Monday, April 9, 2012

Here's a little freebie for you!  It's review week so we're reviewing  all of the "r controlled vowels" {er, ir, ur}{or}{ar} along with ou/ow and oi/oy. Those are all of the spelling patterns that we've focused on over the past 5 weeks.  Each day this week I'll be posting a quick snapshot of some fun and simple ways to that I like to review.  Phonemic awareness and phonics are such an important part of first grade, and I'm always looking for ways to review without sounding like a robot {does anyone else feel that way or is it just me}?  

Today we started with {er, ir, ur}.  I made this little "read the room" activity because my kids love the feeling of "hunting" for words.  It's also great for my kiddos who just need a little extra movement!  After they found the words, the challenge was to write their own story using as many words as possible.  You can get a copy below.

We also reviewed by reading a couple of great books. . . 
{I Need My Monster and Every Cowgirl Needs  a Horse}.


I Need My Monster has lots of words with er, ir, and ur.  We listened carefully to every page so we could think about the words that match this pattern.  We'll probably also review the "ow" and "or" in cowgirl and horse.  I love how this book has lots of our spelling patterns combined into one great book!

I hope you had a great Monday!  I'm hoping to blog every day this week to share lots of freebies and ideas {pray for me on that one-you know I've got a lot going on}!  


  1. Thanks for sharing this great activity! My class loves both of those books!

    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  2. I love both of these books too! Thank you for sharing the activity. It seems like you can't get enough reviewing for the r-controlled vowels!

    First Grade Delight


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