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Sight Words Lists by Phonics Skill

Sight Words Lists by Phonics Skill

These sight word lists for Dolch pre-primer, primer, 1st and 2nd grade, the first 200 Fry sight words, PLUS the Zeno sight words are a HUGE game changer! Why? When you organize your sight word lists by phonics skill, students learn the words faster…

Old school lists like Dolch and Fry were sorted by the frequency words appear in text. For instance, THE is written most often so it’s the first words students practice. The philosophy isn’t terrible – if a child is going to read THE more than any other word, it makes sense that learning it first would come in handy.

The problem is that THE is often taught right alongside other words that follow completely different rules: OF, AND, A… And that means kids have to wrap their brain around:

– the short A sound in AND,
– the long A sound in A,
– the F that makes a V sound in OF,
– and (as if that wasn’t enough!) the two letters T & H that make just one sound in THE.

It’s no wonder that so many students struggle with sight word lists!

But there is a *much* easier way! Instead of sorting sight words by frequency, we can sort them by phonics skill. Then students can master one spelling rule at a time!

These print-and-go sheets make it so easy for you to do just that! They include the Dolch sight words through second grade, the first 200 Fry sight words, and the Zeno sight words.

Free CVC Words Picture Sort

Picture sorting is a simple and engaging way for children to learn about short vowel sounds in consonant-vowel-consonant words like cat, bed, top and cut.  When they say the name of pictures out loud, children can stretch the sounds out S-L-O-W-L-Y, isolating the middle sound in the CVC words. Find more preschool activities with our…

Magic Sight Words

Kids will love practicing sight words with this simple sight words activity. Grab a white crayon and some markers and get ready for a little magic! Snag your copy below and then hop over and get 26 more Editable Word Work Centers in our shop! Magic Sight Words Activity After printing out the sheet (below),…

Diving for Sight Words

This playful sight word game is an easy way to add some fun to your literacy centers or word work time. Kids will love diving for sight words!  And for even more sight word fun, check out our Editable Sight Word Games in our shop! Getting Ready This activity was super quick and easy to prep!…

Rhyming CVC Words

Beat the summer heat with this fun CVC rhyming activity! Kids will love that it’s playful and YOU’LL love that it’s easy to differentiate for a variety of reading levels… These darling CVC flip flops have picture clues AND simple short vowel wods so even early readers can find success. Grab your copy below and…

Snowflake Sight Words

Are you in need of a motivating way to practice reading, spelling and writing sight words this winter? Grab some salt, a baking dish and our free snowflake sight words download for some snowy fun. Use the download button below and then hop over and grab our jam-packed Word Work Centers in our shop – it’s bursting…

Cell Phone Sight Words

Looking for a motivating sight word activity for kids?! This is a must-try! It’s a clever way to turn kids’ love of technology into a screen free activity that helps them practice any words under the sun – word families, sight word lists, names… even alphabet letters! For more exciting sight word practice, snag our best-selling Editable Sight…

Phonics Toolkit Volume 4

Phonics Toolkit Volume 4

Need an easier way to teach phonics in First or Second Grade? Your teaching dream is coming true because the Phonics Toolkit gives you *everything* you need in one simple download:

Step-by-step lesson plans for 25 different phonics skills that make it easy to teach students everything from diphthongs through contractions. Just flip to the page and read through each step!

50 ready-to-use literacy centers that make it fun for kids to practice each of the phonics skills. Hit “print,” and you’re ready to play.

Print-and-go reading passages that align with each lesson so you can stop time-sucking hunts for follow up practice material.

Quick phonics assessments that make it easy to pinpoint the skills each student needs to learn next. (They come in print AND digital so you can pick your favorite!)

Sound maps that help children memorize words that include each phonics skill in as little as 5 exposures.

…. And more!

Phonics Toolkit Volume 3

Phonics Toolkit Volume 3

Need an easier way to teach phonics in First or Second Grade? Your teaching dream is coming true because the Phonics Toolkit gives you *everything* you need in one simple download:

Step-by-step lesson plans for 25 different phonics skills that make it easy to teach students everything from alternate spellings through vowel teams. Just flip to the page and read through each step!

50 ready-to-use literacy centers that make it fun for kids to practice each of the phonics skills. Hit “print,” and you’re ready to play.

Print-and-go reading passages that align with each lesson so you can stop time-sucking hunts for follow up practice material.

 

Quick phonics assessments that make it easy to pinpoint the skills each student needs to learn next. (They come in print AND digital so you can pick your favorite!)

Sound maps that help children memorize words that include each phonics skill in as little as 5 exposures.

…. And more!

Phonics Toolkit Volume 2

Phonics Toolkit Volume 2

Need an easier way to teach phonics in Kindergarten, First, or Second Grade? Your teaching dream is coming true because the Phonics Toolkit gives you *everything* you need in one simple download.

Step-by-step lesson plans for 39 different phonics skills that make it easy to teach students everything from the the floss rule through blends. Just flip to the page and read through each step!

79 ready-to-use literacy centers that make it fun for kids to practice each of the phonics skills. Hit “print,” and you’re ready to play.

Print-and-go reading passages that align with each lesson so you can stop time-sucking hunts for follow up practice material.

Quick phonics assessments that make it easy to pinpoint the skills each student needs to learn next. (They come in print AND digital so you can pick your favorite!)

Sound maps that help children memorize words that include each phonics skill in as little as 5 exposures.

…. And more!

Phonics Toolkit Volume 1

Phonics Toolkit Volume 1

Need an easier way to teach phonics in Pre-K, Kindergarten, or First Grade? Your teaching dream is coming true because the Phonics Toolkit gives you *everything* you need in one simple download:

Step-by-step lesson plans for 39 different phonics skills that make it easy to teach students everything from the very first letter sound /m/ through digraphs. Just flip to the page and read through each step!

88 ready-to-use literacy centers that make it fun for kids to practice each of the phonics skills. Hit “print,” and you’re ready to play.

Print-and-go reading passages that align with each lesson so you can stop time-sucking hunts for follow up practice material.

Quick phonics assessments that make it easy to pinpoint the skills each student needs to learn next. (They come in print AND digital so you can pick your favorite!)

Sound maps that help children memorize words that include each phonics skill in as little as 5 exposures.

Playful handwriting activity sheets that make it fun to work on letter formation.

…. And more!

Is Your Curriculum Science of Reading Aligned? Watch Out for These Signs!

Is Your Curriculum Science of Reading Aligned? Watch Out for These Signs!

