Monday, October 26, 2015

Good Readers Tackle the Tricky Parts

We've just wrapped up our Reading Unit, "Tackling the Tricky Parts" unit.  We worked on strategies we can use to help our reading be more accurate and fluent.  We started to get ready to be Word Detectives by reading Detective LaRue.

Before we dug into the each strategy, we wanted to see what the kiddos already knew about working out the tricky words in their text.  

We used this cute book as an example of using picture clues to help with tricky words.  We covered up some words and kiddos had to use the picture to help figure out the word.

This page was a good one with the maracas!  The kiddos thought it was either shakers or shadow.  We kept showing one more letter at a time and when we got to the "d" they knew it was shadow!

Next, the kiddos do their own work to find the highlighted work by using picture clues!

Our kiddos loved using the magnifying glasses to s-t-r-e-t-c-h out their words sound by sound.  You can grab your own FREE copy of this activity below!
Our kiddos loved playing word detectives for this activity!  First they thought about words that could fit: slow, sloppy, sleepy...Then we revealed letter by letter as they worked to find the best fitting word.

This was another fun activity for our kiddos to use their word detective skills.  When they first started to figure out the covered word, some used their schema to guess chase because they often see that relationship between dogs and cats.

Here are the header cards we used to keep track of the strategies we had learned for tricky parts.

We wrapped up our unit with two different writing responses.  First, we gave kiddos a scenario and they had got to be the teacher and tell what the student should do to get past the tricky part.  They LOVED it!

We also did this prompt with the Important Thing about Accuracy and Fluency.

  You can grab this FREEBIE to get all the goodies we showed to support teaching this unit!

Now, send home one of our SPARK bags to help inform your parents of these new skills you've learned!  (and help kiddos practice more at home too!)

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  1. I love Detective LaRue. Thank you for sharing some great decoding strategies. I can certainly adapt and apply them to reading groups with my fourth graders.

    Have a great week!

    Fit to be Fourth
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    1. Yes, definitely something you can adapt to fit your needs! Have a great week!

  2. I love this. I would really like to have the "I can statements" with the little detective. But, I can't find them in your store. Am i just missing them or are they unavailable?

    1. Thanks for your interest in our post. We hadn't thought about putting those headers up for download, but we just added them. Enjoy!

  3. Look at all of this word detective fun!! I love that you used different books! And, I've never seen Wiggle! It looks really cute! Thanks for linking up such a great post!!!

    Have a great week!
    Collaboration Cuties

  4. Love these books and activities. I am teaching many of the same strategies right now, so I am definitely going to incorporate some of your great ideas. My kids would be so excited to use magnifying glasses!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    Compassionate Teacher

    1. They did love the magnifying glasses; anything to get them excited!

  5. Ohmygoodness- this post is just amazing! I love all your little activities to go along with each strategy- I can't wait to use your written scenarios-- i've done that verbally but never as an actual written response- what an excellent idea!
    You girls rock! Thanks a bunch!
    Aylin :)
    Learning to the Core

    1. Thank you, Aylin. You're sweet. Your kiddos will enjoy the activities!

  6. Your students are very lucky to have you helping them think about the reading strategies they are applying! I love your freebie mini-book! Thank you for sharing!

  7. Fun ideas! I haven't read the Wiggle book. It looks really cute. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Have a great week.

    School Is a Happy Place

    1. Thank you! We hope your week is off to a good start!

  8. Love to read it,Waiting For More new Update and I Already Read your Recent Post its Great Thanks.

  9. Your ideas are so fun! I started teaching the Lucy Calkin’s reading workshop lessons this year. She has a unit on becoming a word dectective that I just started last week— but yours looks so much better!! I’m going to go back and incorporate your ideas into my lessons. Thanks for sharing.