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Spelling Series: My “dge” Words Freebie

Welcome back to the Spelling Station Activities for First Grade blog series! 

All of these activities are spelling stations that I use in my own first grade classroom that take little to no prep on my part (because who has time for that, am I right?).

These spelling activities can be done:

  • One at a time as a class (as your daily spelling practice/lesson)
  • In a small group setting (as intervention)
  • At a spelling station (set out one activity daily or set out multiple to give students choice over their activity – this was my personal favorite, I usually set out 4-5 activities for four weeks which saved me SO much time)

Here's a sneak peek at the entire series of first grade spelling activities that I will be covering:

Spelling Series: “OO” Words

Spelling Series: Stamps and Playdough

Spelling Series: Build A Word

Spelling Series: Interactive Spelling Wall

Spelling Series: Rainbow Words

Spelling Series: Magic Words

Spelling Series: My “dge” Words Freebie

Spelling Series: Keyboard Spelling

Spelling Series: Hangman Spelling

Spelling Series: Desktop Fun

My best advice is to make the most of the materials that you already have in your classroom. A lot of the spelling activities in this series don’t require any materials other than writing utensils and paper, start with those! 

Also, when it comes to incorporating spelling activities into your stations, don’t try to do it all at once. Start small and slowly add activities throughout the year! This will help your students maintain independence during station time because they aren’t having to learn a lot of new routines at once.

My 'dge' Words - Phonics Craft

Today I'm bringing you a super easy, quick and fun phonics activity freebie that is PERFECT for when your first graders are learning about the ‘dge' sound!!

If your students are anything like mine, they are huge fans of the Henry and Mudge series. 

I'm here to bring you a super easy, quick and fun phonics activity freebie that is PERFECT for your end of year first graders!! If your students are anything like mine, they are huge fans of the Henry and Mudge series. The 'dge' phonics pattern is one that we save for the end of the year, so it just made sense to combine them or fun AND learning!!
Get it now here—-> My ‘dge' Words

Phonics and Author Studies

Unlocking the Magic of Mudge, Mr. Putter, Poppleton, and More!

If you've ever stepped into the enchanting world of Cynthia Rylant's literary creations, you know the joy and wonder they bring to young readers. From the lovable adventures of Mudge the dog to the endearing tales of Mr. Putter and the whimsical stories of Poppleton, Rylant's characters have captured my heart and the hearts of students around the globe.

Why an Author Study Bundle?

In the world of education, there's a powerful tool that not only fosters a love for reading but also enhances critical thinking and comprehension skills – the Author Study. This method involves a deep dive into the life and works of a particular author, providing me with a holistic understanding of the creative mind behind the stories I cherish.

My comprehensive Author and Book Study Bundle takes me on an engaging journey into the literary universe of Cynthia Rylant. It's not just about reading her stories; it's about understanding the person behind the pen, exploring themes, and discovering the magic that makes Rylant's books timeless treasures.

What's Inside the Bundle?

My carefully curated bundle includes reading response and plot elements worksheets from four of Rylant's most beloved books: Mudge, Mr. Putter, Poppleton, and another surprise gem. These resources are designed to serve as year-long mentor texts and read-aloud companions, making them a valuable addition to my curriculum.

Educator Testimonials:

  • Cathryn M.: “These book studies have made planning my reading comprehension lessons for the year so easy! I look forward to using these lessons with my students this year.”

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  • Susan S.: “Thank you! I am always in need of comprehension activities for my 2nd graders, and an author study is a fabulous way to do it!”

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Key Features of the Bundle:

  1. Author Insights: Dive into the life and background of Cynthia Rylant, understanding the inspirations and motivations behind her timeless tales.

  2. Reading Response Worksheets: Engage me with thought-provoking questions and activities that encourage critical thinking and reflection.

  3. Plot Elements Analysis: Unpack the narrative structures of Mudge, Mr. Putter, Poppleton, and more, helping me grasp the fundamental elements of storytelling.

  4. Year-Long Lesson Plans: Seamlessly integrate the bundle into my curriculum, offering a steady flow of literary exploration throughout the academic year.

How to Implement the Bundle:

Whether I'm a seasoned educator or a fresh face in the classroom, my bundle is designed for easy integration into my lesson plans. Each section is carefully crafted to align with educational standards while providing flexibility for adaptation based on my classroom needs.


Cynthia Rylant Book Activities

Bring the magic of Cynthia Rylant's world into my classroom. My Author and Book Study Bundle promises to make reading comprehension lessons a breeze while fostering a lifelong love for literature in my students.

Don't miss out on the adventure – let the pages of Rylant's books come to life in your classroom!

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Henry and Mu"dg" Spelling Freebie

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Kristen Sullins

Kristen Sullins

I am a current Elementary Librarian and
Enrichment Teacher, mother of two, follower of Christ and Texas native. In my own classroom, I love to save time by finding unique ways to integrate writing, social studies and science into all parts of my day. I also love all things organization!