Sunday, July 12, 2015

Ways to Teach Students about Alliterations

Every year I can count on our ALLITERATION unit to be a favorite in Writer's Workshop. 
My students LOVE writing these fun tongue twisters.

I love the unit because the students are working on:

 building vocabulary
studying mentor texts
writing with a purpose
letter names and sounds
beginning sound fluency
stretching (beginning, middle, and ending) sounds in words as we write

and my favorite...
viewing writing as FUN!!!

We read many fun mentor texts.

Each day I select a letter. 
We chant the phonics dance and practice that letter sound - several times. 

We work together to brainstorm a collection of words that begin with that sound. 

Sometimes I use Lakeshore's Alphabet Library:

Other times I draw on an anchor chart as students share words.

We also use these letter sound cards.
They are SUPER helpful for English Language Learners and students who need concrete examples. I print these on card stock and laminate for students to use at their tables.

I model how to start putting those words together to form a sentence - or alliteration with at least 3 words starting with the same sound.

Some days I read several examples in mentor texts.
Other days I use these:

I model how to write them:

Then give students plenty of time to practice.
Verbally with friends or by writing during workshop time. 

Be prepared for fun... and giggles!
Once they get the hang of it - WOW!
The students always knock my socks off!
Leah and Lauren like lollipops and ladybugs!
Dogs dig for donuts in the dirt.
The robot rattles the raccoon and the rocket.
Lions like lollipops and licorice.

You will be SO excited with their work...
it will call for a celebration.
To get ready for the celebration I create student shout out cards to share the day of the party. :)
The students LOVE LOVE LOVE these!
Parents too!

Give students a special book to work on publishing their favorite alliterations. 

about the author
For the alliteration celebration...
Each student will be bringing a small snack or trinket that begins with the same sound as their first name.

Of course I use this for an excuse for more writing! 

I have used paper bags for students to collect all of their goodies, but find little buckets are much more durable - and fun!
Only $1 at Party City.
Party City has a ton of fun goodies. 
I couldn't decide on just 1 R item so I gave 
rubix cubes

Tons of ideas and supplies for your growing writers!!

Click {HERE} for the FREE student shout-out cards.

Past posts on alliterations can be found


Friday, July 10, 2015

Five for Friday {July 10th}

I am linking up with Kacey @ Doodle Bugs to share my 5 for Friday. 

My husband, kiddos, and I just returned from a dream vacation - Turks and Caicos!!
It was absolutely stunning!

I don't know if it was the turquoise waters, salty air, island vibe, or just spending relaxing time with my family but...

I feel COMPLETELY renewed!
Feels great to be back to my old self!

I have not downloaded pictures of my good camera yet, but here are some favorites from my phone.

We sold our home that we have lived in for the last 10 years. 

I cried my eyes out when I took these photos down...
We are building a new home which has been really exciting. 

I have been pinning like crazy....

Now if I can just convince {Babbling} Abby Mullins to help me coordinate everything...
that'd be great! :)

I just listed a new product ...
Check it out!! :) 

To celebrate my new product I am having a SALE!

ALL items will be 20% off Friday-Monday!

Can I get an Amen? :):)

New Product {Amazing Alliterations} and SALE!


I am excited that my new product Amazing Alliterations is listed on TpT. 

I am throwing a BIG SALE to celebrate... starting today! :)

Grab all of the goodies on your wish list today!
20% off of ALL items in my TpT store 

July 10th - 13th!

Click on each image to see the product on TpT.

Click the name below to see how I use it in my classroom. 

Grab some freebies while visiting my store.