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Give It A Shot: Teacher’s Role

This Give It A Shot article was updated June 2019 along with the newly updated free word study warm-ups. Give It A Shot is one of the first activities students do in the Word Fluency 1 unit, which focuses on basic word decoding practice for grades 2-3 and intervention in grades 3-6. It’s a straight-forward activity […]

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Daily Spiral Review for Reading Comprehension

Daily Spiral Review, Reading ComprehensionBest Strategy for Reading ComprehensionThis is not just any strategy. This is the single best strategy you can use to increase reading comprehension! And that’s a hard claim to make, I know.(I welcome your thoughts in the comments at the bottom of this post!) You use engaging instruction, interactive tasks, anchor charts, mentor […]

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Free Reading Comprehension Strategy Pack

UPDATE 1/8/2019: Here is our newly updated reading comprehension strategy pack for 2019. This reading comprehension strategy pack is our short set of instructional strategies that build reading comprehension strategies. It’s recently updated from the comprehension strategies that we sent in January 2018. This pack (downloadable PDF is at the end of this post) includes […]

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Awesome Membership Upgrades

Your Spiral WarmUps Awesome Membership is receiving a major upgrade for the 2018-19 school year! The upgrades include: The Fluency Builder Package Student Accounts Differentiation Pathways Progress Monitoring Assessments Our 2017-18 school year focused on developing, revising, and rolling out the free word study warm-ups and the reading comprehension warm-ups, and now we’re adding more […]

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Fluency Builder Level 2

The warm-ups in Fluency Builder Level 2 are designed to increase reading fluency: speed, accuracy, and working memory. Students will read at a forced rate and maintain meaning across a paragraph. Then they answer basic comprehension questions. Everything is based on leveled texts, repeated reading, forced fluency, and timing.Fluency Builder Level 2, What?Level two is […]

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Fluency Pilot Continues

Please take a moment to complete the three question survey below. Loading… During the month of April, we had our initial pilots of the new reading fluency warm-ups – there were so many kinks to work out! However, we used student and teacher feedback to tune up the fluency warm-ups, and now we’re ready for […]

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Another Week of Word Sorts (Affixes)

Last week, we announced three new weeks of word sorts for affixes (including both prefixes and suffixes)…but that wasn’t enough! We just released another week of affix word sorts with advanced upper elementary suffixes. These suffixes word sorts increase the complexity of word knowledge beyond the basic words in Word Sort Spiral Reviews 1-15: ness, […]

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Affixes Word Sorts (Prefixes and Suffixes)

New release for all members! Free word study warm-ups and more extended word sorts for Awesome Members! These warm-ups were among the highest requested from our recent member survey…we’re also developing a fluency pilot and grammar warm-ups. These warm-ups are all animated word sorts, which are an essential word learning strategy, according to research. Categorizing […]

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Why is Grammar Important?

Why isn’t there much time, if any, devoted to grammar these days? Should there be? Why is grammar important? Grammar has a bad rep because back in the 1980s many classrooms taught grammar – and that’s all. That was the course Language Arts.  And boy was it horrid. It was one rule after another without any purpose, […]

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Fluency Warm-Ups [Pilot Applications]

We’re happy to announce that teachers are guiding the next phase of SpiralWarmUps.com! In our recent survey, it became clear that affixes, assessments, fluency, and grammar are needed next. We are already piloting the assessments and the affix warm-ups, but now we are taking applications for fluency warm-ups. If you’d like to participate in a […]

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Trouble-Shooting Video Problems

At some point, you might find problems with video streaming. Video playback problems are often due to internet bandwidth, filters, firewalls, or browsers. While there may be bandwidth issues, usually, the problem lies in the filtering and firewalls from school districts. Here are a few quick fixes that work on most systems: Restart the computer […]

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[News] Word Study Warm-Ups are Expanding

If you’re an Awesome Member, you’ll be glad to know we’re developing activity-based word study warm-ups. We’re starting with Word Sorts and expanding from there. This week, we pushed out a new week of Word Sort Warm-Up Videos covering five types of consonant blends: Initial 2-letter blends Initial 3-letter blends Medial blends Final blends Blends […]

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