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Pumpkin Positional Words Printable Freebie

Positional Words

This is a freebie I created several years ago! You can print in gray scale and let the children draw the pumpkins, print in color and laminate or print in color and put it in a plastic sleeve.  The children can use orange dry erase markers to draw their pumpkins. We read the poem as we draw and then chant the poem together.  You can also have the children circle the positional words. Grab the file below! Enjoy!

Pumpkin Positional Words

If you love Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, you might enjoy using this math center with your class. The children in my class love the wild things!  It uses ten frames to teach place value.

Wild Things by Maurice SendakYou can purchase it for $2.oo in my Teachers Pay Teachers Shop.


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Circle It to Show You Know It! A Reading Strategy

Reading Strategy Number 3~ Circle It to Show You Know It

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3.  Circle It to Show You Know It!  it s fun practical reading strategy that I created to use with readers who need to develop confidence. It can be used with any level of reader. I find that many readers know words but do not have confidence in their ability to read the words when presented with a book or a page full of words. The photo is an example of a passage from a Magic Tree House book that I am using with a student.

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Circle It to Show You Know It Reading Strategy

I copy a page from a book I know the reader likes for educational purposes.  I ask the reader to circle each world that he can read. If you pick the just right text most of the words will be circled.  Just right texts are texts that the reader know 94% of the words. Here is a link for a card I created for children to use as a reminder of how to pick just right texts.
The children love Circle It to Show You Know It!. It is visual reminder of what they do know. I put the percentage here so you could see it. I don’t do this on the reader’s page.  For most of the children just seeing what they know is a huge revelation to them. Their faces light up. This strategy would work for adult education as well. The written page suddenly becomes less scary and more like “Hey I can do this!”  I have had children carry these around and show their families and friends.  Sometimes I think we should frame their sheet.  If you use this strategy in your classroom or home school drop and tell me how it worked for your reader.  Do you think this is an effective strategy?  I welcome your comments below! 2 more strategies are on the way.