Are you curious if your curriculum is science of reading aligned so you can ensure your students are receiving the best reading instruction possible? If so, this list is for you. The Science of Reading is a research-based approach that continues gaining traction because of its effectiveness in teaching children to read. It emphasizes phonemic…

Free Teacher Planner

Free Teacher Planner

This free teacher planner is *jam packed* with helpful planning pages, sanity saving organization sheets, and inspiring covers the will help keep you planned and prepped allllllll year long. Snag your lesson planner below and then join the waitlist for the Science of Reading Formula membership so you can unlock THOUSANDS of brain-friendly teaching tools that help you…

Alphabet Chant

Alphabet Chant

When students are first learning to read, written letters look like meaningless shapes on a piece of paper. They might as well be squiggles or scribbles – letters don’t have any rhyme or reason. But this fun little alphabet chant changes all of that because it helps students connect each funky shape we call a…

Word Chains

Word Chains

Get ready to fall in love! Word chains are an easy but powerful way to build important literacy skills including phonemic awareness, decoding, encoding, AND blending at the exact same time. Because you swap just one sound each time you move to a new box in the sequence, children are able to make connections between…

84 Decodable Centers

84 Decodable Centers

This huge set of 84 decodable centers makes it quick and easy for you to provide playful phonics skill practice for all of your students.
 
Differentiation is a breeze when you have access to games to reinforce whichever phonics skill each of your students is learning. There are 6 different games for each phonics skill, so you’ll have plenty of options for literacy centers, word work stations, small groups, or homeschool activities.
 
Because the centers are decodable, the words are carefully selected to ensure that they contain only the phonics patterns and sight words that students have already been taught. This helps to build students’ fluency and confidence as they read, while also providing them with ample opportunities to practice and reinforce their new skills.
 
Grab this massive bundle of centers to give your students fun, interactive practice with 14 phonics skills!
Decodable Beginning Blend Centers

Decodable Beginning Blend Centers

These 6 decodable centers make it so easy and fun to practice beginning blends. The 36 different games give you plenty of options for literacy centers, word work stations, small groups, or homeschool activities. 
 
Because the centers are decodable, the words are carefully selected to ensure that they contain only the phonics patterns and sight words that students have already been taught. This helps to build students’ fluency and confidence as they read, while also providing them with ample opportunities to practice and reinforce their new skills.
 
This big pack practices 16 of the most common beginning blends: BL-, CL-, FL-, GL-, PL-, SK-, SM-, SP-, BR-, CR-, FR-, GR-, SC-, SL-, SN-, ST-.
 
Grab these centers to give your students fun, interactive beginning blend practice
Decodable Digraph Centers

Decodable Digraph Centers

These 6 decodable centers make it beyond simple and fun to practice digraphs. The 17 different games give you all the options you need for literacy centers, word work stations, small groups, or homeschool activities. 
 
Because the centers are decodable, the words are carefully selected to ensure that they contain only the phonics patterns and sight words that students have already been taught. This helps to build students’ fluency and confidence as they read, while also providing them with ample opportunities to practice and reinforce their new skills.
 
This big pack practices 9 of the most common digraphs: CH-, -CK, KN-, -NG, QU-, SH, TH, WH-, and WR-.
 
Grab these centers to give your students fun, interactive digraph practice
Decodable Diphthong Centers

Decodable Diphthong Centers

These 6 decodable centers make it so simple and engaging to practice diphthongs. The 13 different games give you just the options you need for literacy centers, word work stations, small groups, or homeschool activities. 
 
Because the centers are decodable, the words are carefully selected to ensure that they contain only the phonics patterns and sight words that students have already been taught. This helps to build students’ fluency and confidence as they read, while also providing them with ample opportunities to practice and reinforce their new skills.
 
This big pack practices 4 of the most common diphthongs: OI, OU, OY, and OW.
 
Grab these centers to give your students fun, interactive diphthong practice
Decodable Ending Blend Centers

Decodable Ending Blend Centers

These 6 decodable centers make it so easy and engaging to practice ending blends. The 19 different games give you the exact options you need for literacy centers, word work stations, small groups, or homeschool activities. 
 
Because the centers are decodable, the words are carefully selected to ensure that they contain only the phonics patterns and sight words that students have already been taught. This helps to build students’ fluency and confidence as they read, while also providing them with ample opportunities to practice and reinforce their new skills.
 
This big pack practices 7 of the most common ending blends: -FT, -LD, -MP, -NK, -ND, -NT, and -ST.
 
Grab these centers to give your students fun, interactive ending blend practice
Decodable Floss Rule Centers

Decodable Floss Rule Centers

With these 6 decodable centers, practicing the floss rule becomes both simple and fun. The 15 different games give you the options you need for literacy centers, word work stations, small groups, or homeschool activities. 
 
Because the centers are decodable, the words are carefully selected to ensure that they contain only the phonics patterns and sight words that students have already been taught. This helps to build students’ fluency and confidence as they read, while also providing them with ample opportunities to practice and reinforce their new skills.
 
This big pack practices 4 of the most common floss rules: -FF, -LL, -SS, -ZZ.
 
Grab these centers to give your students fun, interactive floss rule practice
Decodable Magic E Centers

Decodable Magic E Centers

With these 6 decodable centers, practicing magic E words becomes both simple and engaging. The 13 different games give you so many options for literacy centers, word work stations, small groups, or homeschool activities. 
 
Because the centers are decodable, the words are carefully selected to ensure that they contain only the phonics patterns and sight words that students have already been taught. This helps to build students’ fluency and confidence as they read, while also providing them with ample opportunities to practice and reinforce their new skills.
 
This big pack practices 36 of the most common magic E patterns: -ACE, -ADE, -AKE, -ALE, -AME, -APE, -ASE, -ATE, -AVE, -AZE, -ICE, -IDE, -IKE, -ILE, -IME, -INE, -IPE, -IRE, -ITE, -IVE, -IZE, -OBE, -ODE, -OKE, -OLE, -OME, -ONE, -OPE, -OSE, -OTE, -UBE, -UDE, -ULE, -UME, -UNE, -UTE.
 
Grab these centers to give your students fun, interactive magic E practice
Decodable R-Influenced Vowel Centers

Decodable R-Influenced Vowel Centers

With these 6 decodable centers, practicing r-influenced vowels becomes both easy and engaging. The 14 different games give you plenty of options for literacy centers, word work stations, small groups, or homeschool activities. 
 
Because the centers are decodable, the words are carefully selected to ensure that they contain only the phonics patterns and sight words that students have already been taught. This helps to build students’ fluency and confidence as they read, while also providing them with ample opportunities to practice and reinforce their new skills.
 
This big pack practices each of the 5 r-influenced vowels: AR, ER, IR, OR, UR.
 
