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Welcome! I hope to use this blog to share some of the amazing things my class and school does to make learning fun! I have been teaching for 15 years already! I started teaching 3rd grade in a Parochial School, then I was hired to teach 1st grade for three years, was moved to 5th grade for 2 years, and then came back to 1st grade in the district where I attended school. I love that I'm able to give back the the school district that guided me to become the teacher I am today! I have a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, certified 1-8; a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction; and my Administrator License Pre-K-12.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Parking Lot Sight Words

Hello Friends!

I am busy researching and creating new activities for my first graders this year.  My new batch of kiddos have some children with language issues and therefore are struggling with reading and writing too.  Due to my class make-up and IEP goals, etc. I will have an aide/para-professional in our classroom this year.  I am so grateful to have an extra set of adult hands in the room!  Although her number one priority is the one student whose IEP mandates an aide, it's been past practice in our school that our aides can pitch in wherever needed.

So I'm trying to create and gather "go-to" materials that we can grab and use with our struggling students whenever we have the chance.  One of the activities I made are my Parking Lot Sight Word Mats!    

I broke the parking lots into two sets and you can find them in my Teachers Pay Teachers Shop if you're interested.

Parking Lot Sight Words~Dolch Pre-Primer and Primer Sight Words
In this Parking Lot set you'll find 6 parking lots for the Pre-Primer Sight Words, 8 parking lots for the Primer Sight Words and an additional 4 "Empty" parking lots for you or a student to handwrite their own words for practice.

Parking Lot Sight Words~First, Second and Third Grade Sight Words
In this Parking Lot set you'll find 6 parking lots for the 1st grade sight words, 7 parking lots for the 2nd grade sight words, 7 parking lots for the 3rd grade sight words and 4 "Empty" parking lots for you or a student to handwrite their own words for practice.

We will be able to use these to help the children review and master their Dolch Sight Words by using a matchbox car to park in the correct spot.  So for example, we can say, "Maggie, can you park your car in the after spot?"  We could even say, "Park your car in the spot that completes this sentence: I need a bandaid because I _______ my finger."  I think there are several ways to play and learn with these Parking Lot Mats!  What do you think?

The first 3 people to leave a comment will receive both sets for FREE!  Please leave your e-mail address in your comment and I'll send them as soon as I can!
Have a great day!


  1. They look awesome! Alicia

    1. Hi Alicia! I just sent both sets your way!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. My kids would LOVE these!! too cute!

    1. Hi Tracey! I just emailed both sets to you!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Hi Jenn!
    These look awesome! You have the greatest ideas!

    1. Hi Marcy! Hope all is well with you! I just sent your parking lots to you this morning!