We all know how much our students thrive on structure and routines. And we know how much things can go cray-cray if that structure is messed up. When I created my ABC BOOTCAMP curriculum I was excited for the engagement and fun we had learning letters and sounds. After the success of ABC BOOTCAMP, I wanted to extend that to other skills. That’s where TKS Bootcamp’s Vowel Bootcamp comes in.
Seeing the success we had with ABC BOOTCAMP, I worked to create TKS Bootcamp’s vowel bootcamp following the same structures and routines of ABC BOOTCAMP. And after hearing from so many teachers (cuz ya’ll are awesome-sauce!!!!) wanting more bootcamp curriculum, I set off on my mission!
So, what’s vowel bootcamp all about? It’s all about FUN and engaging learning! It’s about reading, writing and building words with long and short vowels, especially CVC-E words!
It starts with the famous circle maps!
Students brainstorm words for the vowel pattern. I draw the picture (or lamely attempt to….at least the kids think I’m an awesome artist!). We use our sounds to spell the word. Then we read each word again.
After the circle map, students do some independent work to read cvc-e words and match the words to the picture. This is a great assessment piece. Add in some fun colored paper and it’s even better!
The next day, we work on building words and reading cvc and cvc-e words and understanding the bossy e or silent e or magic e changes the vowel sound. After we build and read words, we write the words independently!
So how effective is vowel bootcamp? Prior to starting vowel bootcamp I used ESGI to assess my students on hearing short and long vowel sounds and reading cvc-e words. The pre-assessment showed 40% of my students could hear the vowel sounds and read the words. Following vowel bootcamp, our mastery went up to 75%! Students will practice these skill in centers and during guided reading! (All of my vowel bootcamp assessments are on ESGI! Use the code SMORGIE to get your 60 day free trial and save $40 on your subscription!)
Check out this video of my class using vowel bootcamp!
To practice reading cvc and cvc-e words, we use these simple PowerPoints too! Click the image to get your free PowerPoint file!
You can see vowel bootcamp in all four themes (army, monster, safari and superhero) in my TPT store!
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