Grab these centers to give your students fun, interactive r-influenced vowel practice
Decodable Short A Centers

Decodable Short A Centers

These 6 decodable centers make practicing short a becomes both easy and engaging. The 12 different games give you plenty of options for literacy centers, word work stations, small groups, or homeschool activities. 
 
Because the centers are decodable, the words are carefully selected to ensure that they contain only the phonics patterns and sight words that students have already been taught. This helps to build students’ fluency and confidence as they read, while also providing them with ample opportunities to practice and reinforce their new skills.
 
This big pack practices each of the 8 most common short a patterns: -AB, -AD, -AG, -AM, -AN, -AP, -AT, -AX.
 
Grab these centers to give your students fun, interactive short a practice
Decodable Short E Centers

Decodable Short E Centers

These 6 decodable centers make practicing short e both easy and fun. The 12 different games give you the options you need for literacy centers, word work stations, small groups, or homeschool activities. 
 
Because the centers are decodable, the words are carefully selected to ensure that they contain only the phonics patterns and sight words that students have already been taught. This helps to build students’ fluency and confidence as they read, while also providing them with ample opportunities to practice and reinforce their new skills.
 
This big pack practices each of the 6 most common short e patterns: -EB, -ED, -EG, -EM, -EN, -ET.
 
Grab these centers to give your students fun, interactive short e practice
Decodable Short I Centers

Decodable Short I Centers

These 6 decodable centers make practicing short i both simple and fun. The 11 different games give you so many options for literacy centers, word work stations, small groups, or homeschool activities. 
 
Because the centers are decodable, the words are carefully selected to ensure that they contain only the phonics patterns and sight words that students have already been taught. This helps to build students’ fluency and confidence as they read, while also providing them with ample opportunities to practice and reinforce their new skills.
 
This big pack practices each of the 8 most common short i patterns: -IB, -ID, -IG, -IM, -IN, -IP, -IT, -IX.
 
Grab these centers to give your students fun, interactive short i practice
Decodable Short O Centers

Decodable Short O Centers

These 6 decodable centers make practicing short o so easy and fun. The 16 different games give you the options you need for literacy centers, word work stations, small groups, or homeschool activities. 
 
Because the centers are decodable, the words are carefully selected to ensure that they contain only the phonics patterns and sight words that students have already been taught. This helps to build students’ fluency and confidence as they read, while also providing them with ample opportunities to practice and reinforce their new skills.
 
This big pack practices each of the 7 most common short o patterns: -OB, -OD, -OG, -OP, -OM, -OT, -OX.
 
Grab these centers to give your students fun, interactive short o practice
Decodable Short U Centers

Decodable Short U Centers

These 6 decodable centers make practicing short u so easy and engaging. The 13 different games give you just the options you need for literacy centers, word work stations, small groups, or homeschool activities. 
 
Because the centers are decodable, the words are carefully selected to ensure that they contain only the phonics patterns and sight words that students have already been taught. This helps to build students’ fluency and confidence as they read, while also providing them with ample opportunities to practice and reinforce their new skills.
 
This big pack practices each of the 9 most common short u patterns: -UB, -UD, -UG, -UM, -UN, -UP, -US, -UT, -UX.
 
Grab these centers to give your students fun, interactive short u practice
Decodable Trigraph Centers

Decodable Trigraph Centers

These 6 decodable centers make practicing trigraphs simple and fun. The 8 different games give you so many options for literacy centers, word work stations, small groups, or homeschool activities. 
 
Because the centers are decodable, the words are carefully selected to ensure that they contain only the phonics patterns and sight words that students have already been taught. This helps to build students’ fluency and confidence as they read, while also providing them with ample opportunities to practice and reinforce their new skills.
 
This big pack practices each of the 9 most common trigraphs: -DGE, SCR-, SHR-, SPL-, SPR-, SQU-, STR-, -TCH, THR-.
 
Grab these centers to give your students fun, interactive trigraph practice
Decodable Vowel Team Centers

Decodable Vowel Team Centers

These 6 decodable centers make practicing vowel teams simple and engaging. The 37 different games give you plenty of options for literacy centers, word work stations, small groups, or homeschool activities. 
 
Because the centers are decodable, the words are carefully selected to ensure that they contain only the phonics patterns and sight words that students have already been taught. This helps to build students’ fluency and confidence as they read, while also providing them with ample opportunities to practice and reinforce their new skills.
 
This big pack practices each of the 17 vowel teams: AI, AY, EE, EA, IE, IGH, Y, OA, OE, OW, EW, OO, UI, UE, AW, AU, and OO.
 
Grab these centers to give your students fun, interactive vowel team practice
Phonics Toolkit

Phonics Toolkit

Need an easier way to teach phonics in Pre-K, Kindergarten, First, or Second Grade? The Phonics Toolkit is your teaching dream come true because it gives you *everything* you need in one simple download:

Step-by-step lesson plans for 128 different phonics skills that make it easy to teach students everything from the very first letter sound /m/ through complicated spelling patterns like the trigraph -TCH. Just flip to the page and read through each step!

267 ready-to-use literacy centers that make it fun for kids to practice each of the phonics skills. Hit “print,” and you’re ready to play.

Print-and-go reading passages that align with each lesson so you can stop time-sucking hunts for follow up practice material.

Quick phonics assessments that make it easy to pinpoint the skills each student needs to learn next. (They come in print AND digital so you can pick your favorite!)

Sound maps that help children memorize words that include each phonics skill in as little as 5 exposures.

Playful handwriting activity sheets that make it fun to work on letter formation.

…. And more!

The 7 Jobs of Silent E

The 7 Jobs of Silent E

Did you know that the silent E is an extremely busy letter? It has SEVEN jobs! And somehow, the silent E also finds time to make it difficult for struggling readers to learn it. But here’s a handy way to start making things finally click for kids… Teach students that the silent E is a sidekick. Just like…

EDITABLE Student Word Wall

EDITABLE Student Word Wall

Give students at-a-glance access to high frequency words to include in their writing with this fully editable student word wall.

Did you swap out your classroom word wall for a sound wall but still want a writing reference that students can use to find the right spellings fast? This word wall can be glued into a file folder and kept in each student’s desk.

EDITABLE Student Dictionary

EDITABLE Student Dictionary

Help students take ownership of the words they’re learning to use in their writing with this fully editable student dictionary.

The dictionary comes pre-filled with Dolch words through first grade. But don’t worry if you’re at a different grade level or use a different list of words! Because the whole file is editable, you can add, delete, or change any of the words.



Syllable Division Posters

Syllable Division Posters

Grab 10 syllable division posters to help even struggling readers decode unfamiliar, multisyllabic words.

