I am so very excited, I have created my first YouTube video, and it only took me four hours! The video is a “How to” on editing the neat desktop organizer provided below. I get so many compliments on how organized my computer looks, and it really helps me keep my files in order.
Reading Street Resources
Menu Boards (Choice Boards)
- Into the Ice Tic-Tac-Toe Menu
- The Chimpanzees I Love
- Black Frontiers
- Space Cadets Space Cadets Menu Board 2
- Inventing the Future
Weekly Newsletters (Reading Street Spelling/Vocabulary Words)
- Inside Out
- Passage to Freedom
- The Ch’i-lin Purse
- Jane Goodall’s 10 Ways to Help Save Wildlife
- The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere
- Wing’s for the King
- Leonardo’s Horse
- The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins
- Mahalia Jackson
- Special Effects in Film and Television
- The Universe
- Dinosaur Ghosts
- A Week in the 1800s
- Goodbye to the Moon
- When Marian Sang
- Learning to Swim
- Juan Verdades
- Elizabeth Blackwell
Vocabulary Matching Cards
Here are handouts I refer to in various choice boards
Commonly Confused Words Bingo (Free download)
I hope everyone had a great new year and is ready to head back to school. We have in-service on Monday, and students return Tuesday. A reader requested for some resources to help students use and practice commonly confused words. Click on the images below to download the free Bingo game.
Academic Word Finder Tool…Achieve the Core
Achieve the Core has great resources for teachers. I am highlighting their Academic Word Finder tool. You will need an Achieve the Core account, but it is free. This tool takes any text and identifies
It is simple to use. You paste an text up to 20,000 words into the tool. Then select the grade level of the text.
Then you will be prompted to add the title, author, and notes about the text. I only fill in the title and author.
The site then produces the story with the words identified underlined. As well a list of identified tier 2 or academic vocabulary words with part speech, meaning, example sentences and grade level. You are able to sort the list in below grade level, on grade level, and above grade level. You can also sort it in order of appearance, alphabetical, or grade level.
The tool save your lists as well as allows you to print and email the lists. The Academic Word Finder is a great time saving tool. Check it out and let me know what you think or how you will use it in your classroom.
Vocabulary Cube Freebie on Text Features
I am still working hard on creating resources for my tier 1 students during their spotlight time. Spotlight time is when we provide intervention and enrichment for all students. Today I have for you a vocabulary cube, matching cards, and a vocabulary list with definitions for text features.
- Cut out all of the pieces of the vocabulary cube. I like to color-code my sets. Every text feature is yellow, parts of speech are pink, and so on.
- Then laminate each piece and store it in a sandwich bag or small container.
- Either in teams, duos, or solo lay out all of your pieces on your table.
- Next match the pieces together, make sure the definition and examples match on all the sides with words.
- The first team, duo, or student to finish correctly wins!
You can download the set here. I am working to create a new page on my blog with all of the RTI2 materials I’ve created and will be creating. The page will be up in a few weeks!
I have…Who Has Games for Common Prefixes, Common Suffixes, and Common Roots (Free download)
I Have…Who Has is an easy-to-play game that is a great way to practice essential language concepts with the whole class. As students match up the answers on their cards with questions on other students’ cards, they get valuable practice with vocabulary and listening skills. The game requires students to focus and listen carefully to decide whether the definition matches one of their words.
- Randomly distribute the cards among students.
- Everyone gets a least one card, but many students will have more than one.
- The student with the start card will go first.
- The student will say “I have the start card “Who has” definition for ______”.
- The person who has the word being defined calls out “I have” followed by the word.
- That person then reads the “Who has” definition on their card.
- The game continues until all the definitions have been read.
- I Have…Who Has Most Common Prefixes
- I Have…Who Has Most Common Suffixes
- I Have…Who Has Most Common Roots
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Prefix Practice Freebie
I am currently working towards creating practice sets for vocabulary to be used during out spotlight time. Spotlight time is our RTI2 time for students in all tiers. Students in tier two and up have a set curriculum they follow. Our tier one students do not have a specific curriculum. Their time is for enrichment and is often taught by teacher’s aides. I’ve started to create some sets and I am ready to publish one of the sets. I would love feedback. The set contains the following:
|List of prefixes used in the practice set.|
|A set of vocabulary matching cards.|
|A vocabulary cube activity|
You can download the full practice set here. Love to hear what you think or what you feel needs to be added.