Category Archives: Small Groups | Centers

Small group ( 6 or less) and independent centers for students to practice skills and strategies.

I LOVE the Guided Reading Table!

What is YOUR favorite time of the day?
Before lunch?
Recess?

Mine is…

GUIDED   READING!


The place where “MAGIC” happens!
The “AHA!”..the lightbulb…whatever you want to call it.

Last year I got rid of my 
TEACHER  DESK.

This is my 
CENTRAL COMMAND.




Then I added stools from IKEA.
My kiddos LOVE IT!


My next favorite “accessory”
from by
BFF….
AMAZON!

Brewster Wall Pops 

WPE99065 Peel & Stick Calypso Dry-Erase Dots

 with Marker



I put  BIG teal dots on my table!



My kids write on them!




After we read… then
we write questions on them
 and then change seats to answer them!
Musical Chairs!



They LOVE it!
Write & WIPE! 

The BEST!

I use my 

to guide my lessons.


I use it
to assess kids reading levels,
 to group them with like skills,
 and to teach them AT THEIR LEVEL.

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

GUIDED  LITERACY

Meet them at their level.
Give them a “take away” that they can use TODAY.
Repeat. Repeat.Repeat.

I also use FRIDAYS for assessments ONLY.
NO GROUPS!



I do one to one RUNNING RECORDS.
I do fluency assessments.
I do letter & phonics assessments.
BUT…
Don’t  “DAWDLE”…
Make it quick. Not a “story” time.
Try to get the most BANG for your buck.

Suggestion:

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 !


So I LOVE the guided reading table.
LOTS of learning goes on there.

BUT ALWAYS, ALWAYS, remember…

IT STARTS WITH

Shout out to The Primary Brain!

I need to give a

SHOUT  OUT!

Recently, I purchased a packet from TPT.

I know, I create them.

I got busy! What can I say?

But…it has saved me a  LOT…I mean a LOT of TIME!

I want to give a shout out to

Laurin
at
The Primary Brain!

Click HERE to go to her tpt store!

I purchased her


So..how am I using them you ask?

Glad you asked…

Let me show you!


First… I got out my GUIDED READING “levels” FOLDER.
All students have a velcro name tag and I attach them into groups.
Moveable, fluid, ever changing.
I LOVE IT!


Close up of my “loves”
 that spend 
daily reading time
 with ME!
EVERY DAY!


So, I used her bookmark IN A SLEEVE, as an assessment.
Gotta know WHERE to START!
I took one bookmark & gave it to the student
to take home & practice.
Notice the “CIRCLED” words?
PRACTICE  MORE!


Then I made a TEACHER copy.
 This group has 4 students.
Each student has a different highlighted color.
I highlighted the words THEY need as a group.
During WORD WORK…they will come to ME to practice as a group.
I can see at a glance which words to focus on.

Did the same with other groups. 
I purchased 10 levels…enough for NOW!

I LOVE the 3 bookmarks to a page!
She did a great job!

I appreciate products that make MY LIFE easier!

THANK  YOU!

I also am using my HFW packets for my kiddos to 
PRACTICE…PRACTICE…PRACTICE!!!


How do YOU teach HFW?

What TIME is it???

How many “times” today have you been  asked…
WHAT TIME  IS  IT???

For me…
WAY  TOO  MANY!

And so…
WE  TEACH!

Hour hand.
Minute hand.
O’clock.
Thirty.

And OVER…And OVER…And OVER!

Big ones for WHOLE Group. 
Little Ones for Small / Independent Practice.
(Practice  MAKES   Perfect!)

To help out…

I have created a
MUCH   NEEDED  Packet.. 
for ME AND  For YOU!


These games will help my kiddos practice
Hour & Half-Hour
in 
MULTIPLE GAME  Formats!


Those who like SORTING…SORT!
Those who like a MATCHING GAME…MATCH!
Those who like to write..WRITE!

