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Empowering Teachers. Specific Word Knowledge A student’s specific word knowledge is developed by selecting appropriate words to teach based on the needs of the students in the classroom.

Empowering Teachers

The following activities may be used to actively involve the students in developing their specific word knowledge, but are not limited to: Identifying the new word, pronouncing the new word, spelling the new word Writing the new word Describing the new word using other words that the student already knows Using semantic maps to categorize the new word with other familiar words Verbally using the new word in sentences Writing the new word in sentences Creating “student-friendly” definitions for the new word Identifying antonyms, synonyms, and homophones of the new word Word-Learning Strategies Word-learning strategies are tools students use during teacher read-aloud activities, specific word instruction, and independent reading.

Reader's Theater Scripts and Plays for the Classroom. Reader's Theater Scripts and Plays Readers Theater is a dramatic presentation of a written work in a script form.

Reader's Theater Scripts and Plays for the Classroom

Readers read from a "script" and reading parts are divided among the readers. No memorization, costumes, blocking, or special lighting is needed. Presentations can easily be done in a k-3 classroom. Scripts are held by the readers. Curious Firsties: A Fluent Wednesday WOW. Happy Wednesday everyone!

Curious Firsties: A Fluent Wednesday WOW

I am excited about the Wednesday WOW this week!! I hope that you can link up with a WOW moment in your personal or professional life! My reading teammate (Karen) and I decided to start 2014 off right with some concrete metacognition lessons. And they were so so so successful!! I wasn't expecting them to go so well. Then Sunday night hit and so did an idea! 2. Fluency Activities - Sparkling in Second Grade. Facebook Let’s talk about fluency!

Fluency Activities - Sparkling in Second Grade

I have a confession…I am a phonics girl through and through. It is by far my favorite subject to teach, which is probably a good thing since I teach first grade. I honestly do not remember how I was taught to read, I may have been in the transition of whole-word into the “Open Court” way of phonics. But when I started teaching second grade, I seriously became a better speller. Now being in first, we love digging in deep and finding, reading, studying, singing those patterns.

But something I noticed was, we were studying the words and the patterns. Here are 5 tips to teaching fluency… Repeated Reads First things first, everyone knows to better your fluency, you have to practice it over and over! During our small-group time I use printable books so we can write, color, highlight, underline, circle all over that book and make it ours (confidence to read comes when students take ownership, printable books are helpful to give them a sense of “mine”).

Echo Reads. Making Sense of Words That Don't. Sight words.

Making Sense of Words That Don't

Demon words. Red words. Irregular words. Maverick words. Finally in First: Decoding Strategies for PARENTS & more! I am pretty excited to share with you something I have been working on all summer!

Finally in First: Decoding Strategies for PARENTS & more!

As a first grade teacher, I have had parents tell me that they WANT to help their child learn to read but they just don't know HOW. Most parents rely on saying, "Sound it out," or simply correcting the word for the student. One parent said to me last year, "I didn't go to school for this like you did. For the Good of All Students: Language Arts: Fluency. Ideas on Teaching Fluency After being introduced to the acronym EARS (Expression, Accuracy, Rate and Smoothness) by an incredible reading teacher (Georgia), it became a pivotal part of how I teach fluency.

For the Good of All Students: Language Arts: Fluency

Personal philosophies that have grown from this: Expression is so much more than just voice inflection. It can truly indicate comprehension as the students adjust their voice to show the mood/tone of the text.Accuracy matters most when our mistakes change the meaning of the text.Rate shows our ability to move through the text at a good pace...but speed loses meaning when it detracts from the expression. Smoothness shows that we can read in long meaningful phrases, heading punctuation. CLICK HERE for the Fluency Rubric. Fluency Rubric. 5 Partner Reading Activities for K-1 Students - Learning at the Primary Pond. Teaching Kindergarten or first grade students to read with a partner is easy, right?

5 Partner Reading Activities for K-1 Students - Learning at the Primary Pond

You just tell them to find a friend, they sit down together, and they start reading immediately…right? Well…not so much. At least not with my students, anyway! (If it really is that easy for you, please let me come observe in your classroom!) I’ve seen just about everything go wrong – goofing off, arguing about which book to pick, biting each other (yes, really), talking about everything except the book, and the list goes on. Despite its challenges, partner reading can be an awesome addition to your reading block. Develop fluency (less fluent readers can learn from and practice with more fluent readers)Improve comprehension (by giving students thinking and talking time with a partner)Practice decoding skillsIncrease overall reading engagement.