Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Getting Reading Grade for 2nd Grade??

Ok, so we have been doing some major curriculum changes in our school this year. We are working on creating a Common Core friendly curriculum for our students. In an attempt to collect an effective "Reading Grade" we created a rubric. 

SO, I am posing a couple of questions, how do you take Reading Grades for your students?
Our struggle was with how to grade based on reading level. Our solution was this rubric. We had to find a way to make students responsible for their reading level based on the reading level expectation. It was hard to always be giving students who are reading well below level an A when they really are far behind. This rubric has created a way for us to justify a grade based on their reading level. PLEASE let me know what your school is doing and what you think of this rubric. (The RL and WPM are data based numbers) 

I am working on 1st-4th grade as we speak. Take a look at the preview file below:

Here is the TPT Link.

Monday, September 17, 2012


Well, I have fallen short on time since school started. My focus has shifted from blogging to creating new Math Units for school and posting them on TPT as well. I have put my poor old computer and Publisher to work! All while balancing a ridiculous masters class that is 0% applicable and 100% book work...lame! I am still working on getting into Words Their Way and will welcome any advice I can get...but here are a few of my latest creations. These are aligned with the 2nd grade Common Core Standards, but could be used in grades 1st and 3rd as well.

The first 2 are aligned with...OA.2.1 and OA.2.2 *Click on the picture to see the unit in TPT.
AND the final one is aligned with OA.2.3 *Click on the picture to see the unit in TPT.
I would love to link them to their place in the TPT Store...however it is currently not working so I cannot link anything or even upload the odd/even unit! BUT as soon as it is back up and running I will get to linking/uploading!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Help with Words their Way

Is there any one out there who is following me or seeing this post that can give me some insight into WTW? I have given the spelling inventory, but now I am unsure of what to do next. I have grouped my kids according to their spelling stages. BUT how do I go about forming word lists for those students. I am looking endlessly across the internet to help me understand and have not had a lot of luck. Is there any one who can give me some insight?

AND, I have officially uploaded my first UNIT to TPT. My Addition Strategy unit is up. Several pieces are listed separately and then the Unit is up as a whole of course. Check it out. Coming Soon will be the Subtraction Strategy Unit. Not near as big, but still great! So HOP on over to my TPT store and let me know what you think!