Sunday, May 18, 2014

Having Fun with Blends using Books, Interactive Student Notebooks, and a Giveaway!

Hameray Publishing company was kind enough to contact me and ask if I'd like to review one of their products.  They sent me the books for their series "Letter Buddies Best Friends."  It comes with 22 books, each book comes with a different blend.  The pictures help give a clue as to what the blend is, which will help early readers like my Kindergarten children figure out the words.  The last page of the book includes a writing activity that goes with the 6 blends that are in the book.


These books are great to be used in small groups, whole groups, or even individual in a student's book basket.  Read the book to the students and then have them list all of that particular blend (bl if you read Blow on the Blankets) and record it on a white board or chart paper.  Next I box the blend and we practice reading each word, saying the blend as one sound to help chunk the word into 2 parts.  My students like highlighting so you can give them a list of words and have them highlight the blend.

After going through all of the books that have to do with l blends, r blends, or s blends I have my students do a fun foldable.  They glue a picture under the flap to match the blend and then write the word.  This can easily be done in an Interactive Student Notebook.  Click the picture to get it for free in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.


It is suggested to do a preview first by seeing if they can write down a blend on their own that starts with bl, cl, fl, gl, pl, and sl.  Then do the fun foldable mentioned.  Then have them process it someway to check for understanding.  Maybe you could give them some words and do a word sort.  I again love to let them highlight the blend after sorting the words or you can give them some of the blends and have them draw a picture of a different word that they come up with.  Another option is to have them do a writing activity at the end of one of the books.

Hameray Publishing is having a really amazing contest!  They are giving away a Letter Buddies class set to one lucky winner.  You get the books mentioned above, plus Letter Buddies Letter Books, Letter Buddies Blend Books, Letter Buddies Starters, Letter Buddies Letter Mats, Letter Buddies Alphabet Lap books, Magnetic Letters, and a Magnetic Whiteboard.  Wow!  The winner will be announced on June 2nd!  Click HERE to enter!

One lucky winner of my blog has a chance to win the Letter Buddies Alphabet Lap books.  You can enter by clicking on the Rafflecopter form.  One lucky winner will be chosen.  You can get entries by following Hameray on their FB page, Hamerays Letter Buddies FB page, and following Hameray on Pinterest.

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