Vocabulary Fun with Sorting, Classifying, and Which One Doesn’t Belong? Flash Freebie!

I am excited to announce that I have finished my Vocabulary Fun with Sorting, Classifying, and Which One Doesn’t Belong? product and it is FREE for the next 4 hours! Please feel free to download and provide feedback! Just click on the link or the preview below.

This unit is a fun way to teach the Common Core Standard: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use to primary students. The product includes all the materials needed to teach primary students to sort, classify and categorize vocabulary words and to explain how items are classified and categorized and relationships between objects. Activities begin at the lowest level – sorting, and move to classifying, and finally to identifying words or objects that do not belong to a class or set. These activities may be done as a whole class, with small groups or individually in a center. They are great for early finishers, gifted,  and ELL students!

As students create categories using words and pictures, they develop analysis, discrimination, comparison, and logical thinking skills. Identifying similarities and differences helps students see patterns and make connections. Students develop logical reasoning skills when they analyze a group of items and observe their characteristics. They must be able to see patterns and make connections as they sort, group, and classify through comparing things that are similar and contrasting things that display differences.

I particularly like the Which One Doesn’t Belong?  task cards.  These cards are great to place in a vocabulary center and the students love them!  There are three different levels of recording sheets for the students to use which allows you to differentiate according to the needs of your students. The first level simply has the student record the letter for the picture that doesn’t belong. The next level has the student record the letter for the picture that doesn’t belong and tell why it doesn’t belong. The highest level has the student record the letter for the picture that doesn’t belong, tell why it doesn’t belong, and supply another word or item that would fit the group.  This level adds depth and complexity and is more of a challenge for your high achieving students.

This 140 page product includes:
Fry 100 noun picture cards with words
Fry 100 noun picture cards without words
126 common noun picture cards with words
126 common noun picture cards without words
28 category sorting mats
2 blank sorting mats
Directions for Go Fish
Directions for Memory/Solitaire
Directions for Old Pirate (Played like Old Maid)
Directions for List, Label, Sort
Directions for Guess My Sort
10 Worksheets for Which One Doesn’t Belong?
Answer Key for Which One Doesn’t Belong worksheets
60 task cards with pictures – Which One Doesn’t Belong?
60 task cards with words only – Which One Doesn’t Belong?
Answer Keys and Recording Sheets for Which One Doesn’t Belong task cards

Of course this unit aligns perfectly with the Common Core Standard of Language Acquisition and Use:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.5 With guidance and support from adults, explore word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.5a Sort common objects into categories (e.g., shapes, foods) to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1
Language Standards First Grade  Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.5 With guidance and support from adults, demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.5a Sort words into categories (e.g., colors, clothing) to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent.
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.5b Define words by category and by one or more key attributes (e.g., a duck is a bird that swims; a tiger is a large cat with stripes).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2
Language Arts Standards for Second Grade Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.5 Demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.5a Identify real-life connections between words and their use (e.g., describe foods that are spicy or juicy).

 

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Gy-normous Giveaway! at Teaching with Nancy

Hello all!  Just a quick post because my husband and I are getting ready to leave for Atlanta to catch a flight to Cancun tomorrow for four days of scuba diving and resting too! I’ll have a post about the trip when I get back.  No Internet for me until Sunday night!   I do want to let you know that Nancy Alvarez from Teaching with Nancy is having a great giveaway to celebrate 100 followers on TpT.  She has over  50 products to give away, so be sure to hop on over and check it out!  Just click on the image below!

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That’s all for now!  Remember to always… Keep ’em Thinking!

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Alabama Blogger Meet Up

I had absolutely one of the best times this past Saturday meeting up with a bunch of Alabama Teacher bloggers for my very first Alabama Blogger Meet Up. We met at the delicious Chuy’s Restaurant at the Summit in Birmingham and their food is so yummy! They have this incredible jalapeno ranch dip that is to die for. I ate so much that when my meal came I wasn’t even hungry. Jennifer White from First Grade Blue Skies put the whole thing together and she even had some goodies for each of us when we got there!

Jennifer White had these goodies for each of us!

Jennifer White had these goodies for each of us!

I got to meet some incredible gals.  Their enthusiasm for teaching and children was so obvious.  Now of course, I was the oldest one there.  In fact, I could have been the mother of each of them, but that didn’t take away from the great time I had.  We talked blogging, families, teaching, the children, and everything else under the sun.  I was amazed at how talented and obviously organized these gals are!

Here is a pic of the whole group except me ’cause I was taking the pictures and having a bad hair day.

Back row: Vickie, Linda, Dana, and Katie. Seated: Jennifer, Angela, and Sarah

Back row: Vickie, Linda, Dana, and Katie.
Seated: Jennifer, Angela, and Sarah

 

These gals all have amazing blogs.  Please check them out below and be sure to follow their blogs and Facebook pages!  I follow them because I don’t want to miss out on a thing they have to share!

first grade blue skies button

Jennifer White from First Grade Blue Skies is absolutely awesome!  She teaches first grade and you can tell she loves her classroom kids  besides the three of her own.  Her blog is incredible and you have got to check out all the creative things she does with her students.  It makes me want to be back in first grade!

first grader at lastSarah Cooley from First Grader At Last sat next to me during lunch and I had a blast getting to know her.  She has the cutest little girl!  I love all her ideas for the kids in her classroom.  Sarah’s  eyes sparkle when she talks and it is so much fun to listen to her.  I can see why all the kiddos fall in love with her.

the daily alphabet

Angela Griffith from The Daily Alphabet  is a hoot!  That gal always has a smile on her face!  I bet she would be so much fun to hang out with!

mrs. plant's press

Vickie from Mrs. Plant’s Press has one of the cutest blogs I have seen!  I need to get lessons on blog design from her.  Her blog is so bright and colorful and so are all the ideas she shares!

adventures of ms. smith

Katie from Adventures of Ms. Smith is a third grade teacher and she has incredible ideas she shares on her blog which BTW is having a giveaway for a Target Gift Card, so you need to be sure to check her out!

polka dots checks and stripes

Dana from Polka Dots, Checks & Stripes sat on the other side of me and she  was so much fun to get to know!  She and her hubby have just moved to Auburn and are expecting!  What an exciting time.  Dana actually taught in Montgomery at one time, but I never met her.  She is so much fun and has so  many wonderful ideas!

down the learning road

Finally there’s Linda from Down the Learning Road.  She is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet.  You’ve got to check out her blog!  She loves ladybugs and has some awesome ideas to share!

I had to leave early to get back home for company so I missed out on the trip to Hobby Lobby.  It’s just as well though because I would have spent too much money, but I hated to leave this awesome group of ladies!

That’s all for now, but remember to always… Keep ’em Thinking!

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