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[FAQ 4] Where Should I Start?

With so many warm-ups and skills, it’s easy to feel like a maze or a bowl of spaghetti. Let’s unjumble the pasta, and talk about where to start with your Word Study and Reading Comprehension Warm-Ups. Wherever you choose to start, remember that consistency is more important than where you start (I recommend this research […]

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[FAQ 3] What Comprehension Skills Are There?

Comprehension skills must be directly taught, understood, and mastered with fluency and automaticity. And that’s what the reading comprehension warm-ups help you achieve. What reading skills do the reading comprehension warm-ups focus on? Will there be more skills? These are two great questions we get all the time, so let’s answer them! What Comprehension Skills? […]

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An Awesome Thank You!

We’re coming into the final 3 hours of our Early Adopter sign-up to the new reading comprehension warm-ups, and I’m totally thrilled to say thank you for joining the Awesome Membership!It’s because of you that students will strengthen their reading and writing skills! It’s because of 140 teachers who collaborated over the previous 6 months and […]

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[FAQ 2] Are They Test-Formatted?

This is the second most frequently asked question, and rightfully so. Reading comprehension tests often drive the nature of instruction, but as more tests are turning to assessing reading strategy, the test is actually starting to looking different than instruction. The question still stands, are they test-formatted? Yes. No. Read on to see which are and aren’t.Multiple-Choice […]

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[FAQ 1] How Do I Use the Warm-Ups?

This is the most frequently asked question, so let’s start here. Everyone believes that no-prep warm-ups for word study and reading comprehension are great, but how do you use them?How do You Use the Spiral Warm-Ups?After giving students brief direction on what to expect in today’s warm-up activities (i.e. turn and talk, needing paper), you […]

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The New Reading Comprehension Warm-Ups

We’ve been working on something for you – reading comprehension warm-ups: ideas and details, craft and structure, integration of knowledge and skills, and fluency with an appropriate level of text complexity. So far, we have 75 days of warm-ups created…we’re gathering feedback from 600+ teachers to develop the next phase, and then we’re moving into […]

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Brain Quiz Teaching Strategies

This 6 Question Quiz will test your knowledge of teaching strategies? Do you know which strategies result in better learning and retention? Possible Results from Quiz:Brainiac, Masterful TeacherBrain Aware, Great TeacherLearning About the BrainWe know the brain requires experience that activate working memory and long-term memory. Do you know which teaching strategies do this? Spiral Review […]

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Words Sorts: Double Consonant

Students in 3rd- and 4th-grades should fluent spell words with double consonants. They should learn that double consonants create short vowel sounds. In this post you will find word sorts that distinguish double consonants (short vowel) from single consonants (long vowel).Word Sorts with Double ConsonantsStudents can practice sorting words based on the double consonant pattern. Short […]

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Word Sorts for Two-Letter Blends

Words sorts can help students build stronger spelling skills. These spelling activities can be used in class, in learning stations, or for homework. They are easy for students to complete without help, and they reinforce knowledge of spelling patterns. In this post, there are two types of word sorts: Words with initial blends Blends in […]

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Word Sorts for Short Vowels

Word sorts are an excellent way to deepen spelling skills. They are embedded in our word fluency units and the spelling warm-ups. Some students will need additional practice to master spelling patterns, and word sorts are a perfect way to help! This post has two types of short vowel word sorts: Basic short vowel word […]

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Spiral Review, Long-Term Retention

How will spiral review impact long-term retention for your students’ learning?Spiral review can have a major impact on long-term retention. Cognitive scientist Jerome Bruner wrote decades ago (1960), “Even the most complex material, if properly structured and presented, can be understood.” You can take a basic skill such as spelling the long A sound with the […]

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