Fun animal rules make it easier for students to remember where to create syllable divisions. Breaking words into smaller pieces makes them more manageable and helps students determine vowel sounds.

These playful, colorful posters are the perfect visual reminders for your classroom walls or literacy centers. Add a copy of the Syllable Division Posters to your cart to give your students another tool in their decoding tool belt!

What is Phonological Awareness?

What is Phonological Awareness?

The term “phonological awareness” gets thrown around a lot these days because science of reading research has proven that it’s the key to preventing many reading difficulties. But what is phonological awareness? And how often should students practice it? Find all the answers below and then hop over to grab a year’s worth of no…

Decodable Readers (Huge Bundle!)

Decodable Readers (Huge Bundle!)

This collection of 122 decodable readers helps you give every student the exact phonics practice they need with one easy download. This huge bundle of decodable passages practices short vowels, digraphs, floss rule, beginning and ending blends, CVCe long vowel words, vowel teams, diphthongs, r-influenced vowels, word endings, and trigraphs. They are perfect for any pre-k, kindergarten, first, or second grade classroom!

Just hit “print,” cut the pages in half, and staple, and you’ll quickly have an engaging decodable reader!

Word Lists for 6 Syllable Types

Word Lists for 6 Syllable Types

These syllable lists are full of words that align with each of the 6 types of syllables. Teaching students about the 6 different types of syllables helps them chunk longer words into manageable parts so they can read them correctly.

These lists will help you make the 6 different syllable types clear for kids without having to spend time searching for words. Save time and sanity with this powerful phonics tool!

Word Chain Lists

Word Chain Lists

These word chain lists are a huge time and sanity saver! Instead of getting stuck trying to come up with complete word chains on your own, just print these done-for-you lists. There are 7 different varieties of word chains you can use with daily warm ups, centers, whole-class practice, or small groups.

Snag your set and then hit “print” to get 112 ready-to-go word chains!

Decodable Passages (Giant Bundle!)

Decodable Passages (Giant Bundle!)

Grab 122 decodable passages in one easy download so you can give every student the exact phonics practice they need.

This giant bundle of decodable passages practices short vowels, digraphs, floss rule, beginning and ending blends, CVCe long vowel words, vowel teams, diphthongs, r-influenced vowels, word endings, and trigraphs. They are perfect for any pre-k, kindergarten, first or second grade classroom!

Just hit “print” and you’re ready to go!

Sound Walls

Sound Walls

The science of reading has proven that teaching students to hear the sounds in words helps them learn to read more quickly. These print-and-go sound walls make teaching those sounds quick, easy, and fun for kids!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

 

–> Easy to follow directions including 5 questions you can ask students to help them differentiate between the look and feel of each sound

 

–> 2 bulletin board-sized sound walls so you can choose the design you like best

 

–> 2 file folder-sized sound walls that make it easy to create an individual set for each child in class

 

–> Cover up sheets that build students’ excitement to learn a new sound

Sound Maps

Sound Maps

Sound mapping is a fantastic way to build students’ phonemic awareness! And these sound mapping mats make it FUN for kids to practice.
 
Slide Matchbox cars onto stop signs, place jellybean noses on bunnies, squish playdough “slime”…
 
This sound mapping pack includes 27 different sets. And every single one of them come in three versions so you can easily practice 3, 4 OR 5 phoneme words. Just hit print!
Bubble Gum Sound Mapping

Bubble Gum Sound Mapping

When students are struggling to hear the individual sounds in words they’re trying to spell, they often need to build a skill called phonemic awareness. And sound mapping is a simple but powerful way to boost it! Add in a fun gumball theme and some squishy playdough balls and it’s a literacy match made in…

Floss Rule Puzzles

Floss Rule Puzzles

Do you know the floss rule yet? When the sounds /f/ /s/ /l/ or /z/ come at the end of a one-syllable word, they’re written with a double consonant. See some examples and then grab this batch of floss rule puzzles to make practicing it fun for kids! The Floss Rule Why do some words…

Sub Plans

Sub Plans

No batch of chicken soup could ever be strong enough to cure the sub planning blues… Especially when you already feel lousy! This makes it easy for you to pull together sub plans that’ll last you for DAYS. And when you spend 15 minutes setting everything up NOW, it’ll be ready to go *whenever* you…

Slinky Phonemic Awareness Game

Slinky Phonemic Awareness Game

If you’ve ever had a student who could sound out each letter in a CVC word but, when it came time to blend those sounds together, they said something else instead like “D-O-G. Drop?” then this phonemic awareness game is for you. Grab a slinky and get ready to s-t-r-e-t-c-h students’ phonemic awareness. Kids will…

Magic E Pop It Center

Magic E Pop It Center

Did you know that the magic E has SEVEN different jobs? Yep, it’s true! And learning them makes it SO MUCH easier to help students read because you can finally explain the rules behind spelling patterns. See the seven different silent E rules below and then snag a copy of a playful magic E pop…

Beginning Sounds Center

Beginning Sounds Center

It’s crazy but true! If you teach a student 10 sight words, they can read 10 words… BUT, if you teach that same child 10 letter sounds, they can read THOUSANDS of words. That’s the power of phonics! And these beginning sound cards a playful, hands-on way to help kids practice just that. Snag your set below and…

Phonemic Awareness Pop Its

Do you have any students who know ALL of the letter sounds but, when it comes time to blend those sounds together to read a word, they STILL struggle? This will help! A lot of times readers just need to practice something called phonemic awareness. Luckily, this playful pop it center is a super fun…

Sight Word Targets

We love sight word games and these printable sight word targets rank at the top of our must-try list. Kids love aiming, hitting, reading and writing their word lists. The activity is great to use as a literacy center, word work practice or homeschool activity. Grab your free copy below and, if you need an editable version…

Cookie Sight Word Game

Sight word games are a fun way to help kids practice the most common words in written text. Cookie Word Bake takes the fun to a whole new level of sugary awesomeness. Kids love “baking” sight word cookies so much that they don’t even realize they’re learning the the first 48 kindergarten Dolch words. Snag…

Magic E Activities

If your kids are learning about the magic e, you’ll love this game and bonus worksheet! As kids race to find their magic treasure, they practice reading ordinary CVC words plus their magical pairs – words that have a silent e at the end that makes the vowel say its name.  These magic e activities…

Rhyme Slime Games

If you’re looking for some fun, new rhyming activities to try with your kids, these quirky rhyme games are sure to do the trick.  And, our best-selling Ultimate Preschool Activity Pack is a must-have if you’re looking for similar activities! Getting Ready Before beginning these rhyming games, some teaching prep work is involved.  Teaching rhyming…

