Monday, July 25, 2011

Scott Foresman Reading Street Stick Game

Have I ever told you how much I love popsicle sticks? Well, I am obsessed with them! I also have quite the obsession with reusing Crystal Light containers & I stalk all my friends for them....you can ask! My one friend emptied 7 containers for me while I was over for a visit..it was like Christmas for me! Ok friends this is what I do with them for word work, spelling, and writing practice. 
In these beautiful containers house ALL of the Scott Foresman Reading Street HFW & spelling words for ALL 5 units! There are 80 words for each unit. Did I waste all day writing 400 words on the sticks you ask? UM, NOOOOO! I am a LABEL QUEEN! I use them for EVERTHING! I don't have the best handwriting & let's face it, it just looks pretty, am I right? 
 This is a snippet of what the labels look like. I used a different color for each story. You simply use Avery 8167 or equivalent labels & ta-da you just printed out 80 words for one whole unit! Now all you have to do is peel off the labels and put them on the sticks. I buy my sticks @ Joann Fabrics...don't forget to use a 40% off coupon! 
Look at these beauties! This is a great activity for centers or filler activities. I also use these during RTI time. Your students will love this & it's so easy to do. It looks so much better with labels than writing the words. 

Click HERE to get your FREE Unit 1-5 labels!
Click HERE to get your Unit 2 labels! 
Click HERE to get your Unit 3 labels! 
Click HERE to get your Unit 4 labels! 
Click HERE to get your Unit 5 labels! 


Do you like my container labels??? Just use Avery 8163 (2x4) or equivalent labels & print. Grab yours here for FREE! 

Ideas for use in the classroom: 
1. You can put the kids in a circle & each student pulls a stick..if they can read it the can keep it..if they can't then they put it back.
2. You can put the kids in pairs. One student pulls a stick & reads it & the other student has to spell the word out loud. If they spell the word correctly they keep the stick. 
3. This can be used in a writing center. The student pulls a stick & they write a sentence using each word they pull. 
4. This can also be used in a word work station for Daily 5. They pull a stick & they can stamp, decorate, or rainbow write the words they pick. 
5. If you have an Elmo you can put the words under the Elmo & each student has to yell out the word. 
6. I've used this for a review & made a sparkle game out of it. I would go through 80 sticks while they spelled each word. You'd be surprised how fast they forget how to spell the words from a test they JUST had. But this makes them keep practicing & using these words so they don't forget them. 
Comment below if you have any more suggestions.

39 comments:

  1. Adorable idea! Thanks for sharing!
    =) Beth
    http://inspiredwritingteacher.blogspot.com/

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  2. Great idea!!! I need to make some for kdg! =)

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  3. What are some activities you use these with. Do the kids just pick a stick and say the sight word?
    -Lauren
    I use Treasures and would love to do something similar with those words.
    www.weeklyhive.blogspot.com

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  4. Awesome! I need to make these (when I have time!)
    http://www.firstgradebrain.com

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  5. Good idea! If I were still teaching 2nd grade, I would make them :) I actually had created a SMART Notebook lesson to practice their high-frequency words. They loved it.

    http://teachertechnotreehouse.blogspot.com/

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  6. Oh man! Why can't you be a 2nd grade teacher so I could steal these!!!! Thanks for sharing this great idea!

    Becca
    Simply 2nd Resources

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  7. Love, love, love it. Can't wait to create these for my class. Thank you for sharing :)

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  8. THANKS EVERYONE! I AM WORKING ON SOME OTHER STICK GAMES & WILL POST THEM SOON.
    @LAUREN..You can do all kinds of games..I indicated a few in the above post. You can sit the kids in a circle & they can take turns picking a stick..if they can't read the word then they put it back. The person with the most sticks wins!
    This can be played with pairs...one student pulls a stick & reads the word & the other student has to spell the word out loud without seeing the stick..if they spell it correctly they keep the stick.
    This can be used for word work for Daily 5. Students pull a stick & stamp, decorate or rainbow write the word they picked.
    This can be used in a writing center. Whatever word they pick they must use that word in a sentence. The possibilities are endless.
    Peace, Mel D

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  9. Hi Mel!

    Thanks for linking over and commenting on the resource binder.

