Saturday, November 8, 2014



I swapped items with Beth Ann from Taming My Flock of Firsties.

Taming My Flock of Firsties

I was able to choose any item I wanted from her fabulous TpT store.

I chose her Criss Cross Applesauce Short Vowel Sounds Sorting Game.

Criss Cross Applesauce ~ Short Vowel Sorting Game
Although I teach third grade, my class has never been filled with kiddos who are all working at grade level.  I always have a handful that are ahead, a handful that are behind, and the rest close to or at grade level.  This year I have a few who are working at a first grade level, so I knew this would be perfect for them.

This product contains 31 pages of vowel sorting goodies with adorable visually appealing clip art. The basic concept of the sort is to sort the different pictures under their appropriate vowel sound (a, e, i, o, u).  I used the product this way, but I also tried a few variations that I am going to share as well. I love when you can find multiple uses for a product, and especially when you can differentiate for different student levels.

I chose to use just two vowels (a and e) for this particular student.

Once he sorted the words, he used the recording sheet for each vowel that is provided to write his answers.  This is great for student accountability if you choose to use it as a center activity.

I also loved that she included an extension of this  recording sheet that can be used during students' independent reading as they encounter words with short vowel sounds.

Variations You Could Try

I covered up the vowel letters for some of my students who needed a bit more of a challenge. I just used a small post-it note and cut it down to size. 

I printed an extra set of cards, and then cut the words off of the bottom as another way to challenge students.

I also used this second set for word/picture matching.

I even used just the words for the students to practice reading.

This product would be perfect for any of you first grade teachers, or even older grades (like me) who need to differentiate for your struggling learners.

Would you like a chance to win this product? Simply use the Rafflecoptor below for your chance to win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway  

Beth Ann also got to choose one of my items from my store, and she chose my Kicking It Math Addition Facts Fluency Packet.

Addition Facts Fluency Program - Kicking It Math 

Just head over to her blog to see this product in action and enter to win your own copy.  I also have this product on sale in my store for the next three days.

Please visit Jungle Learners to check out the other swaps and giveaways!

And don't forget to enter my monthly giveaway for a $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card!



  1. Thank you for sharing Kelly! I love the variations you were able to come up with for this product. I definitely just entered your giveaway....I'll keep my fingers crossed! Thank you for participating in this swap, I hope you'll sign up for the next one too! Have a fabulous week! :]

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  2. I love the variations as well. I can't wait to try these with my students and an older ESOL student that I am working with. Your Kicking It! Addition pack looks terrific as well. I would love to go shopping at your store. I had a hard time choosing just one product....:)


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