Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Interactive Notebook Dayyyyy 2!

It's hump day-- and a crazy busy day at school!  I modeled a NMSI (National Math and Science Initiative) reading small group lesson on point of view this morning, followed by a writing lesson, day 2 in the syllable interactive notebook, and taught an hour of intervention.  Somewhere in there I met with a pre-k teacher and helped a 1st grade teacher redistribute her Daily 5 groups. WHEW!  I'm tired just thinking about it!  Busy days like today make me love my job even more.  :)

Day 2 in the syllable interactive notebook went so well!  They are turning out great!!!  Today we sorted a cards into "syllable" or "not a syllable" pockets.  I wanted the kids to understand that syllables must have a vowel sound, which means they MUST have a vowel.  We went through each word, underlined the vowel (if there was one), talked about why it was a syllable, and then placed it in the syllable pocket.  We also discussed the cards that were not syllables and why they couldn't be syllables.

Next, we talked about lesson 2.  I wanted kids to have an overview of the 6 syllable types.  We made our flipbook and then discussed examples for each type.  It was amazing how fast they caught on!  We underlined the vowel in each syllable.  They noticed really quickly that vowel-consonant-e and vowel team syllables had 2 vowels in them and that when we underlined the vowels in vowel r, we also underlined the r.

Here are some pictures from today!  The kids are really enjoying making them. Now I need to hurry up and create the next part to use!

Have a great day!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Syllable Interactive Notebook- Day 1

Happy Monday!

School was so busy today!  We were out last Monday to celebrate Dr. King's birthday, Wednesday morning due to winter weather AND Friday afternoon due to winter weather.  After missing 2 days of instruction last week, we were all ready to hit the ground running!

I couldn't wait to get to school today because I was so excited to start my Syllable Interactive Notebook with second grade! I've spent a lot of time this year teaching our teachers and students about syllable types and syllable division patterns.  It really is a passion of mine.  During my first year of teaching third grade, my special ed teacher suggested that I teach the 6 syllable types to my students.  Honestly, I'd never heard of the syllable types.  Of course I knew what a syllable was, but I didn't know there were 6!  I learned a lot that year from the special ed teacher and also as I planned lessons to go with the syllable types.  My love for teaching them grew and I became more and more confident.  My kids' DIBELS scores skyrocketed.  It all made sense- the students at my school were taught how to read but were never taught how to tackle a multisyllabic word beyond a compound word.  The basals didn't have it, we didn't have the resources, and the teachers didn't know about them either.  Fast forward two years later...I was asked to go to first year Orton Gillingham Classroom Educator Training.  Once again, they discussed syllable types and division patterns, and I kept thinking "why doesn't EVERYONE know about this?"

Now as a reading coach, I encounter teachers everyday who have never heard of the syllable types.  It is my hope that I can create resources to assist teachers so that they can share their knowledge!  Syllable types are the key that can crack the code!

Here are some pictures of the second grade class putting their notebooks together!  We made our covers and talked about syllables in general.   On Wednesday, we will do a sort and learn an overview of the 6 syllable types.

If you're interested, I am posting parts of the interactive notebook as I create it/teach it in my TPT store.  I plan to use it in 1st and 2nd grade, but I wish I had it when I taught 3rd!

Have a great night! :)

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Time to Update!

Hey Everyone!

I think its finally time to update my blog!  So many of you have looked at my blog to see my classroom pictures thanks to other blog links and Pinterest.   I'm now in my second year as a reading coach. I love it, but I do miss having my kiddos and my beautiful third grade classroom. 

I've been busy creating all types of resources for syllable division patterns and now syllable types.  I've noticed that there is a serious resource shortage in that area and the teachers at my school need materials to teach these important skills.  

Check back later to see pictures of my new resources in action!