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Ingredients For Successful Word Family Instruction - Differentiated Kindergarten. It’s the thirty-second day of school.

Ingredients For Successful Word Family Instruction - Differentiated Kindergarten

Over half my kindersare ‘Top Bananas,’ I’ve introduced and we’ve reviewed over half the letters of the alphabet, they showing signs of segmenting and blending, they totally ‘get’ patterns, and I’m feeling like it’s time to introduce word families. Since you all have had so many questions about this part of my classroom routine, I thought I’d show you a bit more about how I introduce, differentiate and maintain this part of my ELA instruction. I’m going to warn you, this could be a long one so hang in there with me. When To Introduce Word Families Every year isn’t the same. Whole Group Introduction/Instruction I always introduce my word families the same way, one word family each week. Letter Sounds Tic Tac Toe. Picture cards are a must in early literacy learning.

Letter Sounds Tic Tac Toe

Using picture cards without displaying the letters or words that go with them is a fantastic way to build a child’s ear to listen for sounds within words {known as phonemic awareness}, which prepares kids for reading AND writing success. And there are SO many things you can do with picture cards. Fabulous in First: Fun on the Farm! Last week we started one of my favorite units in first grade.

Fabulous in First: Fun on the Farm!

The farm unit is not only super fun, but also means that the pumpkin patch, sweaters and boots are in my future. I've been pinning my fall wardrobe for months! So grab your overalls, and get ready for some fun on the farm. Here are some more pictures of some of the farm fabulousness we've enjoyed so far. We still have butter to make, a super cute class book in our future and maybe even a little farm animal art project.

One Sharp Bunch: Poetry Activities for the Primary Classroom. Hi, friends!

One Sharp Bunch: Poetry Activities for the Primary Classroom

Can you all believe that today is the first day of spring?! And with spring comes rain... SO. RTI: Phonemic Awareness. I don’t know about you all, but RTI is definitely in full motion!

RTI: Phonemic Awareness

I know my kids enough to begin the Response to Intervention process. If you know it well, you are definitely aware that it is a PRO-CESS! I share a curtain this year with a wonderful 3rd year teacher who is new to first grade. Even MORE! File Folder Phonics - Make Take & Teach. I absolutely love activities that are super easy to set up and can be used over and over again.

Even MORE! File Folder Phonics - Make Take & Teach

Sure, it takes a little bit of cutting and laminating on the front end, but when they are all assembled you’ll have activities that will last for years! Free Phonics Books. Inspector Phonics. This was a very quick activity to set up and J really enjoyed it!

Inspector Phonics

I put some sand and shells into a cat litter tray, it has never been used by a cat, promise!! Next, I cut up some white card into small pieces. First Grade School Box: Phonics. Phonics Interventions for Struggling Readers in K-2 - Learning at the Primary Pond. During the past few weeks, I’ve been writing about how to support beginning readers who struggle with decoding.

Phonics Interventions for Struggling Readers in K-2 - Learning at the Primary Pond

I started out with a post about the causes of decoding difficulties in beginning readers, shared how I analyze running records to learn more about readers’ specific challenges, explained how I teach decoding strategies to struggling readers, and provided suggestions for phonological awareness intervention activities. Today I’ll be focusing on another important area that students may struggle with – phonics! Phonics, as you probably already know, is the relationship between letters and sounds. Teach123 - Tips for Teachers: FREE Fluency Center. Does your school use the Dibel's test?

Teach123 - Tips for Teachers: FREE Fluency Center

After giving the Dibels, I found that I needed to strengthen my students' fluency skills. My schedule already seemed completely full. Where would I find more time to give my students practice reading so they could become more fluent readers? Top 10 Tips for Building Fluent Readers + Link Up! We have all heard about the shift that happens, usually between second and third grade, when students (should) go from learning to read to reading to learn.

Top 10 Tips for Building Fluent Readers + Link Up!

Unfortunately, for some students, their ability to read to learn is stifled by their inability to read fluently. Even for those kids who can read at an average pace, the faster and more accurately they can read and decode, the more effectively they can comprehend. Fluency by Teach123-Michelle. Fluency: Reading fluency is such an important part of reading. Yet it's hard to find time in a busy schedule to devote to fluency activities. This is a center where two students can work together to improve their fluency skills. I have some fluency task cards that your students might like. Here are the links: Fluency Task Cards - R-controlled vowels. Comprehension Connection: Five Fluency Freebies for Friday.

Today is Friday, and we know what that means. It's Five for Friday day. For my Five for Friday, I thought I'd share five fluency freebies. Fluent reading is reading that is at a steady pace with expression and phrasing. Fluent reading observes punctuation and includes automatic word recognition. Fluency. Fluency Folders: Ideas & Resources to Get Parents Involved in Fluency Instruction. 25 Vocabulary Enrichment Activities for Your Child. Expanding your four-year-old’s vocabulary can be easy and fun through these 25 vocabulary enrichment activities. 1. Enjoy this activity the next time you read your child a bedtime story! 2. There’s a lot your child can learn from a weed or wildflower! 3. 5. 10. 15. 21. Miss Giraffe's Class: Prefixes and Suffixes Teaching Ideas for First Grade and Kindergarten.

Prefixes and suffixes in first grade? Kindergarten? What?! I'm not sure who decided teaching them so early was the way to go but never fear, you're a teacher (a.k.a. superhero who does the impossible on the daily). My Heart Belongs in First: Vocabulary. We have a part of our daily schedule called Interactive Read Aloud. Grow ELL Vocabulary Skills.

Doing It Differently: Tips for Teaching Vocabulary. Every Monday my seventh grade English teacher would have us copy a list of 25 words she'd written on the board. We'd then look up the dictionary definitions and copy those down. For homework, we'd re-write each word seven times. Good, now you know it. Test on Friday and never for those 25 words to be seen again. Poof. Copying definitions from the dictionary we would probably all agree is not an effective way to learn vocabulary. The truth is, and the research shows, students need multiple and various exposures to a word before they fully understand that word and can apply it. Selecting Words. Dabblingmomma: Reading Comprehension Activity. Reading Resources {FREEBIE} - All Students Can Shine.

Teacher to the Core: Will they ever reach grade level? Life in First Grade: New Literacy Centers. Wednesday I presented at the Northeast Alabama Early Childhood Conference. Miss Thrifty SLP: Pinterest project. Pinterest is full of wonderful ideas if you are someone who enjoys making therapy materials.