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Old 02-23-2006, 02:53 PM
 
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I am looking for some catchy/short sayings to help my first graders with spelling/phonics rules. I remember "magic e", "i before e ...", and "when two vowels go walking ..." but can't remember anymore. It's my first year teaching and its been a long time since I had to remember the sayings for myself. If there are more that anyone would share I would really appreciate it.

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I don't know if this is helpful....
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I don't know if this will help you, but starfall.com has some great activities, games, and little movies for kids to use. I put them on my lcd projector so the whole class can watch them. I know that "when two vowels go a-walking...." has a movie on there and there's also stuff about silent e and lonely vowels like o and e.
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....one that my kindergartner's teacher used was that the "e" ( at the end of a word) usually makes the vowel that appears earlier in the word, say it's name....

ie...change.......the e at the end makes the "a" say the long "a" sound

ie...hope.....the e at the end makes the "o" say it's name, the long "o" sound..

pretty cool


and words that don't follow the rules are affectionately known as "Jail Words"....they have to go to jail because they aren't following the rules! You can make a chart with jail bars and have the kids come up with words that belong in jail! and write them in...the kids love trying to think of words to be put in jail.
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Here's the rhymes you were thinking of.
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When two vowels go a-walking,
The first one does the talking.
(Unless of course the word is of Germanic origin, in which case the second one does the talking.)

and

I before E except after C
Or when sound is long A, as in "neighbor" or "weigh."
(And "weird" is weird.)


The second rhyme is obviously a little beyond most first graders.
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For "R-controlled" vowels, we say it is a "bossy R."

For silent "e", we say the "e" shoots the powers back to the vowel and makes it say its name.

For teaching blends, (br, sh, cl, etc.), we actually brought in a blender and made milkshakes. As we put in the ice cream, we'd call that an "s" (or whichever), the chocolate syrup was the "h", and we blended them together and made a brand new sound. Then we all enjoyed milkshakes! Now the kids pretend to put one letter in left hand, other in right hand, and roll their hands over and over like a blender when we mention blends.

For compound words, we have the students make 2 fists and bring them together pinky side-to-pinky side. We say the two words gently bumped together and make a new word.

A great idea I saw a Kindergarten teacher use - she assigned different students to be "in charge" of certain sounds. Whenever a student asked about spelling something that ended in the "ing", she would say, "Isn't Gabrielle our "ing" specialist this week? Gabrielle, how do we spell "ing"?" Gabrielle answered with pride. She did the same for the "er" sound - a student was in charge of remembering the 3 ways to make the "er" sound - er, ir, ur. It could work for any rule: periods at the end of sentences, capital letters to start, etc. It was very clever and kept the students engaged. Plus they were proud to be teacher for the moment!

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