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I use the Stretchy the Word Snake mat during my Guided Reading Groups.  We build words in the boxes and use the little cars (look closely under the letter m and you will see one) to drive slowly as we say each sound.  They we drive our cars faster as we blend the word together.  The kids love this activity.  Note:  if you are building a word like ship...the digraph /sh/ goes in one box because it makes one sound. 
Once we've done this lesson several times I place the materials in our word work center so that the kids can do it on their own.
You can download a version of this in both color and black and white. 



The kids also love this center for Popcorn Word review.  They get to be word detectives.  They use a magnifying glass to read and record their popcorn words.  Laminate the sheets with the popcorn words on them and then have the kids use a magnifying glass to read the words and record them on their recording sheet.   


17 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing these GREAT activities! I can't wait to use! :) And they are FREE! Whoo hoo! :)
    Happy Black Friday! :)

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  2. Thanks, Deanna! You're the best!! Fans of Deanna - be sure to hop on over to my blog for an AMAZING giveaway featuring products from Deanna!
    growingkinders.blogspot.com

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  3. I like the word detective idea. Do you chain the words often?

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  4. I have several different sheets I use. :) To make some just type up your words in 8 pt. font

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  5. Thank you. You are so creative, it's wonderful!

    I love the Stretchy snake. It goes perfectly with what I've been doing with my students. They will adore it.

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  6. Thanks so much for sharing! Love all your ideas!

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  7. Love Stretchy the Snake & Word Detectives. Can't wait to see my students use them!

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  8. I love getting on your blog each day to see what is new! Thanks for sharing

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  9. Wow! How creative! I love your stuff! Can't wait to buy a Christmas pack!

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  10. Deanna - we are looking for a Grinch unit. Do you have one or know where I can find one? I have looked several different times on the internet.

    Thank you for all that you do. You are amazing and I HAVE to get on your blog EVERYDAY to see what is new!

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  11. Hey Amber, Thanks for the compliment! You are too sweet. I don't have a "unit" but I do have the patterns for the How to make the Grinch grin activity. I adapted the pattern from an activity that was in a mailbox magazine about 15 years ago. I will dig out my patterns and whip up a few Reading and Math activities and post it as a free download here using Google docs. When do you need it by?

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  12. Deanna, I love your stuff! If you need any pics from your Thanksgiving Unit or Veteran's unit, I have tons! My kids loved all of it! I already bought the Christmas stuff! Thanks for all you do to spark our creativity.
    Kristen
    http://first-grade-teachers.blogspot.com/

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  13. Kristen,
    Thank you so much for your compliment! I'm glad you like it. I would love to see pictures! :)

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  14. Love both the ideas for the word detective and the stretchy snake. As a new teacher to kindergarten I've been able to find a lot of great ideas on your blog and others and I really appreciate you sharing your ideas and lessons. I will definitely be adding these two terrific ideas into my plans.

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  15. Hey Deanna,

    Is there anyway you could email me the Word Dectective with the small font? I want to edit it to use in my classroom with Vocabulary.

    Stephanie_Kinley@yahoo.com
    http://fabulousfish-stephanie.blogspot.com/

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  16. I love your Guided Reading packet. I'm dying to know how you create it? Is there a program used to make it... to get all the fab colors and creative fonts and pictures??? Thanks! tdevein21@gmail.com

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  17. I love your Guided Reading packet. I'm dying to know how you create it? Is there a program used to make it... to get all the fab colors and creative fonts and pictures??? Thanks! tdevein21@gmail.com

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