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Morgan Williams
Fundations/Words Their Way
Tue Jul 16, 2013 19:19

At my school we implemented Fundations about 6 years ago. Most of the teachers stopped using it. The kindergarten teachers now use Letter Land. First grade, however, decided to keep using Fundations. We usually teach a small lesson on phonics, segmenting, letter sound correspondence, and so on. Then students practice on wipe boards. It also provides small stories to help teach fluency and introduces trick words. I think Fundations is beneficial for the below and average students. It is very redundant, and students practice old skills as new ones are taught. We have made quite a few SmartBoard games to go along with the lessons.
On top of Fundations this year we had the choice to use ASU word sorts, or Words Their Way. This wasn't demanded, but pushed pretty hard. I choose to use Words Their Way, and decided to use the ASU word sorts only with 3 struggling students that my assistant and I were working one-on-one with. Words Their Way really benefited my higher achieving students. This group of children had no difficulty learning the spelling patterns and retaining them. My below grade level students learned the weekly patterns, but had a difficult time retaining them.

  • Letters, Sounds, & Words - koppenhaverd, Sun Jul 14 20:59
    Here's the place to hold the conversation about letters, sounds, and words websites and technologies. In what ways do the sites you reviewed support what you know about teaching letter names, letter... more
    • Links - lohrmk, Thu Jul 18 19:03
      I found some really great links today. All of them off of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Their website is really awesome! I particularly had a grand time on the "Kids" site, which is broken down... more
    • LEXIA - Heather Fisher, Thu Jul 18 10:39
      You have to pay for this program, we have it school wide, just wanted to share the video that explains it. They changed alot in the program this year and I think it looks much better! It used to only ... more
    • Letters, Sounds and Words - Hannah Andrews, Wed Jul 17 07:06
      After reviewing the sites for today's class I thought that students would really enjoy them. The students would be excited to be learning and playing at the same time. I think that these websites... more
    • Letters, Sounds and Words - Marcia Cornett, Wed Jul 17 00:42
      Like everyone else, I also like the Teach Your Monster to Read and the BBC's Bitesize applications. The Bitesize website made me want to keep playing the games they had to offer. With this kind of... more
    • Teach Your Monster to Read - lohrmk, Tue Jul 16 23:38
      I bookmarked this site and introduced it to my son (who is five and starting Kindergarten this fall). He had an absolute blast on it! It was very user friendly and easy for him to do. He's never had... more
    • Word Study - Rebecca Bond, Tue Jul 16 23:08
      This is a great site to explain word study to any colleagues that are not using it. Get them on board!
      • Re: Word Study - lohrmk, Wed Jul 17 20:26
        I actually used this article in a blog post that I did about teaching spelling. I think it is a great, straight-forward, low jargon article about what word study is and how to use it and why!
      • Reading Rockets - Marcia Cornett, Tue Jul 16 23:50
        Rebecca, I love this website. I have it bookmarked on my computer and used almost all their applications links for literacy on my website. For those who dont know about this website, should... more
        • Reading Rockets - Hannah Andrews, Wed Jul 17 07:08
          I had never used this site before but I have heard so much about it since we started this class. I've looked over it and realized it is a great resource. I have added it to my website and I can't... more
          • great - Marcia Cornett, Wed Jul 17 10:59
            I'm glad you like it too. My son plays on it & that's it's great. Another good website for teachers & students is Big Universe. A principal & I have been speaking about it & he is going to try to get ... more
            • RE: great - lohrmk, Thu Jul 18 21:38
              I had only vaguely heard of this website but after this class I feel like I am being directed to it through one of our readings or activities. I have found it to be full of great resources and I am... more
    • Review of Sites - Rebecca Bond, Tue Jul 16 22:31
      After reviewing the sites that were posted, many of them will be very useful in my classroom for individual or whole class instruction. I really enjoyed BBC's Bitesize and Teach Your Monster How to... more
      • BBC - hobsonkd 127, Tue Jul 16 22:39
        I loved BBC's Bitesize too!! I can't wait to use it as a computer/laptop center during my literacy block. The kiddos will LOVE it!! :-)
    • Spelling - Robyn Pickering, Tue Jul 16 22:16
      Todays articles and websites got me to thinking about teaching spelling in my high school classroom. I teach vocabulary, but outside of commonly misspelled words. It's not something I or any teacher... more
      • Re: Spelling - lohrmk, Tue Jul 16 23:15
        I honestly think that once students hit upper elementary, spelling starts to go out the window and then it is gone by middle and high school. When I was in high school we were given frequently missed ... more
    • Words Their Way/ASU sorts - Ashley Dezern, Tue Jul 16 21:09
      In my second grade classroom I use Words Their Way. I love the way it's broken down into sorts and you know exactly what sort to move the student to next. I give weekly spelling test on Friday's, and ... more
      • Word Sorts - Hannah Andrews, Wed Jul 17 06:56
        I also use Words Their Way in my class. It's very easy to manage and you know exactly where kids should be placed and where they need to move to. My students work with their sorts during reading... more
      • Words Their Way - Marcia Cornett, Wed Jul 17 00:55
        In my third semester at Appalachian our literacy instructor introduced us to the words their way sort. I believe this is a great resource to have for the students to use. I didnt see the value in the ... more
        • Re: Maria - Ashley Dezern, Wed Jul 17 18:52
          It is a great source because once you figure out where to start them and the students begin moving through sorts you can see the correlation/carry over into their reading.