And so we work..we play…we practice!

And then…

WHAT  TIME  IS  IT??

RECESS!  LUNCH!  TIME TO GO HOME!
  
Check out my WINTER Pinterest board!
LOTS  of Winter GOODIES!

Data Collecting sends SHIVERS DOWN MY SPINE!

Data Collecting!

The words that send
SHIVERS
down 
EVERY TEACHER’S
BACK!
WHY? HOW? WHEN?

 Relax…take a breath…
go to your “HAPPY PLACE!”

Data is very important in education.
We as educator’s not only need to deliver the instruction, but we do have the need to ensure our student’s master and apply the knowledge we are delivering.

For me, it was a
CHANGE of  MINDSET.
When I change my lifestyle, I need a WHY?
Why am I doing this? Why is it needed? 
WHY?  WHY?  WHY?

BECAUSE.

Collecting data is NOT about the numbers.
It’s NOT about “judging” my teaching. It’s NOT about seeing 
HOW many of my students DID or DID NOT master a concept.

It’s about looking for those SMALL skills, those giant holes, those little tweeks that are missing FOR THE CHILD
What areas are missing…so I can fill them!

IT’S NOT ABOUT ME???

NOPE!

It’s about the KIDS!

Data is to help our kids.

OK.   So  HOW?

There are a MULTITUDE of  assessments that you can use. 
In this day and age, I bet your district has a LONG list of assessments they  want you to use.
USE them!

Don’t just give the test & move to the next lesson.
LOOK  AT  THE  DATA!

You might be surprised at what you see!

I recently gave a math assessment to my firsties.
We had spent 4-5 weeks (YES WEEKS) on place value!
Tens and ones.  Tens and ones.  
OVER  AND  OVER!

After my “district” math assessment,
I noticed a trend…
On 5-6 of the tests  ( 25%  of my class..)
they missed 3-4 questions about 
adding ten to a number.

WHAT? ADDING TEN IS EASY!

We had gone over tens & ones, tens & ones…
BUT…

I “assumed”
…remember what they say about 
ASSUME…

that it would be easy for them 
because they understood place value!

So…a week later of
SMALL  GROUP
math ..adding tens to numbers

SHAZAM!

100%  on the place value review test!
So what if I gave the review test again.
They didn’t get it the first time!

It is NOT important that 
OUR numbers
 look good to others!

What is important is
DO THE KIDS KNOW IT?

Knowledge vs. numbers.

WOW!
A New MINDSET!

If you are looking for some reading/writing assessments 
to HELP your kiddos…

See how I use it 
 HERE

Data Collecting 101

Data Collecting!

The words that send

SHIVERS

down 

EVERY TEACHER’S

BACK!

WHY? HOW? WHEN?

 Relax…take a breath…

go to your “HAPPY PLACE!”

Data is very important in education.

We as educator’s not only need to deliver the instruction, but we do have the need to ensure our student’s master and apply the knowledge we are delivering.

For me, it was a

CHANGE of  MINDSET.

When I change my lifestyle, I need a WHY?

Why am I doing this? Why is it needed? 

WHY?  WHY?  WHY?

BECAUSE.

Collecting data is NOT about the numbers.

It’s NOT about “judging” my teaching. It’s NOT about seeing

HOW many of my students DID or DID NOT master a concept.

It’s about looking for those SMALL skills, those giant holes, those little tweeks that are missing FOR THE CHILD!

What areas are missing…so I can fill them!

IT’S NOT ABOUT ME???

NOPE!

It’s about the KIDS!

Data is to help our kids.

OK.   So  HOW?

There are a MULTITUDE of  assessments that you can use. 

In this day and age, I bet your district has a LONG list of assessments they  want you to use.

USE them!

Don’t just give the test & move to the next lesson.

LOOK  AT  THE  DATA!

You might be surprised at what you see!

I recently gave a math assessment to my firsties.

