Thursday, July 26, 2012

Monthly Focus: Small Group Instruction

This year I’ve decided to pick a few topics to blog about on a monthly basis. I hope to post ideas and insights and show you how it works in my classroom. My first focus topic is small group instruction. This month I’m sharing one of the things I’ve used for the past couple of years in my word work small groups.
I mentioned before that I normally have four types of small groups: 1. Word Work 2.Comprehension  3. Guided Reading/Reading Strategy  4. Fluency. I pull students according to the types of observations I make during my one on one conference time with them or when I take a running record and see the types of errors they are making as they read. Looking closely at errors allows me to determine which strategies I need to help them develop during small group or individual conference time.
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Today I’m sharing what I use in my word work groups. I have tons of Roll and Read games that I’ve made over the years and my students love to use these during Reading Workshop.
I decided to make them small so I could get two on a page. I always have a set of them at my small group table to use as a warm up game while I’m getting materials ready, or if I’m walking around the room helping to get my stragglers where they are supposed to be. We all have those right??
Sometimes I might color code them I try to make each board unique in terms of the words.
The student uses a foam die (so quiet..love those things!) and they roll and read the corresponding word that matches what they rolled. It’s a great review and sometimes I give them the attached tally sheet so they can make a tally for each one they rolled. You can laminate them or not. Sometimes I’ll send them home so students can play with a family member. It’s great extra practice.
Here is my short vowel edition.
I’ve spruced them up for you. Click on the picture below to help yourself to a copy. I’d love to hear from you…I’ve even taken the spam filter off…so it’s easy peasy!! I keep getting spam about Viagra…is that the new trending topic for spammers???
I hope you can use these in your classroom.
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60 comments:

  1. Thank you so much Ms. A! You are always so generous, and I love reading your posts!

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  2. I ove the idea to have a monthly focus. Thanks for sharing your fabulous activity!

    Tammy
    The Resourceful Apple

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  3. This is fantastic. I usually have the kiddos browse their book boxes while I gather my materials. I can't wait to try this out!!

    Laurie
    www.firstgradelyonsden.blogspot.com

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  4. This is wonderful!!! I can't wait to try this out in my classroom. Thank you so much!
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  5. Ms. A,
    Thank you so much for sharing your hard work. These look awesome! I think after I use them in small group, I will put them in workstations for partners to practice.

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  6. Thank you so much! Love these!
    Kristina

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  7. I love, love, love these! Thank you so much for sharing! I can't wait to read your other small group posts.
    Erin
    Sample’s Superstars

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  8. Yolanda,
    Thanks so much for sharing these. Anything kids can use dice with seems to be a hit! Are you familiar with "Roll, Say, and Keep?" Similar to your activity but with a twist. You can google it if you need more info. Thanks again!

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  9. Thank you so much! This is such an easy activity that the kids can do on their own. I'm excited to use these this year!

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  10. Thank you so, so, so much! I really appreciate this short vowel freebie!

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  11. Love the Roll and Read Words! Can't wait to use them in small group. Do you have the other ones you've made on teacher pay teacher - I would love to have those as well.

    Allison311@bellsouth.net

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  12. It is SO nice of you to share these! My class is going to love love love them. Thank you!

    Marvelous Multiagers!

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  13. Awesome! Thanks for sharing!!

    crhdouglas@gmail.com

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  14. Love these! Thanks so much! I get a kick out of checking my spam emails! So funny! I win the lottery pretty much everyday!

    Laura
    Peace, Love, and First Grade

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  15. Love these!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  16. When I try to download I get black lines instead of words. Any suggestions? Allison311@bellsouth.net

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  17. LOVE!! I will be using these this year!! Thank you!!

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  18. Such a great resource!! Thank you so much for sharing :)

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  19. These are wonderful!! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  20. Thank you for sharing this amazing resource!
    Storie
    Stories by Storie

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  21. WOW!!! This is an awesome freebie. Thank you so much. I will definitely use this. I love little games like this. Thank you!

    ❀Barbara❀
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

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  22. These are awesome as always!! :)
    Barbara
    happyteachingfirst.blogspot.com

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  23. Thank you for sharing. These are going to be wonderful to use with my class!