    • Fundations/Words Their Way - Morgan Williams, Tue Jul 16 19:19
      • Re: Fundations/Words Their Way - Lindsay Aaron, Tue Jul 16 20:48
        Morgan, I have never used Letter Land but I had a colleague bring in the program. It seems like an amazing program. Does your Kindergarten teachers like the program? Yes, I also find that Words Their ... more
        • Re: Fundations/Words Their Way - Morgan Williams, Wed Jul 17 10:07
          hey Lindsay- The Kindergarten teachers love the program! I have actually been to the training and it was really cool. They said it was created for children that had severe learning disabilities and... more
        • LetterLand - Rebecca bond, Tue Jul 16 22:51
          Here are some introductions to LetterLand on YouTube if you want to watch. My daughter went through the program in Kindergarten, but our 1st grade doesn't use it. She picked up and remembered her... more
          • Re: LetterLand - Lindsay Aaron , Tue Jul 16 22:52
            Thanks so much. I would like to share with the K teachers.
        • Spelling Instruction - Rebecca Bond, Tue Jul 16 22:38
          Lindsay, After going through Assessment and Correction and Clinic now, I am changing my spelling instruction completely. I will be using part of Words Their Way and ASU spelling sorts as well. I hope ... more
          • Re: Spelling Instruction - Lindsay Aaron, Tue Jul 16 22:49
            I think you can use WTW very similar to the ASU sorts. I think instead of using all the words that are suggested for WTW cut them down and switch them out like we do in clinic. I also like how the... more
            • RE: RE: Spelling Instruction - lohrmk, Tue Jul 16 23:20
              I agree with you about Words Their Way and it can be a lot. I basically use Words Their Way very similarly to the way we did spelling in clinic!
    • Re: Letters, Sounds, & Words - Debby Wyant, Tue Jul 16 17:13
      Here is a link to a site focused for third grade, but can be used in 2nd or 4th. It has lots of great links for games for students. I use these when we can't go outside in the winter and they 'play'... more
      • Re: Letters, Sounds, & Words - Lindsay Aaron, Tue Jul 16 20:50
        I appreciate the site, as I am a third grade teacher. I always need more sites to implement word study. Great idea to use for RECESS!!!!
    • Re: Letters, Sounds, & Words - Morgan Williams, Tue Jul 16 16:19
      Here are some sites I usually use with my students: I usually use this at the beginning of the year. We have students track nursery rhymes they already know and we spend time talking about the... more
    • Re: Letters, Sounds, & Words - Debby Wyant, Tue Jul 16 15:52
      In 3rd grade and up, there is much focus on character traits in literature. I use a word wall in the classroom with character trait words. We add a new one each day to a yearly journal. When one of... more
      • Re: Letters, Sounds, & Words - Lindsay Aaron, Tue Jul 16 20:55
        Yes, we the new Common Core it is all about Character Traits and understanding their actions and relation to theme. Thanks for the site, I like the idea of the yearly journal.
