Category Archives: Reading

5 Ways To Have K-2 Students Practice Breaking Apart Words

5 Ways To Have K-2 Students Practice Breaking Apart Words

Teaching students to break apart words is essential! Readers break apart words to… Segment the sounds in a CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) word Read the onset and rime of a word (i.e. sh-ip) Recognize and read word families Read “smaller” words inside compound words Derive meaning from root words, prefixes, and suffixes I’m sure I’ve forgotten some things from…Continue Reading

How to Group K-2 Students for Guided Reading

How to Group K-2 Students for Guided Reading

Figuring out how to group students for guided reading is no small task. What data should you use to group students? What’s a good assessment tool for getting that data? Can you put students at different reading levels into one group? In this post, I’ll tackle all of these questions and more!Gathering Data Assessments Before we can…Continue Reading

How To Integrate Your Literacy Curriculum, District Requirements, Standards, Reading Programs, and Other Literacy Resources (Without Losing Your Mind!)

How To Integrate Your Literacy Curriculum, District Requirements, Standards, Reading Programs, and Other Literacy Resources (Without Losing Your Mind!)

Wouldn’t it be nice if your principal handed you a single document at the beginning of the school year – and that was all that you’d need to teach literacy? But that has never happened to me, and I’m pretty sure it never will! For many of us, every day we struggle to balance resources like: A pacing…Continue Reading

5 Of My Favorite Books About Literacy Instruction

5 Of My Favorite Books About Literacy Instruction

As I’m writing this post, winter break is rapidly approaching. Yay! If you’re looking for a good literacy-related read for your time off (or any old time!), I’m sharing five of my favorites in today’s post!   Note: This post includes Amazon affiliate links. Okay. So honestly, it was hard to pick just five. I…Continue Reading

The Best Gift For Teachers To Give (Or Get!)

The Best Gift For Teachers To Give (Or Get!)

If you’re a teacher like me, you probably have mixed feelings about the weeks between Thanksgiving and the winter holidays. It’s such a beautiful time of the year – but the kids also get a little bit rowdy, you’re scrambling to put together student gifts or holiday projects…..and then there’s your OWN holiday baking and shopping.…Continue Reading

5 Great Literacy Apps for K-2 Teachers and Students

5 Great Literacy Apps for K-2 Teachers and Students

There are a lottttt of apps out there! About 5 years ago, I helped pilot a 1:1 iPad program with my Kindergarteners. At that time, there were fewer education apps available (so much changes in 5 years!). Still, there were sooo many to choose from. And honestly? I went a little app crazy! I downloaded more than my…Continue Reading