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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Dibel, Dibel, Dumpling....Are you a Dibler?

It's Benchmark time again! With the Veteran's Day holiday and the staff development on Monday we have exactly three days to Benchmark #2 our entire class! ORF comes in this time along with Retell, so it will take a little longer. I have 3 wonderful volunteers who graciously help during BMs and PMs.
Phoneme Segmentation Fluency falls off for us this time. But starts for I am passing down my "Counting Creatures" so that by the time they get to me next year, it will be a breeze!
(Doesn't the poor pinkie monster look sad?)
I made ten of these to use in small group. They slide them on and I show a word card. They say all the sounds they hear while counting those sounds with the "Counting Creatures". And then they hold up how many there were. If the card were a cat, they would hold up the three fingers. (Because even though we taught them word families in K, -at has to be two separate sounds to get credit for them on the test)!
I used them during RTI for two weeks after the BM and also put some in center...and now when they write- they are using the invisible counting creatures to make sure they are writing at least one letter for every sound they hear.
They were super easy to make. The Dollar tree has packs of gloves 2 and 3 pairs...they are the little stretchy ones.
My thinking in the eyeball dept was if some have 2 and some have 3 and some have 1, then if 1 falls off- who can tell!?!?!?! (I know, genius, right?)

This may be the most important part of the post. When hot gluing the pom pom to the glove- insert a pencil inside of the finger do not put your finger in there!

Should go without saying, but I seriously had burn blisters on two fingers ....It is scary that they leave me in charge...
I have one more day to rest, then staff development on Mon (although that does mean lunch with the girls at Chili's)....mmmm....crispers......

Hope you like my Counting Creatures!


  1. Loving the counting creatures! Thanks for the idea!

  2. GIrl! This is a fantastic idea!! I love it!! Can't wait to make some!
    Teaching First


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