Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fundations Compatible Word Wall Trick Words!

Word Wall Words.....  Which to use?  How many to include?  How to teach them?  I don't know about your school but Word Walls always seems to be a debate at my school.

This year I have decided to focus my Word Wall teaching and learning on the 93 First Grade Fundations Trick Words. 

My goal for my first graders is to be able to both Read and Spell these words as quickly as possible.  They will be "no excuse" words and I will hold them accountable for them in both their reading and writing. 

In order to get these Fundations Trick Words on my word wall I needed to create my own.  So here is the Fundations Compatible Trick Word Word Wall Cards through unit 3, of level 1, as a freebie to you for being one of my followers!  As I complete the rest of the word wall word cards I will post them in my TpT store!

I've also been using my Fundations Compatible Troubling Trick Words, First Grade Word Study Pack to support the learning of these word wall words!  They help add some independent practice and the kids love doing them.  I use them in lots of different ways such as for morning work, to end a Fundations lesson, center activities or even for homework!  They are great!  You can brag my Troubling Trick Word Pack from my TpT store!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Troubling Trick Words! Fundations Aligned! and a GIVEAWAY!!


I had so much success using my Troubling Trick Word activity pages with my first grade class this past year that I decided to bundle all the Fundations suggested first grade trick words in one pack and offer it to you on TpT at a reduced cost! 

The words are grouped by units and can be used for homework, morning work or center work!

I've always felt that my Fundations Trick Word study needed a bit more substance than what is perscribed by Fundations and these seemed to offer my class the perfect additional independent work for my kids!  I hope they help your students too!
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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Support Packs!

I'm working on revising and renaming my support packs (that can be used as a companion to Fundations!) so they don't infringe on any rights, and  hopefully they will be up again shortly!  I'll keep you posted!


Saturday, February 1, 2014


Yea!!  I’m so excited to have finished the first 8 units of TROUBLING TRICK WORDS!!   I’ve been using these FUNdations support pages endlessly in my classroom and they have been a HUGE SUCCESS!
They have been a perfect addition to our weekly FUNdations Trick Word Study and they kids are having great fun with them!

I have my students complete the pages as morning work, right after FUNdations lessons, or during center time.  And best of all they are EASY, NO COLOR, and NO PREP for me!  Just photo copy and the kids are ready to begin working on their Trick Words!
Grab this great TroublingTrick Word Pack, covering the first 54 LEVEL 1 TRICK WORDS, in my TpT store

More Trick Word Support Pages on the way soon!

Leave a comment and become new follower of my blog and I'll send you the Trick Word pack for free!  Remember to leave your email address in your comment!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

FUNdations support pack Unit 6, Level 1

Just wanted to check in quick to let you know that I've finished my support pack for Unit 6!  And since a few of you have been asking for then sooner than later, I decided to post the units as I finish.  When I have several finished I will also bundle them up!  

In unit 6 (-s suffix) I took the pack one step further and created dictation pages that can be sent home to help get parents involved in their child's learning.  I send the dictation pages home weekly in my homework packet and its great reinforcement and practice!  And parents appreciate knowing whats going on and having an opportunity to be involved.  

The first two people to leave a comment and become a new follower of my blog, will be sent the pack for free!  Leave me your email address!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Number Bonds!

I've made it a goal of mine this year to teach number bonds to fluency for ALL my kids.  I know that might not be a reality for EVERYONE but I'm going to try!  I'm sure many of you have already heard all the "reasons" and "hype" behind teaching number bonds instead of just straight forward fact families.  Its a big push with the common core and the foundation of Singapore Math.  Bonds helps students understand how numbers work!

After giving myself this goal a few weeks ago I'm now realizing this will be a HUGE challenge for me and my students.  I can't even recall how many time I've heard my students just flat out say to me "Mrs. Coster, I just DON'T get it!"  But I keep plugging along and teaching it in a new way, with new manipulative and new examples each day, because I truly believe in its value and that I will be giving my students the strongest foundation in "numbers" possible!  (And this is on top of all the OTHER math lessons I need to be covering!!)

To help practice my kids have been working with BOND BOARDS, which are basically Whole-Part-Part mats.  They practice with a partner on a number that is a challenge for them.  Every student in my class started with the number 5 and are working their way up to a higher number after passing a Bond Fluency Challenge!  Before we take the challenge they practice with their BOND BOARDS and it has been so helpful!  One of my "I just don't get it students" finally got it after about 10 different lessons and ways of explaining it and I was soo happy and excited for them!  So if you are up for the challenge or just want to expose your kids to number bonds these work boards might help you!

Just laminate the boards so they can be written on with dry erase markers and reused!  Give out counters to match the number on the board and have the kids play with a partners.  One partner hides one part while the other partner figures out the visible and missing parts and records them on the board.  Then partners switch roles!

I hope this helps!

Leave a comment and become a follower of my blog and I will send you a set of the boards!!  Leave your email address in your comment!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

FUNdations Support Pack!!

FUNdations is often not much fun at all, so I wanted to "spice" things up a bit by creating activities and worksheets that would be engaging, fun and supports the FUNDations curriculum.  So here it is!!
I'm finally done with my FUNdations Support Pack!!!  Yeaaaa!!  I've been working really hard to get this finished and have been trying it out with my first graders!  Its been such a big hit and my students are learning so much! 

I've been using the support pages for classwork right after a FUNdations lesson, during centers and for homework!  

The pack is broken down by units and then weeks.  Each unit has support for all weeks prescribed in the FUNdations curriculum along with an ADDITIONAL week of support work in case your kiddos need more practice or extra help.

The activities are NO PREP and just need to be printed and copied!  Save that prep time and color ink!!

Below are pictures of the pack in action in my classroom...

A Support Pack for Units 6, 7. 8 and 9 will be out soon!

The first TWO people who leave a comment on my new pack and become a member/follower of my blog will be sent the Support Pack for free!!