Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Updates, Small Group, and a FREEBIE

We started this week off with our Groundhog's Day Poem.  This is a poem that I wrote with my teaching buddy, Janet!

My class REALLY gets into it.  I have this one sweetie who is SO good for my ego.  Each week he exclaims,  "I LOVE this poem!!!!"  We don't just read or sing these poems... we "DO" them.  After we read/sing the poem, the whole class decides on the actions we will do with it. This is always hilarious (since I can rarely recall them).   The students correct me and we try it again.   Sometimes we see if the boys can sing it better or the girls... however, it always seems to end in a tie.  

This week we decided that we would show "an early thaw" by acting like we were on surf boards!   Ha!
Then we illustrate the poem!   I LOVE their little groundhogs!!!


A month or so ago, I updated my Word Explorer's product to include activities for small group and literacy stations.   Because the lessons are already planned out (see the little card in the first picture), it literally takes me less than 2 minutes to grab the magnets I need for the lesson.  The images below are from my most challenged group.  They grabbed a hold of this lesson like that (imagine I just snapped by fingers).   I will review this lesson with them the next time.   Practice makes permanent!

Finally... here is your FREE item!

For the last few years, I have paper clipped cards to my student's guided reading books.  This helps the parents to know which book in their book bag I REALLY want them to practice.   I check the next day for fluency.   If the child had practiced the text, they should be able to read it like they talk.  

So, I turned this card into a bookmark.  I have left stars at the bottom so I can reward those students who demonstrate fluency.   I can tell when the book has not been practice because of this lack of fluency.  Perhaps this is something you can use in your classroom.


I would love to hear what you think.  Do you feel this would be helpful in your classroom?   
How do you reinforce student fluency?

33 comments:

  1. I love the idea of the bookmarks! I have been typing up a quick note indicating a particular skill we worked on that day for the last couple weeks. I didn't intended to keep doing it, but it seems to be helping, so I need to start saving them! We are using a new "detailed lesson plan" (scripted) curriculum this year that has not yet introduced any word attack strategies, so I have been focusing on this in leveled books. Our curriculum is phonics-based, so these other strategies are not taught; I feel they are very important though! Thanks for the resource!

    Amanda
    www.averycuriousclass.blogspot.com

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  2. Love it all, Deedee! And, that font is just to die for ;)

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  3. I wanted to share with you that my kids have been enjoying your poems. The first one we did was Up in the Artic and they love it so much that when they are working at their tables someone will start the group singing it! It makes me smile every.single.time. :) Traci

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    1. Thank you!!!! I am so glad they love it! I am not sure if I have every embraced poetry like I have this year. We are having a great time too! Now I need to get my rear in gear and get the readers done for October, November, and December... Ha!

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  4. What a cute poem! Besides sending books home, our reading series has a fluency component and that also gets practiced at home. I like your bookmark, and it is a great resource for parents!!! The stars are a great motivator :)

    Bridget
    Literacy Without Worksheets

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  5. I love your poems. I was just gluing Monster Love onto sentence strips. I have been singing it in my head all night!

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  6. I love the idea of the bookmarks, and I love the tips in the parent letter! It's so well-written! Thank you for sharing this resource with us!

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  7. You always have the best ideas! Thank you so much for the letter and these great bookmarks! :)
    Cheryl
    Crayons and Curls

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  8. Thank you for sharing your fluency bookmark! We have such a shortage of guided reading books and printing limits make it difficult to photocopy from A to Z or other printable readers. I'm really struggling with providing "familiar reread" opportunities for my kinders. It's such a valuable component and has been a source of deep frustration this year. I love this idea that helps remind parents to engage their child in rereading at home! I mention it to parents every chance I get. But, I think there's just something about having a bookmark/note attached to the book that might help families remember the request. I also love the stars...who doesn't love a little recognition!!

    Amy
    Happy Teacher Heaven

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    1. Thanks Amy! I know resources are hard to come by. We are very lucky!

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  9. Hi Deedee,
    I too wanted to share with you how much my class is loving the poems in your poetry units. The kids are so engaged each day as we read/sing them and do the activity. I love watching them work with the poems in the literacy station also. Lots of language being used, lots of cooperation and collaborative learning. It's great!
    Thanks again,
    Sandi

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  10. My kids LOVE the shared reading poems. We acted out "early thaw" as swimming! Thank you for creating this resource =)

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    1. I love it! I always brace myself for Monday because I know it will be an active discussion on the moves. They have strong opinions!!!

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  11. I think the bookmarks and letter will be very helpful I am preparing the bags this week and hope to have them ready for Monday. So you send a new book everyday?

    Terri
    KinderKapers

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    1. Hi Terri, I send the books home that we do in group. They can also "self select" books that go into their book bags, but their reading priority should be their guided reading text. I hope that helps.

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  12. I love the book marks and letter to the parents. This will be a great addition when I send home books from guided reading. Then maybe I can tell if they actually read it or not! Lol! Thanks for sharing your hard work!

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  13. Question-
    I love all your units you do...do you have a textbook that you follow for do you just use the common core and create units from there. We are looking at purchasing math books next year and I am not sure that I want one in kindergarten? Any thoughts for me?
    THanks
    Amy Ppe
    First Year Kindergarten Teacher (9 years in SPED)

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    1. We do have Saxon math... Um...it is district adopted... that is all I will say about that :)

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  14. Deedee! I love the bookmark idea!!! And I got so excited to see you have been using highlighting tape in your pocket chart! I remember using that when I was student teaching but have no idea where to find it!!! Would you happen to remember where you got yours?
    Jessica =)

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    1. Yes, You can find it at teacher stores or you can order if from Amazon.

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  15. Super cute! I love sending home a little note with the new reading book, this is way cuter than the one I currently use! I invite you to come check out my blog http://colleenskinders.blogspot.com

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  16. Hi! Would you mind if I had this resource translated? My district would need a letter giving permission to do so. You can e-mail me at harrisla@bcsd.com.

    Thank you! I can't wait to use these this year!

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  17. I love the bookmarks! How would I go about downloading them?

    Thanks for your awesome ideas and resources!

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    1. Just click on the image and it will take you to the google docs file. Then you just click "download".

      I also have them on my Facebook Fan Freebie page

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  18. I love the bookmark idea! I will be using it this year with my take home reading bags. Thank you for sharing.

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  19. I love the bookmark idea! Thank you for sharing!

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  20. I read that you don't use a basal series, so what books do you use for the guided reading books to go in their book bags? Thanks!!

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  21. You are awesome!! Thank you for sharing!

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  23. I absolutely love the guided reading bookmarks and your letter is spot on and the best I have read. Thanks for sharing!

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