End of the Year Letter Assessments for Pre-K, Kinder and 1st-Grade students

It’s that time of the year…assessment time. Really teaching early literacy it’s always assessment time. We are constantly checking our students needs and reevaluating how we are meeting those needs to help them move forward. For me, I’ve been working on literacy intervention for various grade levels and have students still barely aware of lettersContinue reading “End of the Year Letter Assessments for Pre-K, Kinder and 1st-Grade students”

Springtime, Rhyme Time

Welcome to Spring! The days are beautiful, the sun is out and the flowers are blooming. And our students are getting ready to head back to the classroom. Reading, writing and literacy are going to need some extra effort to bridge the gap that may have formed over the COVID time. My students are someContinue reading “Springtime, Rhyme Time”

St. Patrick’s Day- Language Focus

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up quickly and you’re probably ready with empty shoe boxes, gallons of glue and green glitter and STEAM ideas to share with your young students. It is a magical day or week filled with wonder and hopes of catching the sneaky little mister making a mess of the classroom andContinue reading “St. Patrick’s Day- Language Focus”

Reading Potholes

Learning to read can be a difficult process for many children. If the issues persist through time they obstruct learning and they tend to grow like potholes. We as teachers can runover the issues over and over again without realizing their is a gap or pothole in student’s learning. As children get older their gapsContinue reading “Reading Potholes”

Fall Readers

It’s that time of year when your early readers are starting to make jumps in their reading levels. They understand the difference between a letter and a word and how to use pictures for help with word choice. I work with first graders who are having trouble with with letters, sounds, and reading. I createContinue reading “Fall Readers”

Freebie! Self-Correcting Google Slides for 1st Grade on Context Clues

I love to use games of all sorts in the classroom. Self-correcting games allow student to make mistakes, learn from their mistakes, correct their learning, practice their skills, and grow their self-confidence while gaining knowledge. These self-correcting Google Slides can engage students while they practice their skills either asynchronously or in literacy centers. I madeContinue reading “Freebie! Self-Correcting Google Slides for 1st Grade on Context Clues”

ELD Strategies and Methods with Jamboard

ELD stands for English Language Development- meeting the needs of students that are learning English as well as the core content areas can be a challenge. Building language helps empower our students. One way to do that while we are working in a remote or face-to-face environment is to use Jamboard. Jamboard is a applicationContinue reading “ELD Strategies and Methods with Jamboard”

Engaging English Language / Grammar Practice Asynchronously

How do we do that? Let’s Say hello to Boom Cards and welcome to asynchronous learning that gives students engaging and fun practice and sends teachers feedback of student work. This information helps to guide next steps in the lessons. What is not to love about that cycle? Synchronously teach whole group and reteach andContinue reading “Engaging English Language / Grammar Practice Asynchronously”

Designing Learning to Build Background for Diverse School Populations

Schools today have an influx of students from around the world. Children of all ages come with their own educational and cultural backgrounds. We can no longer expect that all students in the classroom have a shared understanding. To have the same understanding pf topics (vocabulary, images, themes, expectations) and meet state standards, we mustContinue reading “Designing Learning to Build Background for Diverse School Populations”