What have I made for you all today? An ALPHABET PUNCTUATION CHART for FLUENCY!
Last Monday, I attended a workshop hosted by a local and family owned teacher resource store Bosland's Learning Plus. Their guest speaker...drum roll please.....CINDY MIDDENDORF! She is the author of my favorite book Differentiating Instruction in Kindergarten: Planning Tips, Assessment Tools, Management Strategies, Multi-Leveled Centers, and Activities That Reach and Nurture Every Learner. Her book helped me differentiate in my Kinder classroom my second year of teaching and beyond! She has another book that was recently published by Scholastic. If you're interested in purchasing her new book, click here to take you to Amazon!
Anywho, the 2 1/2 hour workshop was filled with a plethora of wonderful differentiated ideas for the classroom, but one really grabbed my interest: ALPHABET PUNCTUATION CHART for FLUENCY! See below for the step-by-step instructions on how to make your own for your classroom!
Supplies you will need:
- Large poster board (I bought mine at Lakeshore Learning on clearance for .99 cents!).
- Poster Letters (you can find pre-cut letters from the Dollar Tree) I chose the blue and red letters so I can differentiate the consonants from the vowels.
- Glue Dots or anything adhesive to stick the poster letters on the poster board.
1. Use the Glue Dots to stick the letters on the poster board like so:
2. Laminate your newly created Alphabet Chart!
3. With a dry erase marker, write random punctuation marks throughout your chart.
Everyday (or every other day) during your morning meeting, right after lunch, before dismissal, have the students read the Alphabet chart expressing the punctuation marks accordingly. This is a fun activity to do and only takes a minute to do with your students! Don't forget to change the placement of your punctuation marks every day, every other day, every week, whatever! Change it however often you wish!
Don't you L-O-V-E this idea?! I can't wait to use this with my students, once they learn punctuation marks and how to read, of course!
As always, feedback is always welcomed. To all you teachers who start school this week, good luck and have a wonderful school year! To all those teachers who don't start until September, enjoy your last weeks of vacation! They always seem to go by the fastest. Happy Monday!
Best wishes & kisses,