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Pick A Pinwheel- CVC Word Fun



It may be March, but here it is like May!  We have been so lucky with our weather.  These last few days have been close to 80 degrees- wonderful!  So who wouldn't enjoy some pinwheel fun right now?  These colorful pinwheels were found at everyone's favorite place to shop- Target!  Only a dollar each!  I saw these and knew they would be perfect for our cvc word learning.  My classes have been working on  breaking works into beginning sounds and chunks.  Then on to blending them back together. 
Here we have our all important pocket chart that we use ALL the time!  I put a chunk in the pocket chart and hand out beginning sound cards to the students.  When it is their turn to come up to the chart, I have the student be the teacher.  They show their letter, tell the class the name of their letter, and then the sound their letter makes.  Next the letter card goes in the chart, but separtated from the chunk.


Then I have the student practice saying the beginning sound and the chunk as they slide the beginning sound to the chunk to make a new word. 


Now, back to the pinwheels!  Since we have practiced so hard learning to break words and blend them back together, it is time to have some fun!  After finding the pinwheels, I found some Scrapbooking tabs for the chunks and sounds.  It took no time at all to stick the tabs on the pinwheels.  That in itself makes me happy!  Now students can practice at their tables in a fun and colorful way making cvc words.




And because I am all about transfer, after having fun blowing the pinwheels and blending the sounds into words, students will then choose 2 of their cvc words to write and illustrate on paper.  I like to know that the students really are understanding what they are building.  That is why I have them write the word and then illustrate it.  I can check for understanding that way.  A way of differentiating this is to have students who are ready not only label their picture, but write about it too.  Can't you just see how much fun they will have with these eye catching, twirling, spinning things? 

Jeannie from Kindergarten Lifestyle has so graciously chosen to share about my blog on her blog today!  I am so excited about this!  Please go check out her wonderful blog where you can find so many great and fun ideas.  Don't forget to follow her if you aren't already!  :)






26 comments:

  1. That is such a cute idea! I just found your blog through Kindergarten Lifestyles. Please come over to my new blog and check me out.
    enrichingkinders.blogspot.com

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  2. Just found you from over at Kindergarten Lifestyle. I am excited to be your newest follower! Love this pinwheel idea! Making CVC words fun :)

    Michala
    thehallyhousehold.blogspot.com

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  3. I love the pinwheel activity!! I'm heading to Target now! I love to put activities in my centers that are not always paper/pencil and I'm always looking for new ideas. Thanks for sharing this. =)
    Bobbie

    http://thedailycupcake-akindergartenblog.blogspot.com/

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  4. Congrats on being featured at Kindergarten Lifestyle. More people need to see what's up in your world. Keep sharing your solid thoughts on good teaching!

    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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  5. What a cute idea!! My kids will love this:)
    www.123teachwithme.com

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  6. Enriching Kinders, thank you for following me! I went to your blog and left you a comment.
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

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  7. Thanks Michala! I'm your newest follower and I left you a comment. :)

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  8. Thank you Bobbie! Can find a lot of fun things at Target!

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  9. I appreciate all your comments Tammy! You are always there to support me! :)

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  10. Thank you TammySF!! I appreciate that you come often to my blog to leave me comments. :)

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  11. I love the idea to use pinwheels - I am positive the kids LOVE those - I'll have to give that a try :0)

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  12. Lori, this idea is genius. Seriously, my 5 year old is going to get a kick out of it, and will be learning her sight words as well!

    Wheels are spinning on how I can adapt this to 5th grade...maybe a math connection.

    ~Stephanie
    Teaching in Room 6

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  13. Thanks Jeannie! I think the kids will have a good time while learning too!

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  14. Stephanie, I hope your daughter has a great time with it! Love it when they can learn and have a good time too. Hope you can adapt it to fifth grade- everyone loves a pinwheel!

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  15. I am thrilled that I just found your blog! I love the CVC pinwheel activity. Thank you so much for sharing. You have great ideas! I am new to blogging - would love for you to stop by my very new blog!

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  16. What a great idea! Just started following your blog.

    Laurie
    Chickadee Jubilee

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  17. Thank you Co-Kindering! I am now following your cute blog! Thanks for coming by to follow me.

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  18. Thank you Laurie! I follow you too! :) Really liked the post on questioning!

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  19. Love the pinwheels! I'll use it next year! I'm a follower too! Found you from posting on my blog!

    Stacy
    Mrs Johnson’s First Grade

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  20. Thank you Stacy! I appreciate you coming by and following me!

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  21. Thank you Misty! I appreciate the comment!

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  22. This is absolutely amazing! Now I just have to wait for the dollar store to get some pinwheels in!

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  23. Love this idea..thanks for sharing! Your newest follower:

    learnplayandhavefun.blogspot.com

    Jessica

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  24. Thank you Jessica! Love that you stopped by!

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