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Touch Spelling

Do you have students that struggle with spelling? Spelling is an area all of my students struggle with in their writing.

Do your students need help spelling and activities to encourage spelling? Touch spelling has been so helpful for my students!

When students are "touch spelling" I always have them hold their pencil in their dominant hand and use their other hand to touch spell. Students will say the word slowly and touch one finger for each sound they say. After the student says each sound, they can then write the word.

Touch spelling has been HUGE in helping my students write down all the sounds they hear in a word. This is especially helpful with blends. As I watch my students touch spell, I can pinpoint where they are not hearing the sound, such as the 'l' in the word sled. 

If a student has written the word wrong, I will touch spell directly over the word they have written. This helps them easier see if the sound matches up to the word that they've written.

If a student doesn't know how to spell a word, my go to response is always say the sounds and touch spell. I rarely spell a word for a student since I want to encourage them to write independently.

Here are some other activities I use to help students understand the spelling of words and how to manipulate sounds.

Do your students need help spelling and activities to encourage spelling? Touch spelling has been so helpful for my students!

Building words is an activity that I use frequently in my classroom. I try to fit this in weekly. It's great for my students to practice listening to sounds, manipulating sounds, and making sure they understand phonics patterns in a hands-on way. You can check this activity out more by clicking {here} or the picture below.

Do your students need help spelling and activities to encourage spelling? Touch spelling has been so helpful for my students!

I use this Making Words activity with my students who have stronger writing skills and have a larger base of spelling/phonics patterns and known words.

Do your students need help spelling and activities to encourage spelling? Touch spelling has been so helpful for my students!

There are 4 different themed words for each month of the school year. Students cut out the letter tiles and try to make as many words as they can. They love trying to figure out who can find the mystery word first. You can see more about this activity by clicking {here} or the picture below.

Do your students need help spelling and activities to encourage spelling? Touch spelling has been so helpful for my students!

I hope these tips are helpful in your classroom!


100 Days of School

This week, we celebrated the 100th day of school. Since I have a resource room, I don't have a lot of time to do extra things due to my crazy schedule. But I am so glad I made time to do this super fun activity with my students.

Are you looking for a fun activity to celebrate 100 days of school? This idea will have your students writing, reading, using technology, and laughing.

We started off discussing what we will look like and act like when we are 100 years old. I took pictures of my students and used the app Aging Booth to "time travel" to our picture when we were 100 years old.

A 100 day of school activity and writing that uses technology and has everyone laughing and smiling.

My kids were laughing so hard at these pictures.

A 100 day of school activity and writing that uses technology and has everyone laughing and smiling.

We talked about what our lives would be like when we were 100 years old and what kind of person we thought we would be. Fall Into First has a great writing activity that we did. I gave my students the same writing template to help them make grammatically correct sentences (a huge project in my room).

A 100 day of school activity and writing that uses technology and has everyone laughing and smiling.


A 100 day of school activity and writing that uses technology and has everyone laughing and smiling.

This is probably my favorite bulletin board of the whole year.

A 100 day of school activity and writing that uses technology and has everyone laughing and smiling.

We've been working really hard on reading what we write and fluency. To help tie this project into this two objectives, I used another app on Day 2 called ChatterPix.

A 100 day of school activity and writing that uses technology and has everyone laughing and smiling.

With ChatterPix, you can upload any photo and record voice to it. By drawing a simple line on the photo, you make a "mouth" that speaks your recording.

A 100 day of school activity and writing that uses technology and has everyone laughing and smiling.

On ChatterPix, you can only record 30 seconds of video. This was super great for me, because my students need to practice their fluency. We did a practice run reading our writing while I timed with my stopwatch timer on my phone. I wouldn't let students attempt recording until they could read their writing in less than 30 seconds. 

Here's one of my favorite videos that totally cracked me up!

A 100 day of school activity and writing that uses technology and has everyone laughing and smiling.

After we made our videos, we uploaded them to our online portfolios at SeeSaw.

A 100 day of school activity and writing that uses technology and has everyone laughing and smiling.

My parents always leave the sweetest comments to our SeeSaw uploads.

A 100 day of school activity and writing that uses technology and has everyone laughing and smiling.

This 100 Day of School activity will be a favorite every year now! It was totally worth the effort, and we have laughed so much the last two days.




Helping B and D Reversals (freebie included)

B and D reversals are something I see often in my students reading and writing. 


I've posted before {here} about some of the errors that I often see in struggling readers and how I correct the errors while reading {here}.

Today, I'm sharing with you some of the activities that I use to help students practice differentiating between the letters B and D. Sometimes it seems like my students really just need so much practice and lots of visual cues to help them out. 

B and D reversals and confusion are so common in beginning readers and writers. Here's some activities that I use to help correct these errors in my struggling readers.


I like to give my students consistency with how I describe the formation of B and D. I always use the sayings "bat before the ball" for B and "doughnut on a stick" for D. This helps my students remember what part of the letter they need to form first.

B and D reversals and confusion are so common in beginning readers and writers. Here's some activities that I use to help correct these errors in my struggling readers.

I keep some of these types of activities handy all the time. I can easily pull them out whenever we have a few extra minutes or if I just think my students need some more discrimination practice between the two letters.

B and D reversals and confusion are so common in beginning readers and writers. Here's some activities that I use to help correct these errors in my struggling readers.

B and D reversals and confusion are so common in beginning readers and writers. Here's some activities that I use to help correct these errors in my struggling readers.
B and D reversals and confusion are so common in beginning readers and writers. Here's some activities that I use to help correct these errors in my struggling readers.

B and D reversals and confusion are so common in beginning readers and writers. Here's some activities that I use to help correct these errors in my struggling readers.

 You can check these activities out by clicking on the picture below or {here}.

B and D reversals and confusion are so common in beginning readers and writers. Here's some activities that I use to help correct these errors in my struggling readers.


One of my students favorite games is this B and D Zap! game that's a freebie in my store.

B and D reversals and confusion are so common in beginning readers and writers. Here's some activities that I use to help correct these errors in my struggling readers.


We play this game as a "speed" game. I set my timer for 3 minutes and students must quickly say the correct letter to keep a card. We try to do as many as we can in 3 minutes. There are special cards that students can pull, such as the Zap! card. The Zap! card means students must give all of their cards back to me. There is also a skip and reverse card to keep the game fun. My students love playing Zap!

You can check it out by clicking on the picture below or {here}.

B and D reversals and confusion are so common in beginning readers and writers. Here's some activities that I use to help correct these errors in my struggling readers.

 I hope this gives you some helpful ideas for your students!

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