"The limits of my language are the limits of my mind. All I know is what I have words for."

~ Ludwig Wittgenstein

Learning Cursive pages and videos

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Learning Cursive will include more than 60 videos. These videos will be available by September 1, if not sooner. Your purchase today will provide you with all of the pages (70+), then I will update this with an access link to each video.

Here is a sample video. It is of an initial lesson. It will be followed by a lesson on making connections. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdUVimhOKLI

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Sample pages for 2nd and 3rd grades

Because the videos are not yet available, I am giving you a large price break at this time! Buy now and save! Depending on the final number of videos I am thinking this product should be $60 – $70. Right now until I upload the links, it is available for about 1/3 of that!

Each Learning Cursive packet teaches all of the cursive letters and making connections to the letter following. Cursive writing is an important skill for students but teachers often do not have the time to incorporate lessons into the classroom. Some teachers also feel that they themselves do not have sufficient cursive skills to be an effective instructor of this skill. Video lessons can save teaching time, model proper writing skills, allow for small group or individual lessons, allow students to work at their own pace, and may even help teachers improve their own cursive skills.

Letters are learned in a logical sequence, but not alphabetically. Letters with similar strokes are learned then reviewed together.

Letter order:

Lowercase:

i, t, e, l, u, w

a, d, o, g, c, q

j, b, h, k, f

n, m, y

r, s, p

v, x, y (This group could be included with n, m, and y, but I chose to save them for last so that other more used letters could be practiced first.)

Special lessons for making connections with o, w, b, and v are also included.

Capital:

A, O, Q

N, M, H, K

B, P, R

F, T

D, L

I, J

S, G

U, Y, W, V, X, Z

Additionally the videos include information on pencil grip, slant, size, shape, and spacing. Students are given and shown Dos and DON’Ts for each letter. Lessons review previously learned letters. Lessons ask students to reflect on their work. They are encouraged to find their best letter and to try to improve a less well done letter. Students will practice reading cursive, while learning to write it. The cursive used in this product is my own personal handwriting. I am a teacher with 38 years experience teaching cursive. I have successfully instructed close to 1,000 students in learning to write. It has always been one of the most fun parts of third grade for the students. I hope to continue this tradition without the burden of “not enough time to do a good job” on the teachers.

Darcy Baldwin of Darcy Baldwin Fonts helped me immensely by creating and then continually tweaking my font. She was a pleasure to work with. If you need fonts, please visit her store!

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World of Words Wednesdays

Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in Uncategorized, vocabulary, vocabulary development | 0 comments

World of Words Wednesday

 

Each Wednesday I plan to present words in English that come from other languages. I find this to be interesting and I am hoping to make it interesting for students in grades 3 – 5. It is really cool how our language incorporates words from other languages!

First up some plant and animal names that come from Native American Algonquian words.

caribou which means “snow shoveler”

muskrat which means “bob (at the surface of the water) head”

opossum which means “white dog”

pecan which means “nut”

persimmon which means “fruit, berry”

skunk which means “to urinate” + “fox”

woodchuck comes from reshaped words meaning “wood” and “chuck”

caribou

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Each week I will include a vocabulary card that can be used in your classroom. Sets of cards may be found in my Teacher Pay Teachers store.

You may also like:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Vocabulary-Development-30-Core-Content-Words-Science-Grade-3-Set-1-Color-301259

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Vocabulary-Development-30-Core-Content-Words-Science-Grade-4-Set-1-BW-344909

Ann

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Alphabet Posters Giveaway

Posted by on Jun 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

I am working on some awesome lessons for teaching manuscript printing and cursive this summer. I think it is something many, many teachers and homeschooling parents will be able to use and love. While I am working to create these amazing products I have needed to acquire some new skills. I may not be able to begin producing my big products for a few weeks, but I want to get you all excited about using great manuscript and cursive in your classrooms!

I have created some manuscript (printing) alphabet posters. I will be giving several sets of these away for FREE!

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These posters are available in 13 colors or in the rainbow pattern of all thirteen colors. They are available without lines, with lines, and with arrows showing how to form the letters. N-Z repeat the colors of A-M if you choose the rainbow pattern of colors. The vowels come with a short vowel card and a long vowel card. I currently have them in black the same as the consonants, but I would change them on request. I created the background for these cards. The fonts are by Fonts4Teachers. The pictures are from Pixabay. They will be available in my TeachersPayTeachers store for $3.00 for the rainbow set (in each of the three formats) and $4.00 for a custom set. Please share this post with any teacher or homeschooling parent who might be interested in having these posters!

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Fun Free Father’s Day Craft

Posted by on Jun 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Every June we used to make these in my classroom. The kids loved creating crazy designs for the ties! It was so fun to see what they would come up with. Using real buttons or cutting fabric into a tie shape adds another level of fun to the project! You can find free patterns on TPT here.

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Flag Day Thoughts

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

I love the United States and I want to visit all of it. I wonder sometimes if I should be yearning to see Europe, Africa or Australia. But I never feel that way. I haven’t seen enough of this country. My recent trip to Alaska reinforces in me the desire to see the beauty of my own country. There is so much I still need to see.

I stand at attention with my hand on my heart each day in my classroom and demand either a unison response or a respectful silence from my students. When necessary I remind them of the sacrifices given for our flag and country, and those currently being given.

Here are some pages to use with your students or children. They include a copy of the Pledge of Allegiance and some pages to learn and understand its vocabulary.

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Pledge pages

With these feelings in mind, I created a Flag Day Scavenger Hunt. It is available on TPT here.

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Win a TPT Gift Card!

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

TPT is having its Teacher Appreciation Sale on May 3 and 4 and I appreciate you! I will have 3 winners of $10.oo TPT gift cards. You may enter on Tuesday and again on Wednesday. I will post the winners on Thursday AM. Please come back on Thursday because I will need the emails of the winners!!

Ann

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Tic Tac Toe!

Posted by on Feb 28, 2016 in antonyms, synonyms | 0 comments

I’ve been creating a new type of game based on a very old game. It is really a fun concept. Students complete nine little activities in a # shape to discover which row, line, or diagonal contains the Tic Tac Toe. I have made many of these for math. Here is a sample:

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Find the Tic Tac Toe Sample Math

These are available in sets of five (for 10 total games) for $1.50. Check them out here:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Ann-Fausnight/Category/Find-the-Tic-Tac-Toe

I have begun creating a some for language arts also. I have antonyms and synonyms as well as homophones completed. Here is a sample:

Find the Tic Tac Toe Language Arts Sample

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I am working on a set for facts and opinion. Can you suggests other language arts topics that would work with this format? I would love to hear your ideas.

Ann

 

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