Friday, January 24, 2014

You've Got Mail: A Free Valentine Themed Sight Word Center

Can it get any colder?
I live in the south.  Temps in January can normally get a bit chilly, but oh my word . . . this is getting ridiculous.  So ridiculous that I decided to take a couple of personal days and tag along with my sweet husband on his business trip to New Orleans.  
I thought surely New Orleans would be a little warmer.  Wrong.  But at least I get to go to some fabulous restaurants and do some fun people watching while I'm shivering.

It's hard for me to believe February is almost here.  Although February may be just as yuck weather wise, there are plenty of special days to brighten up class goings on.  Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day, and Presidents Day are all great jumping off points for lots of learning.
One activity I'll be using in February is my sight word center You've Got Mail.  Students have to crack the secret code and match it to the correct sight word.  After matching all the cards, the students will complete the recording sheet.
If you would like a free copy of this center, click on the picture below.

I snagged these mailboxes at Target's dollar section and plan on using them with the center.  They are certainly not necessary for the center's set up, but I think they will be a cute addition.

You've Got Mail is one of the centers in my Classroom Cupids {10 Literacy Centers for February} packet.  Classroom Cupids includes work with vowel discrimination, sentence sorting, plural nouns, initial digraphs, syllables, contractions, rhyming words, and more.  Activities that are sure to keep your students' skills sharp as the year progresses.
If you're interested, click on the picture for more information.

I guess that's it for now.  I hope you and your students enjoy the center freebie.
Stay warm.


  1. Amber, this is a really cute idea! You might want to expand it and make it into it's own sight word product!
    Thanks for sharing :)
    Creating a Thoughtful Classroom

  2. This freebie is so cute! I can't wait to use it with my 1st grade friends- thanks a bunch!
    Learning to the Core

  3. this is so cute! and i saw those mailboxes at target - i may have to pick some up myself :)

  4. Just curious, how exactly are you going to use the mailboxes for the center?

    1. Hi Ashley.
      I actually just use the boxes to house the center pieces. It's just makes it a little different than the usual plastic bag/plastic tote set up I use.
      I've also used the boxes for other centers by taping (for example) vowel to the side of the boxes and having students sort picture cards according to their vowel sounds.