And a FREE Balanced Literacy resource to help you get STARTED
2019 is the Year of BALANCED LITERACY!
But wait! THIS IS 2020!
Did I miss it??? NO!
2020 is a new decade!
We get a BALANCED LITERACY “do-Over”!
Ready to UPDATE your literacy block?
Balanced Literacy: Here is your NEW YEAR PLAN!
The Why? The What? and The How?
Balanced literacy has been defined as “an approach designed to help individual students learn how to process a variety of increasingly challenging texts with understanding and fluency.” (Fountas & Pinnell, 2001)
Fountas & Pinnell have been the guiding resource for Balanced Literacy. Today we listen.
It is an approach to teaching. NOT a curriculum. It is HOW we teach our students to be independent readers and writers. It is NOT what books we use to teach them.
Balanced Literacy has been defined in “components” or “pieces” of literacy instruction.
This 8-week series will focus on the components of a complete BALANCED LITERACY program. We will focus on clear and concise definitions. Definitions that educators can discuss in collaboration.
A “common language” where we can learn from each other and with each other.
The 8 components we will focus on are:
- Read Alouds
- Shared Reading
- Guided Reading
- Independent Reading
- Modeled / Interactive Writing
- Shared Writing
- Guided Writing / Writer’s Workshop
- Word Work
Each week we will focus on one area of Balanced Literacy and share experiences, teacher tips, and resources to support and expand our Balanced Literacy repertoire. Start 2019 with the plans to implement BALANCED LITERACY!
This week: Shared Reading.
Last week we discussed Read Alouds. Week 2 is about Shared Reading.
How is shared reading different from a read-aloud?
Shared reading, involves quite a bit of pausing to teach or engage kids in practicing a skill. When doing a read-aloud, go through the book a bit more quickly, stopping less frequently.
The other most important difference between shared reading and a read-aloud is that during shared reading, kids have their eyes on the print. During a read-aloud, you may show the pictures to students, but they are not usually able to see the words clearly. Since students can see the text during shared reading, you are able to teach things like decoding more easily.
Shared reading is a part of the balanced reading model (read aloud, shared reading, guided reading, and independent reading).
It is a 15ish minute block of time within that model that should be practiced daily. Simply stated it’s the “We do.” part of the gradual release model. This element is crucial. It’s time for the teacher and students to practice together.
The READ ALOUD is done BY the teacher FOR the students.
Shared Reading is done WITH the students.
A Poem, a Big Book, A chart. Any text where the teacher and the students can see the text, and read it together.
It is important to teach what “really matters” connected to a shared text. “We always want students to leave each reading experience enriched by the language and the text because of the shared approach, so we shouldn’t find hundreds of vocabulary words and instructional opportunities in a single text.
Some of the many benefits of shared reading
- building vocabulary
- developing understandings of story structure
- demonstrating reading strategies
- entire class reads a common text
- all read the large text
- high engagement
There are many types of print for Shared Reading. Big books, charts, and poetry are some resources for teachers to read WITH students.
Here some great educators share their resources.
The main goal of shared reading is to engage students with the text. It is to share a reading experience. Everyone can read together and then participate in a rich discussion, writing, or response to the text.
In summary, a Shared Reading is a reading experience where both teacher and students read a large text, together. A chart, a poem on a smartboard, or any other BIG text, where the teacher reads WITH the students using self-question and think aloud reading strategies. The goal is to model fluent and expressive reading. The students INTERACT with the text while reading WITH the teacher and then through discussions, writing, and/or thinking for themselves.
These literacy posts may help in YOUR Balanced Literacy journey.
These resource books for TEACHERS may be helpful for YOUR reading.
I hope YOU are prepared to practice DAILY Shared Reading in YOUR classroom!
Stay tuned for next week… Week 2 Guided Reading.
Please share with friends.
Leave me a comment…How do YOU use Shared Reading in YOUR classroom?
Close Reading for LITTLE ONES!
Long Vowel Picture Puzzles for Phonics Centers.
Most centers are my nemesis.
My nemesis. Setting them up. Making sure they are running CORRECTLY. And then storing them for another year! UGH!
