Thursday, August 11, 2016

Back to School Freebies and a Giveaway!

Is summer really almost over??  I can hardly believe it!  I know, I know... some of you have already been back in full swing.  I start back August 22nd.  I've been working in my room to get it ready but I still have a lot to do!  

I'm joining some friends at I Teach K-2 to offer a great Back to School Giveaway AND we have a lot of freebies for you as well!  First off, we are offering 3 $50 TPT Gift Certificates.  You can enter the Rafflecopter below to win!

Back to School Giveaway!  3 $50 TPT Gift Certificates are up for grabs!

But first, I have a couple of quick FREEBIES for you!  I've had both of these offered for awhile now BUT I have recently updated both of them.

First up- Open House PowerPoint
I use this PowerPoint and let it continually run during Open House.  It gives parents important information at a glance.  You can edit the PowerPoint with your own information.  


Editable Open House PowerPoint to run continuously during your Open House!


I also have an RTI (Response to Intervention) Documentation freebie!  It has 3 pages that allows you to document any specific interventions you are giving students.  This can help serve as your documentation if you need it to place students in the future.

Use these RTI papers to help you keep track of your interventions with your students.


Use these RTI papers to help you keep track of your interventions with your students.

I hope everyone has a great Back to School experience!!  Follow the links below for some more great freebies and don't forget the enter the Rafflecopter!


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Friday, August 5, 2016

3 Literacy Tips Related to Guided Reading


Guided Reading is tough... I always feel like I should be doing more no matter how much I am doing!  Sometimes I think we need to just remember that we ARE doing enough as long as we are always trying to improve.  I'm hoping to help make some of your Guided Reading a little easier to manage by giving some tips today!

Calling all K-2 teachers!  Get 3 Literacy Tips related to Guided Reading and a free Guided Reading Binder!

1. Grouping for Guided Reading

Calling all K-2 teachers!  Get 3 Literacy Tips related to Guided Reading and a free Guided Reading Binder!

I often hear, "How do I group my kids?"  Don't beat yourself up about this.  You can always change what isn't working.  Every year I set my groups and I haven't gotten it right yet.  I always end up changing a few kids around and moving them.  Once I have my kiddos "trained" to do Literacy Centers, then I worry about the Guided Reading part.  It takes a good 6-8 weeks to get the kiddos independently working so that I can meet with groups.  This is KEY!  Then, I look at last years Guided Reading Benchmarks.  Yep- last year- I don't have the time and the kiddos aren't independent enough for me to reassess at the beginning of the year.  So, I look at last years benchmarks and go from there.  Once I start my groups, I can get a good feel if the levels are right for that child.  If the books are too easy, I move them up a level or two.  If it's too hard, I move them down.  Here is a little video that shows how I use my Reading Benchmarks to form groups.  I use these throughout the year when I do assess after each trimester.



2. Setting Routines

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After getting the Literacy Center routines down.  The first thing that I do when I meet with each group is show them what they will do when I call them to the table to read with me.  First, I have them bring their "book box" to the table with them.  They put it next to their seat.  I then give them the book that we read together the last time we met.  They read it independently as I listen in and do a running record on one of the students.  If they finish before I am finished, they can read another book from their "book box".  They then keep the book that they just read and add it to their box.  I keep this routine for every lesson.  This eliminates the "What should I do?" question when they come to the table.  I saw this Anchor Chart and thought it was great- make sure the kids know that they cannot interrupt you when you are working with a group.


I couldn't find who originally made this chart- if you know please send me a message so that I can give you credit!

3.  Organizing Materials

Calling all K-2 teachers!  Get 3 Literacy Tips related to Guided Reading and a free Guided Reading Binder!

I keep all of my Guided Reading paperwork in a binder.  I have a FREEBIE binder to share with you today.  It has forms for tracking groups.  I use velcro for the student names so that I can easily change my groups around as needed.  Click {HERE} to get the Guided Reading Binder.


Head on over and get many other literacy tips and freebies from my friends at The Reading Crew!

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