Literacy And Language
-Reading Response Logs
-RW Charts & Graphs
-Poetry Folder Poems
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Picasa Web Albums are
Our Class Promise, inspired from D. Miller
Carson Dellosa Word Family Cards
MW Lessons come from this book
I created my RW mini-lessons from this book.
Our Word Wall Words and Word Work lessons come from this book.
Leveled Book List for Parents-c/o Columbia University
Sounds in Action by Yvette Zgonc is the original source of the P.A.S.T. Assessment. Once you determine a student's weak areas of phonological awareness, Ms. Zgonc recommends activities to strengthen weak areas.
The following free, ready to use centers are provided for educators for immediate use, by the Florida Center for Reading Research, and available as pdf downloads in the areas of Phonological Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary and Comprehension. Once you follow the links below, scroll down the page to access the center activities. Once there, if you click on the Introduction and Contents link, it will list the activities by name for each reading area.
Student Center Activities: K-1148 centers
Student Center Activities: 2-3170 centers
Student Center Activities: 4-5134 centers
The following two resources are from Joseph Parea of Santa Ana Unified....
My Photo Gallery on Picasa including charts & graphs
Reading Snapshot Form for anecdotal record keeping
Book Lists to Model Strategiesby Carol
Book Lists by Strategy and Genre by Glenda NEW
Picture Books to Model Strategies by Kerry
(New York Public Library)
Before, During and After Reading Strategies
-on left, click on Curriculum, then Unit Trajectories
Strategy Stuff from Busy Teacher's Cafe NEW
Reading Curriculum Calendar: K - Teachers College
Reading Curriculum Calendar : 1st - Teachers College
Reading Curriculum Calendar: 2nd - Teachers College
Graphic Organizers from Fountas and Pinnell - NEW
Forms and Resources from Fountas and Pinnell - NEW
Strategy Cards- this is front/back document that is on page 3 and 4 of this pdf. Page 1 and 2 are the front and back of The Try Card that I use in Writer's Workshop, but they were scanned
September - June: WEBLINK
These curriculum maps were created and developed by a teacher in California, Juli Kendall. The maps are included in a list format with other great RW resources above and below the Reader's Workshop Curriculum Maps.My Guided Reading Lesson Video
Retelling Framework for Oral Retelling-fiction
Retelling Framework for Oral Retelling-nonfiction
Cut-Up Sentence Homework Directions - laminate
to the cover of a manila envelope
Guided Reading....what the research says......
The very term "guided" suggests a type of instruction that would be less about modeling and more about coaching. It's less about the teacher showing a child how to use a strategy and more about providing support as the child uses the strategy. This is critical when research reveals that the frequent use of "coaching during reading" may be one of the most significant distinctions between highly effective schools and moderately or less least effective schools (Taylor, Pearson, Clark, & Walpole, 1999).
Denver Public Schools - Curriculum and Instruction Department: Elementary Literacy Program-click here
(tons of resources at this district website, this is the school district when Debbie Miller was still in the classroom, before she went out onto the workshop and conference circuit)
With many children needing help with orally retelling of books that either they have read or books that have been read to them, I started having parent book clubs for guided retelling. Parents either choose a book of their own or ask for one, then read to a group of students. Together, they talk about story elements, character names, setting, author's message and connections as well as strategies for when they get stuck during retelling or "can't remember."
Several teachers have asked me about these HOTS fans (acronym for Higher Order Thinking Skills). They were made in the Print Shop of one my former districts in San Luis Obispo, CA) I have not been able to order them since, but the could be made. They are approxiamately 1" x 4" in size. There are six colors with three questions per HOTS. They are attached with a brad.
phonics + spelling patterns + vocabulary = Word Study
Word Wall Sentences for Dictation - beg. WWW 14
We also use this set of word family cards from Carson Dellosa. They are available online for $16.95. We introduce one or two a week as it fits in with the Word Wall Words. For example, during www1, we introduce the -at cat card, and the -y cry card because my and at are introduced to the word wall. Then, in www2, we bring out the -ay hay card, and the -am jam card because play and am are word wall word that week.
I do at least one Making Words lesson per week. I choose lessons from Patricia Cunningham's book called Making Words. I do not follow the book in order. I pick lessons that may contain a word chuck or word family that we are currently working on. I also photocopy and reduce the lesson from the book so the entire lesson fits on the outside of a 6x9 manila envelope. Inside the envelope are the words and letters to make the mystery word. To the left, is a picture of an envelope for a Making Words lesson for "goldfish."
