Thursday, September 24, 2015

Literacy Learning at the Pocket Chart ... and a Freebie, Too!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

Is the pocket chart center a favorite in your classroom? Standing up, moving around a bit, learning ... a combo that pleases just about everybody, right?

Confession: The inspiration for this post is the bundle that I put together yesterday at my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  But don't click away just yet ... there are lots more ideas below, and, yes, a freebie, too!! 

At a customer's request, I've bundles together all of my building sentences resources.

Here's a peak inside "Fun in the Fall", which gives you a good idea of what these resources are all about.

Each of the eleven sets includes color-coded word and punctuation cards (first words in green, ending punctuation in red), mini-sentence strips to give your students ideas for sentences to make,
three themed mini-pointers for extra practice with one-to-one matching, and a student response page.
Several sets are seasonal, and the others are about more general topics, like birthdays, reading, and pets. If your students like Go, Dog. Go!, they'll love using the "Go, Puppy!" set.

Each set is $3.50. The bundle of eleven sets is $30, so you're essentially getting two sets free.

Click here to see the bundle.

Click here to see all of my building sentences resources.

Aaaaand... here's your freebie, a chance to try a set of these building sentences resources free! Just click on the cover to get it at my store, and you'll have a November center ready to go!

What other literacy activities can your students do at the pocket chart center?

I love to use the pocket chart with our poem of the week. Put a small copy of the poem at your pocket chart.  Use sentence strips with one line of the poem on each and have your students build the whole poem, and of course read it aloud to check it!  Then, on a different color strip, break the sentences into phrases to promote fluency.  On a third color, write several single words on each piece and have your students match these to the poem they've assembled on the chart.

Pocket charts are great for matching, everything from alphabet to opposites! Pull out those sets of flashcards from the dollar store and have your students match uppercase to lowercase, or even put the whole alphabet in order. Get two sets of early sight word cards and have them make pairs. Match a picture to the letter it begins with. Match pictures of rhyming words.

Pocket charts are the perfect format for sorting.  Provide two header cards, like nouns and verbs, short a pictures and short e pictures, long vowel words, short vowel words, etc. Then give your students a great big pile of cards and set them to sorting! Here's a beautiful example of sorting at the pocket chart, from A Spoonful of Learning.

Pocket charts are great for games! Remember, it doesn't need to be A Game, in the formal sense ... if you add a fun element to practice and call it a game, well, then it's a game! Try this Sight Word Monster Game from Lori at Conversations in Literacy. Basically no prep, but so much fun that your little learners will want to play it again and again!

Of course, all of these activities could be done with the same materials, working on a tabletop or the floor.  But I just think a pocket chart makes them more fun. Do you agree?

Happy Teaching!

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