Friday, December 30, 2016

Happy New Year! {Ring in 2017 with a jam packed FREEBIE}

Can't believe it's going to be 2017!  

We have a BIG freebie to help your kiddos ring in the New Year!  This pack contains over 8 activities  (including math, reading, and goal setting).   Plenty of New Year cheer to practice skills and have fun at the same time!





Click HERE to download the freebie from Google Drive!

Make sure to stop by First Grade Buddies to start your year off right!


Enjoy your remaining days of Winter Break!!




Thursday, December 1, 2016

Reader Ready: Standard by Standard {RL 1.9: Compare and Contrast Characters in Stories}

Today we will look at RL 1.9; comparing and contrasting characters in stories.  This is part of our Reader Ready Blog Series.  See below to catch up with other posts!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Reader Ready: Standard by Standard {RL 1.7 and 2.7: Using the Illustrations to Describe the Story}

Today we will look at RL 1.7 / 2.7; using illustrations in a story to describe its characters, setting, and events.  This is part of our Reader Ready Blog Series.  See below to catch up with other posts!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Reader Ready: Standard by Standard {RL 1.6: Identify Who is Telling the Story}

Today we'll look at RL 1.6; understanding who is telling the story and who is talking in the story. 
This is part of our Reader Ready Blog Series.  See below to catch up with other posts!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Reader Ready: Standard by Standard {RL 1.5: Books that Tell Stories and Books that Give Information}



We are here today to talk about RL 1.5; understanding the differences between fiction and nonfiction.  This is part of our Reader Ready Blog Series.  See below to catch up with other posts!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Reader Ready: Standard by Standard {RL 1.4: Words that Appeal to the Senses and Words that Suggest Feelings}


We are here today to talk about RL 1.4; understanding that good readers think about the words in the story.  This is part of our Reader Ready Blog Series.  See below to catch up with other posts!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Reader Ready: Standard by Standard {RL 1.3 - Major Events in a Story}


Today we are taking a look at RL 1.3; specifically identifying the major events in a story.   This is part of our Reader Ready Blog Series.  See below to catch up with other posts!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Reader Ready: Standard by Standard {RL 1.2 and RL 2.2 - Determine the Central Message}

Today we are going to take a look at RL.2; determining the central message.  This is part of our Reader Ready Blog Series.  See below to catch up with other posts!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Mini Lessons for Introducing Writer's Workshop


We have a really nice 25 day Introduction to Writer's Workshop plan laid out by our school district.  However, we like to supplement and add to the daily lessons with a few of our own.  Read on to grab some mini lessons you can use in your classroom as you introduce Writer's Workshop!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Reader Ready: Standard by Standard {RL 1.1 and RL 2.1 - Ask and Answer Questions}

We are excited to start a new blog series called Reader Ready: Standard by Standard.  In this series, we will look at each RL standard.  We will show you a few ways we teach each standard.  There will be easy to implement ideas and FREEBIES! 

First up, is RL.1; asking and answering questions about key details in a text.  This is part of our Reader Ready Blog Series.  See below to catch up with other posts!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Celebrating a Year of Growth {Student Led Conferences}



A couple of years ago we started something we call Learning Celebrations in our classrooms...think student led conferencing.  We hold the Learning Celebrations in our classroom at the end of the school year and invite parents to come in to take a look at all the great work we've done ALL YEAR! Parents and students alike get a great deal out of this event; the students work on their speaking, presenting, and sharing skills and the parents get to sit back and enjoy seeing how much growth their kiddo has made in one year's time.  It's win-win.  We can't imagine end of year conferences any other way now!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Fluency + Comprehension of Text Using Passages {FREEBIE included!}



Years ago we would've never used passages during guided reading groups - the thought didn't cross our mind.  Jump ahead a few years and CASE Testing and mClass (specifically, DORF) became a reality in our first grade classrooms.  We have learned that students need time and practice using text in passage form; specifically passages with very few pictures and multiple paragraphs.  We try to provide an equal balance of both in our classrooms and we feel this has helped our readers be successful in multiple reading scenarios.