Here are some others, not from her book:
Word Sorts from Davis Elementary - NEW
More Words Sorts from Davis Elementary - NEW
This year, I have some very high readers who need and deserve more enrichment opportunities, more often. So, out of necessity, I have begun to create Enrichment Units to match the book titles in our Guided Reading book room. The first book the kids worked on was Stellaluna, a level 24-25 book. I was able to find a pre-made unit at our local teacher supply store, but I have been unsuccessful finding any more for the book sets we already have. So, the next book they are working on is Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, a level 22-23. They work with me on the first day of the book and we do some pre-reading strategies together. Then, on day 2-3, they read it on their own, but the 5 of them like to sit together. They then come back to me and I introduce the following pages, which are stapled together, it's called their Reading Contract.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Sheets
We having spending time reading different versions of the Gingerbread Man. We read The Musabi Man, the English version and the New York City version. We have been creating a class chart with student illustrations and captions. We also read The Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett, and a letter from the Gingergread Man fell out of the back of the book while we were reading it. We also wrote back to him. Some of the blacklines for the activities are listed below.
Gingerbread Man Cookie Sheet(use w/ pr. solv. sheet)
Letter to the Gingerbread Man
3 Gingerbread Man Story Structure Chart - pic.
Text talk vocabulary lessons were introduced to me by a good friend with whom I taught at PK Yonge in Florida, Lisa Worthy. She is the lesson designer of several of the text talk lessons below, but it was she that inspired me to explicitly teach new vocabulary words to children every week using favorite read-aloud books. For a deeper understanding of text talk lessons, read this book by Beck called Bringing Words to Life: Robust Vocabulary Instruction.
Text Talk Lesson Template - if you want to write a lesson using a familiar text and email it back to me, I'll post it here for everyone to use.
Click Clack Moo by Deb Green
Text Talk Lessons from U-46 Curriculum Roadmap
101 Text Talk Lessons - Utah Reading First
Lucy Calkins Units of Study. Click on each unit to read the session title for the daily lessons:
The following links are month by month summaries of the Lucy Calkins as adopted by New York City Schools involved in the Teacher's College Reading and Writing Project.
Words Instead of Fun (pdf)
December Word Bank (doc)
November Word Bank(pdf)
December Word Bank(pdf)
Try Card - run on colored cardstock, double-sided
Writer's Workshop Mini lessons by Jessica Meacham
Writer's Workshop Mentor Texts by Jessica Meacham
During Writer's Workshop, after about a month into first grade, I introduce the Necklaces. There are 4 different "jobs."
To make the necklaces, print the above jobs on sheets of white cardstock, cut apart, and laminate, 2-hole punch at the top and string to necklace length.
Each child has one of each kind, there are name labels on the back of each necklace. The organization of this system is paperless, you do not need to keep track of who has done what, because by the end of the week, everyone will have done each job. The word "job" is not exactly the right word, moreso, it tells the students either was to do during Writers Workshop or what to do at the end of Writers Workshop. Either way, no matter what job they do, there is built-in accountability to do a good job because, if you are Author's Spotlight, you will get up in front of the class and read what you wrote to the class. If you are Writer's Basket, you will place your paper/journal in my basket to the left of my desk, where I will read it and make comments to you. If you are Teacher's Table, you will come to my table for a conferring. When I conference with students I always give them two things, one compliment (a positive) and one wish (an area I want them to work on). Independent and Responsible is kind of a placebo job, but the kids think it's important and I tell them that everyone is counting on them to look and act like writers, so they better be good role models. At the end of the Writers Workshop period, all necklaces are placed in a separate "out of rotation" (green) basket and resorted when all the necklaces are used for the week. This job assignment system for Writer's Workshop was shared by Marisa Ramirez, a teacher at my former school. The system may not work for everybody, but we've had success with it.
131 Mini-Lessons by Jessica Meacham
Writers "To Do" Checklist by Jessica Meacham
Mentor Texts for Writers Workshop by Jessica Meacham
My Center Signs - updated
ABC Order Template(doc)
Listening Center Response Sheet -fiction
Listening Center Response Sheet - non-fiction