Division Word Problems within 20

Division is one of the more difficult math concepts to understand for early learners. While it’s closely related to multiplication, it’s trickier to grasp its meaning and to work out how to solve each problem. These division word problems are here to help! These task cards stay focused within 20 – numbers that are comfortable…

How to Eat an Oreo Writing Activity

Writing with transitional words including “first”, “next” and “then” is an important skill for young writers. This “How to Eat an Oreo” writing activity makes writing practice fun AND delicious – my favorite combination! Ready to turn your students into authors!? Snag our Writing Center Starter Kit in our shop! Getting Started To prep this…

Free CVC Games

These free CVC games and child-friendly worksheets help kids learn to identify short vowels and break words into individual sounds called phonemes. Grab your set of free CVC games below and then practice any words under the sun with our Editable Word Work Games! CVC Games: What’s Inside? The free CVC games include: CVC Board Games…

Apple Sight Word Game

This playful apple-themed sight word game is the perfect addition to your fall literacy centers! Kids will love racing to be the first to dot all of the sight words on their sheet. It’s a motivating combination of dot markers and sight word surprises. Snag your free game below and then hop over and grab our best selling…

Halloween Writing Prompts

Halloween is almost here so it’s the perfect time to add a few Halloween-themed writing prompts to our writing centers. After you’re done with this fun activity, check out our Writing Center Starter Kit! Getting Ready Prep for these Halloween writing prompts was super easy – my favorite! I printed off the writing prompts on…

ABC Art Book

Making an ABC book is a fun, hands-on way to introduce children to letters and help them understand how those letters are used to make words. This free printable ABC book takes all of that learning one step further by introducing kids to art techniques including apple printing, car painting and (my personal favorite!) elbow stamping!!…

Gingerbread Color by Sight Word

This gingerbread color by sight word activity is the perfect addition to your December literacy centers and word work time! And if you’re into learning sight words, grab our awesome Word Work Games in our shop!  They’re EDITABLE! Getting Ready Prepping the sight word activity was super quick! I just printed a sheet for each…

Mermaid Sight Word Game

Practicing sight words will be a splash with this fun mermaid sight word game! Kids read and write sight words as they swim their way to the treasure chest. It’s a great addition to your literacy centers and word work time. Snag your free game below and then hop over and grab our best selling 32 EDITABLE…

Apple Vowel Sort

It’s hard to think of fall and not have Johnny Appleseed come to mind. This playful, apple-themed short and long vowel sort is a must-try! Scroll below to snag your freebie and then hop over and grab our Vowel Team Centers as well! Getting Ready The prep for this vowel sort activity was super simple….

Popcorn Word Families

Are you looking for a fun way to make CVC words POP… literally?! These playful popcorn sorts work on 10 different short vowel word families and they’re so motivating, kids will actually ASK to repeat them. Grab your copy below and then hop over and snag our mega pack of print-and-play word work activities in our…

Editable Sight Word Trash Game

Editable sight word games are my jam because they make it *so* easy to differentiate. I can print one version of a game for my struggling readers and a completely different version of the same game for my highest readers. From far away, they might look identical, but up close they’re actually practicing entirely different…

CVCe Word Work

Are you looking for a helpful tool to teach students about the silent E once and for all? This playful CVCe word work center is a must-try! Scroll below to grab your freebie! Then, for more vowel work, check out our Vowel Team Centers in our shop, too! Getting Ready My prep for this CVCe…

Free Vowel Sound Sort

Looking for a fun way to practice vowel sounds with kids?! We’ve got you covered. This free vowel sound sort is a great literacy center, guided reading activity or homeschool project. Just print, prep and play. Then, for more fun vowel work, check out or Vowel Team Centers in our shop! Getting Ready To prep…

Apple Tree Counting Mats

These free apple tree counting mats are perfect for fall! Just grab some pom poms and you’re ready for some fun, hands-on practice with counting, number recognition, vocabulary building and fine motor skills. For more number fun, check out our Number Formation Pack in our shop! I’m absolutely in love with the fall season. It really…

Close Reading Activity Cards

Close reading differs from regular reading by intentionally looking more closely at text in order to fully understand the content and meaning. These close reading activity cards are perfect for Grade 1 and Grade 2 children – the texts are short to help keep concentration high! And for more reading fun, check out our effective Reading…

Magic E Puzzles

Just when kids finally learn how to read CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words, it’s time to jump into something new: Magic E words! When a silent E is added to the end of a CVC word, the vowel magically changes to a different sound. Kids will love practicing those tricky CVCe words with these playful magic e…

Fourth of July Scavenger Hunts

The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to learn facts and introduce vocabulary words that go along with it with a fun scavenger hunt! Hang your American flag high, pull out your red, white and blue decorations, and scroll down to celebrate America’s birthday with this free Fourth…

Word Family Centers

Word Family Centers

If your students have learned their beginning sounds, practiced their end sounds, chances are they are ready to dive into those tricky vowels sounds. Giving kids a strong foundation for this important skill is a must which is why I LOVE our new word family centers pack. It’s a great way to compare and contrast…

Short E Centers

Short E Centers

Teaching kids to read takes a lot of repetition to make sure that kids are grasping important skills like recognizing common vowels sounds and turning them into CVC words. I love to choose just one vowel (either A, E, I , O U) to focus on, giving students a solid foundation for success. But keeping…

American Themed Writing Activity

Fourth of July Writing Activity by The Simplified Classroom for Playdough to Plato Engaging kids in meaningful writing activities that expand their vocabulary can be a bit of a challenge during the summer months, but this Fourth of July Writing Activity does just that! And speaking of writing, check out our Writing Center Starter Kit…

Short U Centers

Short U Centers

Teaching new readers can feel like a daunting task – for both students and teachers. There are so many moving parts. When teaching vowels I like to dig deep into just one at first. It helps boost kids’ confidence and gives them a solid foundation for their reading. Double score! And our short U Pack…

Short O Centers

Short O Centers

For most students, working on short vowel sounds like A, E, I, U takes lots of practice. So let’s make all of their hard work super motivating and fun with a laser focus on just one vowel- O. This engaging pack has 12 fun activities for kids to choose from! And with easy prep and reusable…

Short A Centers

Short A Centers

Teaching kids to read and recognize common vowel sounds is an important step in their reading journey. Often focusing on just one vowel at a time is a major help for helping students really master the concept. And what better place to start then with short A centers? With 13 centers to choose from, these…

Short I Centers

Short I Centers

Teaching new readers to read confidently is like putting together a puzzle. There are so many pieces that fit together. Having a strong foundation of the basics is SO important. And learning vowels gives students a big boost toward reading independently. Which is why I love to dive deep and focus on just one vowel…

