Monday, September 12, 2011

Sound Box Hop and Stretchy Snake

Today we met Stretchy Snake. Stretchy Snake is one of the Beanie Baby Decoding Strategies. He helps us to s-t-r-e-t-ch out our sounds and then blend them back together. We have been working on sound boxes during Word Study time and today we made our sound boxes for the learning rug. For some reason, they LOVE watching you do this. We then practice stretching out cvc words as we hop into the sound boxes. This is great for your kinesthetic learners (plus those kiddos who can never sit still like to use ALL of the energy God gives them (hahaha). This is hard for some kiddos who want to put all the sounds in one box but they soon realize they have to hop one sound for each box. They then hop "out" of the boxes and say the word. Later, after lots and lots of practice, this activity will be one they can choose from during Word Study centers. They even come and use the sound boxes during Writing Workshop. Later on in the year, we will add another box when we do words with blends. When you do sounds like sh or ck, those are 2 letters working together to make one sound so you only hop into one box for that sound.

Meet Stretchy Snake
Our Sound Boxes

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Erin said...

I pinned this! Great idea, love it. Thanks for sharing the printable!

Mrs. Patton said...

Excellent idea! I just posted about this on my blog... my kids are LOVING it!

Janine said...

Thank you so much for this fantastic literacy center!

We Teach Like A Rockstar said...

I LOVE the Sound Box Hop activity. Anything to keep their little bodies moving! Thanks for stopping by our blog. We will be watching for your great ideas to use in our classroom, too! Thanks again for being so sweet! Amber Kidnergarten Rocks

Unknown said...

Heather, I just ran across your blog and was delighted to find the Stretchy Snake freebies and you're kinesthetic Elkonin boxes. Thanks a bunch. Sharon