Phonics Interactive Notebooks for Short Vowels {Follower Giveaway – enter to win!}

I love love love teaching phonics to my littles and struggling readers, but it can be super boring for them sometimes unless we play games or make it hands on somehow..
My first installment of my Phonics Interactive Notebook!
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Giveaway: Comment telling me one of your fav strategies for teaching short vowels!
I will be picking a winner on SUNDAY, July 28th {my wedding anniversary! 1 year!}
Check out my facebook and instagram {@teachingspecialthinker} for other chances to win!
Good Luck!

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  1. Cherie on July 25, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    We usually do sorts and read/write the room for teaching short vowels!

  2. Heidi on July 25, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    I love to use songs or stories to make it fun! I would love to win this for my new resource room!

  3. Miss Cosby on July 25, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    I've always done some making words activities. I love your ideas. Last year our K teacher told us about the 'vowel bat' YouTube videos. Catchy!

    Our previous special ed teacher used Tucker Signing Strategies for letters and blends. She taught me the vowels. I found applying a hand signal has helped some of those kiddos that can never quite remember that short e (or whatever the vowel may be).

    You Might Be a First Grader….

  4. Meghan0121 on July 25, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    I do word hunts with highlighters and lots of word sorts. This looks like a great resource.

  5. resource room roundabout on July 26, 2013 at 1:29 am

    We also play games. We do a lot of drawing of the stories I tell them to help them remember the sounds and we create books out of their drawings for them to reference later. I am super excited to use this with my kiddos this year. They will love it!


  6. Rae on July 26, 2013 at 2:56 am

    repetition! i know its not "fun" but i think its the most helpful way for students to learn early phonemic awareness. I like to do games to make this fun though 🙂

    Mindful Rambles

  7. Natalie Gragnani on July 26, 2013 at 2:59 am

    I love using songs and chants to introduce short vowels! Would love this pack for my first year in Kindergarten.

    Sunny In Kindergarten.

  8. Rae on July 26, 2013 at 3:10 am

    I love your Interactive Notebook! I have pinned it 🙂

    Mindful Rambles

  9. Lindsay Sanchez on July 26, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    This will be my first year teaching first grade. I love music and movement, so I definitely plan on teaching as much as I can using those things. We are required to use interactive notebooks this year in all grade levels. This looks like an amazing resource, and I will definitely be sharing it with my team! I hope you create more interactive notebook activities!


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  10. Nicki Napotnik on July 27, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    This fall will be my first year teaching as a special ed. teacher! While I was student teaching I used a homemade baseball field file folder game (with velcro to move players around) to use with one of my students who was really struggling with short vowels. Every time he read a word correctly he would move to a base. When he made it back to the home plate he would win a small prize (usually a sticker for his sticker chart). Motivation was key with him, so the game made reading fun!

    I love this give-away, it would be so helpful for my first year!


  11. Cassie Hermann on July 27, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    This fall will be my first year teaching! While in student teaching and previous internships/camps I loved making games and using songs to teach my students. I found that it motivated them a lot, especially when they didn't realize that they were learning.

  12. Marcy G on August 4, 2013 at 1:07 am

    This interactive notebook looks amazing! I really need to do something like this for my students' writing notebooks.


  13. educationalfun on November 27, 2013 at 3:13 am

    Interesting bit about getting a special sharpener! Anyone who has no experience with special thinkers might not understand where you are going with this. I also like to be innovative in dealing with my restless scholars and especially find ways to keep them interested in learning. I found this site just the other day that is loaded with material that makes my work a whole lot easier. Interesting and up to date insights right in there.

    Daniele Wren

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