August 26, 2012

Word Pattern Playlists and some news

Hi guys! I'm stopping by to share a free file this evening and I really hope it's something you can use! 

So. I've been working on my students' binders (more to come on those, very soon). But I had to stop, middle of binder-setup, to work on this...
(The awesome clipart is designed by the fabulous Ginger, from Ginger Snaps!).

I know I've shared a bunch of different word-collection resources in the past...Word Detectives, Word Wizards, Word Rock...

(Ok, now I feel kind of boring looking at my file names!)

These have all worked well for my students over the years, but I wanted something a bit different than a book this year...since we'll be storing these words in our binders. I also wanted something that would be appealing to my 5th grade class.

Oh yes, that's the news I had to share with you. know how I work with ELL newcomers in a magnet class? And I teach a 4th/5th grade multi-age? Well, things are going to be a bit different this year!

I will be teaching a 5th grade class that is half newcomer ELL students, half mainstream 5th graders (I'm certified in both areas and have taught mainstream 5th in the past). As my good friend and colleague said, it's kind of an international class (are you reading this Louise???). 

I'm beyond excited about it and have been prepping things like a madwoman all week. Hence the lack of blogging.

Ok, back to the file.

It could be used with younger grades, like so...
...with students writing a basic spelling pattern and list of words with this pattern.

And with older students in this fashion...
....with students focusing on a sound and its variations in spelling, then categorizing the words.

We will store these sheets in the Reference section of our binders and I'm hoping they will be used as a resource during Writer's Workshop, in addition to our spelling lessons.

If you would like to download this file, please click here: Word Pattern Playlists.
I know that so many of my bloggy friends are back at school and I hope it is going well!! Our students start back on Wednesday, eek! I look forward  to catching up with you soon :)


  1. This is awesome and so sweet of you to share it!!! What a wonderful idea....why would I expect anything else from you friend! Can't wait to use it:) Thanks for sharing and congrats on your new class:) Chat soon:)

    4th Grade Frolics

  2. Ooo, I love how this can be used at any grade level- so clever you are ;)

    The Learning Tree

  3. Awesome idea! Thanks for sharing:) Already purchased and am using your Genre mini-lesson file, and the genre posters. Oh yeah....and the CRAFT board. You have totally inspired me!
    Leading and Reading

  4. Omg your back! You've been misses. :) I haven't read you post. I saw you had a new post and rushed to comment. On my way back up to read. Lol

    Big hug

    1. Um that was supposed to be missed. I should reread my comments before hitting publish.

      Anyway, im a lil sad you won't just be an ell teacher anymore but you will still be a half ell teacher. :D But wait! Congrats, I know this is something you wanted.

      Oh and ummm I sent you a MSG last night. I'm in a spot of trouble. Could you help me out?


  5. OH I am so excited to hear you are in 5th grade. I also teach 5th grade and love it! We are an ELL site school and I have quite a few Ell students with some being unable to speak or understand english. Challenging but I'm thrilled to have them in my room. The playlist will be used in my room starting tomorrow. Thank you for the great idea!

  6. Love this!!!
    Have a great first day!!! :)

  7. Love it!! Good luck on your first day! Kids start NEXT Thurs. for me!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  8. This is a fabulous idea! So glad to hear you will have 5th graders. I look forward to seeing what you create and share this year.

    The Idea Backpack

  9. Welcome back for a few minutes!1 Thank you for sharing, and I can't wait to see your next posting.

  10. What a great way to make word work fun :) I'm thinking I might be able to use this with math somehow, too. I'm so happy for ou and your international class ;) Have a great week and a fantastic first day back on Wednesday.

  11. Dang iPad auto spell. I'm happy for YOU not ou.

  12. Love this! Thanks for sharing!! If possible could you also post a version with just one per page? It's adorable!!!

    1. Hey Emily and thanks for the kind comment! I don't think I'll have a chance right now--I'm prepping for the new year, I'm sorry :)

  13. Great idea! Thank you so much for sharing!

  14. Kristen,
    This is awesome! This would also make a great studying tool for homework :)
    Thank you for sharing this!


  15. That is such a fabulous idea! So many kids would love this!
    Pixy Stix and Teacher Tricks

  16. Really Cool Kristen .. Good Luck with your new class, I start next week 4th grade this year!!

  17. These are great! I love that it is versatile and will appeal to the older students I work with! Thanks for sharing! I am your newest follower!

    Reading Toward the Stars!


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