Here is a working sample of the resources I have uploaded to
my Teachers Pay Teachers store, Many Roads to Reading.
This 5-day lesson plan, with helpful printables, teaches students to write a friendly letter, as they practice being thoughtful. I designed this lesson to develop social skills, as well as literacy.
Is writing a friendly letter a lost art? It sure seems that way! But to me, letter writing is an important skill to learn, because it involves learning how to put yourself “in other people’s shoes.”
Make the best of those precious minutes of guided reading. Here are ideas and printables to help you get the most out of this effective observation and teaching time. This kit provides help with grouping, scheduling, classroom management, planning, teaching, and note taking.
I’ve been giving running records for years, first as a Reading Recovery teacher, and later as an early literacy specialist teaching guided reading. It’s amazing how much you can learn about a child’s oral reading from a running record!
The term concepts of print refers to emergent readers’ early knowledge about books and the printed word.
With this assessment, you read a 12-page book to the student. As you read, you ask the child a variety of questions, to assess his or her book handling skills, directional sense, phonological awareness, and book vocabulary knowledge.
Here’s a free chart for showing your students’ knowledge of phonics elements and decoding strategies. The freebie is taken from a longer assessment kit, Diagnostic Literacy Assessment for Beginning Guided Reading: K-1, which includes 10 assessments and tips for getting ready to teach guided reading as quickly as ever.
Check out this freebie, for a small sample of the Diagnostic Literacy Assessment for Beginning Guided Reading: K-1, seen below. These pages include options for arranging your schedule to fit in several groups, even when time is scarce.
I’m thrilled to be offering a modified version of the beginning-of-the-year tests I’ve been giving my students to sort out my guided reading groups and plan my lessons.
The best part about this 121-page set of 10 early literacy assessments is the section where I describe how to get started with your guided reading groups more quickly than ever. I also include records for summarizing class and individual results and resources for planning instruction, especially guided reading.
I am so excited about this product! I love seeing that look on my students’ faces, when they realize that they are not struggling with reading anymore! Their confidence comes from learning how to read fluently, and that fluency creates progress in many other aspects of reading.
Learning dialogue tags and how dialogue works is a natural and effective way to introduce children in kindergarten and 1st grade to reading fluently. This kit includes an easy 4-step guide to teaching students to read dialogue in phrases and with expression, plus sentence strips, posters, task cards, word cards, and worksheets.
This freebie is a fully usable sample of Introducing Nouns, a 57-page resource for students in kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade who are learning about or reviewing nouns.
This sample includes a Sorting Nouns activity on 2 levels, while the full resource includes Sorting Nouns, Finding Nouns, and Using Nouns on 3 levels.
Sorting nouns into categories helps students get used to what nouns are. Word cards are provided to help students sort the nouns before writing the noun words on the sorting mat.
This is another resource I am thrilled to offer! My students love this activity, and it is especially fun to use as a review of nouns before a vacation–or even an introduction to concrete nouns.
Students place images of people, animals, places, and things onto a blank map. Then they match the printed labels to the images. The concrete nature of the activity helps youngsters to solidify their understanding of what nouns are.
For a large or small group activity, students can place the provided images on the enlarged map. Or they can draw their own nouns on one of the individual versions of the town map. There are many ways to adapt this activity to your goals and the needs of your students.
With this resource, your students can review nouns, verbs, and adjectives while creating an end-of-year memory book—or a word snapshot of their lives at any time.
In addition to the hyperlinked table of contents, the kit contains pages you can choose from to create a booklet for your students in kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades. There is also an activity where students think of positive adjectives to describe their classmates.
Spring Writing Task Cards: Grades 1-2
This product is just one of a set of cards on the theme of spring. Here are the types of writing addressed on the task cards: Opinion, Description, Personal Narrative, Sequence/How-To, Point of View, Compare Contrast, Imaginary Narrative, and Poetry–all on the theme of spring.
This is another one of my favorites. Do your students find the asking words confusing? Mine do!
The activities in his resource will help you teach the asking words who, what, where, when, why, and how to your students. The kit includes a poster, word cards, writing practice, rhyming activities, worksheets, checklists, task cards, and a board game.
I've published leveled books (Handprints), phonics workbooks, and beginning comprehension workbooks. And I now have a Teachers Pay Teachers store!