Guest Blogger #4: Teach It With Class - Queen of the First Grade Jungle

Guest Blogger #4: Teach It With Class

Hey Ya'll! I'm so excited to be your guest blogger today.  Katie has been kind enough to let me into her little corner of the world and share with you.   She is super sweet and  I'm thankful to call her a bloggy friend.  I hope that right now she is enjoying an ice cold colorful drink {you know the kind} with her toes in the sand.

My name is Randi and I am a first grade teacher.  To be completely truthful, it's not what I do it's who I am. You can find me at Teach It With Class 

With that being said, I am loving my summer so I have recycled an older post that has been getting some great feedback recently.  At the end of this post you can read how to get one of my TPT items for FREE...grab your caffeine of choice and stick with me. 
In my class, we love our word wall.  No, really.  We love our word wall.  In the sneaky way that only teachers can do, I've convinced my class of how important our Word Wall, Word Study Words & Word Families are.
      After reading this, I realize you’ll think I’m loco (crazy in Spanish) but I promise it’s worth going a little loco to get the kiddos on board. 

      Each week I introduce 5 new sight words on our “Word Study”.  This is the hook. These pesky words “talk” to me ALL day looong. Or so that’s what I tell the children.  Obviously, words don’t talk, but my children think that they do.  

What are they talking about?  Well, they want to go home.  Their home is our classroom Word Wall.  The problem is, they are not allowed to go home until my students learn them.
So all week long, we use these words in every way possible so that at the end of the week we can take our test and send them home.  This is where I take it to the extreme.  At random times during the day, I will talk back to the word wall words.  Yep! All by myself I carry on a one sided conversation.  I act frustrated as I tell them “Yes, yes, I know we’re working on youyes, we will let you go homeno, hush so I can teach!”  Or maybe I will suddenly stop teaching, point at the Word Study and say “That’s enough from you “want” (calling out a specific word) please be quiet!” 
The children will tell you that they hear the words too.  Just nod in sympathy and say “I know they are pesky words  -  which one is the loudest?”  Then they have to tell you the word (thus having to actually know the word (tricky I know).  Choose some of your kiddos to go touch that word when you ask...

As if all of the above isn’t enough, I take it a little further.  The words want to go home and I pretend that sometimes they are trying to escape.  I will randomly loosen the tape on one of the words so it will fall off the board during the day.  When this happens, the children think it’s hilarious that a word is trying to “escape” and go home before we’ve learned it!  We of course use that word by name as we tape it back up.  Occasionally, when the kiddos are't in the room, I will take all the words off the Word Study and tape them in a path to the word wall (on the floor, student desk etc).  The children walk in and have to tape the words back to our Word Study since they were trying to escape (reading them as they do).   This really gets them fired up and talking about the words.  Even those children who you know don't ever  hear a word you say can't resist the fun with the words.  We take our test on Friday and then start the whole silly process over again on Monday.

To make the connection to our Word Families, I have the Carson Dellosa posters on another wall.  Since “in” lives on our Word Wall, its family lives on our Word Family wall (pin, fin, sin etc).  I tell them this so they can begin to see the words inside of words as it all comes together in their brains.  The best part of our Word Family wall is that I’ve taught the kids to point to our Word Family wall and sing “We are family…” (Yes, you know you’re singing it in your head now) as they point and do a little bouncy move I made up to go with it. 

I always talk about the words in our room and how helpful they are and how much I love them.  This encourages the children to love them too.  I have the children actually hug our word wall in appreciation because it’s so helpful to us.  After completing a writing assignment where a child has used the word wall to spell, I will say “Just go give the Word Wall a big hug.  It helped you so much on this paper!”

      In conclusion, if you’ve entertained me this long, this process really doesn’t take any extra time in my day, it’s something that can easily be thrown in and bridges the gap between words we study each week, where they go from there, and why we have word families.   

You can grab your free printable copy ~HERE~ at my Teachers Pay Teachers  store. While you're there,  my feelings wouldn't be hurt if you decided to follow me.   
Now for my mini giveaway...I need some new blog followers so that I can finally reach my goal of 1000.  When I reach it, I plan to do a HUGE giveaway and I'm thinking you'll want to be there for that.  

SOOOO if you are kind enough to click my button below and follow me then I will send you your free copy of one of my best sellers "The Duckling  Gets a Cookie {Book Study}.  
Here's what you need to do. 
1) Click my blog button.  
2)  When you get there, follow my Teach It With Class
3)  After you become a new follower leave a comment in my latest blog post about Katie's awesome blog saying that this is where you found me.  LEAVE YOUR E-MAIL address in  the comment and I will e-mail you the unit. It's that easy 4 clicks and you should be done.

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  1. I am a new follower of your blog and your TPT store, Randi! Thanks so much! My email address is I am totally incorporating your word wall love this year! I love the idea and my team knows this is something I would do. Thanks so much! Lane

  2. Oh my good gracious! I wish we could team together. I love how you bring imagination and fun into teaching. The children must love you! Thanks for sharing how you teach the words on the word wall. I will definitely start doing that next year. I am already a follower. My email is Thanks for sharing! Julie

  3. I love this idea! What a great way to motivate your students to learn those words. I'll try this out this fall. Thanks for the free download so I can print it out and remind myself! :)
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  4. I follow Randi! I love your blog too! I found you through her blog and now your newest follower! Stephanie

  5. Loving the word families!

    Jessica Stanford
    Mrs. Stanford's Class
    I could use your help! Check out my latest post ♥

  6. Sprinkles to Randi! She is awesome!!


  7. I love this Randi...and it sounds like something I would do because we are always having visitors who talk and leave packages. You ROCK!

    Congrats on almost reaching 1,000 followers too! =)

    Heather's Heart

  8. Oh my goodness, my students would have sooo much fun with this idea! What a great way to learn sight words! Thanks for sharing!
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  9. This is such a great sight word activity. I think the kids would get a kick out of this. Thanks for the great idea.

    The Hive

  10. omgosh!! how FUN is that?!?!
    LOVE it!!
    I already follow you and your store AND i have your duckling unit :) so I guess I'm not much help with the numbers :)

  11. I follow your blog and loved your guest blog post. I would love to receive The Duckling Gets a Cookie.

  12. I am a new follower to your blog. Love your ideas and would like a copy to The Duckling Gets a Cookie. Thanks for your genorosity.

  13. Hi- wasn't sure where to leave a comment :). I follow both of your blogs.

  14. Hi!

    How fun :) I have been teaching kindergarten but am going to be new to first grade in a month! YIKES! Loved both of your blogs!

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