    • Letters, Sounds, Words - Robyn Pickering, Tue Jul 16 15:37
      I really did think the website presented today were neat. I know as a kid I would have LOVED the Teach Your Monster to Read website. In this active high tech age, we needs games like this to support... more
      • RE: - lohrmk, Tue Jul 16 16:16
        I think these sites are great, especially for younger students. I was surprised that you use Word Girl in your classroom. I can see high schoolers having a better sense of humor over it than the... more
        • Funny High Schoolers - Robyn Pickering, Tue Jul 16 22:04
          You'd be surprised how often my students enjoy things geared towards younger children. They love it when I bring in things like cartoon clips. I even use pictures books sometimes to introduce... more
          • yeah... - lohrmk, Tue Jul 16 22:50
            Yeah, I use picture books in my classroom but I have to be careful. My kids tune me out if I use Fancy Nancy or Llama Llama. However, just your regular run of the mill picture books like Cynthia... more
    • A great website - Natalie Kabel, Tue Jul 16 15:18
      I found this website and I really like it. I thought I'd share!!
      • TurtleDiary - rebecca bond, Tue Jul 16 22:55
        THank you Natalie for this site. I really liked how it many grade levels. Loved the comprehension piece! I will use this.
    • Re: Letters, Sounds, & Words - Breanna Hooks, Tue Jul 16 14:47
      I have never taught grades in which I have to work on letters or sounds. I have worked on vowel sounds with students and words. The way I have always taught spelling is by using words their way. I do ... more
    • Letters, sounds, and words - Cindi bradshaw, Tue Jul 16 14:38
      The sites provided seemed to be below grade level for my students, but I could see where they could be very beneficial for younger students. I particularly liked the ones that put emphasis on... more
      • Agree! - lohrmk, Tue Jul 16 16:07
        I felt like most of the sites were not beneficial to me since I teach fourth grade. Even my struggling readers do not want to be perceived as "babies". Not that those sites were baby sites but the... more
        • More Thoughts... - lohrmk, Tue Jul 16 16:21
          I think one thing that is hard about teaching the younger adolescent set (which I would consider 4th, 5th, 6th) is that some of them still need work with basic foundational skills although not an... more
          • Re: More Thoughts... - Breanna Hooks, Tue Jul 16 21:03
            I could definitely see how meeting the needs of those students could be difficult. Often when you try to meet their basic foundational skills the lessons do not match up with the maturity level of... more
            • Yes - lohrmk, Tue Jul 16 22:30
              Basically I just do the "regular" way with them; good old differentiation and modification with a healthy dose of extra one-on-one time to work on things like sight words, etc.
      • Re: Letters, sounds, and words - Breanna Hooks, Tue Jul 16 15:05
        I can relate to not being able to define a reading program. I feel that way at my school. There is no program, no guidance, we just follow the Reader's Workshop Model. I like the model because I can... more
        • reading program - Cindi, Thu Jul 18 15:48
          Breanna, I am currently reading the different pieces of legislation throughout the years with relation to reading and reading programs and I am going to tell you I really do not see how schools get... more
        • Re: Letter, Sounds, and Words - Natalie Kabel, Tue Jul 16 15:21
          I can feel you!! Up until a couple years ago it was just teach and go. We did reading work shop, and Phonics with Fountas and Pinnell. Now we use Imagine It. I like the phonics program with Imagine... more
          • Re: Letter, Sounds, and Words - Breanna Hooks, Tue Jul 16 21:01
            I haven't used Imagine It and I have heard mixed feelings about it. Most of the people I know who enjoy it are not forced to strictly follow it. So I'm not sure what to think about the program.
          • Re: Letter, Sounds, and Words - Morgan Williams, Tue Jul 16 19:11
            What is Imagine it?
            • Re: What Imagine It is - Natalie Kabel, Wed Jul 17 12:34
              Imagine it is a litearcy program that WSFCS adopted a couple of years ago. It is comprised of 3 components, red band (reading), green band (phonics) and blue band (writing). It is basically a program ... more
            • Imagine it - Ashley Dezern, Tue Jul 16 22:06
              What exactly is Imagine it? I've never heard of this program and I'm assuming it's not a computer based program but would like to know more about it.
