Another resource is up on the Yellin Center Blog, and this time is it for the Blends Bingo game I designed. This game aims to improve student’s understanding of different letter-sound relationships which are critical to the development of a child’s early reading skills. Mastery of this fundamental phonological awareness skill has been linked to overall success in reading decoding and comprehension.
I use this game primarily in special education and reading recovery settings. However, it can be easily adapted to a whole class environment. If adapting for a large group, it is important to note that every sound is on every card. Therefore, you should expect to have multiple winners at a given time. The reason every sound appears on every card is that this game was designed as a purposeful play activity. As such, Blends Bingo has the objective of each student participating by locating a new sound every time a new playing piece is drawn by the teacher. There is no waiting in this activity, and every child is able to continually work to manipulate sounds.
For detailed description of the research that backs the creation and implementation of this game, how this activity aligns with the standards and detailed instructions of how to run this activity in your classroom please head over to my in depth discussion on the Yellin Center Blog. There, I also discuss how I have used this tool as a formative assessment measure, as well as a few alternate game play structures to keep your students engaged.
This activity was rather labor intensive to create due to formatting and finding images that clearly represented each sound. As such, this game is one of my paid TpT resources but today it is on sale! The sale lasts through the weekend, so you can head over to my Teachers pay Teachers store to download Blends Bingo. Furthermore, since my Blends Bingo Post went up on the Yellin Center Blog I have been routinely asked where I procure affordable or free materials for my curriculum designs. I understand how tough it can be to find copy write free materials, so for this game and most clip art infused resources I often use Classroom Clip Art. It is an affordable membership service, with a pretty robust selection of images that are education centric.
Another activity I designed is up on the Yellin Center Blog. Noggle is a math game that I developed when I first started substitute teaching since it is flexible across grades and required little material prep. Noggle follows the same rules as Boggle but with numbers instead of letters. For more information on the game rules, how I have used this activity, its alignment to the educational standards and an example of the Noggle game board I designed head over the the Yellin Center blog. As always, I hope you enjoy it and can make great use out of it. I know my students have loved it.
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In light of The Jordan Project Teachers pay Teachers Store being up and running I figured I should start a recurring theme to highlight some of the free resources available. As you remember our store is still a work in progress but I have played around with some of the pricing resulting in even more free materials. My main motivation behind the store is to help ease my colleges planning, so please go explore. I am loving watching all my resources be downloaded. You have no idea how much my heart leaps knowing that exceptional educators all over the place are downloading and using MY curricular design. I seriously am so over the top excited about it all.
As for this week, the free resource is a simple classroom management tool to help organize the learning environment. It is a series of beautiful and minimal supply labels for teachers to use to decorate and label the supplies in their classroom. Each label is 4 inches by four inches and can be cut out by hand or with a 4 inch die cut. It is up to the educator but I always laminate my labels to help them withstand the wear and tear of little hands. Outside the classroom, these labels could also be used by the extra organized mama who wants to keep an orderly, curated home learning space. Enjoy, share and don’t hesitate to send pictures of how you use the materials. I love seeing my work in real time.
As always, giving credit where credit is due, the awesome wreath graphic from the exceptionally talented people behind Angie Makes
I have been guest blogging and creating resources on my own for awhile now and a couple of exceptional teaching friends were kind enough to encourage me to open a Teachers pay Teachers store to share some of my resources with the greater education world. It is still a work in progress but I have officially launched The Jordan Project Teachers pay Teachers store with 30+ resources I have developed for you to explore. Many are free, and I would love for you to use them, share them and send me feedback on what you think. Everything from math games to literacy center activities to worksheets to general classroom resources are available. Furthermore, materials across grade ranges are up for grabs, and many are great substitute teacher activities due to their portability and minimal additional materials required.
You may have noticed, but there is now a dedicated page on the blog for the The Jordan Project Store so you will be able to access it seamlessly (since it will continually be updated for you). I truly hope you enjoy the content, and that some of the materials can help make your classrooms or home learning environments a little more exciting.
As you may know educational writing and resource development are two aspects of my new role as Learning Specialist. I for one could not be more excited about this opportunity (being paid to blog AND create?! What could possibly be better?). Since tech is a huge professional focus for me (and my graduate minor) I will be doing a lot of tech and resource reviews. As well, I will be using my training in instructional design to share some of the curricular resources that I have designed for my previous classrooms or students I work with currently. Creating and sharing resources isn’t new for me; if you like what you see make sure you also check out the Teaching Category of this blog for some other freebies I have designed.
This latest resource is a game I designed called, On a Roll, which is a fun way to bolster your student’s sight word recognition. For background on why sight words are important to young learners, the rules on how to play the game, insights into how I used this resource in my own classroom and links to the standards head over to my post on the Yellin Center Blog.
If you are like me and want to keep personalizing the words as your students learn I have attached below the word version of this game so you can fully differentiate this activity to meet your students’ needs. My personal preference is to print the word doc version since sometimes the formatting of the google doc (like the sample offered on the Yellin Center Blog) can be cumbersome to navigate.
Please use, share, adapt and give me feedback. I am always looking to improve my materials and also love hearing the innovative ways my peers use my resources in the classroom. I especially love pictures, and sharing them here with your permission! Happy learning.
On a Roll Game Handout
My best graduate course at the moment, bar none, is Computer Applications in Education. It is no secret why I am so enamored by this course – I love technology. Ed Tech is my most pervasive professional interest. My technological inclinations have led me to sit on my school district’s Educational Technology Advisory Committee, as well as be apart of a research team at my university that created and lead professional development workshops on how to integrate and utilize different educational technologies into ones teaching. Personally, I strive to include an array of modalities into my curriculum but I do rely heavily on modern technological tools to create my own handouts (like the ones below), as well as construct a curriculum that engages and stimulates my students.
As for this particular course, it has a special education focus, with a heavy emphasis on UDL and assistive technology. Each week we focus on a novel technology that we get to test out and play around -some I have experience with and some are brand new. At the moment we have been asked to adapt a previous unit plan to include assistive technologies in order to better meet the needs of the exceptional students in our classrooms. We opted to use my fractured fairytale unit which focuses on story retelling and imaginative writing. Below you will find a few of the resources and handouts I devised (using great educational technologies) for this unit that I thought I would share. Continue reading “Teaching Moments: Fairytales and Story Retelling”