Sunday, June 30, 2013

Operation Smile... and a Smile-y Freebie!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

I was recently approached by Campus Book Rentals to do some promotion here at Primary Inspiration. Although  I haven't had the opportunity to rent books for college use, it sure sounds like a great idea! Textbook prices are through the roof, and any way to save here or there seems like a no-brainer to me. This company's plan has some distinct advantages... like being able to highlight in your rented books (I would be crazy frustrated by not being able to highlight!) and Rent Back, which always the company to rent your books again and again... with you getting paid each time (2-4 times the amount of outright selling!)! Take a look - this might be for you!

What particularly impressed me about Campus Book Rentals (and I admit that it's what actually prompted me to write this post!) is their ongoing association with and support for Operation Smile, an international children's medical charity which has provided over 200,000 free surgeries for children born with facial deformities. Campus Book Rentals will donate more than 1,000 cleft lip surgeries through Operation Smile this year! Click on the logo below to find out more about Operation Smile.


To help teachers introduce the needs of these children and the work of this compassionate organization to their students in an age-appropriate way, Operation Smile has four lessons are available online here. Although most of the content is for second grade and above, I thought some of you who teach younger grades might be interested in passing this along to your school counselors.

So, I thought I should come up with a smile-related freebie, right?
Here you go! Sorting cards and mats for words with short i / long i as silent e. There are thirty word cards, two sorting mats, and even an assessment piece. A bit contrived to fit the theme here, for sure, but we all know that there just can't be quite enough practice with silent e words! And when our kiddos finally get it, do we ever smile! :)  Just click on the image to download from Google Docs.


Happy Teaching!


  1. Thanks so much! What a great activity! This activity will go right into my Daily 5.

  2. Thanks for the great phonics activity. I would love it if you could share a freebie or other idea at my Christmas in July Linky Party.


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