              • Imagine It! - hobsonkd 127, Tue Jul 16 23:09
                My mom teaches first grade in Forsyth County and is required to utilize Imagine It! I don't know much about it but that it's very time consuming. I would be LIVID if I was expected to teach a program ... more
          • Imagine it - Breanna Hooks, Tue Jul 16 15:46
            I have heard a lot of negative things about Imagine It but I have not experienced it for myself. I like the idea of having something kind of mapped out but I wouldn't want to be told exactly what to... more
            • Re: Imagine It - Natalie Kabel, Tue Jul 16 16:05
              Breanna, I agree!! I like having the phonics part of it. It's good and mapped out sequentially and teaches phonics in an organized fashion, but I DON'T like the reading part of it. I wish I could... more
              • Re: Imagine It - Breanna Hooks, Tue Jul 16 20:56
                Are you supposed to follow it strictly or are you allowed to stray from the program? (i.e. if your principal walked in would she turn the other way or would you get scolded for not following it!?)
              • RE:Imagine It! - Heather Fisher, Tue Jul 16 17:24
                Imagine It! does do a good job of adding phonics into their program, however; all students don't all need the same word work practice at the same time. Some students may be on beginning sounds while... more
                • RE:Imagine It! - Breanna Hooks, Tue Jul 16 20:57
                  That makes sense! I find that is what's wrong with a lot of programs. They go at one rate. If you are not able to stray from it and provide the instruction to the students where their needs are then... more
                • Re: Imagine It - Natalie Kabel, Tue Jul 16 17:28
                  I agree!! For my students who are right on track with 1st grade (or below) I would do Imagine It. The others I would do word sorts during word study time! I wish we had that flexibility.
    • Re: Letters, Sounds, & Words - Lindsay Aaron, Tue Jul 16 14:35
      Spelling and word study has changed so much since we were on school. At my school we use the Words Their Way spelling program to teach Spelling and Word Study. I have found that it is a great program ... more
      • Spelling City - rebecca bond, Tue Jul 16 22:44
        I have also used spelling in my classroom a lot. There is a link on my webpage. I like having the students type in their words and then use them in games. It gives them extra practice along... more
        • Spelling City - Hannah Andrews, Wed Jul 17 07:10
          I have used this site before. The students really enjoy the games they get to play. I agree that it's great practice for them.
        • Re: Spelling City - Lindsay Aaron, Tue Jul 16 22:51
          Yes. I like that they can type in their own words. I have found that some of the better games don't come with the free edition. The site still provides extra practice.
      • ESL - Robyn Pickering, Tue Jul 16 16:45
        I liked how you pointed out that these websites might be used with ESL and ELL students. This was something that occurred to me while I was reading over them. I think these could be great ways to... more
        • Re: ESL - Lindsay Aaron, Tue Jul 16 20:38
          Thanks Robyn. Yes, I immediately thought of our ESL and ELL learners when I was navigating through the site. I don't know of many interesting ways for these students to work on their inflected... more
      • Re: Letters, Sounds, & Words - Breanna Hooks, Tue Jul 16 15:00
        Lindsay, I also use words their way. I have found to be very similar to the ASU word study that we have received. What I like most about the Words Their Way is that there are a lot of words that get... more
        • Re: Letters, Sounds, & Words - Lindsay Aaron, Tue Jul 16 20:41
          Breanna, I also thought that Words Their Way was similar to ASU clinic. However I like the way the Clinic taught us to assess their independence and perform spell checks. I think I put too much... more
          • Re: Letters, Sounds, & Words - Breanna Hooks, Wed Jul 17 15:47
            I agree about the ASU and spell checks. I was previously moving my kids too quick through the patterns and I don't think it was helping them much. Spelling city sounds fun but I could see your mixed... more
            • Re: Letters, Sounds, & Words - Lindsay Aaron, Wed Jul 17 17:06
              Yes, I think the way I was using WTW was to much for my kids. It is all about pacing and making sure they are independent with sorting before moving further with spelling!
    • Letter, Sounds, and Words - Natalie Kabel, Tue Jul 16 14:14
      My kids really struggle with letter sounds and words, so seeing all of these great websites will be so helpful!!! My school has a subscription for Successmaker. I really like it because what it does... more
      • Word Families - Robyn Pickering, Tue Jul 16 16:53
        Starfall sounds like a good website for working with word families. As I've gone through the program, I've seen how important it is to work with students on sight words and word families.
        • Re: Word Families - Natalie Kabel, Tue Jul 16 17:30
          Robyn, I couldn't agree more. I have learned more and more to make sure that I am teaching these word families to the students. This really helps those students with their reading.
