Blog - Spiral Warmups

Word Meaning Warm-Ups are Expanding

If you’re interested in expanding your students’ vocabulary, then you’re going to love the fact that our word meaning warm-ups are expanding! Today, we posted five more days of warm-ups in the free word study warm-ups, and tomorrow we’ll post five more! That’s a total of 10 more days added to the word meaning warm-ups. […]

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Navigating the Warm-Ups

There are so many amazing and engaging reading warm-ups that it’s easy to get lost…unless you know the 5 basic areas of your member dashboard. Account Warm-Ups Literacy Sequences Support News As always the reading warm-ups are no-prep word study, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension warm-ups. If you’re a member, access your account here >> Your […]

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Three Activities for Context Clues

Three Activities for Teaching Context Clues We just released the free Word Meaning Warm-Ups, and they’re focused on context clues and vocabulary development. The great thing about the warm-ups is that there are three highly engaging activities students work through. In this quick post, I’ll share the three activities in the context clues warm-ups:Context MatchingWord MatrixWeekly […]

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Word Meaning Warm-Ups

Word Meaning Warm-Ups We’re finally here! After two years of developing free word fluency and word building warm-ups and working with over 100 classrooms, we’re ready to announce the free word meaning warm-ups! These warm-ups are going to impact vocabulary development in grades 2-6 in just 2-6 minutes of class each day. They are aimed at […]

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Teaching Context Clues

Teaching Context Clues Teaching context clues can be fun. It can be frustrating. It can be rewarding, and it can seriously help students develop reading skills and background knowledge. Ultimately, teaching context clues is about vocabulary development. In this post, I’ll share:Results from teacher survey on Word Meaning and VocabularyOne thing NOT to do when teaching […]

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Free Word Study Upgrades

The free word study warm-ups are getting major upgrades!Before next school year, the free word study warm-ups will all be completely new based on your feedback.The Original Word Study Warm-UpsWhen we first released the free word study warm-ups, we really weren’t certain how they would be received. Now, thousands of classrooms later and with amazing […]

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Spelling 1 is Now Upgraded!

These new spelling warm-ups are starting with a new set of 10 days focused on spelling skills including short vowels, consonant digraphs, and monosyllabic words! The word study warm-ups are newly designed for daily whole-class spiral review in grades 2-4 and reteaching in grades 3-6. The warm-ups are no-prep, video-based warm-ups that engage students at […]

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Decoding Fluency 1 (Updates!)

The new decoding fluency warm-ups are newly revised and available to all of our free Word Study Members and our Awesome Members! These are 20 days of spiral review focused on building fluency with the most essential decoding skills for late 2nd-grade and 3rd-grade. They also are tailored for reteaching or intervention in grades 3-6. […]

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4 New Weeks of Decoding Fluency

We just released four more weeks of free research-based word study warm-ups! These warm-ups are available to all of our Spiral WarmUps members including the free word study membership. The new warm-ups are based on feedback from two years of testing and trails. They feature a newly designed navigation menu that brings all of the […]

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Comprehension Instructional Strategy Pack 2019

In our recent blog post, Reading Comprehension Strategies, we shared the only 9 comprehension strategies that you’ll ever need to teach. But we didn’t really offer any instructional strategies that you can use. Here is our free instructional strategy pack updated with new strategies for 2019! It’s free to download right here in your membership account. If you […]

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The Only 9 Reading Comprehension Strategies Your Students Will Ever Need!

9 Reading Comprehension StrategiesThese are the only 9 reading comprehension strategies you’ll ever need to teach! Seriously. All reading comprehension comes from these reading strategies. Three of the reading comprehension strategies require thinking beyond the text, and six of the strategies involve thinking with the text. In this post you’ll discover:The 9 Reading Comprehension StrategiesWhy Reading Comprehension […]

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Literacy Sequences

The key to spiral review is consistency. But you already know that. You also know how challenging it can be to consistently deliver small snippets of reading skills, word study, and comprehension tasks. With consistent spiral review, it’s like a snowball. Students’ reading and spelling skills cumulate massively over time. Simply stated, it can be hard to […]

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New Inferring Main Idea Warm-Ups!

We just revised spiral review 21-25: Inferring Main Ideas! The Inferring Main Idea Spiral Reviews 21-25 focus on biographies with multiple-choice and open-ended main idea questions. Students will read about Mrs. Baird’s bread business and American hero Hector P. Garcia. There are five days of warm-ups with two task card projectables each day. Multiple Choice The first card each […]

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Double Consonant Activities

Double Consonant Activities We just released a new week of double consonant activities in the form of an interactive, no-prep video warm-up. The activities are called Word Builder. In this post, I’ll share: When to use Double Consonants The Floss Rule and Double Consonants with Suffixes Details About the Double Consonant Warm-Up Activities Word Builder […]

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Guided Reading, Plus Phoneme-Grapheme Mapping

Guided reading is a powerful and well-researched approach to boosting reading comprehension, reading skills, and reading levels. Phoneme-Grapheme mapping is a lesser-known activity but is equally powerful to help students in their reading skills. What happens when reading teachers combine these two? When combined, these two instructional methods can create amazing reading gains! This is […]

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Making Inferences: New Warm-Ups!

In our recent August survey, 200+ teachers overwhelming requested more making inferences task card projectables, so we just uploaded a new week of warm-ups for our Awesome Members! These are not basic inferences! You can find four weeks of basic inferences starting here, which are perfect for grades 2 and 3. These new warm-ups are […]

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