Welcome to the Spiral WarmUps knowledge base.
Here you will find tutorials and documentations & troubleshooting tips for all the warm-ups we have on offer. You can either search for something you want to know more about, or select articles from the lists below.
Where are the Warm-Ups?
The warm-ups are in your dashboard after you login.
What activities will students do?
All no-prep word sorts, forced fluency, multiple-choice and more.
How many warm-ups are there?
Over 50 weeks of warm-ups! New units arrive each month in your dashboard.
Word Study Courses
- Word Fluency
- Word Building
- Word meaning
The Word Meaning course is the bridge to reading comprehension. There are two sides to successful reading: word recognition and language comprehension. Word meaning moves between these two sides.
Word meaning focuses on language comprehension at the word level. This course covers:
- Greek and Latin Roots
- SAT Words
Reading Comprehension Units
- Literal vs. Inferential
- Interactive Videos
- Task Cards
The warm-ups are organized by color: literal comprehension (light gold) and inferential comprehension (light blue).
The literal questions begin at a simpler 2nd- and 3rd- grade level, but they quickly increase vocabulary and reading rates for 4th-6th-grades.
View the full list of reading warm-ups here.
The videos move quickly, so it’s best if you know the different activities and decide what you want your students to achieve in each video. Here are the objectives a few activities:
These are no-prep task cards designed to be projected for a whole-class or small group. Use them to prompt peer talk, silent reading, shared reading, and written response.
Each card takes between 2-4 minutes. There are open-ended and multiple-choice cards.
Ongoing Survey Results
In our recent survey teachers shared their most needed areas for word study warm-ups. We used this data design the original Spiral Warm-Ups curriculum. At that time, reading teachers were asking for pre- and post-assessments and affixes in their word study warm-ups.
Since the original research, we’ve conducted numerous studies asking what teachers need in the classroom.
Which Word Study Warm-Ups do teachers need the most?
In our research, based on over 3,400 teachers’ input, teachers want/need reading warm-ups for Affixes, Word Meanings, and Fluency with Multiple-Meaning Words. What do you think?
Add to the Knowledge Base!
Tell us your needs for reading warm-ups in this quick Three Question Survey.