      • Re: Letter, Sounds, and Words - Lindsay Aaron, Tue Jul 16 14:38
        Natalie, I am curious about Successmaker. I also use Words Their Way and it can be a struggle because there is sooooo much. Did you feel that Successmaker correlated well with WTW? Did you see growth ... more
        • Re: Letter, Sounds, and Words - Natalie Kabel, Tue Jul 16 14:59
          Lindsay, I liked successmaker. I didn't find that it went well with WTW because it was based on where the students was in the program. I did see a little bit of growth. We only got it toward the end... more
          • Re: Letter, Sounds, and Words - Lindsay Aaron, Tue Jul 16 20:43
            Do you think you would of had more success if you would have had access to the program at the end of the year. Yes, I still use Words Their Way as it is required by my participating county. I... more
            • Re: Letter, Sounds, and Words - Natalie Kabel, Wed Jul 17 12:38
              I think I would have had more success with the program if I had had it earlier because I would have become more familiar with it myself. I didn't have much time to learn how the program worked and... more
    • Letters, Sounds, Words! - Paige Moretz, Tue Jul 16 12:52
      This is an area where my inexperience really shows! Dr. K., I don't know if I'm totally sure exactly what your bias is? Do you not believe in teaching phonics directly? Is that correct? Either way, I ... more
      • British accent - hobsonkd 127, Tue Jul 16 18:22
        I am glad we are on the same page with the word sorts provided by ASU...they are just wonderful! I don't know what I would do without them in my classroom! My assistant uses them for word study and I ... more
        • Letter Land - Paige Moretz, Tue Jul 16 20:24
          I was surprised to find out that Letter Land is a British program (happened across that information this past semester when I was reading my supervising teacher's curriculum). I think the only reason ... more
          • spelling and pronunciation - lohrmk, Tue Jul 16 22:41
            In my class we talk a lot about the etymologies of words and then also the history of the English language and how it came to exist in its present form. A lot of times I will help my students to... more
      • Technology and Word Walls - Robyn Pickering, Tue Jul 16 16:57
        I think incorporating a word wall with technology could be an interesting concept. I found an article where a teacher used a wiki like our Re5533 wiki to create a word wall. See what she did here... more
        • Re: Technology and Word Wall - Ashley Dezern, Tue Jul 16 22:16
          Thanks Robyn for sharing that I like the concept of a word wall in digital form.
    • Word study in my class - Karie Steelman, Tue Jul 16 12:39
      The first grade team at my school uses Fundations as our word study program. I think it is great for on and below grade level students because it teaches the basics. I do think it is too easy for... more
      • Word Study - hobsonkd 127, Tue Jul 16 18:13
        Karie, did your students have spelling tests or spelling checks after they finished their sorts (before moving to next) when your assistant was teaching the sorts. I see the production as a way to... more
        • Re: Word Study - Karie Steelman, Tue Jul 16 22:26
          Yeah they had a spelling test. Some of the activities she did was have the kids sort the words, play concentration, write headers on dry erase boards and then she would call out the word and they had ... more
      • Re: Word study in my class - Breanna Hooks, Tue Jul 16 14:57
        I have never heard of Fundations. How did you show your assistant how to do word sorts? It is great to have an extra person in the classroom if they are an extra help. If you have someone in the... more
        • Re: Word study in my class - Karie Steelman, Tue Jul 16 22:03
          First I explained how word sorts work and explained the different sounds in each sort. Then I had her watch as I sorted words with a group. The thing with word sorts is that you actually have to be... more
          • Re: Word study in my class - Breanna Hooks, Wed Jul 17 15:49
            Ok, I imagined that's what tapping it out meant but I wasn't sure. Thanks. It's not effective when you have an assistant who isn't really engaged with the students. Maybe you'll have better luck this ... more
      • Re: Word study in my class - Lindsay Aaron, Tue Jul 16 14:41
        Karie, I am unfamiliar with Fundations. Is it a program only used K-2 at your school? Do you find similarities between Words Their Way and Fundations?
        • Re: Word study in my class - Karie Steelman, Tue Jul 16 22:08
          Yes it is a program that Yadkinville started before I began working there. I think it is K-3 because I student taught in 3rd grade and they had previously used it. All the other grades have stopped... more
          • Re: Word study in my class - Lindsay Aaron , Tue Jul 16 22:35
            Sounds like a great program! I can see that it would work well with my struggling readers. I like the idea of decorating words! Thank you for sharing!!
