Are you looking for more opportunities to encourage your students to apply what they have learned from your phonics instruction while they read? Let me share this strategy with you!
We all know that children LOVE to read and be read to! The method described below gives them an opportunity to do both.
When your students are reading independently, have them hunt for spelling patterns that they are currently studying and prepare a THINKmark to share with the class.
This will give each child in your class an opportunity to “teach” their peers, read to the class and learn from each other!
This is especially powerful if you are managing differentiated Word Study groups such as Words Their Way. Your students will be exposed to a variety of phonics rules as they listen for spelling patterns presented by their peers!
I’m so excited!!! Right here, and now, I will share with you my tried and true method of how to disguise Read to Self as a little more: Word Study! Using what kids love: sticky notes, color-coded “gumballs”, decodable readers, peer teaching, Share Time and multi-sensory strategies. Be sure to watch the very short video clip of Share Time below!
See our Share Time in action in this short video clip:
You can find The Read to Self THINKmark FREEBIE at the shop by clicking HERE!
My Word Study Goal Is…
I have found it extremely beneficial to provide my students with a Word Study goal that changes each time we study a new spelling pattern. I assign these “I can” statements as individual reading goals to hold students accountable for their reading achievement. This set of 47 Phonics and Reading Goals Posters with “I can” statements provide the students with a visual reminder as to what their Word Study focus is. It works! I promise.
I use this Interactive Phonics Notebook as a supplement to our Read to Self, Guided Reading and Reader’s Workshop routines.
What are “Gumballs”?
Students enjoy this color-coded strategy to help them identify the various spelling patterns in the words they read and write.
What do you do with the Sticky Notes?
After each child shares their “gumball” we display our sticky notes on our True Interactive Word Wall. Students and teacher interact with the Word Wall houses by writing words on a post-it and display it on the word family house. The windows measure to fit a 3×3 post-it!
This interactive Word Wall includes word family houses for all phonograms appropriate for the primary grades. This method aligns with Words Their Way, any Spelling program AND differentiated spelling lists.
You will no longer worry that your Word Wall is just taking up valuable space in your classroom. I have included a 6-page guide to help you EASILY facilitate and manage your Interactive Word Wall. Simply, display these Word Wall houses and let your students do all the work. To read a full description of how it is utilized in the primary classroom visit: A True Interactive Word Wall.
Our smart cookie jar is filled with “smart cookies”…yes, Cookie Crisp cereal! It’s that simple. My students will go out of their way to earn ONE “smart cookie” during Share Time. It is truly a tasty incentive.
You can find three options for the Smart Cookie Jar label HERE at the shop.