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  24. I would love to use these this year! I'm always looking for new (fun!) ways to have the kids practice their words. I was wondering if you could post a template without the words (just the table and the dice) so that the kids could choose six spelling words to write in the blanks, then they could roll and read the words that they choose. Then they could remake their board each week with their new spelling words. Please post! Thanks :)

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  25. Wow! This will be amazing to use for word work. Thanks for sharing so generously with all of us. I can't wait to print out and use!

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  26. Thanks so much! What a great resource!

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  27. These are awesome and perfect for back to school. Thanks so much for sharing!! I'm pinning and FB'ing. I hope you don't mind! :)

    ღDeAnne
    First Grade and Fabulous

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  28. These are great! Thank you very much for sharing! I am very excited to use these in my classroom as I have been looking for different dice activities this summer.

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  29. Thank you so much! These are fabulous! Can't wait to use these during D5 this year! I hope you make long vowel ones too! You should make some for digraphs, blends, compounds, contractions, dolch, fry, etc! This would be a great thing to sell!
    Mel D
    Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations

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  30. Wow! These are wonderful!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing!
    You are a wonderful teacher!

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  31. Thank you so much! I am trying to get my feet wet in the Daily 5 and Word Work was an area I needed to work on.
    lraines78@gmail.com

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  32. Thank you, this is wonderful.

    yvonnee

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  33. Courtney KitzmillerJuly 27, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    These are wonderful! Thank you for sharing.

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  34. This freebie is FABULOUS! Thank you! I am already ready to print, cut, and laminate. LOVE THIS! Your newest follower, Stephanie
    http://primarypossibilities.blogspot.com/
    Come check us out sometime.

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  35. Also... I think you should sell these on TpT. You need to profit from your hard work. Stephanie

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  36. These are wonderful. How kind of you to make them a freebie! These will be used in my classroom for sure:)

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  37. These are great! Thanks so much!

    Jeanne

    kidzkidzkizd8.2@gmail.com

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  38. I LOVE THIS!!! Thank you so much for generously sharing these:) I've been following you for months now, but I think this is my first comment. I adore your blog and have gotten so many great resources from you. It is so appreciated. I hope you know how great you are:)
    Shining and Sparkling in First Grade

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  39. Thanks! These will be fun to us.

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  40. Thanks for this super game! Looks like there will be a lot of happy kids in many classrooms around the globe playing this game soon...
    ✿ Judy
    teaching with J

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  41. Thanks so much for sharing these! You are so kind to share with us. I can hardly wait to use them.

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  42. That is an awesome activity!!!! Thanks so much!

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  43. I absolutely LOVE these! I had the idea to do something similar in my first grade class this year but was dreading making everything from scratch! Imagine my excitement when I came across your post!! Thanks so much for sharing!!
    I am a first year teacher and new to the blogging community. Follow me to share in my first, first grade adventure!! http://firstgradesensei.blogspot.com/

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  44. Holy Cow! Thanks for this amazing freebie! I love it! It's perfect for my little ELLs!
    Laura
    Mrs. Castro's Class

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  45. Thanks for sharing this great learning activity! It will be very useful:-)

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  46. Love these! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  47. These are great. My children love using them. I also have used foam dice, but then found dice spinners (eta/cuisenaire) which also work great because there is no chasing the dice when it rolls off the desk. Thanks!

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  48. This genius, thanks so much for sharing. I can't wait to use this.

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  49. These are great! thanks a lot!
    Austin

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  50. Thank you so much for sharing! Another great tool to add to my bucket! Hope your year gets off to a great start :)

    Katrina

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  51. Thank you, thank you for sharing this. My students will love it!

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  52. Love the roll and read. This could totally be adapted. I'm new to blogging and am so glad I found yours. Check out my blog if you get a chance! :) I'd love some feedback.

    2nd Grade Teacher
    The Sweetest Thing Blog

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  53. Wow! This is awesome!! Thank you so much!

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  54. These are awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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  55. WOW, these are great! Thank you so much for sharing these!

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