      • RE: Word Study in my class - Natalie Kabel, Tue Jul 16 13:56
        Karie, My school is looking to do fundations this year. Did you like it as a teacher for those that were struggling? What are your thoughts on it as a program as a whole? I would love to know more!
        • RE: Word Study in my class - Morgan Williams, Tue Jul 16 16:28
          Hey Natalie- I am at Karie's school too. Fundations is good, like Karie said, for your struggling readers. It is scripted. You read what is right on the page, and then supplement anything that you... more
          • RE: Word Study in my class - Breanna Hooks, Tue Jul 16 20:54
            I'm curious, do you incorporate both Words their way and Fundations in order to get your higher students reached? Or is the fundations a whole group program?
            • RE: Word Study in my class - Morgan Williams, Wed Jul 17 10:14
              Fundations is actually supposed to be whole group, but I usually give the spelling assessment that is at the end of the unit as a pre assessment. Then the students who do well the first time, I have... more
              • RE: Word Study in my class - Breanna Hooks, Wed Jul 17 15:50
                I like the idea of Reader's Theatre. I have seen my students grow so much from readers theatre. You have to comprehend so much in order to perform well and most of the children really get into it.
            • RE: Word Study in my class - Karie Steelman, Tue Jul 16 22:21
              Fundations is meant to be whole group, I think. I'm not sure because technically I've never been trained on it. It was one of those "this is what we use and here's the manual" things when I started... more
          • RE: Word Study in my class - Natalie Kabel, Tue Jul 16 16:34
            Morgan, Thank you! I think that Fundations would be great to use during Guided Reading time in one of the rotations because then you can do fundations with your lower students, and words their way... more
            • RE: Word Study in my class - Morgan Williams, Wed Jul 17 10:16
              That is a great idea. I think that is the hardest thing. Trying to give students what they need, and not too much of the things they already know.
            • RE: Word Study in my class - Karie Steelman, Tue Jul 16 22:15
              I have thought about doing that but there's the constant reminder of time. In the beginning I read with students and tried to incorporate word sorts. It was terrible. I personally felt like I was... more
              • RE: Word Study in my class - Morgan Williams, Wed Jul 17 10:17
                haha I just responded the exact same way. Then I read yours. Great minds think a lot...or have too much time to collaborate when school isn't in! :)
    • letter sites - Heather Fisher, Tue Jul 16 11:02
      I used a couple of these sites in first grade when teaching phonics. I really like the construct a word because it uses word chunks and I taught alot of work chunks. In fourth grade, my PRT does word ... more
      • School programs - Cindi bradshaw, Tue Jul 16 14:45
        Heather, At our school this year we used a program called Reading Plus. Like your school some of the students made progress, but others were not able to progress and it created a lot of frustration.... more
        • Frustration and a bit of a rant... - lohrmk, Tue Jul 16 16:32
          In my opinion, this is one of those negative side-effects of high-stakes testing. So often we are handed a program that is "teacher proof" and told that we have to "teach" the program even though it... more
      • Re: letter sites - Lindsay Aaron, Tue Jul 16 14:42
        Lexia sounds like a great program for the upper grades. I find myself becoming bored with Words Their Way! What is your thoughts?
        • RE: Lindsay - Heather Fisher, Wed Jul 17 10:45
          I like words their way, I think you just have to mix it up and play some games with it to keep them interested. Here are some activities I found that they can play with their sorts.... more
          • RE: Lindsay - Lindsay Aaron, Wed Jul 17 17:07
            Thank you so much!I will check them out!
