This week’s theme…
Now… I wish I was PERFECT.
I wish my kiddos were PERFECT.
There are NO Perfect PEOPLE!
NO Perfect KIDDOS.
Now that we have gone there…how do we get close?
We get BETTER!
( My Mantra )
Usually…more than once.
We write about our day in school…things we
like…stories we have read..etc.
We change our focus depending on our curriculum.
We do a writer’s workshop.
My kids write.
AND they LOVE IT!
Give them paper, pencils, markers, colored pencils, etc…
And … LET THEM TALK!
My classroom is NEVER quiet!
Discussion about writing, during writing, and after writing.
TALK, Write, Create!
Are they perfect?
Is that OK?
( If you need a starting point)
Here you go! Have FUN!
And a FREE Balanced Literacy resource to help you get STARTED!
2023 is the Year of LITERACY!
Because 2022 was so BAD….we get DO-OVER!
We get a “LITERACY ” do-Over”!
Keep reading to the bottom of this post for a FREEBIE!
Ready to UPDATE your literacy block?
Balanced Literacy: Here is your PLAN!
*DISCLAIMER… I know the Science of Reading is the NEW “go-to” for teaching Reading.
I AM NOT AN EXPERT! I am learning. I have been teaching reading to FIRST GRADERS for 30+ Years. AND I AM ALWAYS LEARNING. SO… I hope YOU are open to new ideas & “reusing” OLD ideas to help our “littles” learn. If this helps YOU – Yeah! ( Jan. 2022).
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.
The 8 components we will focus on are:
As defined by education.com, the teacher reads aloud various types of text. She often models her thinking aloud as she reads. The students participate by listening to the text and the teacher’s thinking strategies and then trying some of them out by talking with partners. The teacher reads the text, therefore taking away the visual sources of information, so that students can focus on meaning and structure.
Marie Clay (1991) writes that when teachers read aloud to students “meanings can be negotiated in discussion before, during, and after the story reading” (p.171). Reading aloud to students should include think-aloud or interactive elements and focus intentionally on the meaning “within the text,” “about the text,” and “beyond the text” (Fountas & Pinnell, 2006, p.33). Read aloud, as part of the gradual release of responsibility, feeds naturally into shared, guided, and independent reading as teachers demonstrate to students the ways the reading process works (Burkins & Croft, 2010).
Among the many benefits of a read-aloud, Rog (2001) lists the following:
Here some great educators share their resources.
has a list of First Grade Read Alouds.
Mia at the Pragmatic Mom also has a list.
Pinterest has many fun and exciting ideas!
To create their own thinking based on their life connections, and discuss the text with peers. Each will bring their own comprehension based on their life experiences. As they learn to communicate their thoughts and understanding to others, their own comprehension will expand. The teacher has an opportunity to draw the students INTO the book. Use your posters, visuals, artifacts, and storytelling techniques to be the characters, create the world using your voice, and open the doors to new adventures.
Paige from Our Elementary Lives shows a storytelling Read Aloud Lesson.
And there are MORE. Click the links below for more information on READ ALOUDS.
These literacy posts may help in YOUR Balanced Literacy journey.
These resource books for TEACHERS may be helpful for YOUR reading.
Stay tuned for our next literacy experience…Shared Reading.
Please share with friends.
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Bringing it BACK!
It’s time for…
This week’s theme…
If YOU need CLOSE READING info…
From Jen @ Teacher Karma
She has a GREAT blog post about
If you are learning…check it OUT!
Gotta know YOUR standards!
to help US all
DIVE INTO THE TEXT…
Here is a little FREEBIE
from ME to YOU!
I love it when SOMETHING WORKS!
discovered, learned, and found a BETTER WAY!
So Does PINTEREST!
Different ones for EACH MONTH.
FAST & EASY for me.
High Interest for Kiddos.
I have a
Tie a triple KNOT!
Yes, a TRIPLE KNOT…and staple it to one side of your board ( or window ).
Measure side to side. Add 3-4 inches!
Tie another triple knot and staple it to the other side.
( I measured to make sure both sides were LEVEL.)
I know…those of you who know me… I NEVER MEASURE!
But…I want to do this ONE TIME…not taking down the yarn until the END OF THE YEAR!
Staple BOTH sides of the KNOT!
The Knot will HOLD the yarn. NO SLIDING!
After you have laminated the banner ( OR TAPE THE TOP EDGE BEFORE
you HOLE PUNCH!)
Use a hole punch to make two holes at the top.
I went down about ( No measuring there ) a 1/2″.
SLIT THE HOLE TO THE TOP!
( SEE the PICTURE )
“NO! Then it will fall off!”
No one is pulling on these. They are for
What this does is allows you to
change the BANNER page
without having to
remove & put up a new string!
JUST CHANGE THE BANNERS!
Alternate sides when you add the vocab. cards.
I wanted an ODD number…
so I could have 1 in the middle.
Add another layer.
I cheated in the middle layer.
Stapled the middle card ( so the arch would be close to the others).
for ELs, independent work, & everyday writing!
And I can change them each month…
IN A FLASH!
Here are my
A GAME CHANGER
NIBITS FOR NEWBIES
This week’s theme…
DO YOU SCOOT?
Do… YOU… SCOOT?????
Have you ever PLAYED SCOOT???
My Kiddos LOVE SCOOT games…
Here are the basics:
Game cards, task cards, pictures, flashcards, or multiple pages for review.
A student page for responses.
Each student needs their OWN page.
Can be a pre-printed one, or blank.
The main idea is:
Some teachers 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 is 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!
Check out PINTEREST…LOTS OF SCOOT GAMES!
I know you will enjoy it!
Some people travel.
Some people clean.
ME? I work. I have created 3 new products just this week!
I can’t keep my teacher brain from thinking of
NEW & EXCITING things
I “might” need for next year!
Here YOU go!
CVC Task Cards for SOR
Yes, I said 1300 CARDS
SOR Orthographic Cards
for Word Mapping
These 3 NEW Products will help your students.
Letter Sounds. Blending.
Word Work. Reading.
Fun and learning ALL at the same time!
For the WIN!
Let me know how things go!