Fireman ABC Spray Game

This ABC game is sure to be a hit with firemen fans. Just grab a pack of brightly colored index cards, a water sprayer and a fireman’s outfit {if you have one} and you’re ready to spray. The ABC game has become a must-play in our house and I hope it will be a favorite…

CVC Pumpkin Patch Activity

Ready to add a little seasonal fun way to your literacy centers?  This adorable CVC pumpkin patch activity is the perfect way for students to learn and practice short vowel sounds. Scroll below to grab your freebie and then make sure to hop over and snag our Pumpkin CVC Puzzles for even more fall fun!  Then,…

Apple Sight Word Match

Most students need plenty of practice learning sight words before they stick, but thankfully we can make all of that hard work fun for kids this fall with a playful apple sight word match! It’s a motivating, hands-on sight word game for kindergarten and first grade students. Whether you are introducing the sight words or…

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 low prep set up and kids will love the sweet theme:…

Long Vowel Clip Cards

Long vowels are tricky! There are numerous ways to spell them out, so it takes time and practice for kids to become confident. These long vowel clip cards are an easy and fun way to show long vowel words spelled in different ways. They’re great puzzlers for first and second graders. For more vowel fun,…

Free Compound Word Puzzles

Looking for a fun way to teach kids about compound words?! These picture-only compound word puzzles are a memorable way to show how two words can be combined to make a brand new word. They’re great to use as a whole class lesson, guided reading activity, literacy center or homeschool game. Snag your set below…

Transportation Word Puzzles

Kids love things that move! Some of the first terms that children learn are the different vehicles that they see on the streets and in the air. It’s no wonder, really. Wheels turning, loud noises and the magic of things soaring through the air easily capture the attention of a small child.  That’s why it’s…

Pumpkin CVC Puzzles

With fall in the air, it will soon be a great time to visit a pumpkin patch and enjoy some super fun pumpkin learning activities. These pumpkin CVC puzzles are the perfect hands-on game for beginning readers and will make a fun addition to literacy centers! Snag your free activities below and then hop over and grab our…

Pumpkin ABC Letter Tracing

Pumpkin letter tracing is a fun fall ABC game and fine motor activity in one. As kids trace alphabet letters with candy pumpkins, they build hand-eye coordination, hand strength and letter formation skills they’ll use for writing words later. Pumpkin fans will love this festive ABC game!  When you’re done tracing letters, hop on over to…

Alphabet Puzzles

These bright, hands-on alphabet puzzles are a must-grab. Kids will love that they’re fun and YOU’LL love that they’re so easy to prep. Snag your set below and then hop over to grab our Ultimate Preschool Activity Pack in our shop! Getting Ready To prep for the alphabet puzzles, I began by printing the puzzles…

Very Hungry Caterpillar Puzzles

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of our family’s favorite children’s stories. We’ve read it so many times that Big Brother (age 5.5) can recite the words without even cracking open the book.  So I was excited to pull together a fun follow up activity for my kids: Very Hungry Caterpillar puzzles. These simple, colorful…

Family Word Puzzles

I’m always on the hunt for simple prep, motivating learning activities for kids. That’s our thing, after all! So I couldn’t wait to get my hands on The Educators’ Spin on It’s new book, 100 Fun & Easy Learning Activities for Kids. And I’m excited to report that it’s as engaging and playful as I hoped.  First up:…

Magic E Shamrock Puzzles

Learning to read is so exciting and, once kids build up confidence with their CVC words, they may be ready to tackle those “Magic E” long vowel words. These Shamrock magic e puzzles are great to add to your St. Patrick’s day themed learning activities if your kids are ready for some “Magic E” fun!…

CVC Word Puzzles

Are you looking for a fun way for kids to practice reading and spelling CVC words?!  These free CVC word puzzles are easy to prep and your students will love the fun and bright pictures. Grab your copy below and then hop over and snag our awesome Editable Word Work Games in our shop! Getting…

Magic Letters Name Game

Looking for a quick and fun name game for kids? Names are one of the first words many children learn to read and write and this low-prep name game is an exciting way to practice them. In Magic Letters, kids learn how to spell their name by making the letters magically appear. Fun, right?!  When you’re done…

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! This post contains…

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 straight once and for all. Grab your copy below and then hop over and…

Diphthong Clip Cards

If you’re teaching kids about diphthong (two letters that make one sound like OI in the word “coin”), these free clip cards are a must-try literacy center or word work station. They’re easy to prep and fun to play!  For more word work, check out our Editable Word Work Games in our shop! Getting Ready…

Digraph Wheels

These bright, hands-on digraph wheels make a wonderful literacy center focused on learning common digraphs such as CH- and SH-. For more fun with words, check out our best-selling Editable Sight Word Games for endless fun! Getting Ready To prep for the activity, I began by printing the digraph wheels on cardstock to give them…

Summer Spin and Graph

What will reach the top first?!  This summer math game will have your kids counting, graphing and comparing.  It’s perfect to play outside on a warm summer day or to add some summer inside your classroom at a math station. Scroll down and grab your graphing freebie! Looking for more math fun? Check out our…

Summer Goals Writing Activity

Looking for a fun way to encourage your students to STICK to learning this summer?! With this fun and easy summer writing activity, students brainstorm personal goals to help them to stay engaged and maintain their growth. Scroll down to grab your freebie!  Looking for more ways to get your kiddos into writing?  Check out…

Summer Long E Cards

With summer just around the corner, my students are counting down the days until break.  This long e sunglasses activity were the perfect way to keep my kids excited about practicing the long e sound even with summer break rapidly approaching. Scroll down to grab the freebie, then hop over and check out our Vowel Team…

Sight Word Game: Showdown!!