We had spent 4-5 weeks (YES WEEKS) on place value!

Tens and ones.  Tens and ones.  

OVER  AND  OVER!

After my “district” math assessment,

I noticed a trend…

On 5-6 of the tests  ( 25%  of my class..)

they missed 3-4 questions about 

adding ten to a number.

WHAT? ADDING TEN IS EASY!

We had gone over tens & ones, tens & ones…

BUT…

I “assumed”

…remember what they say about 

ASSUME…

that it would be easy for them 

because they understood place value!

So…a week later of

SMALL  GROUP

math ..adding tens to numbers

SHAZAM!

100%  on the place value review test!

So what if I gave the review test again.

They didn’t get it the first time!

It is NOT important that 

OUR numbers

 look good to others!

What is important is

DO THE KIDS KNOW IT?

Knowledge vs. numbers.

WOW!

A New MINDSET!

If you are looking for some reading/writing assessments 

to HELP your kiddos…

THIS WILL HELP!

See how I use it 

 HERE

Throwback Thursday..NO PREP Matching Game!

Is it 

THURSDAY?

Yippey!!!

Happy  Friday  EVE!  🙂

Just a short note on a

 SUPER FUN GAME

to help your kiddos

practice spelling / vocabulary / HFW words!

Do you remember 

THE  MATCHING  GAME?

Well…. I have “tweaked” it for my classroom.

Materials needed:

2   colors   of    BLANK   PAPER!

Pencil

Dark  Crayon

THAT’S IT!

Easy  Peasy!

Now  What?

1.   Have  Kiddos  FOLD  their  paper  into 16  squares.

(  Fold it horizontal twice  &  Vertical  twice!)

2.  Use pencil to TRACE  the  fold lines.

(This ensures a BOX for kids to write their words in.)

3. I write the words on MY paper 

and use my DOC CAMERA for kids to see, so they can copy.

4.  Cut SQUARES apart into word cards.

5.  Kids stack their cards.

6. Find  a  PARTNER  with  different colored  cards.

7. They place ALL cards words DOWN.

8.  Rock, paper, scissors.  Winner  goes  first.

9. Turn over ONE of their cards & ONE of their partner’s cards.

10.  Read…read…read!  Do they MATCH?

11. If they match…they stack BOTH cards!

12. If not, turn them over and try again!

No WINNERS or LOSERS…

ALL DONE?     PLAY  AGAIN!  🙂

SO  FUN!

We usually have 6 spelling words.

I  ALWAYS  add  MORE!

I  am teaching  word  strategies.

NOT  MEMORIZING  FOR A TEST!

Keep  them learning!

Have FUN!

No More , How Do You SPELL..??? and a FREEBIE

Spelling.
( I know..I cringe at that word.)
Making sure each word is “perfect”.
Students who STOP writing a wonderful story,
because they can’t remember HOW to spell a word.
Just one word.
And then..they stop writing! UGH!
They ask themselves,
“What does it start with?”
Oh..I dunno…so where do they look?
What do they do?
ASK  THE  TEACHER!
NO!
Those DREADED words…
“HOW DO YOU SPELL…????”
Ugh!
We have gone over letter sounds, word families, vocabulary, picture prompts, word walls, word lists, dictionaries, pictionaries, and so on..and so on.
And still they ask.
So what is a teacher to do??
PINTEREST!
( The place where ALL questions CAN be answered!)
And so I search…
SO MANY CHOICES!
( And don’t EVEN get me started on WORD WORK!)
And so…what’s a teacher to do?
Create MY OWN!
My district has adopted a curriculum.
I have 18 boxes waiting for me to unpack!
My PD for this new curriculum is 5 days before I have students!
I probably won’t have time to REALLY dig into the program.
Surface teaching for a few weeks!
BUT…
My kiddos are ready… BEFORE I AM!
And so..
I create!
Here are a few of my newest
SPELLING   creations!
( I do have access to the word lists…so I am using them!)
If you do not have
CA   JOURNEYS
DO  NOT  FRET!
The word lists in this program can be used anywhere, anytime!
Homeschools, interventions, homework, practice pages!
Here is KINDERGARTEN

