Oh, How I LOVE my RED SOLO CUPS!
( I hear the Toby Keith song in my head!)
ALL mixed up. YUCK!
RED SOLO CUP!
I would like you to meet my newest friends!
The vowel kids!
This is KATE. ( long a)
Her twin sister is Anna. ( Short a )
Anna left us for a short “vacation”
…so I can use her picture for LONG A!
Thank you to Nikki from MELONHEADZ for the cutie pies!
We took each vowel family and did some writing!
We brainstormed words ( see the word box)
that have our phonics pattern for the week.
Then we did an interactive writing .
( see my BALANCED LITERACY packet,
The kids decided on her story. And then…
They were so cute! Best editors ever!
After we finished…
They decided yellow was too hard to read.
They said that handwriting is very important,
if you want others to read it.
They said spelling is important. It can change the meaning.
And lastly, writing large and spacing our words,
makes it easier to read.
WOW! They were listening! 🙂
And so …each week for the next 4 weeks
I will introduce another friend.
We will chat, create, and write!
I Love my JOB!
If you are looking for more
Stop on by!
Let’s talk Word Work. You know. Word Families, spelling, rhyming words, etc.
But wait! THIS IS 2021!
Did I miss it??? NO!
2021 is a new decade!
We get a BALANCED LITERACY “do-Over”!
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)
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.
The 8 components we will focus on are:
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.
During Word Work, students experiment with spelling patterns, memorize high-frequency words, and develop a genuine curiosity for and interest in new and unique words. As a result of playing with words, word patterns, word families, prefixes, suffixes, and so on, students hone their knowledge of words and increase their speaking and writing skills.
Word work is a hands-on time to explore the spellings and/or meanings of words (vocabulary). Making time for word work is vital because it helps patterns and words move into long-term memory. Word work can help our learners become better readers, spellers, and writers. Depending on our learners’ developmental stages, they might use this time to focus on letters and their sounds, read and spell words, or work on word meanings. At the same time, learners have time to explore sight words.
To begin, here are a few suggestions:
1. Before a Small Group Reading Lesson – Before small group reading lessons, I review a previous word study, based on my learners’ word work needs. Beginning sounds, short vowels, ending sounds, etc. The key to these is that they should be quick and easy.
2. Spelling word practice. During our guided reading lesson, I might focus on our spelling words for the week or the word families we have reviewed in previous lessons. I always start with what the kids know…and then add new information.
3. A Small Group Lesson – Frequently I have strategy lessons just to focus on a particular phonics or spelling strategy, especially if we notice several learners struggling with the same thing.
4. Whole Group Instruction – I recommend a simple phonics lesson for all learners in the classroom each day. This isn’t a long lesson (10-15 at most) and covers phonics material that is on grade level. I have a district required curriculum. I use the curriculum phonics as my MORNING MEETING lesson. I can expand on it during my small group time.
I incorporate word work mini-lessons into my writing lessons, when appropriate. If we are working on multi-syllabic words, we will edit our writing for those words, also.
Always be on the lookout for opportunities to support your students! When we are doing interactive writing, we incorporate MANY literacy practices!
Word Work can be integrated from ANY curriculum and ANY resource.
Use science, social studies, reading, writing, and ANY vocabulary experience to support your WORD WORK studies.
2019 is the year of BALANCED LITERACY!
Pronoun Word Work FREEBIE![/caption]
MOST..not all..but MOST have enough English to communicate
everyday NEEDS to me.
BATHROOM, Recess, and When is LUNCH?
We are OK.
WOWZA! Another WORLD!
We begin…BEGIN…with Phonemic Awareness.
However, NO PRINT!
Letter Sounds, Vocabulary Words, Rhymes, Alliterations,,
and LOTS OF THEM!
Alphabet, HFW, Word Families, emergent readers, etc.
For those who make READING a priority…
For those who don’t have a LOT of support at home..
It can take LONGER…
We write well and we write A LOT!
The problem occurs when they don’t have an ENGLISH word to attach to the “word” in their head!
We use Step Up to Writing…
Click HERE to see it…
We use my
papers because they have
My kids are doing GREAT!
(Most could only write their names at first!)
Daily PROGRESS! 🙂
And HERE is a FREEBIE to Help you on your way!
“Creating a Community of Readers”
This is my newest FAVORITE thing!
I LOVE Lucy Caulkin’s
If you get a chance to hear her, see her, and/or youtube her…
When I teach reading, I don’t want my students to stop and ask for help.
I want them to have skills to be independent readers.
