My Orton-Gillingham bag is full of fantastic resources and tools to help a child read. It is quite heavy! I was looking for a large bag that would zip close. I decided on this bag from Lands End because of the pockets on the inside and the heavy fabric.
Sitting right inside is my double blending board. I found this one on Etsy. It’s made in Colorado using blue stain pine. Love it as much as i do? Check out their Etsy site here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/245551667/18-single-blending-board-with-blue-stain?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=blending%20board&ref=sc_gallery_3&plkey=f08b7dba599f0db574d5a0464f6715fba28101e6:245551667
I have two sets of the OG card packs. These are used during each session to review sounds, teach new sounds, and practice how they are spelled. We than practice how to blend the sounds together on the board.
I found two perfectly sized containers at Target to hold my red and green crayons. You can buy just red or green crayons straight from amazon. Here’s a link: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=red+crayons
I have this little 31 tote bag inside that holds different sized sticky notes as well as extra colored index cards. It’s important to be able to find what I need quickly in my bag when working with a child.
Those colored index cards make the vowel tents. This is where we practice the open and closed sounds of the vowels not only in isolation but in words as well.
Flip those vowel tents inside out, prop them back up and you have the different sounds that -ed makes.
I love a good notebook! 🙂 I have a notebook for everything! Here is where I can quickly take notes on each student and later write it in their individual file.
No OG is complete without their multi-sensory sand. It has two different colors with two different grains. When we pour it on a paper plate and the student spells the sound, the color pops through.
Here’s where the inside pockets of my large bag come in handy. I have three small containers. One for glue sticks and tape, one for vowel intensive craft sticks, and one for highlighters and pens. I also have individual pouches of pencils and my scissors.
An important tool is the Recipe for Reading book. It has letter sounds, vowel digraphs, consonant blends, and spelling rules in a sequential cumulative order.
Another 31 bag that I previously had sits at the bottom of my bag with all of my file folders. I have an individual file folder for each student, assessments, literacy connection pieces, phonological awareness activities, encoding and decoding tools.
This is a wonderful tool for encoding phonetic words.
For decoding new words, students learn the different syllable division patterns. I personally love this activity. 🙂 The composition notebook is cut in half. After the student completes a decoding activity through syllable division, she/he glues it into their notebook to create an interactive colorful notebook with the syllable division rule. We also add vocabulary meanings when necessary. We use the highlighters here which not only makes it colorful but easy to locate the individual rules.
I stapled my baggies of felt to the inside of my Elkonin Boxes folders for students who need extra practice with Phonological Awareness.
This Phonological Awareness book creates practice of skills through fun and engaging games.
A file folder with everything I need to teach a new red word.
Another important piece is strengthening vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency. I have books and folders of reading passages that align with the lesson being learned that specifically work on each of those three areas. I also have a file folder of different levels of reader’s theater for students to practice reading.
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