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Bake the Cookies–A Winter Review Activity

It’s no secret that I am a bit fanatical about review. Whether you’re teaching reading or spelling, consistent review helps your child retain what is being taught. But review shouldn’t just be consistent—it should be fun! That’s why I included loads of fast-paced, kid-friendly review activities in ALL of our programs.If you need to turn up the fun on your lessons this winter, here’s a great activity that you can use to review both reading and spelling words. Just click the image below to download “Bake the Cookies.”Free Winter Review ActivityIn this activity, your child gets to “bake” cookies! One side of the card shows a lump of cookie dough. After your child reads or spells the word, he flips the card over to reveal a freshly baked cookie.Bake the Cookies ActivityThe cookie dough cards are blank so you can easily customize this activity by using the words your child is currently learning. If you’d like to make this a reusable activity, just laminate the cards and use a dry-erase marker to write new words as your child progresses through lessons this winter.Bake the Cookies ActivityAnd don’t forget—keep review time short, interesting, and lively. From a kid’s perspective, nothing is worse than stale, boring review time that drags on and on. Do a fast-paced review of previously taught concepts, and then dig in to something new!
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Jen G

says:

Oh, no, it looks like it’s no longer available. :(

Jen,
The Bake the Cookies activity is still available! If you click on the big red image of the activity it starts the download, but here is the direct link as well.

The part that is expired is the attaching your own ideas for winter review.

Jen G

says:

We should do this this holiday season!

Cathy

says:

Marie, I can’t thank you enough for activities like this. I’m a reading interventionist at a public school with K-3rd grade students. I had one child, Madison, who was capable of reading, but was not interested. She LOVES this activity and has asked to do it again often. I made her some copies to take home and do herself. She was thrilled. I came back to get more color copies for my other groups. This activity really catches kids’ imaginations and motivates them to “bake the cookies”.

Cathy, I’m so thankful to hear that this activity has been put to such great use! I’m glad you’ve been able to use it as a fun motivator for kids. Thanks for the kind words, and continue to enjoy “baking cookies!”

Jessica

says:

I’m in love with this idea!! Very clever!

Jennifer S.

says:

How clever! esp for kids who love to bake and help in the kitchen. Thank you!

Rebecca

says:

I love this idea! Thank you for making it flexible enough to be used again and again. Now i just need a laminator. :/

Iris

says:

Thanks again for helping us to reinforce the concepts taught in a fun and timely way.

Wendi

says:

Love the programs both AAR and AAS. Easy to teach. I am amazed at how easy my kids learn how to read and spell.

Julie

says:

Fantastic! I’ve been wanting to somehow add a bit more actual writing for my second grader who ‘thinks’ she doesn’t like it, as well as make sure her spelling words are down pat. We’ve done just about all we can think of with the word cards and this will be a fresh breath for all of us. I will have her older sibling read words on tape that she can then listen to and write on the ‘cookies’! Thank you, thank you, thank you for continuing to help ensure what is learned is retained.

Cherie Winters

says:

Love your ideas! Thanks so much for sharing them!!

melissa wilson

says:

I think my son would find this enjoyable.

Susanne

says:

Thank you! I think my children will find this fun!

priscilla

says:

Are the words the child writes on…found in the curriculum? I assume someone reads the words to the child. It would be great if there was a cd available, with the words on it…so, the child could use it on their time schedule without waiting for mom to be available. Such as the Phoentic Zoo does.

Kendra - AALP

says:

Priscilla, these cards are for whatever your heart desires. They’re only limited to the imagination! The words can come from your current reading or spelling lessons. They can even be used for math, as Laurie said. :)

Kathy

says:

Here’s a possibility … if you have two kids that can work together: have one read a selection of green Word Cards (from either reading or spelling) while the other spells from that dictation. If the cookies are laminated, they can take turns doing each and double the amount of review!

As Kendra mentioned, the green Word Cards can be used for a variety of creative activities. This is just one!

Cryss

says:

You can also record the words when you do have time. Sometimes I just use the free/already on my comp record option and record different things for my son, and then he has them there with him. He’s only 5 and it didn’t take him long to learn/figure out how to operate it.

Amy

says:

Thanks for this freebie!

It’s activities like these that help make the decision to switch to AAR for 2nd grade (this summer) that much more certain!

Laurie

says:

What a cute idea! If you laminate the cards, you could use the idea for math facts too.

Orayb Safi

says:

Thanks a lot .you always have creative ideas.
I always try what I learn from you with my pupils.
Appreciate what you do.

Karen

says:

Both my boys will think this is great! I’m always surprised that my nine year old is as engaged as my six year old with their reading activities. There is much dissapointment on his part when he doen’t have a fun activity with each lesson. This will supplement those days well.

Sharon

says:

Thank you! My daughter will love this!

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