Monday, November 19, 2012

Whole Brain Teaching and PB&Js

We are teaching the phonics pattern LONG A with the "sneaky e". We have been practicing the flippy dolphin (flip the sound) as a reading strategy for awhile so our students are already familiar with both long and short vowel sounds. One of our sorts this week is a called "PB and J Pairs" students need to find the short and long vowel match. We found peanut butter and jelly cards at the Dollar Tree (LOVE THAT PLACE). Each long a word has a short a match. Example: Fat/Fate. Just in case you don't have time to stop by the Dollar Tree we are attaching a remake of this sort using clipart. Also, the please feel free to download the recordings page by clicking the link below.

PB & J recording sheet

P.S- We do a WHOLE lot of WHOLE BRAIN teaching. This requires a WHOLE lot of movement and cooperative learning. If you aren't using WBT we suggest you stop reading this blog immediately and look it up. It will change your life! We would never go back. Our students love it has made a world of difference in our classrooms!!! To teach the "flip the sound" strategy we simply use our hand. We face our hand upwards and say its short vowel sound then flip it over to say the long vowel sound. It works with words too!

Whole Brain Teaching


  1. What a cute activity! :) I could totally see my class doing this activity and then playing it again in centers! I also have started incorporating some whole brain teaching this year and feel that it has worked well. I just would love to do more of it in the future! Thanks for sharing!
    Rambling About Reading

  2. The PB&J activities are so cute! I think they'll work really well with some of my kiddos!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  3. Whole Brain teaching is the best way and I agree with you, there is no going back to anything different. :)
    Think all night…..Teach all day

  4. PB&J! How fun!

    I'm your newest follower. :-)

  5. What a CUTE blog! I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. This award helps bloggers find new blogs that have less than 200 followers! Please check out my blog for more information!
    Wild About Firsties

  6. I too, am nominating you for a Liebster Award! After I download PB&J (awesome)..check out my blog for instructions! YEAH! Congrats! wendy

  7. Ooooh! Love this activity :) Anything to get the kiddos moving is a winner in my book. Thanks for sharing!


  8. Wow! This is awesome! I was next to you on Manic Monday and am your newest follower! Thanks for sharing!


    Learning With Mrs. Leeby

  9. I heart your recording sheet! Thank you for sharing! P.S. I am a fellow blogger and I just became your newest follower!


    I Heart My Kinder Kids

  10. This is super cute! Your blog is great! We just became your newest followers. If you get a chance, come over and visit us!


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