Thursday, November 29, 2018

Ohio Literacy Conference

Thank you for a WONDERFUL two days! I haven't finished uploading everything. My plan is to work on this tomorrow, Saturday, morning. :)

Reading Framework Download 

Reading Ideas

Higher-Order Question Stems

Chewy Louie Summarizing Lesson

Partner Template Download 

2nd Grade Writing Mini-Lessons

3rd-5th Grade Writing Mini-Lessons

Parts of Speech - in action

Parts of Speech PowerPoints

High-Frequency Spelling Words and Rimes

My Spelling Lists -- created from words from the link above

Spelling City Lists

Word Work Ideas

Making Words Lesson - EARTHWORMS

Reading Aloud Research

Foundational Skills Rubrics

Comprehension Strategies

Favorite FREE Websites:

Possible Small-Group Classroom Schedule AND Lesson Plan Format:

  • Since only 30 minutes is allowed for content, integration is done during ELA.
  • Link to Google Doc

Possible Whole-Group Classroom Schedule:

Sunday, November 11, 2018

We Are All Teachers of Reading and Writing: Let's be Extraordinary

Information coming soon ...

Teach Students to Read Like Writers

Information coming soon ...

Learn to Spell without Memorization

High-Frequency Spelling Words and Rimes

My Spelling Lists -- created from words from the link above

Spelling City Lists

Word Work Ideas

Making Words Lesson: Snowfall

 s o f l l n s w

Day One: Make and Sort Words
Day Two: Transfer Spelling

Make Words:
Interactive Website: (magnetic letters work too)
an, fan, fawn, lawn, law, low, flow, flaw, slaw
on, no, now, won, own, flown, flow, slow, snow 

Sort Words:
Words that end in -an
Words that have -aw in them
Words that have -ow in them
Ask students for other sorting ideas

Transfer words:
If you can spell ______, you can spell ________ and _______ …
Fan, span, Spain (talk about ai vs. ane), pain, rain, train, trained, trainer, training, retrain
Fawn, yawn, pawn, dawn, drawn, withdrawn (talk bout past participle … draw, drew, have drawn) Own, blown, flown, known (talk about past participle … fly, flew, have flown and know, knew, have known)

Nifty Thrifty Fifty:

I was beyond excited to find the PDF linked above because this PDF was uploaded by one of the authors. It's worth downloading and studying -- it will change how you teach spelling!


Friday, August 10, 2018

Creating a Schedule

Creating a schedule should be easy, right? In theory, yes  ... but we have to work with our team and special education department to make sure students receive services at a time that works for all of us. 

My second grade team sat down and came up with this schedule (which I LOVE) and Emalie Lindsey put it in Google Drive for us to modify. Collaboration makes for successful teaching, and we have to work smarter not harder. 

In my district, we have to have 75 minutes of math each day and 150 minutes of English/Language Arts. That means we integrate A LOT of content into our reading/writing lessons. We also add math and reading into our morning center time to make up any deficits. You'll notice that I don't have quite enough minutes on Thursday for math, but students will be engaged in math activities each morning during center time and will be doing lots of problem solving in the Exploratorium. 

As much as I love integrated curriculum and project-based learning, I do my best to do the "content" part of each unit at the specified time. That way students receiving services outside of my room receive the content inside of my room at the right time. I hope that makes sense! Lessons don't always "stop and end," but we still have to make sure we meet our set guidelines.

My "contracted" time is from 8:10-4:10 each day. I do my best to leave when I can each day, but right now I'm taking too much work home. I'm looking forward to being in a routine again. My goal is to work at school and focus on family at home. That means I often have a working lunch ... every minute counts!

I recently started changing my healthy eating habits to counter my eat what I want when I want summer. How many days does it take to make a habit -- 21? That's what I keep telling myself. By the time school begins, I should be well on my way ... Life is all about balance. Don't forget to take care of yourself during this busy season of life. You matter!

I'm looking forward to this year, and I hope you are too! Our students are counting on us. 

Happy back to school! 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Las Vegas

Thank you for coming to my sessions! I have a lot uploaded already, but I need to upload information from several sessions. My dad and I had a wonderful time tonight, and we're so excited to see the Grand Canyon tomorrow. I have two math sessions on Friday and plans Friday night. My goal is to upload everything while I'm traveling home on Saturday. If you need something sooner, email me:  

I'd love to stay in touch on Twitter. If you follow me, I'll follow you back. 

Twitter:  Cheryl_L_Dick

See you next year and stay in touch! 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Writing Mini-Lessons

If you can't find what you're looking for, email me: Thanks for coming to my session and for filling out the evaluation. :)

If you follow the link in SDE's handout, it'll take you to a post with more resources. I'll update this post tonight to add more.

30 Days of Mini-Lessons:

Writing PowerPoints: Link to download writing PowerPoints: 

Parts of Speech PowerPoints:

Morning Message Ideas: *For K-1, consider writing each sentence in a different color of marker so students can see when sentences start and stop. :) Extending the morning message idea came from the book, Beyond Morning Message by Valerie Schifferdanoff.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

NOLA -- Fun Times!

I have so many wonderful memories from my time in New Orleans this week. It was fun seeing old friends and making new ones! 

I ended up having a fun night out with friends which means I didn't get my work done, but it'll be here tomorrow. I leave for the airport first thing tomorrow, so I'm hoping to upload everything while I'm waiting to fly home. Check back  ... I haven't forgotten. 

Thanks for coming to my sessions, and stay in touch. Email if you need anything: