I just found out that ORIENTAL TRADING has a WEB SITE JUST FOR TEACHERS! OMG! LIFE CHANGING! The “go to” website for class sets of
ANYTHING… pencils, erasers, crafts, party supplies, etc NOW…has TEACHER SUPPLIES! Bulletin board materials, pencils, book marks,STEM activities, etc..etc..etc…
Learn365 is AMAZING! The WONDERFUL people at ORIENTAL TRADING sent my students SOME GOODIES! *disclaimer…I was compensated in classroom materials for this blogpost. BUT…In my opinion, I believe this is a wonderful site for teachers when purchasing classroom materials. My students have 3 new STEM tubs for Problem Solving!
Jumbo Lacing Beads
WHO doesn’t LOVE to make PATTERNS,
practice stringing beads,
and work on fine motor skills
of putting a bead in a string?
My kiddos LOVE this!
Yes…primary kids still need patterning! 🙂
Foam SHOES for practice TYING SHOE LACES! WHAT A HIT!
It’s a LIFESKILL..not all students have.
These are sturdy & REAL!
And their ABSOLUTE FAVORITE!
Learning Resources® Gears! Gears! Gears! Movin’ Monkeys™ Building Set
Now a couple of things I have learned “on the way”…
1. Guided Reading is NOT independent reading time!
They read to themselves (READ TO SELF) at a different time of the day.. we do it after lunch.
2. Guided Reading is NOT a time for a LONG teacher LESSON!
( I only have them for 15-20 min. Always give them a skill or strategy they can use NOW!) Your goal is to create INDEPENDENT READERS… do not enable them to wait for YOU to do the reading.
3. You DO NOT have to read a BOOK every day! (This is not the time for HOW MANY BOOKS have you read?) My lowest reading group needs PHONEMIC AWARENESS. If you don’t know your letter sounds…it’s really HARD to read.
So Guided reading should be called
Meet them at their level.
Give them a “take away” that they can use TODAY.
I also use FRIDAYS for assessments ONLY.
I do one to one RUNNING RECORDS.
I do fluency assessments.
I do letter & phonics assessments.
Make it quick. Not a “story” time.
Try to get the most BANG for your buck.
Start with your middle groups.
The “BUBBLE” kids.
They will be moving the fastest.
Next. Alternate assessments between your highs & lows.
Your highs probably will make continued growth with “less” support…they came in with strong foundations or they wouldn’t be HIGH! Don’t forget about them. Keep them connected with BOOK CLUBS, Writing, and LOTS of COMPREHENSION.
My low babies. You can’t practice TOO MUCH.
When they become “done”…distracted, unable to focus, etc.
CHANGE IT UP.
Interactive writing, phonics games, reading with “finger pointers”, etc. etc. Change the game…not the content.
Here is a Sight Word FREEBIE for YOU to get started !