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April 24, 2011

How to Use the Sound Spelling Cards (Grades K – 5)


Greetings,

I hope you had a great Easter Holiday.  Today I will be sharing with you how to use the Open Court Sound Spelling Cards.  When I was a Second grade teacher, we would practice the sound spelling cards two - three times a day.  The purpose of the sound spelling cards includes the following:

* Teaches children how to sound out words to read

* Teaches children how to spell words and to recognize spelling patterns

* Teaches children to recognize words in print

* Teaches children to speech sounds to combine with other words

* Teaches children the relationships between the letters of written language and the individual sounds of spoken language

* Teaches children to read words isolated and in connected text

* Teaches children to correctly remember the sound and meaning in their mind when reading

* Teaches letter sounds and simple patterns to remember through letter introduction

It is very important for the teacher to display the cards and model the use of the sound spelling cards.  Cards can easily be referenced by children in the classroom as a reference.  The children should be able to easily see all the sound spelling cards. 

There is also a sound spelling card chant and song we used when reviewing the cards.  Click here to download it.  When using the chant and song, make sure your children are standing and facing the cards.

Once you have the spelling chant memorized then you can add the actions that make the cards come alive.  To view these movements click here to download it.  I hope you enjoyed these wonderful resources on the Open Court sound spelling cards.  I will see you next week with another exciting topic.

Update August 2011: For those of you who have found my Sound Spelling Cards Blog, I have a YouTube channel with 72 Instructional videos, including 10 blending videos to help you and your students.  To check out the blending videos, simply click here or play the video below.



Here is a training video on the Open Court Reading Sound Spelling Cards.

April 17, 2011

More Elementary Reading Resources for Free!

Greetings,

I hope everyone is having a great week.  Today I will be sharing with you another Reading Resource web site, where you can find the following free resources:

* Comprehension Resources

* Concept Question Boards (Themed Bulletin Boards)

* Fluency (Reading with Speed, Accuracy & Proper Expression)

* Reading Assessments

* Independent Work Time Activities & Games

* Reader's Theater (Dramatic Presentation with a Written Script)

* Response to Intervention (RTI)

* Sight Word Resources

* Vocabulary Resources

* Reading Strategies

You will also find free PDF Documents you can download, Vocabulary PowerPoints that have sound and Word Documents you can modify to use.
To access these free resources simply click here.


I hope you enjoy these additional free resources.  I will see you next week with another exciting topic.  Take care.

April 10, 2011

Great Student Centered Activities (Grades 4 - 5)

Greetings,

I hope you had a great week. I know a lot of the fourth and fifth grade teachers have been waiting for this blog article. In this blog article, I will be sharing with you the free student centered activities for grades 4 - 5.
The Student Center Activities for Grades 4 - 5 include three books and one DVD: The DVD is broken up into 6 parts. Here are the three books:

1. Advance Phonics and Fluency Student Centered Activities
2. Vocabulary and Comprehension Student Centered Activities
3. Teacher Resource Guide

1. Teacher Resource Guide

Part 1: Five Components of Reading Instruction, Frequently asked Questions, Implementing and Managing Student Centers in the Classroom, Interpretation of Activity Plans, Implementation of Activity Plans

Part 2: Crosswalk, 2-3 Glossary of Reading Terms

Book 1: Advanced Phonics and Fluency (8 Page PDF)

A. Advanced Phonics

Part 1: Variant Correspondences (62 Page PDF)

Part 2: Syllable Patterns (48 Page PDF)

Part 3: Morpheme Structures (88 Page PDF)

B. Fluency

Part 1: Word Parts & Words (70 Page PDF)

Part 2: Phrases, Chunked and Connected Text (44 Page PDF)

Book 2: Vocabulary and Comprehension (8 Page PDF)

A. Vocabulary

Part 1: Word Knowledge (60 Page PDF)

Part 2: Morphemic Elements (60 Page PDF)

Part 3: Word Meaning & Analysis (80 Page PDF)

Part 4: Words in Context (48 Page PDF)

B. Comprehension

Part 1: Narrative Text Structure (64 Page PDF)

Part 2: Expository Text Structure (60 Page PDF)

Part 3: Text Analysis (40 Page PDF)

Part 4: Monitoring for Understanding (66 Page PDF)

To download all the resources and to view the DVD parts for FREE, click here.

Ok, I hope you enjoyed all the valuable resources on all the Student Centered Activities you can make and use for interventions with your students.  Remember all these activities have been researched through the Florida Center for Reading Research. 

For more information or to view their Mission Statement, simply click on the blue link above this sentence.  I will see you next week with another exciting topic.  Take care.

April 3, 2011

Great Student Centered Activities (Grades 2 - 3)

Greetings,

I hope you are doing well.  I know you a lot of the second and third grade teachers have been waiting for this blog article.  So, let's get started.  Today I am sharing with you the free reading student centered activities for grades 2 - 3.

The Student Center Activities for Grades 2 - 3 include three books and one DVD: The DVD is broken up into 6 parts.  Here are the three books:

1. Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension Student Center Activities

2. Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Student Center Activities

3. Teacher Resource Guide

1. Teacher Resource Guide

Part 1: Five Components of Reading Instruction, Frequently Asked Questions, Implementing and Managing Student Centers in the Classroom: System one, Implementing and Managing Student Centers in the Classroom: System Two, Interpretation of Activity Plans, Implementation of Activity Plans

Part 2: Crosswalk, 2-3 Glossary of Reading Terms

Book 1: Phonemic Awareness and Phonics (8 page PDF)

A. Phonemic Awareness

Part 1: Phoneme Matching & Phoneme Isolating (64 page PDF)

Part 2: Phoneme Blending & Phoneme Segmenting (56 page PDF)

Part 3: Phoneme Manipulating (29 page PDF)

B. Phonics

Part 1: Letter Sound Correspondence (56 page PDF)

Part 2: High Frequency Words (72 page PDF)

Part 3: Variant Correspondences (132 page PDF)

Part 4: Syllable Patterns (56 page PDF)

Part 5: Morpheme Structures (36 page PDF)

Book 2: Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension (10 page PDF)

A. Fluency

Part 1: Letter Sound Correspondence & Word Parts/Patterns (82 page PDF)

Part 2: Words (12 page PDF)

Part 3: Phrases & Chunked Text (38 page PDF)

Part 4: Connected Text (18 page PDF)

B. Vocabulary

Part 1: Word Knowledge (62 page PDF)

Part 2: Morphemic Elements (38 page PDF)

Part 3: Word Meaning (20 page PDF)

Part 4: Word Analysis (52 page PDF)

Part 5: Words in Context (28 page PDF)

C. Comprehension

Part 1: Narrative Text Structure (34 page PDF)

Part 2: Expository Text Structure (18 page PDF)

Part 3: Text Analysis (32 page PDF)

Part 4: Monitoring for Understanding (38 page PDF)

To download all the resources and to view the DVD parts for FREE, click here.

Ok, next week I will be sharing with you the grades 4 - 5 reading resources. I hope you have a great week. Take care.