Sunday, December 31, 2017

Let It Snow! Winter Activities

Winter Activities and Snowman Crafts for the classroom

Let It Snow!  Is that what you are saying now that Christmas is over?  Winter activities in the classroom are engaging for the students and is a nice change after all the holidays!

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Snowmen at Night Craft and Sequencing Activities

A fun activity after reading snowmen books is to make snowmen!  These colorful snowmen were made from wallpaper sample books.  They make such cute snow people!  If you glue them on black construction paper, you can use spray snow on top to make a winter scene. 


Winter Activities and Snowman Crafts for the classroom

This is another fun snowman craft students can make!

Winter Activities and Snowman Craft for the classroom

These are some of the activities in It's Snow Fun!  Students can do writing activities like How To and Informational Writing.  Along with these writing units, students can sort and learn winter vocabulary.  Click here to see these activities. 

Winter Activities and Letter Recognition Centers

Students like themed literacy center activities too.  They don't even realize they are learning!  Click here to see the letter & sound matching, cvc words or blends and digraphs.

reading and writing activities for Snowmen at Night

Snowmen at Night is one of my all time favorite winter books and with this unit you can cover reading comprehension and writing all at the same time!  Click here to check it out!





Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Tools for Improving Fluency

Tools for Improving Student Reading Fluency

As I begin to think about heading back to school (just how does summer go so fast?), I am planning for fluency activities.  Fluency activities and the tools I will need to help students improve their reading.

You don't need lots and lots of items to teach fluency.  But whatever you use, make it engaging!  Also, be sure that students understand that building their fluency isn't all about reading as fast as they can.  Building fluency leads to better comprehension!

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Tools for Improving Student Reading Fluency

When modeling fluency, make an anchor chart with students and demonstrate what each part would look and sound like.  You can find the chart paper at Staples.

Tools for Improving Student Reading Fluency

Use markers, my students LOVE Mr. Sketch, to model how to scoop the words into phrases.  Students can use pointers to help them read from the charts.  Learning to read in phrases can be the key for some students to make great improvements with fluency.

Fluency Intervention Binder Activities for Improving Fluency

One easy key to improving fluency is strengthening sight words!  Sight Words need to be read quickly and automatically.  So add some dice and play a quick game!

Fluency Activities with Fluency Intervention Binders

As students work in reading groups, start small and practice phrases.  Add a pointer and a whisper phone so students can hear themselves.  

Fluency Activities and Fluency Intervention Binders

Students can play games with a partner or just themselves to make practicing phrases more engaging.

Fluency Activities and Fluency Intervention Binders for Improving Fluency


 You may have students that need the scaffolding of sentences already in phrases.  This is a good way for them to hear how it sounds.


Fluency Activities and Fluency Intervention Binders for Improving Fluency

Another tip is to have students record themselves reading on the iPad.  Then have them listen to see if they are keeping to the anchor chart points (second picture from the top of the post).  Students love listening to themselves read!

Fluency Activities and Fluency Intervention Binders for Improving Reading Fluency

A fun way for students to practice getting in expression is to read sentences in different ways.  Spin a paperclip and read the sentence with that expression!  They can use the iPad to record themselves doing this too.

Fluency Activities and Fluency Intervention Binders for Improving Fluency

Finally, check to see that comprehension is improving as you are building fluency.  

Fluency Activities and Fluency Intervention Binders for Improving Fluency

You can find these No Prep- Print and Go Fluency Intervention Binders in Sets A thru E individually or as a bundle.  


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