After I released my Math Tool Kit, a question I got almost daily was, “Are you going to make an ELA tool kit?” Well friends, I promised I would.. and then I realized how much I had actually put on my plate for this back to school season!
I still wanted to create the ELA toolkit for you, especially because I knew I would need most of it myself! That’s why I made this slightly smaller version for you.
It doesn’t have everything in it that I would want if I were to put it in my TpT store, but it has more than enough to support your students in literacy and phonics this year!
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Putting Together Your ELA Tool Kit
Math and literacy tool kits are great for distance learning because they can be used in the classroom for individual supplies or sent home for families to use.
You can use the pieces on their own or put them in a crayon box or binder pouch. I have included two editable cover choices for you:
I included both because I made a poll on Instagram asking you which one you liked best.. and it was a tie. Ha!
One of you also suggested that you could use the colored columns to have different sight word lists! So you could tell families, “This week we are focusing on the blue column words.” Genius!
Phonics Tools for Kindergarten and First Grade
These letter formation cards can be used as a reference or for hands on practice. You can laminate them and then students can trace them with a dry erase marker. They can also use small manipulatives on them.
There are a variety of spinners included for different phonics skills. The math tool kit has blank and editable spinners.
These letter sound cards would be a great alternative to alphabet tracing books.
We use alphabet tracing books for alphabet intervention. Students trace the letter while saying the letter, then point to the picture and say the picture and the sound. “C, c, cat, /c/.”
The reading pointer is just a fun addition! I made it with a popsicle stick and a googly eye!
A variety of sound boxes and blending mats are also included. You can let students use counters or cubes to push up the sounds. Then, they can slide to blend the word.
The phonics reference cards are a great thing to put on a binder ring. Students can then refer to them when needed through the day.
Literacy Tools for Kindergarten and First Grade
These story retell and story elements strips match up to the ones taught in Little Readers Kindergarten and my Writer’s Workshop Curriculum.
Students can use these when retelling a story or when thinking of their own story to write.
This reference card can be used to remind students of their reading strategies. If students are just focusing on one strategy, you can use a mini clothespin to clip it for them.
Ready to make your own ELA Tool Kits?
Just head to the bottom of this blog post and enter your email. When you go to your inbox, you should see an email asking you to confirm. When you hit “confirm my email address” it will automatically download for you! School emails like to block my emails, so I suggest using a personal email address.