But. What if you had a PHONICS center that was SELF CHECKING, kids enjoyed so they did it OFTEN, and it could stay out for a longer time because KIDS WANT TO PLAY WITH IT!
How about a LONG VOWEL picture PUZZLES for Phonics centers!
The Puzzles are of one picture.
The kids have to build a word AND make a picture.
It is self-checking because if the picture is not put together correctly,
they are not done. The kids can use the completed words in
journal writing, word lists, or word family word walls.
The possibilities are ENDLESS!
The best part…they LOVE IT!
Kids LOVE putting together puzzles!
Most have SILENT E, but a few ( ee/ea/oa ) are included.
All of the WINTER-themed picture puzzles are ready to be
printed, laminated, and cut for easy center prep!
Extension product included:
FREE Valentine Long Vowel Picture Puzzle ($2.00 value)
YOU WILL WANT THIS! 🙂
3 steps to sight word fluency.
Not exactly steps..a hop..a skip..and a JUMP!
When teaching my kiddos to read,
I use MANY tools!
Books, whiteboards, markers, pocket charts, flashcards, etc..
But… when teaching sight words
FRY words, Dolch Words etc, etc, etc.
It ALL comes down to this…
IF YOU CANNOT READ SIGHT WORDS,
You WILL NOT read at grade level!
HOW DO WE HELP???
We research. We try. And we try AGAIN!
There are MANY resources on Pinterest
to help you find lists, and lists, and lists of words!
And LOTS of OTHERS!
NOW I know what to teach…
HOW do I Do IT?
Here are your
3 steps to Sight Word FLUENCY!
Each student makes their OWN word cards on colored paper.
(Practice sounding out, spelling, & writing EACH word)
I use 8 – 10 words.
Then they cut them apart.
Find a friend who has a different colored paper.
Both friends turn their word cards face down.
Rock, paper, scissors…winner goes first.
Choose one of YOUR word cards and one of your friends.
READ BOTH CARDS…friends help if needed.
If they match…keep BOTH cards. If not, turn them over and partner’s turn!
Winner has the most matches at the end of time
( or when ALL cards are turned over)
Great PARTNER work!
for my word study WORD WORK.
I make the letter cards and the word cards.
We pocket chart them ( my kiddos like to play SCHOOL during MAY DO time).
One of the Activities is
After MAKING WORDS
Turn them over & MATCH IT!
We also invented
(NOT SPEED RACER!)
I turn them over & as a class,
we read as FAST AS WE CAN!
Word Wall for Sight Word Fluency
They use their whiteboards
and I call OUT…
“I SPY A WORD ON THE WORD WALL that
starts with a “_____” and RHYMES with “____”.
They find it on the all…and write it on their boards.
Sometimes I will change it up with
“A verb that starts with a “__”, etc. etc.
The main theme here is PRACTICE…PRACTICE PRACTICE!
No matter how many “steps” it takes…
they need practice activities & time
to HOP, SKIP, & JUMP into FLUENCY!
ALWAYS begin with BALANCED LITERACY!
And so we begin.
To help with Sight Word Mastery
CLICK on the links for help!
Ready to TRANSFORM your Classroom
BALANCED LITERACY Classroom?
Here you are!
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Tough for elementary teachers.
We Made it!
Our well earned Christmas Break has ARRIVED!
Now the real “work” begins.
But…this work seems so MUCH BETTER!
I can’t wait to see my kids and grandkids on Christmas MORNING!
We are “empty-nesters” so Christmas is ALL ABOUT the KIDS!
As I left school…
I RAN to my car & sang Christmas Songs all the way HOME!
And so… I am ready.
I MADE IT!
Before I left school, I made sure I was ready for JANUARY.
Who wants to come back to COMPLETE CHAOS? NOT ME!
It will be crazy enough, I did not want to ADD to it!
So I prepared for JANUARY!
Here is my newest LOVE…
I am ready for January. Well sort of. I am tired. I want to see the SPARKLE in my Grandkid’s eyes on Christmas morning. I NEED some rest & relaxation.
After? I need a BEACH FIX! ( My HAPPY PLACE!)
