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!
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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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!