First Grade Phonics Pattern Fluency/Automaticity Drills

I wanted to let first grade teachers know that I posted some new resources on Share point today. These are word cards that go along with the phonics skills from each lesson. They could be copied, cut apart and used for the students to develop automaticity with the words after accuracy has been built.

You can find these in the Harcourt Resources section in either the Phonics/Workmat folder or the Fluency folder. You might even consider putting these in “Just Right” bags as a “have to” choice for independent or even partner reading. Some teachers may even want to send these home for extra practice. Let me know how these are working for your students!

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Phonics Resources on Sharepoint

I wanted to let all teachers in grades one and two know that the Workmat/Phonics folders on Sharepoint have been organized so that all of the resources and sample lessons are in folders labeled with the lesson number. Second grade also now has sample lesson plans for your small group explicit phonics lessons. There may be several copies of each lesson because these have been submitted by various teachers and schools. I hope everyone will continue to share their lessons. Remember, these lessons are just a starting point. You will still need to differentiate based on your student’s needs. We hope this will make locating these materials easier for you and support you in your planning. Please let us know what we can do to support you and your students!

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Corrective Feedback is Critical for Student Learning

We all know that corrective feedback is a critical component of our teaching, and it has a major impact on student learning. I was looking through some handouts from an ARI coaches training I attended, and I found a perfect example of this that I would like to share with you.

Example 1
Teacher shows the word “bed”.
Student reads “bad”.
Teacher “No, try again.”
Student reads “bid”.
Teacher “Look carefully and try again.”
Student reads “bread”.
Teacher “Sound it out with me.”
Student and teacher “/b/ /e/ /d/ bed”
Teacher “good job”

Example 2
Teacher shows the word “bed”.
Student reads “bad”.
Teacher “This word is bed.”
Teacher “Sound it out with me /b/ /e/ /d/, bed.”
Teacher “What word did you read?”
Student “bed”
Teacher “Yes, the word is bed”.

How likely is it that the student will leave knowing the word “bed” using Example 1? The student uses the incorrect word at least three times in the first example. Example 2 is a much better model. The teacher was very explicit, and the student is given corrective feedback using the right word from the beginning.

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We Both Read Books

This is a great resource for purposeful partner reading during choice time, but it is also a great option for parents to use at home with their children. These books come on various levels which provide a “Just Right” option during partner reading, which as we know is critical for building fluency.

Treasure Bay

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Fluency Resource Site

Dr. Timothy Rasinski\'s Website

Dr. Timothy Rasinski’s presentation materials on building fluency are filled with practical ideas to help students achieve fluency. A link to his website is listed in this post. If have additional ideas that have worked with students please leave a comment to share with other teachers!

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One of our reading coaches sent this to me, and I thought I would share.

The Charles Shulz Philosophy

Take this quiz:

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.
4. Name the ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor or
6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies….Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Now take another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

The lesson here is:
The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials…the most money…or the most awards. They simply are the ones who care the most. Remember the ones who mean the most in your life and be sure to thank a teacher!

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Happy New Year and Welcome Back

We hope everyone had a relaxing and well deserved Christmas break! Please let us know if there is something we can do to assist you as you begin this second semester.

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