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Friday, March 16, 2018

5 Ways to Teach Sight Words that Engage the Young Reader

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When teaching sight words, start with alphabetic insights.  Sounds and letters and the decoding process is important when learning to read and write.  The key is putting it all together --- even when teaching sight words. High-frequency words are not simply memorized; yet after time, they become so easily recognized in the 'entire word' form. When readers can read high frequency words easily, their reading fluency will increase.  This also allows for focus on the task of comprehension. Teaching sight words is one part of literacy instruction. 

Learning sight words can help children read fluently, but it is important to remember that we also want children to be aware of word and sentence concepts in our language.  Sounds and letters make up the word, the words make a sentence, sentences make a paragraph, and the paragraphs make up the story.  Young children learn to understand that these high-frequency words enable them to unlock the meaning within the texts. High frequency words might be the glue for the important concept words that the story relies on to show and relate the message.   We read to become smarter, to be nicer and to be entertained. 
Teaching sight words in patterns can help the young reader/writer.  If I know the word come then I might also know the word some.  If I know the word and, I can easily read the word stand, hand, band. Making these connections help in language learning.   These relationships can make the reading day enjoyable and more meaningful.  

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Sight Words with Cloze Activity

Teach Sight Words with Pictures
Using pictures to show the meaning can always assist in learning an unknown word.  Reading should always make sense. If the word is under,  then a picture showing under is helpful in learning that new word. 

The dog is under the table. 

Teach Sight Words by Listening
Hearing and listening to words within texts and stories provides memory to how that word is used in our language.  Most young children can understand the word under before reading and writing that word or any word.  Even a toddler will be able to go get the ball that is under the table. When reading with a small child, ask the child to repeat a word. Say the word. Listen. Repeat. Sleep. and Repeat. 

Teach Sight Words with Music  
Music is lyrical, fun and magical.  I listen to music and I hear the message. I hear the sounds, the rhythm and the patterns.  Singing words is time well spent. 

Teach Sight Words with Repetition  
Learning to new words is a repetitive adventure.  Listening to beloved stories over and over has been a pastime for many generations. Books that have repetitive patterns are ones that grab attention and focus to the early learner.  Children love familiarity and repetition and it is a great way to learn new words. 

Teach Sight Words in Context  
And it is always about the context and meaning of the reading!  That is our goal.  Teach sight words within the context of the story or book that you are reading aloud to your child.  Within the happy pages of children's literature, there is an endless amount of opportunities to show, say, read, listen and picture a sight word! 

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Everyone is reading today!  Even the cat! 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

5 Important Reasons To Choose Books by Dr. Seuss

  • Dr. Seuss was a talented writer and he captures the readers attention fully.  His books inform, persuade and entertain.  Definitely entertain! Trust this masterful write can show and model language in an entertaining way.
  • Many beginning readers start with Dr. Seuss books.  Dr. Seuss is a master at repeating sounds frequently and this helps a beginning reader to master the skill of letter sounds and phonics.  Dr. Seuss writes engaging stories that children love and because these young readers love his stories; they tend to want to read them.  When they want to read, they learn to read.  Examples of books with repetitive lines are Hop on Pop, Green Eggs and Ham Fox in Socks. and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.
  • Dr. Seuss books are perfect for reading aloud because of the clever rhyming and catchy phrases. Both the reader and the listener enjoy Seuss' stories filled with wacky characters who tell us something that makes us think!  And now you can find many Dr. Seuss books as board books. Children are never too young to be read to; actually it is a great idea to read to babies before their 1st birthday.  Reading to an infant helps with brain development, speech skills and especially bonding with the child. 
  • If you know an older child who is a reluctant reader, try Dr. Seuss.  Seuss books are very entertaining with his zany plots and characters.  Every child becomes interested in the very beginning of the tale and sticks with it until the end.  You might decide to do a guided reading or shared reading with a Seuss book that is fun and brings excitement to the skill of reading. After all, reading should be joyful and your reluctant reader may not be so reluctant after engaging with Seuss characters.  Example: I Wish That I Had Duck Feet. 
  • Teaching Life's Lessons is another wonderful reason to read Dr. Seuss.  Dr. Seuss' pages spill out so many admirable lessons for us to aspire to; for example, The Lorax  teaches the importance of taking responsibility for the earth. 

