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Friday, December 21, 2012

How NOT to Read Fluently

All the elementary grades have this standard in the area of Reading Foundational Skills:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.4:  Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
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Today, my students spent some of our reading time practicing fluency. Especially at this time of year, I go out of my way to make it fun. (Brain research shows us that "fun" is a big motivator, but I think teachers knew that before the research was done!)

There are 4 important parts to fluency:
  1. automaticity in word recognition 
  2. accurate word recognition
  3. rate (speed) of reading
  4. prosody, or expression
I thought this activity would be perfect to put into my emergency sub plans.  It's got limited materials and is a skill that needs to be practiced frequently.  I've typed up the directions for you to download and put into your own emergency plans.  Come on over to Elementary Matters to learn more!


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Singular and Plural With a Holiday Twist

This is a key Common Core Standard in Language for grades 1 - 3:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1:  Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

Here are singular and plural nouns, holiday style! There are several noun pairs, some regular plurals, some irregular plurals, with several activities for the kiddos!

Come on over to Elementary Matters to see how to get this product at a reduced price in honor of my quest for Acts of Kindness during the holiday Season!

Sorting, Sorting, Sorting!

Word Sorts
Do you use Word Sorts with your class?  I LOVE word sorts!  They are so beneficial to my students.  Word sorts teach students phonics and word analysis skills.  

Sometimes I have my students cut the words out and glue them on the sorting mat.  Sometimes I have them write them on the sorting mat instead.  I like to have them either high light the sound they are sorting for or write that sound in red.  It just helps that sound and spelling pattern to stand out a little more. 

Common Core Phonics

Common Core Word Analysis

I like to include another step in the basic word sort though.  I like to add a few words for students to add to their charts after completing the sort.  This is the transfer step to see if they can transfer the knowledge from these words to new ones.  

When there is time, I also have students go on a word scavenger hunt!  After they complete the sort and transfer new words to their chart, they then see if they can apply these skills to their reading- the most important part- putting it altogether!!  They look for words that fit the sort for that day.  Before they can add a word, they must read it to me first.  This is to check that they are applying the sound correctly and looking for the correct spelling pattern too. They are surprised that so many words have the right spelling pattern, but not the same sound.  

Common Core phonics

Try word sorts out and see how they can improve your students' reading, writing, and spelling skills!  Click on word sorts in the above sentence or on the pictures to be taken to my store.  :)

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