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I am joining Corinna this week for her Workin' It Wednesday!  Summer is a great time to be working out.  With being out of school, we have more time to squeeze in some workouts and some fun!  

I have decided to do the Squat Challenge!  Are you doing this too?  If you don't know what that is you increase your amount of squats over a 30 day period until you get to 250 squats in one day.  You have rest days thrown in there too.  I am thankful for that so my sore legs can  catch a break.  

Here is a Squat Challenge sheet for you to print off  and use.  Tape it somewhere that you will see to remind you to do them!  Then each day mark off that day's number after completing them.  Before you know it, you will have done it!!  You all can remind me of that as I make my way through this too.  I am on a rest day today.

I have been staying productive since  finishing up summer school last week.  Here is a freebie you might want for when school starts back again.  I know- we just finished!!  I don't think a teacher's brain ever shuts off.  :)

It's a I Have Who Has game using the easiest sight words for some fun, extra practice.  Great for your classroom or for those RtI groups that need some extra practice in sight word fluency!  Click here or on the picture above so you can grab this FREEBIE.  Follow my store so you can be notified when I upload more items!

My other item that I have been working on is some ABC fun!  I needed another way for my students to practice and learn their ABC letters.  And more specifically, they need practice writing them correctly following the path of movement and matching the capitals to the lower case letter.  

At the beginning of school some students need some help matching capitals to their lower case match.  These puzzle pieces have picture clues on each to help them learn those matches.

The next step is being able to match those letters without the picture clues.  You can differentiate and use the puzzle pieces with the clues with the students who need that extra scaffolding and the pieces without clues with those who are ready for that!  Meeting more needs that way!

Students need to be able to make their own ABC book with their own pictures in it.  They need to be able to make those personal connections with the pictures they choose so that it more meaningful to them.  The more meaningful it is, the easier it is for them to learn it.  

 I have also included a I Have Who Has game for students to match capitals to lower case letters.  Fun and engaging way to build that letter fluency!

I have so many students come to me forming their letters incorrectly.  Many times they start from the bottom and go up.  If students form letters correctly it will help them not to have letter reversals as they are written differently.  

Click here or on the picture to be taken to my store to check it out.  I think I am overdue for a shopping trip after all this creating!  :)

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  1. Thanks for sharing the squat challenge! I'm going to print it out and attempt to do it! I just need some motivation to get started!


    An Apple a Day in First Grade

  2. I am printing that out today! Perfect to place on my fridge! What fun activiities. Looks like a great unit! Thank you so much for linking up :)

    Corinna (✿◠‿◠)
    Surfin' Through Second

  3. Squats are great exercises. Are you sore yet?
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  4. Love the squat challenge- saving your doc so I can start squatting! :)
    Your ABC pack looks awesome as well!
    Learning to the Core

  5. I love your ABC pack! I'm not sure I can do 250 squats, ever! I'm going to try. Do you use weights??? The summer I felt like I was the fittest in my whole life, I was doing lots of squats and lunges!!!

    Literacy Without Worksheets

  6. Thanks for the freebies. I wish listed the ABC unit. I'm going to be working with Kinders for RTI this fall, might come in handy! As for the squat challenge. I'm going to have to see how many days it takes me to get to the 50 to start! Guess I'll find out in the morning.

  7. Wow! That's a lot of squats. But I know I need to do them 'cause it will help my running:)
    Thanks for sharing.

    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

  8. I hope you enjoy the squat challenge, Karen! Or at least tolerate it. :)

  9. Thank you Corinna! I am glad I got to link up with your Workin' It Wednesday. :) Fun!

  10. Tammy, I was really sore the first few days. Not so bad now! :)

  11. Thanks Aylin! I can tell the squats are working my legs!

  12. Thank you so much, Bridget! I am hoping that ABC pack helps my kinders this year. As for the squats, I am not using weights, just doing the number of them each day. I can tell it is working my legs!

  13. Oh that is great, Sara! Thank you for wishlisting the ABC pack! Did you start the squats yet? It may make your legs sore the first few days. :)

  14. Barbara, it does seem like a lot of squats! It has been going pretty well so far for me. But, then again, I am not to the end yet!! :)

  15. So happy to find your squat challenge, although 250 seems alot! After being out of school for a month already, I just started my workout program yesterday and this is an great incentive for me!! Gonna give a shot!

    The Bender Bunch

  16. I'm a little late but I think I'll join in, too. It's sure to help my running, right? :)
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

  17. I agree, Traci, 250 squats IS a lot! Good luck with the squat challenge!

  18. Barb, good luck with the squat challenge. Its never too late to begin! :)

  19. Hi Lori,
    I love the squat challenge- I'm up for it!! :)
    Thanks for the freebie "I Have, Who Has". It's great for he beginning of the year! I linked up a freebie at The Cornerstone as well- games for morning meeting and/or back to school ice breakers. Check 'em out :)
    Creating a Thoughtful Classroom

  20. Karli, good luck with the squat challenge! Thank you for your cute morning meeting ice breakers!


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