This fun and surprisingly simple sight word game was one of my kindergarteners’ hands-down favorite ways to practice reading common words. I hope Showdown becomes a well loved sight word game for your kids, too. And if you’re in need of more inspiration, make sure to grab our best selling 32 EDITABLE Sight Word Games so you get everything…

The Super Simple Word Slider

As kids learn letter sounds they can start putting those sounds together to read words. This super simple word slider is an awesome visual showing them how to do just that. It’s one of those teaching tricks you’ll never want to forget.  For more reading fun for your beginning reader, check out our Emergent Readers Bundle in our shop! Getting…

Camping Themed Story Stones

Whether you’re brand new to story stones or you’re an absolute pro, this camping themed variety is a must-try. The colorful art project doubles as an inspiring way to get kids writing! Check out the step-by-step below and then download the Writing Center Starter Kit in our shop! Getting Ready To prep, I gathered my supplies:…

Cookie Word Work Game

Nothing makes kids smile quite like a batch of freshly baked cookies. This playful word work game brings that excitement to life by having children read, spell and write sight words as they race to bake their own batch of yummy cookies. Snag your free game below and then hop over and grab 14 more board…

Camping Writing Prompts

No summer is complete without a camping trip or two!  This fun set of camping writing prompts is a great way for kids to do a little creative writing and engage their imagination. Scroll down to grab your freebie!  Looking for more writing fun?!  Grab our Writing Center Starter Kit to help bring out the authors in…

Beach Writing Prompt

Longing for a sunny day at the beach? I bet your students are, too!  Add some summer fun to your writing stations with this fun beach writing prompt. It’s perfect for kindergarten and first-grade kids. With helpful vocabulary cards to help brainstorm ideas PLUS writing templates that make it easy to differentiate, this activity will…

Magic E Wand

This DIY magic E wand is one of my favorite ways to teach kids what happens when a silent E is added to the end of a consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) word. It’s a memorable, hands-on activity that helps kids magically transform short vowels into long vowels. Just. Like. That. Snag your set below and then request an…

My Summer Report

Bidding farewell to summer doesn’t have to be sad!  With these fun and differentiated summer reports, students will be able to relive their best summer memories and share them with their classmates. Scroll down to grab your own copy of the writing activity and then hop over and snag our Writing Center Starter Kit to…

CVC Puzzles

CVC onset rime puzzles are a fun way to help beginning readers learn how to recognize common chunks in words such as “at” and “ip.” These print and play CVC puzzles make an awesome addition to a literacy center, word work station or guided reading group. Plus, the prep couldn’t be easier!  For more learning…

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 our Inflectional Ending Centers in our shop…

Back to School CVC Word Match

Let’s kick off a new school year with this fun back to school-themed CVC word match! Kids will love matching each consonant-vowel-consonant word with its picture and you’ll love the quick and simple prep. It’s a win-win!  When you’re done with this fun activity, check out our Emergent Reader Bundle for those just learning to…

CVC Word Board Games

These CVC word board games provide fun practice for children and help them build confidence as readers. Just print the CVC word board games (below) and get ready for some serious reading excitement. Snag your free game below and then hop over and grab 14 more board games for your collection in our shop! In the…

Word Family Mats

Fun fact: Did you know that every word in English has a vowel? In fact, every SYLLABLE in English has a vowel. So why is that such a big deal? Well, kids learn to read middle vowels in CVC words AFTER they learn to read those ending consonants. For instance, a new reader might see…

Rhyme Clip Cards

If you’re teaching kids how to rhyme, these free rhyme clip cards are a helpful addition to any literacy center or word work station. They’re easy to prep and fun to play!  These fun cards are the perfect compliment to our Emergent Readers Bundle! Getting Ready To prep, I simply printed the rhyme clip cards…

How to Teach -ED

How to Teach -ED

Have you ever noticed that when -ED is added to the end of a word, it can sound like /ed/, /d/ or even /t/? When we teach -ED, it’s important that we introduce students to all three sounds (and explain the difference!) so they always know how to read and spell them. Learn how to…

Playful Contraction Centers

Playful Contraction Centers

If you’re teaching contractions like CAN’T, SHE’LL and I’VE, this bundle is a must grab. The playful contraction centers make it fun to practice and they’re flexible enough to use for one-on-one instruction, small groups, literacy centers and even whole group lessons. Snag your bundle in our shop or on Teachers Pay Teachers! Teaching Contractions…

Vowel Team Centers

Vowel Team Centers

If you’re on the hunt for motivating vowel team activities your students will actually ASK to repeat, this mega pack is a must-grab! All 14 centers and 9 memorable posters make it fun to practice nine of the most common vowel teams: -AI, -AY, -EA, -EE, -IE, -OA, -OE, -UE, and -UI. You can easily…

Free Reading Assessment

Free Reading Assessment

An important first step in teaching kids how to read is figuring out what they already know. This simple reading assessment makes it easy to see the letter names, sounds and sight words students have mastered so that you can determine what to teach next. It’s the perfect jumpstart to our 4 week teacher training…

Inflectional Ending Centers

Inflectional Ending Centers

Grab 12 inflectional ending centers in one easy download! The playful activity pack makes it fun to practice adding -ED, -ES, -ING and -S to words and includes tons of motivating options that are perfect for one-on-one instruction, small groups, literacy centers OR whole class lessons…

There’s even an irregular verb activity so you can introduce “rule breakers” too!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> 4 Foldable Mini-Books (one each for -ED, -ES, -ING and -S)

–> 4 Verb Cover Ups (present tense -ING, present tense -S and -ES, past tense -ED and past tense irregular verbs)

–> Hide and Seek

–> Past Tense Puzzles

–> Word Family Puzzles

–> Smarty Pants

–> Roll, Read & Write

–> Rill and Write

–> Pig Pen

–> Outer Space Sort

–> Spin a Word Ending

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, faster teaching results. This is just…

Texting Templates

My first graders are obsessed with anything technology related, so they were thrilled when I pulled out these texting templates to work on writing conversations.  This texting activity was a fun use of “technology” in the classroom!  Then, if you’re ready for a more traditional writing approach, grab our Writing Center Starter Kit in our…

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 step-by-step below and then request an invite to my 4 week course, The Reading…

Word Family Garden Activity

Do your kids have a serious case of spring fever, too?  This word family activity is a great way to focus all of that warm weather daydreaming on an important reading concept: word families!  Watch them turn into a beautiful garden right before your eyes. Put simply, word families are groups of words that share…

Spring Centers

If your math and literacy centers need a little love this spring, this is for you! These print-and-play spring centers include 18 math and literacy centers practicing word families, sight words, telling time, skip counting, addition, subtraction and so much more. The spring centers are easy to differentiate, making them perfect for kindergarten and first grade! Hop over to our…

Middle Vowel Cards and Puzzles

Vowel sounds (A, E, I, O and U) are often the most difficult for children to master. These hands-on puzzles and word cards give kids plenty of practice sounding out short CVC words and identifying the missing middle vowel sound. They’re great to use as literacy centers, guided reading activities or word family games with new readers. …

Middle Vowel Activity Sheets

If your kids are learning about middle sounds in words, then you’ll love these simple, kid-friendly middle vowel activity sheets! They are great for review or a print-and-go activity on a rainy day. Snag your set and then hop over and request your invite to our VIP teachers’ club, The Plato Pack, so you can…

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 is a chart of blend examples!…

