Thursday, June 20, 2013

Throwback Thursdays! Communication Arts Assessment

Cara is the BEST!  She is hosting a weekly Throwback Thursday which is sort of like TBS reruns, but for blogs!   Love it!

First I would like to tell you about where I have been!

This week a group of us drove to Louisiana (um...12 hours)  for the three day Whole Brain Conference.   Holy Smokes!   I drank the Kool-Aide!   I am so interested in this approach to teaching that I seriously think my head *might* pop off my shoulders!

I can not really explain it because it is HUGE!  It is not new curriculum, but rather a new approach to teaching that engages the whole child... even your "busy" ones.   If you have ever had that moment in your class where you look around and ask,  "Where is your teacher?" you might be interested in looking into this approach.   If you are interested in learning more you can look at the link I provided above... amazing!

Did I mention this was a 12 hour car ride?   I went down with the Fab 4 (well... 3 of the 4)!   Can I just tell you how much I LOVED my 4 days with these ladies?   Laughed, laughed, laughed.   And THEN... the sweet and SPICY Mrs. Carroll joined us for dinner one night.   Did I mention she drove a few hours to meet up with us... after a day of training? Wonder Woman.. just prettier!
Me, Becky, Lori, Cara, and Kay Beth... plus alligator friend!


Here is a post from WAAYYY back!   I am preparing some stuff (AKA as really important information) about assessment and I remembered this post!

Originally posted December 7, 2011

I am officially up to my armpits in communication arts assessments. Thank goodness my students can work independently at their stations!

Here is what we are doing for our end of semester assessments.

The DRA (the first one we have given to our kids this year).

I will be sending this document home with the report cards to help explain it.  If you use reading levels at your school and provide the data to the parents, it is important that you explain it.  These are two-sided brochures that explains what each reading level looks like.
(Sadly, I no longer have the Microsoft Publisher document~such a long and ridiculously dumb story on my part)... But at least I have the PDF version!!!
Grab your copy from Google Docs
Do you need a 1st grade edition?
Grab your copy from Google Docs
We will conduct our second formal writing assessment. We will use this tool to score it.
Grab your copy from Google Docs
I have just completed my Communications Arts Assessments with are aligned with the Common Core Standards.
Click on the image to go to my TpT store.
You will go blind trying to see it, but I have color coded my student results.
Yellow = Advanced
Green = Proficient
Blue = Approaching
Red = Below Basic

For my concepts about print and phonemic awareness assessments I only color coded those who were not proficient.   This will help me to focus my interventions and create my small groups around those skills.
You can get your blank copy HERE.  Once you download it to your computer, it should look right!  It will look a little goofy in Google Docs.

AND another thing... I just remembered this document for running records. You can use this with any book and you do not need to know the word count ahead of time. Simply put a check mark in each box.  When all of the boxes are filled up, you have 100 words... % without the need of a calculator.  Use the bottom for a comprehension check.  We have had a version of this floating around my building for a while.  The original was a horrible copy, so I retyped it a long time ago.  I'm not sure where the original idea came from... but we LOVE it!

If you grabbed any of these documents and like them, please leave a comment.
Kind comments fuel my blogging!  So don't be stealth about it...

Happy Throwback Thursday!


  1. I love the 100 box generic record. That was a duh, moment for me. Thanks for going back into the archives. Sometimes we get all caught up in the new and glitzy, when the tried and true is the best.

  2. What a great throwback! Thanks so much for sharing! =)

    A+ Firsties

  3. Deedee,
    I LOVE the Leveled Reading explanation for parents. Wonderful- such a clear, concise explanation. Also... LOVE WBT. I bet that conference was amazing. I sort of got addicted to watching Youtube videos of teachers using WBT in their classrooms one weekend. Sounds sad, doesn't it. :( Oh well! :)
    Thank you for sharing!
    Kindergarten: Holding Hands and Sticking Together

  4. Deedee,
    Why didn't I think of that great idea with 100 boxes. I am always sitting there trying to count and figure out where in the book I need to stop and end up losing time because I forget to do this ahead of time! I can't wait to use this next year. I also love your guided reading levels and was planning on using that as well. You have some amazing ideas!! Thank goodness for blogs...what did we ever do with out them!

  5. thank you!!!! i could really use these!!

  6. So jealous of you all getting to the conference!! WBT made a huge difference, what little I used, in my room last year. Next year I hope to use even more!!

    I am even revamping the power pics for K cuteness factor!!

    Have fun I can't wait to hear all the goodies you learned!

  7. What a great post! I love hearing about what you are doing and the assessment docs were wonderful!

  8. I love you BIG Deedee Wills Kinder ;) Can't wait to see you again!

  9. Love these freebies, thank you as usual for your brilliance and clarity of explanation!

    More importantly though, oh how jealous I am of your whole brain experience. I have dreamed of a conference nearby that I could attend. I have to content myself with watching youtube videos. :)

    First in Maine

  10. I love any kind of assessment tools! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Deedee....Oh what a blast it was! Once you attend the conference WBT just takes over your brain! It was such a blessing to meet you! Wish I could have driven to dinner with yall and met Cara as well but I was on duty at the conference! :) Can't wait to see and read all your posts about WBT in your classroom! :)

  12. Thank you so much for sharing! I learn something new every time I visit your blog!

  13. These are awesome! Thanks for sharing with us. I can't wait to use them.


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