Category Archives: Reading

How to Differentiate Literacy Centers in K-2

How to Differentiate Literacy Centers in K-2

Literacy centers can take a LOT of time to set up, right?! And if you differentiate your literacy centers, that takes even MORE time. However, it’s definitely worth it. Although some center activities can work for learners at all levels, other centers activities are much more valuable when they are differentiated (i.e. word work). So…Continue Reading

The #1 Mistake I Made with My Literacy Centers

The #1 Mistake I Made with My Literacy Centers

Let me tell you about a teacher who really struggled with literacy centers. Every Thursday, she would write her lesson plans for the following week. When she started planning her centers, she made sure that they matched the skills and goals the class would be working on that week. But she often got stuck trying…Continue 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