Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Our Interactive Phonics Notebook....Chunky Monkey's Gumballs!

Method & Theory:
I am sure you have met our friend Chunky Monkey! Our Chunky Monkey is a big fan of gumballs while reading. He is a fan of every color. In fact, he chooses a different color gumball to help him with difficult word chunks that he is learning. He uses these gumballs when he comes across the different word chunks:

Resource Tips:

I use this resource as a supplement to the Read to Self center as well as during Reader’s Workshop as supplemental word work. I am lucky to have a small group set of decodable readers with most of the “word chunks” that are included in this resource. I assign my differentiated groups with a decodable reader to hunt for the word chunks that we are currently working on in our small groups. They love to add to their collection of “gumballs”. After they have met the desired number of words on each page they earn a gumball for their gumball machine.


Printing Tips:

Print double sided beginning with the first worksheet page (short a). The margins are set so that when you assemble double sided copies, the margins will compensate for the binding of either a three-prong folder or binder.

Gumball Dividers:

Don’t forget to use those popular handy library leveling labels as book marks for each “gumball”. You’re going to have to hand-write them. Which can use up a TON of stickers. But I found them for only $1.70 with 1,000 per pack! A small price to pay for driving the point home to our little readers! Not only does it look awesome, but the kiddos will love seeing the collection of their gumballs (tab dividers) grow as you introduce them.

...and more to come!

You can purchase the GROWING set at my TPT store:


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