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Reading Workshop

Reading Workshop

“Creating a Community of Readers”

via…LUCY  CAULKINS!

This is my newest FAVORITE thing!

I LOVE Lucy Caulkin’s 

READING, WRITING, 

COMPREHENSION LESSONS

If you get a chance to hear her, see her, and/or youtube her…

DO IT!

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…

 How?

 Take a picture walk. Cover the words. Make them use the visual cues in the story. Frontload any vocabulary that may change thinking, distort comprehension, or unfamiliar to them. Have them make predictions PRIOR to reading. AFTER reading, check their predictions.

 I LOVE this! After reading..then what? DO SOMETHING! 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.

 ENJOY IT!

 You are NEVER done! 

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. Good readers use their EYES! “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!

 Always,always…reread! 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..

GET  READING!

Remember….

When in doubt…

ALWAYS make it

BALANCED  LITERACY

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First Grade Writing..NONFICTION

First Grade Writing

So…we have taken the step  jump  LEAP into writing

NON-FICTION.

As a Title 1 teacher with half of my class CELDT Levels 1&2 ( low English)

I am ALWAYS trying to give my kids more vocabulary, visual clues, and

FRONTLOAD information

…before we WRITE!

So this week…was

REINDEER  WEEK!

I was  going for REAL REINDEER.

We read books, watched VIDEOS, did real research ( yes, ONLINE!)

We even attempted to watch the

REINDEER.CAM

Can’t show kiddos in my district…

TOO MUCH SANTA!

I know…don’t go there!

So …I kept it real!

ONLY REAL REINDEER!

I was going for NON-FICTION!

They did great!

As an adult, I felt they had mastered

 a LOT

of information!

What do reindeer LOOK like?

Where do they LIVE?

What do they EAT?

( One of our movies mentioned MUSHROOMS…

BOY did they pick up on that!)

And then….

what makes them different

 (special )

from

other ANIMALS?

Here are some of our writings…

(Don’t judge….we have NOT edited for CONVENTIONS..

Just  CONTENT!!  🙂

Sorry pics are turned…

Can’t get them to TURN! UGH!

No where…no how…

did I   MENTION

SANTA  or   RUDOLPH!

99%  of my student’s wrote that the important thing about REINDEER is…

THEY PULL SANTA’S  SLEIGH

AND

THE LEADER IS…RUDOLPH!

And THAT is NON FICTION!

HAHAHAHA

But that is their

 PRIOR  KNOWLEDGE!

SO CUTE!

They brought it into their writing!

Let their VOICES be heard!

And so…

ADULTS  BE  AWARE!

The little ones WILL be HEARD!

I LOVE TEACHING FIRST GRADE!

They make me GIGGLE!

If you need some writing help…

WRITE  ON!

ENJOY!

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80 student pages for the YEAR! Editing practice.

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( I think I will take a nap!)

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September iTeach Giveaway, Linky & FREEBIES! Let the Party BEGIN!

September iTeach Giveaway, Linky & FREEBIES! Let the Party BEGIN!

We are BACK!
( Not that we went ANYWHERE…just back!)
My friends and I at
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Sept. 8-11

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School is back in session.
Life gets back into ROUTINES.
I kinda like that. Routines.
WE ARE BACK!
Every year I try to “BETTER MYSELF” in my teaching.
This is my 27th year of teaching GRADE 1!!!
( My kiddos ask me WHY I never graduated…  HAHAHA)
And  so I try to keep up on the newest & brightest teaching trends
WITHOUT  going OVERBOARD!
This year I have impelemented 5  amazing new “tricks” to my teacher “magic bag!”

