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Friday, December 8, 2017

Five Fabulous Rhyming Videos

Rhyming is such an important skill for language and literacy development. You can check out rhyming books I love to read and students LOVE to hear!

I also have many games to make rhyming fun! Check them out at Rhyming Practice!

Here are the best videos/video stories that I use to help develop this important skill.

Monday, October 2, 2017

High Frequency Words + Research

There are many ways to practice high frequency words.  Since these words are essential to fluent reading. Repeated exposure and memorization are crucial for students to read fluently and consistently. Students must be able to read these words quickly or decoding will take too much time and effort.  When reading takes too long, readers become frustrated.

Click here to find the 50 words needed by Kindergarten.  You can cut them apart to make small words cards to help you sort.

 Recognizing high-frequency words by sight primarily involves memorization; and memorization comes most easily through repetition. Remember:  PRACTICE! PRACTICE!  PRACTICE!  Students need to read and write high-frequency words as often as possible.

  Remember to read/write as quickly as possible.

Sort the words into words columns.  One column of words that can be read in 5 seconds and one column of words to work on learning. Be sure to count and discuss the words known. Look for an increase each day.

 Make 2 copies of the words and play "Memory" with the cards!  Don't forget to read them as quickly as possible. 
Make flash cards.  REMEMBER: only practice 3 new words mixed up with7 words you already know.  It can take between 25-55 times before you can remember all of them!  Click on the picture to find the words to make.

From Radford University:

One strategy to consider when teaching and learning discreet skills is “Drill Sandwich” (Browder, D.M., & Roberts, M.L., 1993).  Here’s a basic description with simple steps.

Drill Sandwich:
The drill sandwich strategy is a way children can practice and learn new sight words, math facts, vocabulary, spelling words, or any information by mixing what they know with what they need to learn. This method is typically more motivating to the learner, since out of a group of ten flashcards, seven are already known. The brain can  focus on only learning three new pieces of information, while reviewing known (often recently learned) material. The repetition of the known material assists with its storage into long-term memory.

How to build a Drill Sandwich!

1.) Make or obtain a set of flashcards for the information to be learned. Click here flashcards.

2.) Go through the complete stack of cards once, separating the list into two piles – knowns and unknowns. (Hint: Cards are only knowns if the information is automatic. If the learner has to think even for a few seconds, then the card should be placed in the unknown pile for more repetition of the information.)

3.) Build a “sandwich” using seven knowns and three unknowns. Be sure to follow the pattern below. (K = known; U = unknown)

4.) Have the learner practice identifying all ten items in the order of knowns and unknows.

5.) As the unknown items are learned move them into a known section of the sandwich by removing well-known knowns (be sure it is guessing!). Add new unknowns and begin the learning process again.

Practice with three new words each day. Learning information in this manner is much more manageable for students, and will help them learn quickly.

Remember to make it fun!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

5 Goal Setting Read Alouds

Reading and talking about goals is so important. I try to read and discuss many read alouds to encourage students to work hard to achieve goals. 
These videos from YouTube are great stories to use to discuss goal setting along with hopes and dreams for a growth mindset.
Check out:
Giraffes Can't Dance

 A Chair for My Mother (start at 2:08)

Amazing Grace

Miss Rumphius
Check out how I use Goal Setting in my classroom! Once the students color, they kidwrite their goal on the line. I underwrite it so I can read it later. We hang the completed papers to help remind us of our goals!
Working on goals can start in K! What are your goals?

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Goal Setting CFTC Guest Blog

I am so honored to be a guest blogger and to learn from so many other inspiring teachers. Check out the fun of Goal Setting at 

Conversations From the Classroom Goal Setting.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Alphabet Fun

The first 2 days of school were so much fun! Learning about new friends and trying to remember all the new rules and procedures.

The students favorite book was Chicka, Chicka, Boom Boom. They also loved the videos.
 Comparing and Contrasting the different versions.
We also practice saying the alphabet with motions.
We will be creating our goals next week!