Read. Write. Play.
Some teachers have asked me to post charts or photos of the word study routines that other teachers have used while teaching with Words Their Way Resources. Remember that before you begin your word study work, you will want to assess your students to determine their spelling stage. You can use the Spelling Inventory in the back of the Words Their Way guidebook. Then, you'll need to read about the activities appropriate for each stage and get the sorts or other materials to match those…
Informational Literacy Unit
Due to an overwhelming request by the devoted readers of this blog, I am revising this original post to include pdf's of the Guidelines for Critical Thinking rubric and the Code of Cooperation. Scroll down to find them in context. **Also note, I've recently posted my newest Common Core Information Text Reading bundle** If information literacy is central to success, survival, schooling, workplace and the community, then the teaching of information literacy and all the skills that it entails…
Avery Labels for Conference Notes - The Colorful Apple
I want to share with you how I take notes when I meet with my students during Reader’s Workshop. I used to carry around a large binder (think 3 inches wide), but it was too bulky! I felt that it got in the way of my conference. And, if I was meeting with a group […]
Common Core Classrooms
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Bright Ideas: Tips for Organizing Progress Monitoring Materials
It’s time for another Bright Ideas Blog Hop! Last time I was amazed at the wealth of knowledge shared, so be sure to hop through or browse through the linky at the bottom to find some new ideas to make your life easier as a teacher! This year, I’m a reading specialist for 2-6 one half of the day, and a Title I teacher for kindergarten the other half of the day (at different schools). Organization has always been a challenge of mine, but this year it’s been impossible not to keep my progress…
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DIY Pocket Clipboard
Observations or child notes are a part of our teachers daily routine. This DIY clipboard fits right in the pocket of our aprons so when that moment for an observation arises we have what we need right in our pocket. Cut a sheet of cardboard from an empty box 4 1/2" X 5 3/4" Wrap the sheet of cardboard with deco duck tape. Run a empty Thermal laminating pouch through the laminator. Trim the lamination to fit the sheet of cardboard. Tape down edges with deco duck tape. Fold the edge over to…
Using Anecdotal Records to Drive Instruction
I kind of enjoy data. Yes, I know that may sound weird, but if you have stuck with me for very long you know that I am a supporter of RTI and that is definitely