Thursday, December 31, 2015

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!)

Sunday, October 11, 2015

C is for Coach... Freebie Literacy Coaching Printables

C is for Coach:
One small part of my Intervention position this year is Literacy Coaching.  This has been such a neat experience.  I have learned so much from other teachers!  I never leave another teacher's classroom without something new; a different approach, a new strategy, a better system, etc.  

C is for Collaboration:  
I am collaborating with a group of teachers that are also coaching.  We are doing a book club on the book, Literacy Coaching: The Essentials.  This book goes over everything from how to establish relationships with teachers you are working with to models to use in a gradual release cycle.  

C is for Communication:
Communicating with teachers is key!  It is essential that you make the most of the teachers' time.  For this reason, you'll need to stay organized.  Click HERE for a set of freebie printables to stay organized!  

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Determining the Central Message and Identifying the Main Idea and Supporting Details (RL 1.2, RI 1.2)

This is our first big reading unit for the year and it is a tricky one to start with!

To get started with Central Message, we do an author study with Kevin Henkes books.  His books are so great for the beginning of the year with the messages they deliver about friendship and being kind and following rules!  They lend themselves perfectly to this unit.  As we read each book, we talk about what message the author was sharing with us; what lesson the author wanted us to learn.  We list a lesson or central message for each book on a poster.

 After a reading a few books together and identifying the central message/lesson, we have the kiddos try to identify the lesson on their own.  We use A Weekend with Wendell.  Most kiddos are able to give a good lesson and a few are able to give a supporting detail from the story for why that is a good lesson.  Here are some samples. 

Now, like we said, not all kiddos are able to do this by themselves yet, so we practice a few more books together.  Once we've read all of the Kevin Henkes books that we selected, we do an activity to help kiddos relate a central message/lesson to their own lives.

This kiddo said: "I'm never going to be mean to my friends."
This kiddo said: "I will not be worried about school."
This kiddo said: "Don't be worried about getting your tooth loose."

You can grab this freebie below!

Check out these resources as a great support to your lessons!  They work well for follow-up work, as an assessment, or a as tool to send home.

When we finish up all of our Kevin Henkes books, we move onto non fiction and start to talk about main idea and supporting details.  This happens right around Apple time, so we've got an Apple theme to our book selection!

 This Fall book is great to kick off Main Idea!  We talk about how on non fiction books, the Main Idea is often closely related to the title.  That made it easy to identify the Main Idea of this Fall book!  As the kiddos listened, they were collecting ideas to fill in their puzzle pieces.  This is a great activity for all learners: you can have them just draw a picture or they can write or do both!  You can grab the puzzle sheet free below!

Here we get crafty with our Apple facts!

And of course, we add in a little fun with Johnny Appleseed!  We LOVE using stickies to easily get input from all kiddos!  It was also a great primer to get them ready to go back and do the writing piece on the worksheet below!

Our Focus Board is filling up with all of our Central Message/Main Idea goodies.  We like to use this as a review/preview during lessons.

Here we are introducing Main Idea with Supporting Details.  We use the apple books and have kiddos focus on the Seasons of an Apple tree as their topic.

You can grab this freebie below!

And here is another Main Idea lesson we've done in the past that has worked well with our groups.

The Important Book is great for so many lessons, including Main Idea!  Below you can find a freebie of the Important Thing page (and you'll see we've used in for other topics/subjects).
Check out these resources as a great support to your lessons!  They work well for follow-up work, as an assessment, or a as tool to send home.

Happy Teaching!