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Elementary Teacher Resources, Issue #015 -- Sight Words
May 04, 2008

Welcome to
Elementary Teacher Resources


Well, this is quite a wild time for me. Not only is there the end of the year "crunch", but I’ve also just decided to transfer schools and grades.

I will be teaching First Grade next year with an amazing former Intern.

I’m thrilled, scared and excited.

I’ve been living in Kindergarten for 4 years now and it’s become quite comfortable, but sometimes opportunities knock and you have to open the door.

I am hoping that my grade change will also bring a new level of lessons and ideas to my site. Many of you have been asking for more First Grade lessons, so here they come!

A fresh perspective on ideas and skills will also hopefully usher in a ton of new resources for you to enjoy.

Sight Words - Video

Many of us have certain “sight word” requirements for our students.

I created this simple little video one night while I was trying to think of ways to help my kids learn their words.

It is the words on the screen with me saying the words.

It isn’t fancy, it isn’t full of dazzle, but it has been very effective in my room.

I play it every day on my laptop and projector. The kids love to say the words “before me”. They have basically memorized the video, but with repetition comes learning.

You can see the video here. If you’d like to download it to your computer to use in your classroom, you can do that here.

Sight Words - Heidi Songs

This has moved to Heidi Songs. Thank you!


I think that most teachers are doing something with insects at this time of the year. We have been housing mealworms, ants, ladybugs and caterpillars. We have been creating diagrams of insects. We have been going on “Bug Hunts”.

But when it came to symmetry I still had a few kids that just didn’t get it.

So, one day while I was getting frustrated I decided to pull out an old favorite standby.

Finger paint.

The kids folded a paper in half, painted away, and folded it over and viola!


Just thought that this might be fun for the end of the year!

I hope that you have enjoyed this newsletter. Please feel free to email it to friends and family who are teachers!

Also, don't forget to get your copy of my free new teacher handbook! It's full of great tips and tricks to make your year go great.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

See you next month!

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