Sweet Sight Word Game

Are you looking for a summery sight word game your kids will LOVE?!  This playful, fruit-themed version is the perfect way to keep a small group engaged and learning as the weather heats up. Grab your copy below and then hop over and snag our best selling 32 EDITABLE Sight Word Games for even more fun! Getting…

Magic E Kite Puzzles

These colorful kite puzzles are the perfect way to introduce “Magic E”  words AND bring a little spring into your classroom. Grab the free puzzles below and then make sure to hop over and grab our Vowel Team Centers for more word work! Getting Ready To prepare this activity, I printed all of the kite…

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 word practice! Getting Ready The prep for this beginning…

Compound Word Puzzles

If there’s one thing that always intrigues my students, it’s puzzles. They love searching until they find the “just-right” piece and then watching the big picture come together.  That’s why I love to incorporate puzzles into our learning stations as often as possible. And these compound word puzzles are an easy way to bring some…

Cookie Count and Clip Cards

I love activities that work on multiple skills at once and these playful cookie clip cards do just that! Counting, number recognition, reading number words, fine motor skills… these cookie count and clip cards are packed with learning. Snag your set below and then hop over and grab our best selling Number Formation Sheets in…

Community Helper Dab Sheets

Getting ready for a community helper theme?! These playful alphabet dabber sheets are a must-try. Just grab your box of daubers, print off the pages and you’re ready to work on the ABCs. They’re a perfect complement to our super popular Ultimate Preschool Activity Pack! This post contains Amazon affiliate links. Getting Ready To prep, I…

Star Wars Sight Word Game

Sight word games are a motivating way to help kids learn how to read and write the most common words in English. This Star Wars-themed twist steps up the cool factor. Kids will love battling Darth Vader as they play along with this active, engaging sight word game. Grab your copy below and then hop…

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 download below!  And for more playdough fun, check out our awesome…

Old MacDonald Finger Puppets

When I think of classic songs for kids, Old MacDonald is always one of the first to pop into my head. This set of free printable finger puppets is a fun and easy way to bring the song to life. Just print, cut out and play along with the classic song!  Ready for everything Playdough to Plato has…

Spring Sight Word Puzzles

Add a huge dose of fun to your literacy centers or word work stations with a batch of spring sight word puzzles! Grab your copy below and then hop over and snag our best-selling sight word games in the shop! Signs of spring are everywhere! Ducks are wandering around the park in our neighborhood and…

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…

St. Patrick’s Day Rhyming Cards

Rhyming is an important skill to practice in preschool and kindergarten. Bring a festive twist to literacy centers this March with these playful St. Patrick’s Day Rhyming Cards. They’re the perfect complement to our Rhyming Activity Pack!  When you’re done, practice any words under the sun with our Editable Word Work Board Games in our shop!…

Free Printable Weather Game

I love teaching kids about the weather! There’s something magical about the way the systems of the earth work together so smoothly to create our weather patterns.  This free printable weather game is a great way to review weather words in a fun and playful way. Ready for more science!? Head on over to our…

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. There are even some gorgeous flower art projects that…

Shape Puzzles

These twelve colorful shape puzzles are a fun way to practice the names of shapes while kids begin spelling out words. Sliding together one puzzle piece at a time, young mathematicians magically make each shape appear. The shape game is guaranteed fun! For more shapes fun, snag our Roll and Cover Pattern Block Mats in our shop! Getting…

Spin a Word Family

For most kids, those tricky middle vowels in CVC words take lots of practice to finally stick. But thankfully, this batch of print-and-play word family games are a quick-prep, motivating way to focus on individual vowels. Simply snag your set below! If you’re in the mood for more word fun, hop over to our shop…

25 Rainbow Activities for Kids

There’s just something about the colors of the rainbow that make projects seem a little happier, don’t you think?! These 25 rainbow activities for kids are sure to bring smiles as children play along with fun and colorful math, science and literacy projects. For more STEM-related activities, check out our Epic STEM Bundle in our shop! Rainbow Activities…

Rainbow Sight Word Puzzles

Rainbows can brighten the rainiest and gloomiest of spring days and these Rainbow Sight Word Puzzles are no exception! Grab your copy below and then hop over and snag our best-selling sight word games in the shop! Getting Ready To prep this activity, I printed each page and then used a paper cutter to cut…

Sight Word Rainbow Activity

Practicing sight words can easily become tedious and can be especially challenging for beginning readers like my 4 year-old daughter, A.  That’s why we created a pack of 30 EDITABLE sight word games and shared Sight Word Cup Hunt – we’re determined to make all of that work fun for kids by creating sight word activities. To…

Monster Sight Word Puzzles

Add a huge dose of fun to your literacy centers with these playful monster puzzles! This set of 20 sight word puzzles will help your students master sight words in no time. It’s the perfect complement to our Editable Sight Word Games! Getting Ready To prep this activity, I printed the monster sight word puzzles…

Unicorn Sight Word Game

Practicing sight words just got so much more fun!  As kids race to reach the rainbow first in this sight word game, they read, write and spell their sight words along the way. Grab your copy below and then hop over and snag our best selling 32 EDITABLE Sight Word Games for even more fun! Getting Ready Prepping…

Pirate Sight Word Game

A pirate-themed sight word game?! Yes, please, matey! This playful activity is great to use as a literacy center, word work activity or stand-alone sight word game. And, because it’s editable, kids can practice any words under the sun, making it so easy to differentiate! Grab your copy below and then hop over and snag our best…

St. Patrick’s Verb Tense Cards

Planning a St. Patrick’s Day writing center? These free verb tense resource cards help students create greater variety in their writing and the pictures make excellent prompts for choosing what to write about! The cards are aimed at first graders but would also be excellent vocabulary cards for kindergarteners. For more writing inspiration, check out our Writing Center…

Gold Coin Counting

Little leprechauns will love this reading and counting activity along with this gold coin counting book! Snag your set below and then hop over and grab our best-selling Number Formation Sheets in our shop! Getting Ready This counting activity was really easy to prepare! I simply printed all 11 pages of the book on festive…

Conversation Heart Letter Tracing

I’ve seen tons of fine motor skills activities on Pinterest lately. Beading projects, scissor cutting, playdough trays.  They are all great for building kids’ hand-eye coordination and muscle strength so that they are ready to write on their own later. Conversation Heart Letter Tracing is a great way to build those important fine motor skills…

Word Family Egg Game

When Easter is over, what do you do with those extra plastic eggs?  Instead of tucking them back into storage, keep them out for this hands-on word family game! See the surprisingly simple step-by-step below and then request an invite to our 4 week course, The Reading Roadmap, so you can get the proven, ready-to-deploy…