WE MADE IT!
Merry Christmas to YOU and YOURS from our family!
If you need MORE for January, CHECK THIS OUT!
Are YOU planning for December?
Are you ready for holiday first-grade math games and activities?
Do you have your holiday reading and writing centers ready for December?
Do you need help finding them?
Easy Prep? High student Engagement?
I have HELP FOR YOU!
This ROUND-UP is to help YOU get organized,
The FREEBIE is at the BOTTOM!
KEEP READING! 🙂
Get your guided math centers ready to go!
Math games and printables prepped, organized, sorted.
Students can’t wait
for the exciting activities
to help them get through DECEMBER!
Now it is time for those literacy
( reading, writing, phonics, word)
Are YOU ready?
And for a FUN combination of Literacy and MATH…
The Winter Wonderland BUNDLE!
More games and fun activities to help your students practice grade-level standards in a highly energizing way! What a fun way to support learning through the HOLIDAY season!
Do not forget to take care of YOURSELF!
Get planned and prepped for December
and then enjoy the season!
Laugh, giggle, give hugs & high-fives.
The holidays are for making memories.
Here are some posts that can help YOU, too! 🙂
Happy December! Take Care of Yourself and ENJOY IT!
THANK YOU for hanging in for this LONG POST!
Here is a FREEBIE for YOU!
Happy Holidays, my friends!
I just spent 2 1/2 HOURS…yes, hours…
putting up our
WHY SO LONG?
My Christmas tree is NOT a
MARTHA STEWART tree.
It doesn’t match.
It doesn’t have a “theme”.
It is MY family’s legacy.
It is a timeline of our life.
AND I CHERISH EVERY MOMENT!
I remembered moments from years past.
My hubby kept coming into the living room
wondering what was taking so long.
Then…he would look at an ornament and say..
“Do you remember…?”
Yes! I DO!
As I look through the ornament box,
my heart swells with happiness.
THAT, my friends, is what
CHRISTMAS is ALL about.
I collect ornaments!
I search them out EVERYWHERE we go!
I buy them for MY kids and MY grandkids!
ALWAYS…date the back!
Doesn’t seem important now…IT WILL BE LATER!
If you can’t find ornaments…key chains work fantastic!
Scavenge the “AFTER CHRISTMAS” sales!
Christmas boutiques, & craft sales!
It’s about a memory.
I never want to FORGET!
IN LIFE…there is NO “DO OVER”.
There are “second chances”…but they are
Here is a little “smattering” of my
A cruise hubby & I took to the Caribbean.
The first ship I had ever been on!
After 10 months on fertility drugs…BABY on the way!
This was the first ornament I ever bought with a baby on it!
We didn’t know if it was a boy or girl.
Ended up being twin boys!
32 years ago & still cry at this one!
Yes…I have the first 5 years for ALL of my kids!
We are blessed with 4 kids & 5 grandchildren.
A trip to EUROPE with my mom & sisters!
4 California girls to England, Ireland, & Scotland!
We found our ancestor’s farm!
My auntie ( now 90 ) made this for me
when I was 5. ( 49 yrs ago ).
At the TOP of our tree.
The last remaining ornament HANDMADE by my grandmother.
My parents’ house burned to the ground 30 years ago.
In the attic were ALL of my MOM’s Christmas ornaments!
GONE! Luckily, I had one from MY grandma.
You think those little strings of popcorn won’t last?
Hubby’s from PRESCHOOL!
(It used to be much longer…I wrap it in tissue every year!)
For your kids…
If they play sports…get them a sports ornament
There will come a day…when they won’t play!
Remember all the fun times!
KEY CHAINS MAKE ORNAMENTS!
My little sis got remarried on the beach in HAWAII!
The WHOLE family went!
We went snorkeling and saw the SEA TURTLES!
My son’s favorite sport ( He wrote this when he was 10 ).
He is now in the US NAVY!
I wonder if ALL the practices & games helped him get ready for LIFE?
My first trip to the EAST COAST!
We toured from NEW YORK to NEW HAMPSHIRE.
