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Word Study for Syllable Juncture

This post includes setting up and organizing word study for the syllable juncture speller. It includes organizational tips, teaching sequences, what's taught, and how it fits with the other reading components.(FREEBIES)

Your students are fluent readers, and they're writing in paragraphs. They understand spelling patterns, but they're using but confusing those patterns in multiple syllable words. If this describes your reality, then guess what? You are teaching students at the Syllable Juncture Spelling Stage. Congratulations! You are in the right space, and I hope you'll read on to check out what you're in for this year.

Structuring Your ELA Block

This post includes framework ideas for structuring your ELA block and  includes ideas for fitting in all of the key components.

It's the first day of the work week, and you receive your class schedule and class list. First, you glance down the list of new family members you'll be meeting and teaching hoping that the magic number stays below 20. (in a perfect teaching world, right?). Then comes the schedule. Eek! You have a two hour literacy block and you have to fit in...whole group, small group, word study, grammar, and writing. Say what? Can it be done? Well, let's look at  making the most of a very tight schedule.

Back to School Made Easy

Ahhhh...the first week of school. You have your LONG list of to-dos you needed to complete during your work week, and naturally, your week is filled with trainings, faculty meetings, and learning about blood born pathogens, epi pens, and PLCs. The real work for your first week starts the weekend before the children come, and that is where we are today (except I had to lead a few of the trainings).  To help you make your weekend a bit easier, I am linking up with a few blogging friends to share Back to School tips and printables you can use the first week (and beyond). Since the focus of my blog is on literacy, I thought I'd share suggestions of great books you might grab to model the character traits and behaviors you hope to see all year long.

Daily Routines That Build a Love of Writing

Writing routines make a difference in the development of writing skills. This post explains how to tie reading and writing instruction.

The reading-writing connection is HUGE, but for many students, writing is a REAL struggle. Kids get stuck with coming up with ideas, may work at a slower pace, may be unwilling to attempt when the writing not "right", or may have real struggles with connecting oral words to print (spelling). Because of these barriers, we KNOW that consistent writing instruction and practice is critical. Today, I am joining in with my literacy friends at The Reading Crew to share suggestions of classroom routines that will help you and your students develop a love of writing.

Learning Partnerships Unite

Learning partnerships are a valuable tool in the classroom, and this script captures the interests of students and uses it to build fluency and comprehension. Check out this post to learn more.

Do your students love to talk? Do they love reading with friends? Students have a need to be social, and learning partnerships takes advantage of that need to grow thinking skills, reading fluency, and comprehension.


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