Before being an author of children's books, Dr. Seuss worked as a writer and cartoonist for magazines. He was hired by a pesticide company to draw bugs.  He did this for 15 years.  
Dr. Seuss wrote his first children's book, And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street while returning to the United States from a European vacation. He was on a boat and he wrote the book which was a poem to the rhythm of the ship's engine.  That book was rejected by the first 27 publishers; however he did succeed in finding a publisher and the book became a hit.  He wrote The Cat in the Hat in 1957 and this book made him famous. 
Dr. Seuss tells us that when he was a child, his mother would tell him many rhymes as bedtime stories and this is where he found his love of language and rhyme. 

Enjoy Dr. Seuss books! He is a true master with language and stories. He informs, persuades and entertains!  Definitely entertains! 

Friday, February 9, 2018

'No More Homework' for Elementary Students

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Does your school have a 'no homework' policy?

Thursday, February 1, 2018

5 Fun and Easy Ways to Celebrate 100 Days of School [without sugar]

How will you celebrate the 100th day of school without any sugar?  Here are five ways you can do that and your students will be smarter and healthier. 

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 #1.  Make an Interactive Booklet where students read 100 sight words, spell 100 words, solve 100 math facts, and draw 100 geometric shapes.  They love making this booklet and especially love making it to 100 for each of the tasks included

Read 100 Sight Words -  Spell 100 words - Solve 100 Math Facts - Draw 100 geometric shapes

#2.   Many teachers like to graph food items.  If you are inclined to make a 100's graph, let's make a healthy list of food items you might use instead of those sugary ones

Sunday, January 21, 2018

How to Improve Reading Achievement In Just 20 Minutes A Day

Starting your day with 20 minutes of reading time can set the tone for the day and also improve your students reading ability. When children settle in with the quiet activity of reading, they are able to enjoy reading for reading.  Depending on the age of your students, it will take a few minutes to really settle in and engage in the text.   In one year's time, a child who reads 20 minutes a day is exposed to 1.8 million words. And just think, if you encourage your students to read an additional 20 minutes at home you can double that number!
Many teachers who  incorporate silent reading in their classrooms find the rewards are many for their students.  For the most part, reading is an individual act and it is natural to read silently. Those teachers who provide an opportunity for silent reading may just be on the right track to

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Learn about Martin Luther King

Reading Response for Informational Text

Happy Birthday, MLK, Jr! Young readers can read and write about this famous person who believed in his dream.  He encouraged us to move forward and work for peace to make a better world.  

"If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward." Martin Luther King, Jr.
“One day we will learn that the heart can never be totally right if the head is totally wrong." Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

How to Engage Your Students In Writing in 7 Minutes [morning seat work]

How to Engage Your Students in Writing in 7 Minutes or Less!
January Morning Riddles

First 7 Morning Minutes At School:

#1 - Arriving at School
#2 - Check-In Responsibilities
#3-  Hello to Friends and sitting at Table or Desk
#4 - Getting Morning Riddle Page from basket
#5 - Reading their riddle [even before getting back to seat]
#6 - Still reading and thinking!
#7 - Writing! 

Keep reading to find out how you can see your students writing within 7 minutes of entering your classroom... 

This is a collection of 21 January riddles for your students to read, think, write and answer. These riddles are a great writing activity for morning seat work. Students settle right in with reading and writing. It is motivating because the children love to guess what today's riddle answer might be. 

Each riddle is a winter idea and contains many high frequency words. Your students read the riddle, think, and write a sentence that answers the question. Next, they illustrate the sentence that they wrote. This is a motivating writing, reading and thinking literacy activity that you may use for morning seat work, homework, for fast finishers or anytime. This product includes