Sunday, April 16, 2017

Earth Day Linky Party!

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Grab one of these Earth Day products or choose from the many wonderful products below! Look closely...there might even be some hidden freebies (like the one above)! Don't forget to leave feedback on the product pages!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Improving Reading Fluency at the End of the Year

There are only a few weeks left in the school year to prepare our 1st graders for the rigors of 2nd grade. 

How to best spend those precious weeks? 

Target your instruction to their specific needs. Many 1st graders are already there with their fluency and are working on improving comprehension skills. But there are a few students still needing support with fluency and accuracy.

Repeated passage reading with focus on word attack, phrase reading and multiple timed-readings can help.

Grab these passages to support those readers:
Short Vowel Fluency Passages Grades 1-2
Long Vowel Fluency Passages Grades 1-2
Long and Short Vowel Fluency Passages Grades 1-3 BUNDLE

Reduce the size of each and print two per page (see above example).

Give a first grader a highlighter and you have an engaged learner. It really doesn't take much! We practice the reading in small group several times, highlight most of the targeted words, and then send home for more repeated practice. Students find even more targeted words at home (whatever the vowel sound is for that passage).

Long Vowel Fluency Passages

Short Vowel Fluency Passages

Long and Short Vowel Fluency Passages BUNDLE
For more information on teaching reading fluency, see also 5 Ways to Build Reading Fluency

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Best Print and Play Math Games for K-2!











This is a great time of year to get those games out to practice the essential math skills your students need to master! And these Print and Play Math Games for K-2 are my students' favorite! 

Just print on cardstock, slip into plastic sleeves, even insert the game pieces so students can just grab and go!
Slip the game pieces into the plastic sleeve so students just grab and go!
Here are just a few of the games included. Most color versions are also available in black and white to save on ink.








Get these Print and Play Math Games HERE!


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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Encouraging Words for the Big Kids Taking Tests!



Our AMAZING PBIS committee thought to have our K-2 students write letters of encouragement to our 3rd-5th graders who will be taking their big tests for the next couple weeks. They turned out so adorable, and I'm impressed with my first graders' ideas and empathy for their friends in the upper grades.

Interested in doing the same thing and need letter writing paper? Grab some HERE.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Wonders of Whisper Reading

What is Whisper Reading?

Whisper reading is a whole group and/or guided reading strategy where students are quietly reading text, without disturbing neighbors, while the teacher listens to each reader briefly, giving feedback, then moving on to the next. I have found whisper reading to be a highly effective strategy for getting all of my young readers to be actively engaged in the text while I quickly monitor the reading progress of each reader. We are all looking for the most effective strategies for building fluency, accuracy and comprehension. Whisper reading allows the teacher to quickly monitor their fluency and accuracy while giving them all a chance to explore the meaning of the text. 

How is Whisper Reading Implemented?

After introducing vocabulary, tricky words, sight words, and background information on the text, students are invited to explore the text on their own while the teacher briefly listens to each reader. 15-30 seconds (or more if time allows) is spent listening to each reader with few if any teacher voice interruptions. If needed, a verbal prompt such as "try that again" or "sound" to get the student to sound out a word again when mistakes are made or when a student hesitates for more than 3 seconds. If phrase reading has been an introduced skill, a prompt such as "phrase" may be used to encourage more fluent phrase reading while pointing to the phrase. I keep in mind each student's current reading needs and target those skills as I listen. A visual prompt with pointing can also be used to allow the student to make corrections. It is important however, to allow students to freely read and interrupt them as little as possible. Our goal is to guide, but allow for independence and self-correction, because that's what good readers do!

Why Whisper Read?

Whisper reading has many benefits for both the teacher and young readers:
  • It allows young readers to explore the text alone, to build confidence prior to reading aloud.
  • It maximizes practice time of new reading skills.
  • It allows for more repeated readings of text to increase fluency and accuracy.
  • It allows for greater comprehension than reading aloud for many students.
  • It keeps all students actively engaged in the text, rather than waiting their turn to read during round robin reading, for example.
  • It allows the student to self-monitor and self-correct and learn independence as they read.
  • It allows the teacher to quickly assess and monitor each student and take note of individual needs every day.
  • It allows the teacher to give each student quick feedback on their reading every day.
  • It allows the teacher to assist and support students as they respond to text in varying ways.
  • It is a stepping stone to silent reading!
In my opinion, whisper reading is a must-do everyday during both whole group reading time and during guided reading. Oh my goodness, I learn so much about each reader in the 15-30 seconds of listening and prompting 2 times a day!

Check out my Targeted Guided Reading Blog Post to learn more about other effective strategies for teaching guided reading!


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Saturday, March 4, 2017

March Madness in Grades K-2 Linky Party!

I LOVE March! My first graders start showing real growth and independence this time of year and Spring is right around the corner.

Speaking of independence, their math skills are really coming along. Their favorite game that is helping them make tremendous gains with the concept of base ten is our Luck of the Leprechauns Base 10 Exchange Game. They LOVE this game. Grab it HERE.

Color by code is so fun. Check out these engaging activities HERE.

Interested in other awesome games and activities by other great stores? See below:


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