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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Guided Reading!!!!

One of the most difficult times in my teacher life, was when I started implementing guided reading groups....I knew I was in a little over my head.  I needed help.......and back in my time, there weren't any literacy coaches or mentor teachers.....I was on my own.....I asked around and of course everyone did/does it differently.....and truthfully, you really do have to find your own grove.  I researched a lot and find some good things here and there and combined what I liked with what was researched based....It wasn't until I went back to get my master's degree in reading education, that I truly understood the reading process and how to teach it.  I have been working, for some time, on a pack that I hope will help novice teachers or seasoned teachers that need some new life into their teaching/implementing of guided reading materials.  None of the information in the pack is something I make up myself, but researched based and often a part of a balanced literacy model.  What this pack is: an organizational tool, a toolbox, a type of support system for the teacher during implementation.  Please note there are NO lesson plans included in this pack.  I really feel like lesson plans can't be pre-planned too far in advance, especially without knowing your learners and their needs and response to prior lessons.  So, included in our Guided Reading + Pack you will find the following items: prompt cards (1 each for supporting early literacy learning, self-monitoring, using all 3 cueing systems, self-correction, fluent reading, meaning cues, structure cues, and visual cues, and one blank card for your use), suggested skills and strategies for text levels (1-38), 2 guided reading lesson plan templates (with a sample), template for keeping up with guided reading groups, forms for reading conferences (both color and black and white), reading fluency scale, 2 guided reading take-home logs (one for a boy and one for a girl), strategy cards (large and individual), and poster size strategy cards for student reading logs.  As always, you can get this wonderful pack Guided Reading Prompt Cards + by The 2 Teaching Divas Right HERE!!!!  My suggestion is to print off the prompt cards and hole punch them and put onto a ring, just so you can have them handy!!  I hope that you can use these cards as you implement the common core and teach your babies how to read!!!  Here are a few pics for you:

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Happy Halloween! by The 2 Teaching Divas

Whew!  Where does the time go???  I have been working diligently on a new Halloween pack.  It is finally ready (yea....too bad Halloween is almost over!!!!)!!  Anyway, this is my favorite time of year and I couldn't help myself!!  This pack just kept getting bigger and bigger!  I wanted to include some additional items, but I simply ran out of time. I hope to do so later.  This pack will be a wonderful addition to your learning centers for the week before and week of Halloween.  it includes the following activities:Creative Writing (including all 3 Common Core Genres: Informative/Explanatory, Opinion, and Narrative), CGI Word Problems, Fact Family mats, syllable sorting, rhyming sort, true/false math equation sort, Halloween Word building, capital/lowercase letter matching, and a few other things.  As always, you can get this great pack by clicking right HERE!!!  And, here are a few pics for you!! FUN!!!!