    I would like to make this resource for my students. I'm in 2nd grade with Houghton Mifflin. I will create a link back to you!

    I need to get my hands on Crystal Light containers. They worked out perfectly for you. Only problem....I don't like Crystal Light. LOL! If you have any extra...send them my way!

    ;)

    Cheryl
    Primary Graffiti

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  10. Amazing....

    Wish there was something like this for TREASURES McGraw-Hill/MacMillan

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  11. What a great idea! I l♥ve it! Now I have to do it for 2nd grade. :) Thanks for sharing!

    ♥Belinda
    I Love 2 Teach

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  12. I love this idea! I have some small containers that I was wondering how to use..and now i got it! Too bad I use Harcourt :( I'll have to do all the typing!

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  13. I love this idea, but I'm a 2nd grade teacher. Do you know anyone who's made the labels for 2nd grade?

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  14. Mel,
    I typed the 2nd grade words in Word (Avery 5195)and would be happy to share. Just shoot me an email if you want the file.
    Thanks for all your amazing ideas!
    Courtney

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    1. Mel,
      I love these! Do you still have the 2nd grade words - I would love to have them?
      Thanks,
      tcase@esu2.org

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    2. I would love to use them! Would you please send them to me? Thanks!

      felkowskib@gmail.com

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    3. I would love to use these words if you still have them. I just started this curriculum in 2nd grade this year. My email is lindsay.d.krieger@gmail.com.

      Thanks!

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  15. Ooops! Forgot to add my email address
    grovesc@benzieschools.net

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  16. Another fun game to play with the sticks is "Lucky Bug". You put a lady bug sticker on a stick and a sad face on another stick. If they pull the lady bug they get to take the sticks of a friend. If they pull the sad face they put all their sticks back in the container. My kindergarteners LOVE this game!

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  17. I jus bought the words for the scottforesman stick words and I printed them out and only Unit two printed out because I ran out of colored ink. Could you pleas send them to me again @ phamilton76@gmail.com please. I want to use tese for my second graders.

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  18. @Pratt Girl,
    All you need to do is go into your TPT account, redownload & save it :o)

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  19. Great idea! Don't forget Joann's also gives 15% more off to teachers!

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  20. Mel,
    This is a great tool! Since I am starting my K-1st loop over again this year, I'm back in Kindergarten. Do you have these for Kindergarteners?
    Emily
    evbuttrfly@bellsouth.net

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  21. How do you fit your Reading Street curriculum in with the daily 5?

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  22. I think that you meant craft sticks like tongue depressors. I bought popsicle sticks and then realized they were the wrong size. Thought others might get confused as well.

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  23. First of all, you are a wonderful writer....Second, I love your warm fuzzy idea and I am all about recycling things. I, too, was thinking of a container to keep them in when I saw your reuse of the Crystal Lite containers. It suddenly hit me that I could cut a hole or some sort of small opening in the lids and viola a recycled warm fuzzy container! Thanks again for all of your great ideas.

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  24. Cool idea-- will have to adjust it to use with JOURNEYS.

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  25. Did you delete these from your store? I can't find them.
    Thanks,
    Jennifer
    loularkin@comcast.net

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  26. I can't find the stick labels. Did you delete these from your store!
    czinter4@sbcglobal.net

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  27. Thank you for the Popsicle stick idea! I just wrote on them with a fine tip Sharpie. We put them in a cup by the TV & my preschooler had to read me 20 words when he wanted to watch.

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  28. These are wonderful! Thank you so much!

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  29. Great Idea! I think I will transfer this idea to spelling and amazing words for my third graders. Question, if you use Scott Foresman, do you have the big spelling/phonics cards? The ones that are like a foot long? If so, how do you store these things? Anyone out there found a good container for them? Thanks

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  30. You are the bomb!!! Getting on this project this weekend!

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  31. You are the bomb!!! Getting on this project this weekend!

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  32. Hi,
    I would love to use these, but, when I try to print the stickers on the 8167 labels, they are not printing corretly? Any tips?
    thanks, Jennifer

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  33. great idea!! thanks for sharing.

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  34. Would love to do this with my own children, I am not a teacher just a parent and would like to know what are the stories you are talking about that go,with each unit?

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