Write YOUR name!
This sounds EASY enough.
BUT…We ALL know it isn’t!
THEY FORGET…A LOT!
SO…..
Each time we do a paper, a project, ANYTHING together…
I say..” Here is where I write my name. DON’T WRITE MY NAME…”
and they chime back (LOUD)…
“WRITE MY NAME!”
So far…so good!
Call Backs working GREAT!
Entering the classroom.
I greet them on the playground line where we line up.
( 5 minutes BEFORE the bell rings..BEST 5 minutes EVER!)
We smile, chat a little, and then…
EVERYONE get out your homework folder and Read at Home folder (Books)
HW in your left hand…RAH in your right hand!
And..we walk to the door.
As they walk in…
Homework in the HW basket, RAH in the RAH basket, Backpacks on the shelf!
(No more getting into backpacks at the door!)
No one ON THE GROUND looking for something as the whole class walks in!
We put stuff away & sit down to work.
ONE MINUTE OR LESS!
“HALLELUJAH”
I hear trumpets! 🙂
Ipads…we are a 1:1 classroom.
I AM THANKFUL!
BUT…
25 first graders getting out, putting away, closing apps..
ICK!
2 GREAT ideas…
first …take their picture and use it as their desktop/wallpaper!
No more guessing WHOSE  ipad is it??
AND…
I choose  an extra 2 HELPERS each day.
TECH TEACHERS
Their job is to “pick a helper” ( now there are 4 )
so pass out, collect, stack up, plug into the charging cart, help with apps…each day.
( Sometimes I have to “FUDGE” at least two f them..to make sure there is at least one who can help with the apps.)
They LOVE LOVE LOVE it!
ME too!
BRAG  TAGS!
I love them.
I hate them.
I know…Love – Hate relationship!
LOVE the idea. Made ALL of them.
BUT…my kiddos could NOT open the chain necklaces
BY THEMSELVES!
My plan for independance…just add 25 MORE things for ME to do each day!
NO WAY!
I DO NOT HAVE TIME FOR THAT!
SO…
I went to rings!
They can open/close them.
Brag Tags fit.
ALL  GOOD…
BUT…
They fill up too fast!
NO WAY will they make it to the end of the year!
SOOOOO…
On the last day of each MONTH ( one so far )…
We take ALL of their BRAG TAGS and beads
OFF of their ring!
WHAT????
Yep. And then I gave them a string.
Good old white string ( NOT YARN ).
They restring their Brag Tags & beads onto their string.
Voila!  Necklaces! To wear home!
AND THEY LOVE THEM!
MORE! MORE! MORE!
They are working like a charm!
LOVE it!
Parent Communication.
I am NOT a fan of teachers using their phones IN CLASS!
It is NOT OK to call a parent while you are teaching.
(We are NOT here to embarass kids, to point them out while talking on the phone, texting, etc)
That is to done at recess, lunch, after school, etc.
So …I have started using
REMIND
on my phone to communicate with parents.
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Send a note to your parents
telling them how to sign up.
It will tell you on the app.
You can text parents, one or ALL, without them seeing YOUR phone # AND
You can’t see theirs.
Total privacy!
I send out QUICK texts about minimum days, library books, book orders,etc.
AND
I send out classroom pictures to those families who have joined!
(Keep a list handy!)
After my first picture…I got 4 more families to join who heard about it from the other families!
Not all will join. But much better than sending home a bunch of notes and
HOPING someone reads them!
Loving it so far!
OK..LONG  BTS  POST…sorry.
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It’s THAT time AGAIN! BTS Freebie & Giveaway!

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EVERY teacher knows it…
the BACK TO SCHOOL nightmares have begun!
You know…the “class TOTALLY out of control..”
or
The …” admin moved me to another class today..and kids here tomorrow!”
or (my favorite)
“We are adding ONE more student to your class…and I see hundreds!”
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GAME CHANGER!!!

I love it when

SOMETHING WORKS!

YESSSS!!!!

I have

discovered, learned, found a BETTER WAY!

I LOVE 

BANNERS!

Obviously..

So  Does  PINTEREST!

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/211317407494866485/

and so…

I needed some vocabulary words for MY classroom.

Different ones for EACH MONTH.

FAST & EASY for me.

High Interest for Kiddos.

TADA!

Vocabulary Banners!

I have a

GAME  CHANGER

for YOU!

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 to the other side.

( I measured to make sure both sides were LEVEL.)

I know…those of you who kow me… I NEVER MEASURE!

EYEBALL  IT!

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!

 

HERE IS THE 

GAME  CHANGER…

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″.

THEN…

SLIT THE HOLE TO THE TOP!

( SEE  the  PICTURE )

WHAT??????

“NO! Then it will fall off!”

NOT!

No one is pulling on these. They are for

LOOKING…NOT  TOUCHING!

What this does is allows you to change the BANNER page

without having to

remove & put up new string!

JUST CHANGE THE BANNERS!

YESSS!!!

Alternate sides when you add the vocab. cards.

I wanted an ODD number…

so I could have 1 in the middle.

