Class Notes Page 2 SPRING 2012




The Reading Process -- February 29




Storybooks and Text-Based Discussions to Oral Language, Comprehension, and Vocabulary -- March 1 and March 6



Vocabulary - March 8



Spelling Development and Assessment - March 20 and 22




Word Study, Interactive Word Walls, and Fluency in Word Recognition - March 27 and 29
  • Complete for Homework Before Class on March 27:
  • Complete for Homework Before Class on March 29:
    • Read these three short sources about research-based practices for using word walls to build vocabulary and fluency. Then download and complete the reflection sheet about your readings.
    • Download and Complete Your Reflections About Word Wall Readings:
    • Read Tompkins Chapter 6 on Sight Words Identification and Fluency (the Part 2 of the reading guide is optional)




Leveled Reading Systems - April 3

Quiz #3: Study for Quiz on Thursday, April 5 (47 points)
Sequence of Phonics InstructionText-Talk Principles and Practices (Comprehension Prompts and Vocabulary Activities) Writing Samples and Spelling Patterns Aligned to Developmental Spelling Stages (using/confusing)-- Word Study/Word Sorts Principles and Practices


Running Records - April 12 and April 17

This running record online tutorial walks you through the entire process from taking a running a record to analyzing it - with realtime audio, line by line support, and three grade levels of readers to choose from!
  • For homework, move through the green tabs on the Running Records Website. First, Overview; then Show Me (with left menu items) and Tell me(with left menu items and audio play/stop buttons).
    • For Tell Me - click on the left green menu and all three green tabs.
    • For Show Me - Select a grade level, view the recording sheet, Whole Demo, and MSV Analysis. Use the play/stop buttons to hear the audio of the running record as it is administered. For the MSV analysis page, click on the "All Explanations" button to hear an explanation of the accuracy of each word misread.
    • To practice, try the "Let Me Try" tab. Select a grade level and print the recording sheet. Administer your running record and then listen to the Running Record and MSV analysis demonstration.
  • Feel free to begin exploring the literacy center websites below to give you ideas for your literacy center activity.

For homework due April 17: Review this article titled "What do I say when they get stuck on a word?" (more for background information and conceptual ideas about how to support/scaffold readers with teching prompts at various stages of development)


Literacy Centers - April 19

  • To read for homework before class: Ford, M., & Opitz, M. (2002). Using centers to engage children during guided reading time: Intensifying learning experiences away from the teacher. The Reading Teacher, 55(8), 710-717.
  • To read for homework: Flood, J. & Lapp, D. (1992). Am I allowed to group: Using flexible patterns for effective instruction. The Reading Teacher, 45(8), 608-616.
  • Jot down some notes involving three big ideas about literacy centers gleaned from these readings.





Quiz #4 Topics:
  • Leveled Reading Systems (Fountas & Pinnell features; text features that make books more or less difficult - predictable texts, decodable texts, natural language tradebooks)
  • Text-Talks Vocabulary Instruction Examples
  • Administering and Scoring Running Records
  • Review counting phonemes, developmental levels of reading and spelling,
  • Ideas from readings on literacy centers

Center Activity Resources


Materials for Literacy Lesson Plans --