MT&T Freebies

Did we say “FREEBIES”?  Of course, just click this link and you’ll have access to all MT&T free activities and handouts!  Remember to keep checking back as our freebies are continuously updated!

Sight Word Assessmentprevpg1 When you download the Make, Take & Teach Dolch Sight Word Assessment, you’ll receive the assessment materials for all 220 Dolch sight words, student recording forms and progress monitoring charts.  Great for tracking growth for your Response to Intervention initiative.  Click the following link:  Sight Word Assessment
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When you download the MT&T Letter/Sound Assessment you’ll receive the assessment materials for both upper- and lowercase letters, assessment forms and progress monitoring charts.  Just click the following link to download this file  Letter Sound Assessment


DIBELS webpic It’s always important to keep our parents informed on their child’s performance on assessments.  If your school administers the DIBELS Next assessment, you might find these parent handouts helpful.  Please note that these handouts use the Center on Teaching and Learning (DIBELS author’s) benchmark goals.  If you are using the University of Oregon’s computer system, these goals are coded as “former”.  Click the following link for handouts for kindergarten through 6th grade DIBELS Next Parent Handouts K-6 DMG goals for the CTL computer system.  The following handouts are designed specifically for schools within the WMISD DIBELS Next Parent Handouts Kindergarten-WMISDDIBELS Next Parent Handouts First Grade- WMISDDIBELS Next Parent Handouts Second Grade-WMISDDIBELS Next Parent Handouts Third Grade-WMISDDIBELS Next Parent Handouts Fourth Grade-WMISDDIBELS Next Parent Handouts Fifth Grade-WMISDDIBELS Next Parent Handouts Sixth Grade-WMISD


KeyWordpg1gif Your students will love these colorful keyword flashcards.  Before using letter-only flashcards, try using these flashcards with keywords to cue correct letter sound.  Just click the following link Keyword Flashcards


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Sometimes you just need a good set of flashcards.  When you download the MT&T you’ll receive 26 upper- and lowercase letters printed in block style. Ideal for both assessment and instruction purposes  Small Flashcards- Alphabet


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When you download the Phonics Deck you’ll receive 154 cards designed to teach and practice phonics skills from consonants to r-controlled vowels.  I created these cards for specifically for the blog post, My Favorite Resources for Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities.  Click the following link to download these phonics cards Phonics Deck.


40 Reading Strategies-1bpfin I read this great book, 40 Reading Intervention Strategies for K-6 Students: Research Based Support for RtI.  I absolutely LOVE this book.  The book outlines 40 instructional/intervention strategies and categorizes them by grade!  How awesome is that?!  Just as a reference, I pulled out the Kindergarten Reading Interventions and the First Grade Reading Interventions and put them in a handy-dandy handout.  You’ll want to be sure to grab the book as it has a detailed explanation and the research behind each strategy!  Just visit the Research-Based Intervention Strategies blog post.


BD cue cards

Oh, those darn b’s and d’s.  They can be so confusing for our little readers and writers.  Often visual cues and just plain practice helps.  I made these b/d cue cards which can be printed and placed on student desks.  Be sure to read the Why Students Reverse Letters blog post for more ideas on how to help students correct reversals.  Click the following link to download the cue cards BD cue cards.


Chart Blends and Digraphs

Here’s a common blends and digraphs chart that you can use during small group instruction while teaching this phonics concept.  Teaching blends and digraphs can be fun and there are tons of activities for addressing this skill.  You may want to check out the Teaching Blends and Digraphs blog post for more resources and teaching ideas.  Click the following link to download this chart Chart Blends and Digraphs.


Consonant Digraphs Cue Card

Here’s another helpful cue card that can be used during small group instruction.  This card specifically addresses digraphs.  Again, be sure to read the Teaching Blends and Digraphs blog post for more ideas.  Click the following link to download this chart Consonant Digraphs Cue Card.


word spacing

Often our beginning writers have difficulty putting spaces between words.  Here’s an effective strategy that was shared by an Occupational Therapist friend for teaching students to space.  Check out the Teaching Students to Space Between Words blog post for an explanation of how to use this strategy.  Click the following link to download the corresponding cue card word spacing.


Phoneme Segmentation Words

Teaching phonemic awareness is one of my favorite skills to teach.  Sometimes I just can think of 2-, 3- and 4- phoneme words off the top of my head so I developed this little “cheat sheet”.  You can find this cheat sheet on the 8 Great Ideas for Teaching Segmenting and Blending blog post or just click the following link Phoneme Segmentation Words.


7mainpostersgif Teaching the 7 syllable types helps students to become better readers and spellers.  Be sure to check out the 7 Syllable Types blog post and click the following link to download this free 1-page handout 7 Syllable Types


7posterrcgif Teaching the 7 syllable types helps students to become better readers and spellers.  Be sure to check out the 7 Syllable Types blog post and click the following link to download this set of classroom posters 7 syllable types posters


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These colorful r-controlled vowel posters can be used within your small group intervention or just hang them up in your classroom as a reference for all your students.  Just click the following links:  R Controlled Vowels ar PosterR Controlled Vowels Posters-erR Controlled Vowels Posters-irR Controlled Vowels Posters-orR Controlled Vowels Posters-ur


Blending Board Directions

Blending boards are one of my favorite items for use during small group intervention.  Be sure to watch the video on how to use this tool contained within the Using Blending Boards During Small Group Instruction blog post.  Additional resources are also available within the Making the Most of your DIBELS Next NWF Assessment.  Click the following links to download the directions and the blending cards Blending Board Directions ,Blending Board Cards Consonants and VowelsBlending Board Cards Blends and DigraphsBlending Board Cards CVC Whole Words


Smallblendgif Sometimes it can be difficult to move our emerging readers from sounding out each sound into blending whole words.  These consonant-vowel-consonant cards may be helpful.  The small cards are ideal for use during your small group instruction and the large cards can be used during whole group.  It’s also so important to teach skills within context.  That’s why I included sentence strips for practicing the skill of blending while reading sentences.  Be sure to visit the Teaching Students to Blend blog post and click the following links to download these freebies:  Small Blending CardsLarge Blending CardsBlending Sentences.


