Kristen Smith We are down to 8 days left of school.
Just a simple blog to share ideas about the wonderful world of First Grade! Friday, August 10, Guided Reading: A little novelty goes a LONG way! I have a pretty fantastic collection of tools I use for Guided Reading groups. So some years, I use a variety, and some years I stick with one or two that are best.
I will go through each and give you some ideas for how I use them. Most of the items are from the Dollar Store. I will tackle that topic another day!
It is really meant to be turned the other way, and was twice as thick, but the back was hollow. It was a match made in Heaven! First I have a caddy that holds some basic supplies that I like to have handy. Things like markers, a stack of index cards, dot stickers, pens, pencils, and sticky notes.
I also have these fun spinners- some are from Lakeshore and some are from Dollar Tree. I use a LOT of index cards. For each book we read, I pick out select vocabulary and write it on cards.
Sometimes they are sight words, harder decodable words, unfamiliar vocabulary, or just interesting words like homophones, etc. It allows me to pre-teach the words. We play different games with them- I will share some of those later! I use the markers for many different things-- but especially for writing the focus words from their Leveled Reader on index cards.
I use the colored dot stickers to help my students know what Guided Reading Level they are on… These are fancy pre-printed labels from Scholastic. These spinners are such an easy, and quick way to engage your students! I know I sure do!
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Highlighters, sticky notes, pens, pencils, all that fun stuff! Sight words These are sight words sets, bound together. Honestly, I did not make these myself, they were given to me.
I have another set that I made, I will show you later. I could write and write and write about pointers! So much room for creativity!
J Otherwise, they are just a toy and you will be frustrated! These first pointers are just wands I got at a party store. Even the boys like to have a magic wand J These are assorted drink stirs. I have a variety. I never pay full price for them- right now is the perfect time to find them on clearance- look in the summer clearance section.
You can also get them fairly inexpensively at party or dollar stores. J Finger puppets and witch or monster fingers are major favorites!
I like these for my lowest students—you know the kids that NEED to point as they read, but just seem to forget? Magically, just putting something on their finger helps them to remember to point! They all fit into one of these baskets!
Take a slinky, hold it with two hands. As you stretch out the slinky, also stretch out a word.For the last couple of months, I have been adding to a growing third grade guided math bundle.
Much like the kindergarten through second grade guided math series, this one has warm-up, whole group, small group, and assessments. Aug 10, · Just a simple blog to share ideas about the wonderful world of First Grade!
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At this point in the year, I have finished teaching our curriculum and have filled our days with fun activities. Since our last two weeks of school are our “ocean weeks” we have had a .
Just a few minutes to jot down the name of the group, the title and level of the new book we will be reading, some tricky words that I want to address, check off the reading strategy we will focus on, a comprehension activity, and a word work or writing activity.