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!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4oqs3dO-goOVHgwRV94TkREU00/edit?usp=sharing
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.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4oqs3dO-goObTFpSkQtMEZmSFU/edit?usp=sharing

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!
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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!)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4oqs3dO-goOSzVnd3FQckVXdE0/view?usp=sharing


Need more reading tools?  
Check out our FREE webinar 'Interactive Reading in the Primary Grades!



Use these tools to engage your readers with strategies to interact with texts. We share easy to implement resources to use in the classroom and at home.   For attending the webinar, get access to a file with the 5 reading tools featured above so you can make your own classroom sets!
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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!  



Guided Reading: as an Intervention Teacher



This year I (Tamra) made a switch to from classroom teacher (1st grade) to Literacy Intervention Teacher.   I work with 4-6 students at a time for about 30 minutes each group.   At the school I work at,  Guided Reading is a big focus this year.  Teachers are refining their Guided Reading instruction.  One of the ways they are doing this is by implementing a similar lesson plan format school-wide.   I am doing the same.  It is very similar to what I've always done and I'm so pleased that it works so well in an Intervention setting!  

I split my lesson plan into 2 days.  Below you'll find what I do each day. 

DAY ONE:

1.  The first thing the kiddos do is practice writing 3 sight words on white boards (Target Dollar Spot).  I get the sight words from the list assigned by the county I teach in.  Kiddos write the words and I help them as needed. After writing the words, we clap out the letters and erase them by "tracing them away."  I keep track of student progress with sight words on a really simple check off sheet. 


2.  After sight word practice, I introduce the book that we will be working on.  One of the first things we talk about is vocabulary that we will be encountering in the text.  I always write vocabulary words on the small whiteboards so the students can see the word.  We "find the words" using these finger light up cars (Target Dollar Spot).  


3.  After a picture walk, students start reading the text.  All students whisper read and I listen to students one at a time.  I assist students while they read.  At the beginning of the year,  I model the expectation that they read and reread; they may not just wait until time is up.


While I listen to each student read, I make anecdotal notes using a really simple system...Post It Notes.  It's quick and painless!  After I have a good amount of data, I record the data from the Post It notes onto a data sheet that allows me to see patterns of errors and reading behaviors.  


After reading for about 8-10 minutes, we stop.  I also ask oral comprehension questions (2 on day one and 2 on day two).   I write these questions out before hand so that I can make sure my questions are rigorous and similar to TRC type questions (TRC's are the running records we use in our county).  When the students answer the questions orally, I expect them to restate and answer the question and provide evidence for their answer.  


Based on the needs of the group, we spend a bit of time on word study.  This is generally a phonics pattern that the kiddos are needing help with.  In this example, I am using our Literacy Bags to work on digraphs. 


The last thing we do on Day 1, is work on a new sight word.  I try to select this from the text they just read.  First, I spell the word on the white board, then we play a game called "What's Missing" where I take letters away, and last the students "make" the word using magnetic letters.  (I put the magnetic letters they will need in little Rubbermaid tubs before the lesson starts.)  


DAY TWO:

Day two looks just like day one, except I scale the time back of each of the components.  We practice the same 3 sight words, review the vocabulary, reread the text, and practice the new sight word (we do not do the word study on this day).   Spending less time on each of these components gives us plenty of time to work on responding to text in written form.  Ahead of time, I prepare 2 questions which always say, "Use parts of the text in your answer."  


That's our 2 Day Guided Reading plan in a nutshell!  After the 2 day plan is complete, we start a new plan/ book!  This has allowed each group to get through 2 books each week.  

Here's another great Intervention goodie!  Grab this Nonsense Word Fluency mini-pack as a FREEBIE on our FB page.  Click the pic below to grab it!
https://www.facebook.com/FirstGradeBuddies

Need more reading tools?  
Check out our FREE webinar 'Interactive Reading in the Primary Grades!


Use these tools to engage your readers with strategies to interact with texts. We share easy to implement resources to use in the classroom and at home.   For attending the webinar, get access to a file with the 5 reading tools featured above so you can make your own classroom sets!
Come grab some new ideas to refresh and re-energize your ELA time!


Click here to view the webinar!