Tall-eys, Small-eys, and Sinkers... oh my!
I created this resource when I was teaching in a Grade 1 classroom and found myself needing consistent language to help my students with their fledgling penmanship. I had heard other teachers talking about "tall-eys", "small-eys", and "sinkers" - and with these labels, my students seemed to grasp the concept quickly and were soon writing on the lines of their notebook like superstars!
This resource comes with two posters and a sorting activity based on the "tall-eys", "small-eys" and "sinkers" labels. Use the posters with your guided writing or spelling activities to help students become acquainted with the terms. Then use the sorting activity to help them anchor (pun fully intended!) their learning in a concrete and kinesethic way. In consultation with my own almost-first grader, it was decided that tall-eys were "as tall as a tower", small-eys were "small like a mouse", and that sinkers "sink like an anchor". So I've included a poster with these images as references for emerging readers.
I've added smaller versions of the poster that you can glue into spelling or language notebooks or tape to desktops for students who need the visual reminder.
You can also find this resource as part of the Summer Writing Bundle for Little Learners
For a full description of the rest of the bundle, please see my Summer Sentence Starters
I hope this helps!
The Colourful Classroom