Thursday, November 29, 2018

Ohio/Iowa 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


How do you teach students to find transitional phrases beyond first, next, then, or finally? Have them look for a series of words at the beginning of a sentence followed by a comma that they think MIGHT be a transitional phrase. Then, have them replace the words with first, next, then, or finally. If it makes sense, it's probably a transitional phrase. :)

The Three Little SUPERPIGS by Claire Evans has lots of wonderful transitional phrases. :) 









Teachers, if you haven't set up your FREE Epic account, you'll want to. All the books in the collections below are FREE for teachers. 

EPIC Books - Text Structures 




Compare and Contrast Text Structures:



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:  http://www.abcya.com/alphabet_number_magnets.htm (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:
http://college.wfu.edu/sites/pat-cunningham/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2017/12/NiftyThriftyFifty.pdf

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!

Article:  http://inservice.ascd.org/the-person-doing-the-work-is-doing-the-learning/