Wednesday, July 25, 2012

ABC Fluency Book Freebie! And then other stuff!

YAY!   TpT is back on line!  Because it was down most of the day, 
I have extended it until tomorrow 7/26/12!!!  


At the beginning of each year I make a fluency book for my students.  This is a great way to teach and reinforce concepts of print AND letter sound association.

Click on the picture to grab your Freebie!
As I teach the letters and sounds, the students color in that letter in their book.   I do not teach the letters in ABC order   (example:  week #1 I teach Tt, Bb, Ff).  After a few weeks, it is easy to tell which  letters the students should be held accountable for. This book goes into their nightly reading bag.  It is also perfect to use on those first few days of school when you are establishing reading routines. Some students can just read the pictures.

 Parents also really like this so they can help reinforce these letters at home.

What does it sound like when they are practicing?  
This student would read, "A apple /a/, B bat /b/... and so on. 

Now I have said this before... so tune me out if you already know this.  It is really important that students have the same "key" words when they are learning their sounds.   So... on the ABC chart it should be A apple /a/, their desk strip should have A apple /a/, the personal ABC chart should be A apple /a/.... (or whatever letter you use as your key word for A)

80% of your kiddos can be flexible and will do just fine if you have A apple /a/ and  A alligator /a/  around the room.  But what about your fragile learners?   They may learn that a goes with apple... but wait a minute!  It goes with alligator too? Confusion!

Now picture these babies headed off to 1st grade... what if they do not have the same key words? I encourage you to talk to your literacy team to be sure there is some consistency.

Back to the fluency books... I made these to go with the ABC chart that is in my SPACE binders.  My school has a district adopted phonics program, so I won't be using these exact books.  I made them JUST for you!

Now you may be interested in extending the learning and adding words to your fluency books.  Check this out! Cheryl from Crayons & Curls made a cute emergent reader!  This set also has some worksheets to go with the reader... C-U-T-E!

Click on the picture to go to Crayons & Curl's Store.

I had some people ask for a few new cards for the station signs... I have added them, so you can get download those!
click on the image to grab your Free set.

One final thing... Life is Sweet .... in Kindergarten is hosting an amazing giveaway!
Check it out on her blog.


  1. Thank you SOO much for the "Meet with Teacher" card!
    I agree with you on consistant letter pictures. I have had to discuss this with some other educators. I thought I was the only crazy one!

    Mrs. Hoffer’s Spot

  2. Do you use fundations? Just curious because we use it with our struggling learners and it's letter/keyword/sound is a, apple, /a/, b, bat, /b/


  3. Yep! But... as you know... Fundations uses the baseball bat. Not as fun as the scary bat!

  4. Yes, haha. Last year was our first year using it though, and we LOVED it. We noticed such an improvement in our iii kids!

    1. The i itch /i/ is always hard. They want to say monkey. Poor babies.

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  6. Thanks for the shout out! :)
    You are an amazing person!
    Crayons and Curls

  7. You have been busy! I wanted to let you know that I am loving the Katie Wood Ray book; I just haven't posted anything I've learned. Yet.!
    Thanks for the freebies!

  8. Thanks for the freebie. I agree that students should have the same key words in the classroom, especially for ELL's!

  9. Totally good point! I forgot to mention those little sweeties. Could you imagine? And it is not just the 26 letters, it is also all of the vowel teams and such.

    Thank you for commenting!

  10. Thank you Deedee for this simple, but powerful ABC book! I like using the Havefunteaching videos about the alphabet and then having my kiddos color in something. I think this will go along with it really well!

    1. Yay! Thank you! I still chuckle about meeting you in the elevator! Haha!

  11. Hi! I am unable to download your freebie of the "My ABC Book." Was I too late to grab it? Also, thank you for all of the great ideas! I am a first year kindergarten teacher this year and love seeing what is going on in other kindergarten classrooms! Thanks for your help! : )

    1. Nope! It is still on TpT. I just checked and it is still there. Will you try again? If you can't download it,email me and I can send it to you directly! :)

    2. You know what? There was a problem with the link... so sorry... I just fixed it!

  12. Hey girl! Love your blog! If you ever find yourself in need for some new clipart for your units, PLEASE come and check out my blog and Etsy shop. I'm just getting started, but I'm adding new things every day. I will also take any requests that you may have.

  13. I just grabbed your ABC book! Thanks for sharing. We use animated literacy for teaching the alphabet and sounds. I have been trying to convince my fellow teachers that we need to get together on our key words for each picture. I'm thinking I should just make something...I need to figure out how to do that.

    Terri Izatt

  14. I really like your ABC fluency book and am wondering if you have it available in chart form somewhere on tpt.


  15. Thank you!!! It is actually in two different TpT products. The writing unit #1 that Deanna Jump and I created. It was just loaded to her store.

    I also have it in my STAR binders.

  16. Dee Dee, what's the best way to print your ABC books?

  17. I just print them out then run them through the copy machine. Then I fold them and staple them.

    I'm not sure if I know what you mean. Sorry...Ask again (or email me) if I did not answer your question.

  18. THank you so much for the freebie! I have been really researching your schedule! Thanks for answering my emails. I am totally redoing my reading groups/literacy stations and basing it off your schedule and your "peek at the week". I hope to start in 2 weeks! :) I talked my principal into purchasing the Work Stations pocket chart! Thanks again for all of your great ideas!

    Kindergarten Korner

    1. You are welcome! I tell you what... I LOVE that pocket chart! My best purchase EVER!

      Good luck. Let me know if I can help!


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