Sight Words and a Toothpaste Lesson

Monday, September 3, 2012
So I had to 'copy' someone's brillant idea and make the sight word necklace that has been all over pinterest.  It is soo students are lovin' it.  On Friday I wore I - I have been noticing that many of my new friends are writing I  as a lowercase in their jounals when it's by itself so I decided to focus on this one first.  Then of course I had to use my sweet friend Annie's sight word watches that I bought at the TPT Back to School Sale.  Here are some pictures ...

sight word practice, lanyard sight words, kindergarten, reading, phonics, fluency

Here I am with my zebra print sight word lanyard...I'm sure I looked funny to some walking around with I around my neck all day.

How cute are these from Annie at the Moffatt girls?  My students loved can purchase them here.

I also teach the 'toothpaste' lesson every year.  I use a travel size toothpaste tube and squeeze it all out onto a plate.  Then I ask who can put it all back.  I always have a few that think they can do it.  I've posted about this before briefly -- anyway we discuss how the toothpaste is like our words.  If we say something hurtful to our friends we can say sorry but we can't truly take them back.  They are 'out there' similar to the toothpaste that can't be put back in the tube.  Here I am with all that toothpaste... LOL

back to school, toothpaste lesson, being kind, kindness, class community, first week of school

Also I was busy making my Where the Wild Things Are unit -- if you do a unit on this book you might want to take a look at it.
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I know many of you start tomorrow -- Have a great 1st day my friends.


  1. I LOVE your sight word necklace! What a smart idea. I'm going to have to make one for myself. :-)

    Primary Junction

  2. Your toothpaste idea is brilliant! I've seen it before but never thought of using it with my firsties. You're a smartie!

  3. Toothpaste idea - super smart!
    I've been known to stick post-it-note sight words on myself. The necklace idea is probably much more practical. hahaha
    LOVE Where the Wild Things Are... gonna go check that out.
    Have a great week!

  4. I love the toothpaste idea! So great! AND I love the zebra print!

    Happy Teaching,


    The Teacher's Treasure Chest

  5. We did the toothpaste lesson, too! Love it :)

  6. Hi Vicky. I am glad you stopped my blog and left a comment. I might have never found my twin or your blog. It will be very wierd if you tell me you also have 3 dogs, 3 turtles, 2 geckos, and a rabbit. :). I love your blog. I always dream of living in California or anywhere with a beach.

    Grade 2 Happenings

  7. The toothpaste idea was awesome! Might have to use that with next years class! Thanks for your very lovely comment on my page!

    Sailing Into second

  8. I love the toothpaste idea, I might need to do that with my class this week!

    The Curious Catfish

  9. Great ideas- especially love the toothpaste lesson! You are awesome! :-)

  10. What a fabulous way to demonstrate what our words can do to others. It's a great visual for our lil people who need to "see" their actions. Thanks for the great post!
    ~Christy & Tammy
    Fluttering Through First Grade

  11. sweet adorable thing! Thank you for the shout out and I am totally using the sight word necklace idea...even I am just wearing it around the house:) I think my 3 and 5 year old will get a kick out of that!!
    The Moffatt Girls