Stayed at the BEST B&B in Plymouth BAY!
Yes…those “SILLY” classroom ornaments
DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
A plastic lid…some glitter…and a picture!
This year we are adding AUSTIN, Texas & ALASKA!
My new ornaments will add to the happy memories
we have as a family!
So here is a “SMATTERING”
It’s PERFECT for ME!
I just had to update with my
I would collect Christmas ornaments on our travels.
BUT…they are HARD TO FIND IN JULY!
So…I started collecting
They are the newest additions to my Christmas tree.
After our recent trip to VIRGINIA…
I came home with 8 new keychains!
I write the date & any “memories” I can on the back!
My new TEXAS key chains will be perfect!
When I hung them on the tree…
those wonderful memories came back…with tears.
IN LIFE…there is NO “DO OVER!”
Live, LAUGH, Love!
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays
I admit it…I failed..
I tried the ELF thing…FAILED!
I forgot to move it.
I didn’t want to spend the time moving it to who knows where.
My kiddos didn’t find it!
I went to PINTEREST and saw ALL of these AMAZING ELF activities.
I GIVE UP!
And so…I QUIT! I am NOT “ELFABLE!”
Change my mindset. Change is good. Change is necessary!
So maybe I don’t ELF this year. Maybe I will “ELF” a different way.
Maybe I focus on a DIFFERENT type of KINDNESS. I think I might look at…
Sharing ORNAMENTS! Or presents, or smiles! Or handshakes, or time.
So I think I will focus on content.
I will share the GOODWILL of the ELF ideals, through lesson content.
I hope my students’ families will give them the “warm fuzzies” they deserve. I do EVERY DAY.
But for now, we will focus on learning.
( BORING I KNOW…BUT NECESSARY!)
So…next in my list…MATH!
UGH! I know. HOW CAN THE ELF HELP US IN MATH?
1 more..1 less…10 more..10 less
So…to help with my “ELF FAILURE”
to maximize my math time…
This can be made into a booklet, used as math centers, individual practice, assessments…
It may NOT be as EXCITING as finding the ELF each day.
BUT…my students won’t be confused or saddened because they think the ELF doesn’t care.
They know I care. And that’s better than ANY ELF!
And so my friends, I admit it. I am an ELF on the Shelf failure.
But…my student’s did REALLY WELL on their math assessments and we
giggled, grinned, hugged, & gave high-fives all through the year.
Now…where did I leave that ELF? 🙂
Holiday HELPERS for YOU! 🙂
Leave me a comment…help me be an “ELF” convert. How do YOU use the “ELF”??? There must be a support group SOMEWHERE! 🙂 Happy Holidays!
We are a military family.
Army & Navy.
We have heard stories from WWII to Korea to today.
Great Grandpa’s, Grandpa’s, Dad’s, cousins, sons, daughter-in-law…
WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!
In MY classroom
I spend a lot of time discussing MY SON
ACTIVE US NAVY…
and why it is SOOO important to say
He is currently on deployment…
He was married to an active military US NAVY wife,
AND they had …MY GRANDDAUGHTER!
( She is sooooo cute!)
But he left them behind to live on a ship and PROTECT US!
So how can we say THANK YOU?
We send letters, pictures, stories, and cutsie art projects.
I try to send things at least once a month.
This month’s ideas…
( Pinterest is GREAT FOR THIS! )
Let’s Talk Turkey
Next Month…… DECEMBER CRAFTIVITIES
Just a little something to remind them of
All of us at home who CARE!
When my son is no longer on a ship…
we send things to friends & family who are
ACTIVE soldiers & sailors.
We send things to the local Veteran’s HOSPITAL.
All who serve and who have served…deserve a THANK YOU!
I searched GOOGLE for a local VA Hospital address…
takes a little searching, but time WELL spent!
ALL will appreciate it.
Parents who cannot ( or are not) with their own kids
appreciate a little art project or note from a child, any child.
A little smile, a little laugh, a warm fuzzy from home.
No need to put names on them.
Here are a few addresses …
To those Veteran’s ( active or inactive )
AND THEIR FAMILIES …
Happy Veteran’s Day!