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Conversations in Literacy · 1w ago

Brain Warm Ups and Key Word Summaries

It's time for guided reading groups.  The students come to the table, find their seats and get ready to begin.  It's time for a warm up.  A brain warm up!We get settled in and warm up our brains to get ourselves ready to read.  A quick review helps g...
Conversations in Literacy · 1M ago

Getting Sight Words To Stick!

We all know how important knowing sight words is to our students and their reading success.  Getting those sight words to become automatic and stick with them in their little brains can take a bit of work sometimes!  I use a multi-sensory  sight word...
Conversations in Literacy · 1M ago

Taming the Word Work Chaos

Isn't this how it usually goes...the new year rolls around and we decide to get our homes and classrooms organized.  I don't know about you, but word work materials can quickly become chaos!  Many student groups, all on different levels needing diffe...
Conversations in Literacy · 1M ago

Inspiring Student Writing

Happy New Year!!  It is almost time to head back to our students and our classrooms- our h...
Conversations in Literacy · 2M ago

Are Your Students More Than A Reading Level?

Reading levels....and students knowing their reading levels has been on my mind a lot lately.  Have you read Jill Backman's article on Fountas and Pinnell's  Literacy blog:  A Level Is A Teacher's Tool, Not A Child's Label ?  If you have not, you can...
Conversations in Literacy · 3M ago

Word Work- Long and Short Vowels

Our groups are working hard on learning vowel sounds!  Young readers that do not achieve a firm foundation in vowel sounds struggle with reading.  And for some students vowel sounds are just HARD!  Short vowel sounds seem to trip up some of my studen...
Conversations in Literacy · 3M ago

Informational Text Response Booklet-Free

Students love to read informational text.  I think they especially enjoy real photographs and all the cool facts that they learn!  But for some students informational text can be a bit tougher to navigate through than fiction text.I have quite a few ...
Conversations in Literacy · 3M ago

Blessings for YOU!

We have blessings to share with you!I am so thankful for many things this year...my family...
Conversations in Literacy · 3M ago

Guided Reading: ABCs & Linking Charts

Do you use linking charts during guided reading?  We use them all the time and in so many different ways!  If you use Jan Richardson's The Next Step in Guided Reading you know she has several ways for students to practice identifying letters.  I use ...
Conversations in Literacy · 4M ago

Family Literacy Night Pirate Fun!

I just love this time of year!  Fall, new activities, parent teacher conferences, literacy night, book fair....  It gets crazy busy!  But it can be so fun to see the families come out and have a good time in our school.  The theme for this  year's Fa...