March 18: Planning and Designing Text-Based Discussions

Class Slideshow: Text Based Discussions

Activity: Text-Talk Examples with Make Way for Ducklings

March 20: Choosing & Using Vocabulary Words for Text-Based Discussions

Class Slideshow:

Reading Guide #2, Developing student-friendly explanations and activities to engage students with words
Read: Words Their Way Chapter 2 - Spelling Assessment

Upcoming Assignments:

March 25: Stages of Spelling Development

Class Slideshow:

Activity: Determining Stages of Spelling Development from Writing Samples
1. Bring three copies of your completed spelling inventory to class (use student's first name only)

2. Read Biggam, Chapter 9: Spelling

3. Finish Text-Based Discussion Assignment (see handout above)

March 27: Spelling Assessment & Instructional Grouping

See Spelling Assessment Handouts
Work on Word Study Demonstrations - Due Tuesday April 1 (bring copy to hand in and materials to teach your lesson for four students)

April 1: Word Study Demonstrations

Word Study Demonstration Activities
Syllabus Change: No reading guide is due

April 3: Word Study and Interactive Word Walls

Interactive Word Wall Activities

Study for Quiz:
  • Text-Based Discussion: purpose, techniques, useful practices and not-so-useful practices
  • Tier 1, 2, and 3 words
  • Stages of Spelling Development
    (common spelling features; use writing prompt to determine what student is using and confusing > what stage > what are next steps with instruction)
  • Grouping students using stages of spelling development
  • Word Study/Word Wall Activities: examples and techniques

You might explore some of the videos on the left that we did not get to in class - just to get a better sense of what word study looks like in a classroom

April 8: Quiz #3 and Organizing for Word Study

Quiz #3
Other Resources for you:

Homework Due April 10:
1.Watch the 9 minute video about Organizing for Word Study - see Scholastic Word Study in Action Video
  • As you watch, write down two unique tips you learned about organizing word study instruction in a whole class that you had not considered before.
  • Then, jot down one question you have about organizing word study instruction in an elementary classroom - we will try to answer these in a few classes.

2. 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.

April 10 & April 15: Running Records

Homework Due April 15:
  • Read Biggam Ch 4 Reading Strategies
  • Feel free to begin exploring the literacy center websites below to give you ideas for your literacy center activity.

Homework - Literacy Center Readings

April 17: Running Records

Practicing another running record: from the running record online tutorial (select Let Me Try: Non grade specific sample tab). Print out the text sheet; then listen to the recording of A Little Lake for Jenny while recording the child's miscues. After, chart and analyze the miscues, and then determine this reader's areas of strength, areas of need, and what you would start with if you were to work with this child tomorrow.

April 22: Literacy Centers

Here is a youtube video of center work in the younger grades; Look at what the children are doing and how they are recording their work): Centers

April 24: Quiz #4 (Running Records and Spelling Assessment)

Topics to study for quiz:
  • Running Records: purpose, important terms, recording miscues, analyzing miscues, caculating total accuracy, total acceptability, reading rate, determing strengths, needs, and next steps for reading instruction
  • Literacy Centers: features of productive literacy learning centers
  • Spelling Inventory: determining students' total score, spelling stage, strengths, needs, and next steps for reading instruction