Here is  FIRST  GRADE
And  Grade  2

All of the lists are printed in black and white.
SAVES  ON  COLORED  INK!
( I print mine on colored paper!)
I print one copy for the student’s desk.
A little tape on top..and voila!
Instant word wall for writing!
(NO MORE …HOW DO YOU SPELL…)
The other copy I send home for homework each MONDAY!
They have to read & practice each night.
Spelling tests on FRIDAY!
I give “rewards” for 80% correct or higher!
I don’t expect perfection…just effort in their work.
I add these word lists to SPELLING CITY on our ipads.
(If  you don’t have SPELLING CITY for ipads…GET IT!) 🙂
They practice EVERY DAY!
They also must use the week’s spelling words in their journals.
They read their journals to a partner.
WOW!
 Spelling, reading, writing, word lists, &  homework!
I think we’ve got this!
I hope you can use my new SPELLING Packets!
GOOD FOR ALL LEARNERS!
Leave me a comment
which grade level you would like
 and I’ll pick someone on
 SUNDAY Night,  June 26,
to send a FREEBIE to!
Good Luck!

No More , How Do You SPELL..??? and a FREEBIE

Spelling.
( I know..I cringe at that word.)
Making sure each word is “perfect”.
Students who STOP writing a wonderful story,
because they can’t remember HOW to spell a word.
Just one word.
And then..they stop writing! UGH!
They ask themselves,
“What does it start with?”
Oh..I dunno…so where do they look?
What do they do?
ASK  THE  TEACHER!
NO!

Those DREADED words…
“HOW DO YOU SPELL…????”
Ugh!
We have gone over letter sounds, word families, vocabulary, picture prompts, word walls, word lists, dictionaries, pictionaries, and so on..and so on.
And still they ask.
So what is a teacher to do??
PINTEREST!
( The place where ALL questions CAN be answered!)
And so I search…
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/5911043239308984/
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/515802963551850222/
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/42784265188753752/

SO MANY CHOICES!
( And don’t EVEN get me started on WORD WORK!)
And so…what’s a teacher to do?
Create MY OWN!
My district has adopted a curriculum.
I have 18 boxes waiting for me to unpack!
My PD for this new curriculum is 5 days before I have students!
I probably won’t have time to REALLY dig into the program.
Surface teaching for a few weeks!
BUT…
My kiddos are ready… BEFORE I AM!
And so..
I create!
Here are a few of my newest 
SPELLING   creations!
( I do have access to the word lists…so I am using them!)
If you do not have 
CA   JOURNEYS
DO  NOT  FRET!
The word lists in this program can be used anywhere, anytime!
Homeschools, interventions, homework, practice pages!
Here is KINDERGARTEN

Here is  FIRST  GRADE
And  Grade  2

All of the lists are printed in black and white.
SAVES  ON  COLORED  INK!
( I print mine on colored paper!)
I print one copy for the student’s desk.
A little tape on top..and voila!
Instant word wall for writing!
(NO MORE …HOW DO YOU SPELL…)
The other copy I send home for homework each MONDAY!
They have to read & practice each night.
Spelling tests on FRIDAY!
I give “rewards” for 80% correct or higher!
I don’t expect perfection…just effort in their work.
I add these word lists to SPELLING CITY on our ipads.
(If  you don’t have SPELLING CITY for ipads…GET IT!) 🙂
They practice EVERY DAY!
They also must use the week’s spelling words in their journals.
They read their journals to a partner.
WOW!
 Spelling, reading, writing, word lists, &  homework!
I think we’ve got this!
I hope you can use my new SPELLING Packets!
GOOD FOR ALL LEARNERS!
Leave me a comment 
which grade level you would like
 and I’ll pick someone on
 SUNDAY Night,  June 26,
to send a FREEBIE to!
Good Luck!
Anyone need some AWESOME
Flair Markers
to correct those wonderful spelling lists?
( I let my kiddos use these to “HELP” a partner, too!)
LOVE THEM!
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Nibits for Newbies 1.31.16 DO YOU SCOOT????

