Sunday, August 19, 2012

Smart Readers Under Construction

Hi all! The big day is Tuesday! That's my first day back with my little sweeties. I'm getting excited and nervous. Yeah, can you believe after all these years of teaching I still get excited and nervous! I'm starting again this year with 30 firsties and I'm sure it will increase. I guess I should be used to it but I don't think I ever will.
I thought I'd share with everyone some little tools I print to have on hand when I'm working in guided reading with my kiddos. I print several copies and have a stack of each of these by my reading table so I can quickly grab some for my lessons. Let me start by telling you that I tell my firsties they are 'smart readers under construction'. We talk about what that means and I tell them I am going to help them in every way become a smart reader. I love the word 'smart' more than 'better'. It seems more positive to me. When I think of 'better', I think well maybe I'm not very good to start with and I want my kiddos the think of themselves as good reader and I'm just going to help them be smarter reader.
The first is sorting pages. I have 2, 3, 4, and 5 way sort pages.
I use these a ton of ways. I might have them list short vowel words, long & short vowels, word families, inflectional endings, root word and ending, suffixes, prefixes, characters and describing words, who & what, hard & soft c or g words, the list can go on and on. Sometimes I give the words, sometimes they find the words in their reading. You can use it with the low, middle and high kids. It's open to whatever you can think of to use it with. It's a fun, quick easy practice or assessment for your kiddos. I don't make them into a booklet because I want the kids to take them home so parents can see what we are doing.
The next one is the character sheet. I use this one a lot especially after I've taught describing words. I  can generally use this one at the beginning of the year with my high students too.
Another one I use is Did You Know. This one is great for non-fiction books.
These sheets don't have to be used only in guided reading. Sometimes I'll use them with the whole class like when I read Boxcar Children. We fill out a 4-way sort on the four characters and what we know about them. There are so many possibilities, just use your creativity.

If you'd like a FREE download just click HERE.

Oh and some super GOOD NEWS- I have a new grandson!!
This is Elijah Ray Robison. Born August 15th. He was 10 lbs. 5 ounces. My daughter has BIG boys! I just LOVE all the dark soft hair!
Thanks for stopping by. I hope everyone has a terrific week!


Learning with Mrs. Brinn said...

congratulations on having adorable Elijah joining your family!

Thanks also for your sorts- they look great!

Tammy said...

Your grandson is too sweet. 30 kids? I started with 27 last year and I thought that was a lot. Have a wonderful first day.
❀ Tammy
Forever in First

Suzy Q said...

My goodness...30 is HUGE!

Love the character our first story we are to choose four describing words about the character and most kids struggle! Or I get silly, funny, crazy and another synonym!

Congrats on the cutie!

Laura said...

He is adorable, Sheree! By the way, my kiddos are loving your Nifty Number book!! Great job!

Peace, Love, and First Grade

Oceans of First Grade Fun said...

Love the Character sheet! Precious grandson! Thanks for sharing your wonderful freebies.

Lori Rosenberg said...

Congrats on the birth of your beautiful grandson. I hope you have a great first day back to school. Thanks for the awesome freebies!

ΡΌ Lori
Teaching With Love and Laughter