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  • Task Card Projectibles for Reading Comprehension

    Task Card Projectibles for Reading Comprehension

    Over 400 teachers asked for it, so here they are! The new task card projectibles for reading comprehension warm-ups. These reading spiral reviews are going to be super simple to use, and help you start each day with a no-prep comprehension warm-up! Features of the Task Card Projectibles We believe you shouldn’t spend your evenings…

  • Navigating the Warm-Ups

    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…

  • Three Activities for Context Clues

    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…

  • Give It A Shot: Teacher’s Role

    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…

  • Fluency Builder Level 2

    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…

  • Fluency 2 Days 1-10: Vowel Digraphs for Upper Elementary

    Fluency 2 Days 1-10: Vowel Digraphs for Upper Elementary

    Fluency 2 is a spiral warm-up unit in the free Word Fluency course. But what skills are in these warm-ups? Who are they for? What will students do during these 10 days? Let’s answer these questions as we walk through Fluency 2 Days 1-10. If you’re not a member, you can review our free membership…

  • Scaffolding the Word Sorts (Spelling 1 Tutorial #3)

    Scaffolding the Word Sorts (Spelling 1 Tutorial #3)

    Scaffolding the Word Sorts (Spelling 1 Tutorial) If you’re moving into the spelling units, you will find a very challenging activity: timed and open word sorts. These word work activities show in the days marked as “spiral review”. Here’s what you need to know to help your students. Challenges in the Spiral Reviews The timed…

  • Spelling 1 Tutorial #2

    Spelling 1 Tutorial #2

    Tips for the Open Sort in Spelling 1 If you’re working on Spelling 1, your students will find a challenging thinking task on day 5. It’s their first true open sort in the word study unit. Here are some tips to help your students find success as they struggle through this word study task. And…

  • Before You Start Spelling 1 Day 3

    Before You Start Spelling 1 Day 3

      Two Tips for Best Results in Spelling 1 If you’re ready to begin using the spelling spiral warm-ups, there are two things to do first. If you skip these two steps, your students might miss out on learning the spelling patterns in Spelling 1. Ensure your students are proficient the decoding patterns from Fluency…

  • Spelling Warm-Ups with Taps and Claps

    Spelling Warm-Ups with Taps and Claps

    Spelling Warm-Ups Activity: Taps and ClapsIntegrate multi-modal learning easily with this challenging spelling warm-ups activity.Taps and Claps is a multi-modal spelling activity that boosts spelling and reading fluency. The spelling warm-ups in our Spelling 1 unit are the easiest way to have total active participation and multi-sensory spelling instruction!  Don’t believe me? Curious? Passionate about helping your…

  • Fluency 1 Days 1-10: Systematic Scaffolding of Difficulty

    Fluency 1 Days 1-10: Systematic Scaffolding of Difficulty

    What reading levels are the warm-ups for? What grade levels are the reading warm-ups for? Consonant blends looks too simple, or is it? These are questions I’ve received several times in the last few days, so I thought I’d give a quick answer by walking through the scaffolding in days 1-10 of the Fluency 1 unit. Fluency…

  • Activities in Fluency 1

    Activities in Fluency 1

    The activities in Fluency 1 (our first unit in word study warm-ups) are designed to engage and build visual memory in upper elementary students. The fluency activities include:Word RacerBlending PhonemesWord SumsWord SortsA Variety of Blending Activities (oral, choral, and written).__TVE_SHORTCODE_RAW___Which students can do the activities in Fluency 1?The activities in the Fluency 1 unit are…