I want them to be problem-solvers.
So, I am…
Reread it for NEW information. Retell it to yourself or a friend. We use our 3 fingers retell. I love this part…DIGEST IT! Just as a good meal…when you are finished, appreciate it. Think about it.
When you finish…read more! My kiddos love to stack ALL of their books on the left..as
they finish reading a book…place it in a pile on their right. Keep reading! Their goal is to
read more every day! STAMINA! Reading MATS are used to make goals.
Our goals are to read MORE!
We want kids to quit using their fingers to read.
“SCOOP” up words (phrases) with your eyes. When reading, put 3-4 words together
and read the phrases! GREAT time to teach prepositions & prepositional phrases!
You will see more, read more, and understand more when you reread a story. Read it to a partner, a
parent, a friend. The same book can sound new when you are reading it the second or third time!
A HUGE THANK YOU to Lucy Caulkins!
So there you are…
When in doubt…
ALWAYS make it
For more early literacy reading and writing resources
Check out these resources to help with reading & writing in YOUR classroom! 🙂
If you like it..PIN IT! 🙂
ME? or my students?
I Love Calendar Time.
I Love reading through the MONTH.
What’s happening THIS week
It keeps my “getting older” brain…
It helps my kiddos stay on top of events for this week and this month.
This week we are discussing:
My calendar is next to my focus board.
After vocabulary discussions, calendar,
days of the week ,months of the year, HFW cards..
Working on reading strategies!
All of this in about 15-20 minutes!
My calendar is in PLACE VALUE numbers!
I got it HERE.
I also have MELONHEADZ Holiday cards.
LOVE THEM TOO!
I try to “release” the CALENDAR instruction to my students as the year progresses.
By the end of the yer, THEY lead the calendar time.
But , I still get to do the READ ALOUD!
I LOVE IT!
Just a quick shout out to
Krista@Creative Clips Papers Collection
I use it every DAY!
My Preps, meetings, Notes, appointments, etc.
AND I GET TO USE MY FLAIR PENS! 🙂
One PAD lasts 2 years!
I LOVE MINE!
We go back to number of days in school, place value, etc.
This begins my REVIEW of math concepts BEFORE we begin anything new!
We count to 120 by 5’s & 10’s ..2’s to 50 at the end of the year.
This is my FAVORITE!
I have been helping hubby…AKA…FARMER WITHOUT A FARM…
Keep the homestead happy while he works & I ..vacation!
(I know..I like to work outside, but IT’S BEEN SOOO HOT!)
But, we also have..
I live in a suburban town.
70,000 people…house 5-8 feet APART!
AND WE HAVE CHICKENS!
I REALLY like fresh chicken eggs…and baby chicks are SOOOOO cute!
Now I will say..our city allows you to have 5…
we only have 2! That’s enough!
Here is RAPUNZEL – she has LONG feathers
SNOW WHITE is black ( hiding I am sure ) – C’mon
..Snow White has BLACK hair!
( Granddaughter’s named them)
Here is the TRI-LEVEL Chicken CONDO!
It has been hot here in NOR CAL…100 degrees plus!
Our “chickies” have a HUGE water tank (oustide the coop )
attached with a hose
to the inside of the coop
with a “CUP”
inside the for them to drink from.
It’s attached by a hose to our sprinklers
so they always have clean, fresh water to drink!
The only problem is….
THEY WANT ME TO FILL IT
…intead of “pecking it” , for the water to come out!
They would LOVE it ,
if I would just stand there…
& keep the cup full.
So what’s a farmer’s wife to do?
Just as teaching anyone to do anything…
MODEL, MODEL, MODEL
NOT! REALLY??? ME????
So..I took a stick..pushed on the nozzel in the cup ( really just tapped it)
AND WATER FILLED UP THE CUP!
I had both of them in my hands
..NOT CHOKING THEM
though I may have thought about it!
..just enough so they wouldn’t scratch me!
I showed them where the water was & how to get it!
Then I stuck pushed, pushed a little harder, their “LITTLE BEAKS” into the cup.
Over & Over
Over and Over…
And again…and again..
NOW for independent practice! 🙂
Here’s my theory..
I WILL NOT POUR THE WATER INTO YOUR BEAKS!
If you are thirsty….
They are alive.
I guess sometime ( when I am NOT looking )..
but make sure he teaches the chickens HOW to drink!
Thanks for hanging in there with me!
From me to YOU…
(NO…I WILL NOT
HOW TO DANCE!!!)
I think I will go practice the MACARENA! 🙂
They said STEAM.
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