Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Sight Word Linky Party, Rudolph Creative Writing Unit and almost to 100 Followers! Oh my!

Hey Friends! I'm on my last week of maternity leave but I am in no way sitting around! Today I am linking up with Katie at Teacher to the Core to share a sight word strategy. I teach second grade and I have several levels in my classroom. I do leveled spelling lists each week but all of my students have the same word wall words. We do a lot of word sorts in my room but one of their choices for word work is to do a buddy check. I posted about this in my blog before but I thought it was great to share for this linky party!

To do a buddy check, a student partners up with another student. It works like a buddy test. One buddy reads the word to the other buddy. That buddy writes the word down. The buddy who is the "teacher" checks the word. If it's right, they go to the next word, if it's not the "student" tries again. Then they check it and highlight the part/parts that they missed or parts they want to remember.

This activity can be used with any words you wish. You can grab a copy here:

On another note, I am so excited because I just finished my Rudolph Creative Writing Unit! I did this unit last year and my kids LOVED it. I jazzed it up with some cute fonts and graphics this year. I've also incorporated more of the six traits than I did last year. It's perfect for that after Thanksgiving before Christmas time when your students are going bananas about the holidays and you are pulling out all your tricks to keep them engaged and learning. 

The unit takes the kids through the writing process to create an imaginative story about Rudolph's nose. I incorporate the six traits in this unit as well. I made sure to make the unit TEKS and Common Core aligned. I teach second grade but this unit would be appropriate for first, second or third. Take a peek here!

And last but not least, I'm almost at 100 followers! I'm really excited about that. Be on the lookout for a give-a-way soon! :) Happy Wednesday!


  1. Oh, I love your blog too! Thank you for linking up with my linky party! And Holy Moly, two linky parties in one day! That is fantastic! Quite the social butterfly!!!I love it.

    I am lucky number 94 to follow your blog!
    You'll be at 100 very soon!

    Would you mind linking your sight word post back to my blog at the bottom of your post. I know Hadar would love it if you linked up your teaching tip linky post back to her blog. The link up makes it easier for people to read your amazing idea and then with one click (at the bottom of your page) hop back on back the linky party train to read the next blog post. I just learned this little trick last week. I thought the linking back was a fun little shout out to the orginal blog post, but it actually has a function. Ha! Who knew!

    I am so glad you linked up. I LOVE Texas! I love the people, the attitude, the joy, and the gusto that Texans have! I can't wait to read your blog and apply a little Texas to my class in Sunny So. California!
    See Ya Soon! Ya'll :0)

  2. You TpT shop is so cute. Your sweet 100's chart unit is right up my alley! I'm going to have to buy that bad boy on Cyber Monday!

  3. Found you through the Linky Party! I love your ideas! I am a Texas teacher too! I am your newest follower!

    Heidi Harrell