I love using nonfiction text as often as I can. It’s such a great way to integrate science and social studies into reading, since we all know how difficult it can be to fit everything into our school day.
I created this Nonfiction Fluency Roll & Read packet to add some excitement into their reading fluency practice.
This packet includes 40 science and social studies topics as well as a response sheet for your students to write about what they have learned.
These can be used in whole group, small group, partners, or as individuals. I like to place my students into partnerships, so they can listen to each other read. The students take turns rolling and reading the passage. I usually give them a number of times to roll or a time limit before they stop to write on their response page.
If you would like to check out this packet, click on the cover page below.
All of the passages in this packet are written at about the same level, but I am currently working on a beginner packet that will be available soon.
Are you guilty of asking your students too many close-ended questions? These are the types of questions with one correct answer. I have to admit that sometimes I find myself getting stuck asking too many of these types of questions. While they do have a place in learning, we definitely need to make sure that we are asking many more open-ended questions to our students.
So, what’s the difference between a close-ended question and an open-ended one?
Close-ended questions have one simple answer. This could be a “yes” or “no” answer, or a one word or one sentence answer.
Examples of close-ended questions:
What is your favorite food?
Who was the first president?
What is the problem in the story?
Open-ended questions have a more in-depth answer. They require the student to think and reflect on their answer.
Examples of open-ended questions:
What are some ways that you think the main character will solve the problem?
Why do you think George Washington made a good president?
What are some simple ways to make sure you are encouraging higher level thinking in your classroom?
Every morning during Morning Meeting, we have a discussion question. These questions do not have “yes” or “no” answers. They get my students thinking first thing in the morning.
This is one of my favorite activities each day. It is amazing the discussions that these have led to. I also love that I learn SO much about my students during this time.
I have two sets of 100 questions, if you would like to check them out.
I really love working with my small groups during reading. I feel very comfortable working on phonics and phonemic awareness skills, but I always felt like I was scrambling when it came to Guided Reading and working on comprehension and vocabulary skills.
I sat down and really thought about what I would like to accomplish during my Guided Reading groups. I wanted something that would be easy to prep, fun for my students, and, of course, meet their academic needs.
This is when my Guided Reading packet was born. My first monthly packet includes 4 nonfiction and 4 fiction stories at 3 differentiated reading levels (24 passages in all.)
Each passage set includes a pre-reading activity to introduce the topic. I like to slip these into a Paper Saver or a page protector to save on copies.
After I introduce the topic and we discuss what we know or we relate the topic to our lives, I introduce the vocabulary. Each passage set includes a picture page and vocabulary cards.
After the vocabulary is introduced, we are ready to read.
After reading our passage a number of times, we can answer the comprehension questions. I like to have my students go back and highlight their answers in the text.
Each passage set also includes a graphic organizer for the comprehension skill.
I spread this out over 2-3 lessons. I just don’t have enough time to do it all in one sitting.
You can SAVE MONEY and buy the BUNDLE. I will be adding each month to this growing bundle. You will be able to download it at no additional cost each time it is updated. Click on the picture below to check it out.
Prepping for my Guided Reading groups next week was SO easy!
Do any of your students need extra practice learning short vowel sounds? Most of my students have a really good grasp with short vowel sounds and can blend CVC words together pretty easily. However, I have a few that need some extra practice with this skill.
We group our 1st graders into five ability groups for Intervention/Enrichment (I/E) time. Each of the five 1st grade teachers take a group for 30 minutes in the mornings. My I/E group is in need of some extra phonics practice, so I wanted to come up with a Short Vowel Intervention to use during this time.
We started our first lesson at the carpet. I gave each of the students a poem on a clipboard. We read the short a poem together a couple of times.
Then, the students read the poem with a partner.
When they became more fluent, I gave each student a highlighter and we found all of the short a words.
After we found all of the short a words, I had the students turn their papers over, and we filled up our boxes with short a word family words.
This activity gave me a really good idea of which students understood rhyming words, and which students needed more practice in this skill.
These Short a Word Family books are also a great way for students to practice their phonics skills.
We will be working with real and nonsense short a words as well.
You can find all of these activities and more in my Short Vowel Intervention Packet.
This BUNDLE includes all 5 short vowels, but you can also purchase each vowel separately.
Each vowel packet includes:
-Fluency List and Checklist
-Word Family Boxes
-Word Family Collection Sheets
-Word Family Booklets
-Spin & Write
-Roll, Read, & Write
-Roll and Read Sentences
-Roll and Read Stories
-Name That Picture
-Read to Understand
I plan on making a Long Vowel Intervention packet next.
I read this book to my class on Thursday, and of course, they thought it was so hilarious! After we read it, we decided that we needed to “play a trick” on our principal, and have her read the book.
We wrote a letter together as a class.
When I delivered the letter to her, I cannot even begin to tell you how excited my students were. (I also gave her the book to preview, but my students did not know that.) She came in today to read the book, and the children could not even contain themselves.
They were laughing SO hard, and giggling at the “trick” they played. The pure joy of a good book was priceless.
I can pretty much guarantee that this book will be a new classroom favorite!
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