    • So excited about these new sites!!!!!!!!!!!!! - hobsonkd 127, Tue Jul 16 10:21
      Before researching the new sites and resources that Dr. K has provided, I decided to touch on how I teach letters and sounds in kindergarten. I teach Letterland’s “Fast-Track” with many... more
      • Skype - Robyn Pickering, Tue Jul 16 22:01
        Skype is a cool tool for bringing authors and other experts into our classroom. A teacher I have partnered with has gotten a Jewish couple to Skype with her during her unit on the Holocaust. They're... more
        • Skype - hobsonkd 127, Tue Jul 16 22:20
          Wow! What a great idea to Skype someone with a Jewish background while researching the Holocaust. Skype can be thought of as a FREE field trip/learning experience in the classroom! (with the budget... more
      • Re: So excited about these new sites!!!!!!!!!!!!! - Breanna Hooks, Tue Jul 16 14:51
        I can tell you are very excited by this study! I love your enthusiasm! It's great that your assistant works well with you and you two can stay on the same page with your students. It really helps to... more
        • Lit Centers - hobsonkd 127, Tue Jul 16 18:07
          You will love kindergarten. If my students are not working on guided reading with me or word study with my assistant, they are in literacy centers. Each student has a literacy center partner. With... more
          • Re: Lit Centers - Breanna Hooks, Tue Jul 16 20:50
            It sounds like you have a lot of technology. I think that is great! I have a feeling I will love Kindergarten, but it will definitely be a change! I like that you have a lot of different things going ... more
            • Busy - hobsonkd 127, Tue Jul 16 22:16
              They stay busy, actually (especially when they get the hang of things). The best advice I can give you: Don't underestimate the kinders. They are capable of so much more than you'd think. I teach... more
      • Spelling City - Cindi bradshaw, Tue Jul 16 14:51
        I use Spelling City at home for my daughter and have for about 3 years. I really like the many features that it has to offer as both a parent and an educator. I liked it so much in the beginning that ... more
        • Spelling City - hobsonkd 127, Tue Jul 16 18:09
          I agree, it's wonderful! The first grade teachers at my school live by it, as do I! :-)
        • Re:Spelling City - Robyn Pickering, Tue Jul 16 17:00
          Thanks for sharing Spelling City! It's a K-12 site, so I'm super excited to explore it for my high school classes. My students could really use some spelling practice. I think once they past middle... more
          • Re:Spelling City - Brittany McDaniel, Wed Jul 17 11:47
            That is very true. I used Spelling City all the time when I taught 3rd grade. This past year when I was moved to 5th I did not really get to use it. I was put under the impression by some others at... more
        • Re: Spelling City - Natalie Kabel, Tue Jul 16 15:23
          Cindi, I have never really done much with Spelling City. What is it like? Why do you like it so much? Can you provide me with some more information?
          • Spelling City - Cindi, Thu Jul 18 15:55
            Natalie, With spelling city you can add in your own spelling list each week and the kids can play games with the words, take test with the words, learn vocabulary with your word list, use the words... more
      • RE: Kassy - Natalie Kabel, Tue Jul 16 14:18
        Kassy, I am so glad that your assistant has been trained with ASU sorts. Did you train her or was that something that your school did? I wish all of our assistants had that training! I would love to... more
        • Awesome Assistant - hobsonkd 127, Tue Jul 16 17:56
          She has been doing word sorts for several years now. Our reading specialist at our school trained all of our assistants on the early steps lesson plan -- word study, reading plans, and all that goes... more
          • Re: Awesome Assistant - Karie Steelman, Tue Jul 16 22:29
            That is a GREAT idea Kassy!! I would love for our reading specialist to train all assistants with the early steps lesson plan!!! I'm emailing my principal now! :)
          • Re: Awesome Assistant - Ashley Dezern, Tue Jul 16 21:57
            Kassy I'm like you in that my assistant has been trained using ASU words sorts and in Words Their Way spelling. She was trained by our Title I teacher and she is great with the spelling center. She... more
            • Awesome Assistants - hobsonkd 127, Tue Jul 16 22:22
              What would we do without them?!?! I am glad you have the same support that I have!
              • Would be lost - Ashley Dezern, Tue Jul 16 23:37
                I don't know what I would do without mine. It is great having someone else in the classroom that can help monitor spelling groups and knows how/when they are ready to move up to the next sort.
                • Re: Assistants - lohrmk, Thu Jul 18 10:12
                  It's funny, I teach upper grades and have for the entire 10 years that I've been teaching so I've never had an assistant. This year I had one for 30 minutes twice a week and I literally just stared... more
              • Re: Awesome Assistants - Karie Steelman, Tue Jul 16 22:43
                I'm jealous and mad at you both! :)
      • RE: Kassy - Heather Fisher, Tue Jul 16 11:09
        I think it's a great idea that your assistant is trained in ASU word sorts. This is very beneficial and you know that you can trust her to complete word sorts accurately. I love that you use many... more
        • Word Sorts - hobsonkd 127, Tue Jul 16 22:33
          Letterland is great. I use it to motivate kiddos who aren't already familiar with the alphabet. For those who do already "know" the alphabet, it helps them feel more comfortable with the sounds.... more
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