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I use a wide variety ALONG w/district's
Old 04-16-2011, 09:55 PM
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adopted curriculum resource, which is Reading Street for our reading groups M-Th and whole group comprehension lesson for the 1st 2 days of the week.
  • I want a much more rich variety of books for read alouds and comprehension lessons than one book for the whole week.
  • The first year I used it, I began the year using the scripted lessons for reading groups and then began to add other resources to make it more developmentally appropriate.
Some of the other resources and instructional strategies I use to teach reading can be found on my Shutterfly website on the Reading News page. You can access the password by requesting it through the Shutterfly site. I use these daily in my reading instruction in addition to my Reading Street texts:
  • Phonic Faces by EleMentory
  • Heidi Songs DVD's - Letters and Sight Words with music and movement
  • Whole Brain Teaching
  • SIOP and GLAD ELL Strategies
  • Kagan Structures
  • Nellie Edge poetry, songs, and Sing, Sign, & Read with me CD/video
  • Reading Naturally 1st grade word family/comprehension sheets
  • Other 1st grade word family books free online
For writing, our district has adopted Lucy Calkins. I have created a series of graphic organizers for the personal narratives so far that help break this material down to kinder levels, and am finding it makes it possible for nearly all of my kinders to write an amazing personal narrative. I plan to make graphic organizers for other genres for my kinders as time goes on, and may end up including them in a book that I am planning on writing. In addition, many here have mentioned Kid Writing as a great resource. I have it on order and can't wait until it arrives. It is available on Amazon. You'll see examples of my student's writing on my Writing News page which you'll access on my Shutterfly Site, along with other resources that I use, how I teach writing, etc.

I believe that multiple resources are important as not every resource is a complete package. Take what you like from this and that, leave off what you don't like, tweak and change things, get creative and you'll find the best success, in my opinion. By doing these things, my kids are literally FLYING in reading and writing this year [as well as math!].

I hope this helps! Please feel free to ask clarifying questions.

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