Add another layer.

Same  directions.

I cheated in the middle layer.

Stapled the middle card ( so the arch would be close to the others).

TADA!

WONDERFUL Vocabulary words at my writing center for kiddos to use!

BIG pictures…spelling…variety

for EL’s, independent work, & everyday  writing!

And i can change them each month…

IN A FLASH!

Just change the cards…not the string!

Here are  my

  vocabulary banners

And so..

A GAME CHANGER

for me!

Here is a video to help:

Happy Back to School!

Are YOU  ready?

Is reading MORE..really ENOUGH??

Consider this my DISCLAIMER…

I am NOT  A  College Professor.

I do NOT have a MASTERS ( or above )

in ANYTHING!

I am just a teacher.

A first grade teacher.

A Veteran (27yrs ), first grade teacher, in a TITLE 1 SCHOOL!

I have seen a LOT!

Done a LOT!

Hear me ROAR!!!!!

Ok. So again.

I am a teacher.

(Aren’t they cute????)

I have been through:

Whole Language

Environmental Print

Interactive Writing

Phonemic Awareness

Leveled Readers ( DRA, GSP, AR, Lexile)

Phonics

Words Their Way

HFW

Sight Words

High Interest Reading Books

SIPPS

Read Naturally

Daily 5

And 

A MULTITUDE OF PUBLISHER’S CURRICULUM!

New sets evey 7 years!

Having said this…1 thing most curriculum’s have in common :

READ!

READ A LOT!

And then…READ SOME MORE!

So …

My little sisters…

YES…both of my LITTLE SISTER’S are

PRIMARY TEACHERS!

We  were discussing school.

( I know..we are NOT supposed to discuss SCHOOL during SUMMER VACATION!)

But…um…we were discussing school…

and we are trying to WRAP our minds around the

“READ..READ..READ more”

and they will

“GET IT!”

(way of thinking.)

Well, maybe

I  LOVE reading with kiddos!

See my post here about the GUIDED READING TABLE!

My concern is…

When I “release” them to read,

When I want them to become INDEPENDENT readers,

Where do they “learn” the skills to use when they “get stuck”?

Will they use strategies, when they don’t know what’s happening?

When a story isn’t making sense…do they keep reading?

If they keep reading…

Will it ALL come TOGETHER?

At a recent PD, my little sis said she understood the

READ, READ, READ philosophy.

Integrate science, social studies, math, technology

INTO  READING!

YES!

Writing and Reading COMPLIMENT and Coexist WITH  each other!

You can’t have one without the other!

THEY NEED EACH OTHER!

BUT…

-Me  SPEAKING-

There needs to be a BALANCE of:

Skills & Strategies

in conjunction with independent reading & writing!

THERE!

I said IT!

Reading & Writing SKILLS:

Letter Sounds

Blends

Vowels

Word Families

Chunks

Grammar

Punctuation

High Frequency Words

Capitalization

Handwriting

and MORE!

Comprehension

Questioning

Summarizing

etc, etc, etc…

(I sound like my Education College Professors!)

I was listening!

ALL of these “lessons” MUST be taught

INCONJUNCTION with

Reading & Writing!

Yes…To be a better reader..

YOU  MUST  READ!

BUT…to be a better reader who UNDERSTANDS…

You must have skills and strategies

to use

WHEN

you read and write!

NOW…CAUTION!!!

Unless you are teaching ADULTS in a COLLEGE CLASS…

A 40 minute LECTURE on diagramming sentences

IS NOT…I REPEAT..

NOT

the way to do it!

If you WANT to spend 40 minutes discussing grammar…

CHUNK IT!

Do 2-3 MINILESSONS over a few days…

Let it SINK IN!

Show  kiddos:

  What it looks like.

Where to find it.

How to use it.

Why we use it.

When to ask for help.

Kinder-Grade 1-Grade 2 teachers…

UNITE!

Mini Lessons with a WORKSHOP!

Use SMALL Groups for STRATEGY & Skill Groups!

Let kiddos have a chance to PRACTICE what YOU have taught them!

Let it SINK IN!

And  Then..

LET  THEM  READ!

and

READ!

and

READ!

and then

WRITE…and write  some  more!

Skills, Strategies, Reading, Writing

They will become “BETTER”..

and isn’t that what we ALL want to be?

BETTER!

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