Letter Tiles Covergif Word building activities are super important for our little ones learning to use letters and sounds to create words.  Feel free to download these letter tiles.  They are intended to be used with word building mats.  Be sure to stop by the DIY Word Building Mats blog post for step-by-step directions for making your own word building mats.  Click HERE to download the letter tiles.


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Many students have difficulty with letter-size differentiation.  Simply put, that means making tall letters tall, small letters small and making sure that some letters to below the line (p, g).  Using highlighted paper can help.   Be sure to visit the Strategies for Improving Handwriting blog post for more ideas on improving handwriting skills.  Click the following link to download the highlighted paper for spelling Highlight paper spelling list2


Focus Sticks Level 1

Focus sticks help students pay attention to specific features when writing.  Please be sure to visit the Focus Sticks blog post as I provide step-by-step directions on how to create the sticks as well as use them within the classroom.  These sticks can be easily differentiated and there are 2 levels.  Focus Sticks Level 1Focus Sticks Level 2

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If you create your own focus sticks, be sure to download these coordinating classroom posters!  Just click the following link Writing sticks Posters


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Teaching word families helps students see patterns in words.  You can create 18 of your very own word family sliders using this file.  Be sure to visit the DIY Word Family Sliders blog post as I’ve provided step-by-step directions.  Click the following link to download this file Word Sliders


Finding the Right Fit Book

It’s so important that our students read books at their level.  Here’s a quick little way of determining if a book is just the “right fit” for your student.  Just click the link to download this poster Finding the Right Fit Book


Summer Slide Handout

Here’s a handout that you may wish to send home at the end of each school year.  8 Great ideas for preventing that dreaded summer slide.  Be sure to visit the Preventing the Summer Slide blog post.  Just click the following link to download this file Summer Slide Handout


Vocabulary Cake

Phonemic Awareness and Vocabulary Instruction are my two very favorite blogging topics.  If you are interested in vocabulary development and how to choose words to teach, you’ll want to check out The Need For Explicit Vocabulary Instruction blog post.  You can download this graphic by clicking the following link Vocabulary Cake


Five Big Ideas In Reading Instruction

I’ve developed a few handouts for teachers on topics relating to reading.  Just click the following links.  The handouts are only 2-3 pages each and provides a pretty good summary of the research in each area of literacy.  Five Big Ideas In Reading InstructionPhonemic Awareness-Facts for TeachersOral Reading Fluency- TeacherReading Comprehension-Facts for Teachers


4 Types of Reading Assessments

According to the National Reading Panel, a comprehensive literacy assessment contains 4 types of assessments.  Here’s a handout explaining each type.  Just click the link to download this file  4 Types of Reading Assessments


Phonological Awareness

If you’re not quite sure about the difference between phonological awareness, phonemic awareness and phonics, this graphic may help.  Be sure to visit the Phonological Awareness, Phonemic Awareness and Phonics blog post and click the following link to download this file Phonological Awareness



If you have a student with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in your classroom you’ll be sure to want to visit my Strategies for Working with Students with ASD blog post.  I have this free handout as well as a list of my very favorite resources.  Click the link to download the list of strategies Strategies for Working With Children with ASD


Vowel Prompt Cards Those tricky vowel sounds!  Picture cue cards can certainly help those students who confuse their short vowel sounds either in reading or writing (or both).  Simply print this card and cut out each strip.  You can use the strip for practice during small group instruction.  Say a sound or a word containing a short vowel sound and have your students point to the correct vowel.  The strips can also be placed on student desks to help during the writing process.  Vowel Prompt Cards


NWFrealgif Does your school use the DIBELS Next as a school-wide screening assessment for reading difficulties?  If so, you might want to check out my blog post, What’s all the Nonsense About Teaching Nonsense Words.   It’s always important to analyze your assessments to guide your small group instruction.  This free planning sheet can help.  NWF Planning Form


eyeballbingogif Here’s a fun Halloween freebie for your small group instruction or as an activity for your literacy centers.  I was able to find some really cute eyeball pingpong balls at a dollar store and simply wrote the words on the balls with a black Sharpie marker.  Be sure to check out my blog post Eyeball Bingo.  Just click the following link to download 4 game boards Eyeball Bingo


Football Addition10.13pg1gif Your little football fans will love this football-themed freebie.  This game is great for practicing addition and subtraction facts to 20.  Just click the following link:  Football Addition


Doggie Where's My Bone9.13pg1gif Here’s a fun little freebie for helping students appreciate that words are made up of separate speech sounds (phonemic awareness skills).  Just click the following link to download this activity Doggie Where’s My Bone.  Be sure to visit the Teaching Phonemic Awareness Skills blog post for more information on teaching this critical early literacy skill.


Fiddle Stick Directionsblog Fiddle Sticks is the best game EVER!  I really mean that- the best game ever.  My friend, Jill, invented this game over 30 years ago.  Jill was a Speech/Language Pathologist and she used the game as a way to add a little fun into drill and practice articulation activities.  I kind of switched the game up a bit and now use it for practicing sight words.  The game is so versatile, it really can be used for practicing almost any skill–math facts, state capitols, and the list goes on… For assembly and playing directions, just download this freebie Fiddle-Sticks