Lake Myra IRT Page

Writer's Workshop

Call it enrichment, call it higher thinking...the following short clip is a conversation exploring a broader, more comprehensive idea of reading level and can serve as a reminder that we can't judge a book by it's cover or a reader by their level!  

Balanced Literacy

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Guided Reading/Readers Workshop

Guided Reading in the Upper Grades - *NEW
Guided Reading Video

Comprehension Strategy Mini Lessons - Frontloading/RW Routines & Procedures, Making Connections, Visualizing, Predicting & Inferring, Questioning, Determining Importance
Listening to Reading
Reading Response Options
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Benchmark Assessments

We will begin the RTI process with a brief RTI Overview and Benchmark Assessment training.  Below you will find the Powerpoints we created with embedded training videos used for scoring practice passages. You can go back and view them anytime you feel like you need a scoring refresher.    
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Fall Benchmark Training - Powerpoints

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Fall Benchmark Training Videos

The 2nd-5th grade benchmark training powerpoint above contains three slides with an embedded movie.   The movies must also be on the same computer in which you are showing the powerpoint or the source will be unavailable.   The three separate videos for the fluency passages are below - you must also download these if you wish to view them or embed them in the powerpoint.    Email me, jjones2@wcpss.net, if you are still confused. 
 
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Author Studies

One of the primary benefits to an Author Study is to arouse a child's interest in literature.  Children's interest in reading is stimulated when they are made aware of the people behind the creation of the books: the authors and the illustrators.  An Author Study is one of the most effective ways to develop this awareness in children.  An Author Study should bring children five very important messages:

1. Good books are fun and can be great friends to everyone.

2. Language belongs to all of us, and we can all use it creatively to enhance our lives.

3. Stories, values, feelings, ideas and information can be shared with many people through writing.

4. Each child has the potential and the right to become anything they want in life.

5. Every child is young author with a voice and style, reading books by the same author validates this.
 


Author Websites

More Author Study Webites


Authors Link


Assigned Authors for Author Studies at Lake Myra



  • Grade K Authors: Carle, Crews, Ehlert, Henkes, Willems, Wells
  • Grade 1 Authors: Aliki, Fox, Keats, Zolotow, Lionni, Munsch
  • Grade 2 Authors: Rylant, Gibbons, de Paolo, Williams, Johnson, Viorst
  • Grade 3 Authors: Greenfield, Polacco, Say, Yolen, Bunting, Baylor
  • Grade 4 Authors: George, MacLachlan, Sceiszka, Van Allsburg, Blume, Clements
  • Grade 5 Authors: Creech, Dahl, Fletcher, Spinelli, Hesse, Avi

Phonological Awareness

Michael Haggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum - 10 minutes a day

Kindergarten Sample Page

1st Grade Sample Page

 

Phonemic Awareness vs. Phonics

Phonemic Awareness

  • Main focus is on SOUNDS
  • Deals with SPOKEN language
  • Students work with manipulating sounds and sounds in words.
Phonics

  • Main focus is on looking at LETTERS and their corresponding sounds.
  • Deals with written print/text/language.
  • Students work with reading and writing letters, according to their sounds and spelling pattern.

Word Study

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Fluency

Fluent readers are better able to devote their attention to comprehending text (LaBerge and Samuels, 1974) (National Reading Panel, 2000) Students who experience reading difficulties are most often not fluent (Johns and Berglund, 2002) (National Reading Panel, 2000) (Pinnell et al., 1995) Fluency instruction begins when students can read connected text with 90% or better accuracy (usually by the middle of first grade). If a student misses more than 10% of the words in a passage, then the material is too difficult to use for instruction.

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Vocabulary

Although estimates vary, research suggests that students learn 3,000 to 5,000 words each year and students have a core reading vocabulary of approximately 25,000 words by the end of elementary school (Anderson & Nagy, 1991; Nagy & Herman, 1987).   Although students learn a majority of new words incidentally, without direct instruction (Kame’enui, Dixon & Carnin, 1987) pre-teaching the vocabulary of a new text does improve students’ comprehension of that text and overall vocabulary development (Beck, Perfetti & McKeown, 1982). Vocabulary knowledge is significantly related to reading comprehension, decoding, spelling and school achievement (Beck & McKeown, 1991) and students who read more have larger vocabularies (Nagy & Anderson, 1984; Stanovich, 1986).  

Bringing Words To Life: Robust Vocabulary Instruction by Isabel Beck, Ph.D

Text Talk Lesson Plans

Text Talk - Explicit Vocabulary Instruction

101 Text Talk Lessons written and compiled by 101 of Utah's Reading First Teachers

Tennessee Academic Vocabulary Project




Vocabulary Notebooks

The template is below - remember that we want to model the use and design of it on the document camera and have students recreate the template in their notebooks to save paper and copies.    It might also be a good idea to tape one template to the inside front or back cover of the notebook itself so they can reference one even it's not posted.   

Marzano's 6 Step Process for Direct Explicit Vocabulary Instruction

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Reading Interventions

Intervention Search Engine at the Florida Center for Reading Research www.fcrr.org/scasearch scroll down and enter the reading strand that is the area of difficulty, and then enter the skill of difficulty, and enter your grade level OR you can enter the DIBELS measure that the child scored below benchmark on and it will generate intervention activities tailor-made for that measure and provide hot links to them instantaneously.


Research Based Content Area Reading Instruction (upper grades)


Research Based Cognitive Strategies from Mosaic of Thought: Teaching Comprehension in a Reader's Workshop

Reading Process Research: Improving Comprehension with Think-Aloud Strategies

The Savvy Teacher's Guide: Reading Interventions That Work by Jim Wright founder and creator of www.interventioncentral.com, this guidebook recommended for grades 3-5