If it’s Sunday…
It must be time for…
NIBITS FOR NEWBIES!!
This week’s theme…
DO YOU SCOOT???
HUH?
Do….  YOU…  SCOOT?????
Ok..
Have you ever PLAYED SCOOT???
Here is a game to get 100% of YOUR students ENGAGED!
My Kiddos LOVE  SCOOT  games..
Here are the basics:
Materials needed:
Game cards, task cards, pictures, flash cards, or multiple pages for review.
AND
A student page for responses.
Each student needs their OWN page.
Can be a pre-printed one, or blank.
The main idea is:
 The teacher places different “tasks” on student desks.
The student’s walk around the room and respond to  the task on their papers.
Some teacher use a timer ( 1 minute per “station”) or FREE FOR ALL!
MY KIDDOS LOVE LOVE LOVE this!
Here are some examples…
We used this packet to play.
The CLOCK cards are the packet. 
NO laminating needed!
I just place them in clear report sleeves…or Zip Lock bags when I need more!

Each card has a DIFFERENT  LETTER in the Top LEFT corner..
see the “V”????

Students walk around the classroom ( this time with a partner )
to find the cards.

We just used a blank page, folded it into 12 squares, and gave each one a LETTER.
I told them NOT to put their squares in ABC order.
WHY?  That way ALL kids are not at the same card at the same time!
Mix it up!

They found the 12 cards matching THEIR CHOSEN LETTERS!
We are working on time to the hour & half hour.
THEY LOVED THIS!
LOTS of discussion, helping each other, and giggles!
Check out PINTEREST…LOTS OF SCOOT GAMES!

I know you will enjoy!
Have fun!

Holiday BUNDLE for YOU! WAHOO!

I LOVE A SALE!
I mean…I am the “frugal” MOM!
Once,  I brought a calculator grocery shoping with me…AND CASH!
No mistakes!
Get the best for less!
Coupons….OH YEAH!
I even told my son..if  HE would cut coupons & figure out 2 for one’s, etc etc..
I would pay him a percentage of the savings!
Kinda like  a “FINDER’S FEE”!
Ok..I’m CHEAP!
I make my own coffee ( Starbuck’s like 2-3 times a year..  )
I take my lunch to school.
I shop for clothes…AT WALMART!
( I CANNOT PAY $50 for a pair of JEANS!)
So…I thought I would share a BUNDLE ..
A BUNDLE OF SAVINGS
FOR YOU!
The holidays are coming.
We will need to keep the kiddos FOCUSED!
Still have to do testing, report cards, gifts for parents, decorations, etc..etc..etc..
This will help keep them focused!
To help out…. here you are!
5 PACKETS!
WHAT?
YES!  ALL  5  PACKETS!

You get…
Fun, engaging….PLACE VALUE, 
and
LOOKS great on a BULLETIN BOARD!
YESSSS!

And…
4 ELA centers to keep going through January! 🙂

AND…
MATH?
Kiddos need math parctice?
Centers?
Whole class SCOOT?
YEP!
1 Less, 1 MORE,  10 Less AND 10 MORE!

AND…
Grammar practice or ASSESSMENT!
( Two birds with one stone!)

AND…
(Whew!)
4 ELA centers…
FUN & ENGAGING!

WOW!
All of that in ONE  BUNDLE!
Stop by my TPT  Store to check it out!
Click on pic…
While you are there,
check out these too!

All available in my TPT store!
Happy Holidays!
🙂