on your number bond!

–> Telling Time 4 in a Row. Read the analog clock and then find the digital time that matches! There are two versions included so that you can easily differentiate for a variety of learners: telling time to the nearest hour and quarter hour.

 

THERE ARE 21 END OF YEAR MATH AND LITERACY CENTERS IN ALL!

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Earth Day Centers

Earth Day Centers

These Earth Day centers make it so easy to plan your math and literacy activities for the week of April 22nd! Just hit print.

This print-and-play pack includes 18 math and literacy centers practicing word families, sight words, telling time, number bonds and so much more.

The Earth Day centers are easy to differentiate, making them perfect for kindergarten and first grade!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

LITERACY CENTERS

The mega pack makes it so easy to differentiate. Stretch activities for your strong readers and break down the activities for your struggling kiddos.

–> Beginning Sounds Color Up. Pick a card from the pile and color the letter that starts with the word shown.

–> Digraph Color Up. For students who are ready to be stretched, practice digraph words instead.

–> Blends Color Up. And for children who need even more of a push, pull out the blends version of the game.

–> EDITABLE Sight Word Game. Race to the finish line as you read and write sight words along the way!

–> EDITABLE I Spy Game. Have fun and burn off a little extra energy as kids search the room for sight words and then practice spelling them on their record sheet.

–> EDITABLE Sight Word Puzzles. Match each sight word with its twin!

–> 3 Story Starters. Get kids writing with creative story prompts and Earth Day word cards.

MATH CENTERS

The set also includes math activities teaching critical skills including numbers, telling time, addition and subtraction.

–> What’s Next? Easily differentiate by having kids focus on the numbers 1-20, 1-50 or 1-120.

–> Roll and Cover. Challenge students to roll two dice, add the numbers together, and then cover up the sum on their pattern block mat.

–> Subtraction Mats. Spin two numbers, write the subtraction problem and solve it!

–> Number Bonds. Have kids complete Earth Day number bonds.

–> Telling Time Puzzles. Read the analog clock and then find the digital time that matches! There are three versions included so that you can easily differentiate for a variety of learners: telling time to the hour, half hour and quarter hour.

–> Color by Shape. Practice naming and recognizing 2D or 3D shapes with a playful game of chance.

–> Shape Graph. Spin a shape and add it to the graph. What shape reaches the top first?

 

THERE ARE 18 EARTH DAY MATH AND LITERACY CENTERS IN ALL!

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Writing Center Starter Kit

Writing Center Starter Kit

This starter kit gives you everything you need for your kindergarten or first grade writing center!

Whether you’re setting up a station as a separate space in your classroom or making go-to writing folders each student can keep in her desk and pull out during writing time, this starter kit has you covered.

It even has EDITABLE sheets including word lists you can customize with classmates’ names or holiday words AND writing rubrics you can use to assess students’ progress.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> Colorful writing center bunting to hang in a station

–> Alphabet charts for students’ writing folders

–> Blends and digraphs chart

–> Writing rules checklist

–> 17 themed word lists with helpful pictures (includes UK version)

–> Dolch sight word lists

–> Fry sight word lists

–> Combination sight word lists

–> Writing journal covers

–> Primary lined paper

–> Primary lined paper with EDITABLE rubric

–> Lined paper

–> Lined paper with EDITABLE rubric

–> 3 posters (alphabet chart, how to sound out words and writing rules checklist)–> 26 alphabet posters

 

You’ll have everything you need in one easy download

 

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300+ Word Work Activities… And Growing!

300+ Word Work Activities… And Growing!

Do you spend countless hours hunting down "good fit" word work activities and literacy centers for each of your reading groups? Word work is an amazing way to take students' reading to the next level because it gives kids a chance to play with words - breaking them...

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Beginning Blend Centers

Beginning Blend Centers

These 10 beginning blend centers are perfect for kindergarten or first grade literacy centers, word work stations, or homeschool activities.
 
Focus on one type of blend with newer readers (for instance, L blends) or review several different blends at the same time for kiddos who are ready for a challenge.
 
The playful activity pack practices 19 of the most common blends:
 
BL-, BR-,CL-, CR-, DR-, FL-, FR-, GL-, GR-, PL-, PR-, SC-, SK-, SL-, SM-, SN-, SP-, ST-, SW- and TR-.
 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND
 
–> 19 Foldable Blend Books (one for each blend)
–> 20 Match Up Puzzles
–> 54 Write and Wipe Cards
–> 3 Roll and Write Games
–> Flip and Write
–> 20 Clip Cards
–> Spin and Color No-Prep Sheets
–> Color by Blend No-Prep Sheets
–> What’s Right? No-Prep Sheets
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Our Instagram Reel

Our Instagram Reel

Welcome Instagram friends! This is the place to find all of our latest posts in one spot. Simply scroll down and click on the activity you're searching for - our newest posts are on top. Spring STEM Challenges in our shop // on Teachers Pay Teachers 3D Shape Puzzles...

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A Year of Sight Word Games

A Year of Sight Word Games

I won't downplay it - I'm totally obsessed with these 32 editable sight word games.  And teachers are too! The pack has earned more than 1,300 four star ratings on Teachers Pay Teachers. "This has to be one of the best things that I have ever bought! These save me so...

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Kids’ Science: Oil and Watercolor Painting

Kids’ Science: Oil and Watercolor Painting

This delightfully messy activity blends art and kids' science and is a great way to show that oil and water will not mix.  Don't let the mess stop you from trying this activity.  My kiddos loved watching the water colors bead up on top of the oil and could have spent...

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Word Work Bundle

Word Work Bundle

BUNDLE AND SAVE! Add HUNDREDS of motivating word work stations to your collection so you can easily differentiate your literacy centers for a variety of reading levels. Print one center for students who are practice letter sounds, pull another center for kids who are working on blends…

The Word Work Bundle includes ALL of my phonics and sight word packs… including all of the EDITABLE ones… so you have everything you need in one spot.

It’s tailor-made for preschool, kindergarten and first grade teachers.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

The MEGA bundle includes 450+ centers practicing sight words and phonics skills:

–> Rhyming

–> Syllable segmenting

–> Names

–> Alphabet letter names and sounds

–> Beginning sounds

–> Short vowels

–> CVC words

–> Beginning digraphs

–> Ending digraphs

–> Beginning blends

–> Ending blends

–> Vowel teams

–> Magic E words

–> Diphthongs

–> R-controlled vowels

–> Compound words

–> Sight Words

–> Reading fluency

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Hi, I’m Malia.

I LOVE helping Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Grade teachers save time, stay inspired and give EVERY student bigger results. I’m so glad you’re here!