Out of This World Literacy : February 2016
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Teaching Inferencing with a FREE Resource!

Hello Friends!

Teaching students to make inferences can be TOUGH.  

These little birdies are super fun to help them practice!

Use this full page format over and over again with any text!  

The bookmark format is a great way to do a quick check with students!

My students have loved sharing their inferences as they read.  They especially like talking about their thinking with partners, or as a whole class at the end of reading workshop!

If you would like more resources to help students make inferences, click the image below!

3 Easy Steps to Keep Kids Reading at Home and Over Summer

Hello Friends,

Here are 3 easy steps for keeping kids reading at home, especially over the summer months!

We all have seen that summer slip, where students return in the fall with lower reading levels than they left in the spring.

The purpose of this resource is to encourage students and parents to do the one thing that's most important to becoming a better reader, or simply maintaining reading skills,

and that is.....

Spending Time Reading!  

STEP ONE: Convince parents and students of the importance of reading every day, especially during those summer months.

STEP TWO: Make a plan and stick to it!  Help students set goals and stick to their reading plans with this contract!

STEP THREE:  Stick to your plan and keep yourself accountable with a reading log.  Bring it to school the first day back and impress your teacher!  Parents, offer rewards and encouragement for each book read!  Ice cream seems to always do the trick!  :) 

That's It!  Let's help kids retain what they learn in school by encouraging them to read at home!

If you need help getting kids reading at home, and want to track their reading progress, check out the Reading Intervention Program for grades K-12!  

It's designed for teachers, parents, and tutors to implement and includes everything you need!

4 Creative Ways to Use Vocabulary Placemats, and a FREE Resource!

Downloaded nearly 11,000 times, these free vocabulary placemats are great for any subject to use over and over again!

4 Creative Ways to Use the Vocabulary Placemats:

1.  Print the mats on color cardstock and laminate them to be used over and over again.  Put the mats in a literacy center for students to think deeply about their vocabulary.  Students can complete the mats for each of their vocabulary words, writing with a dry erase marker.  

2. Use the mats during guided reading.  Choose a few vocabulary words from the book you are reading together and complete the mats as a group during the word work portion of your guided reading lesson.

3. In Science or Social Studies class, assign a list of words for students to complete vocabulary mats for.  Assign each student a different word.  After the mats are completed allow students to teach their peers the word they studied.

4.  Create a class bulletin board with completed vocabulary mats.  Make the board interactive by placing blank copies nearby and changing out the words that are displayed each week!  As a class, try to use your new words in conversations all week!

I hope you can find lots of uses for these vocabulary placemats!!

If you are looking for additional word work for your class click on the image below!

3 Ideas for Using FREE Reading Comprehension Plot Cards from Jen Bengel

Hello Everyone!

Do you use Reading Comprehension Cards in your classroom?  

They are a great way to get students to share some of their thinking before, during, and after reading!

This FREE resource has been downloaded over 56,000 times!

3 Ideas for Using Plot Reading Response Cards:

1.  Leave several laminated sets of plot cards in baggies near the classroom library or in a reading center.  Have students copy a few of the questions and write their answers on looseleaf or in a notebook.  This is a great way to save paper!

2.  Laminate sets of plot question cards.  Have students answer the questions, referencing the book they are currently reading.  Students can write their answers with a dry erase marker on the back of each card.  They can then share their answers with a partner, the class, or in a small group.

3.  Send each student home with a set of cards, or a few questions each week.  For homework, tell the students they must answer the questions by talking about the books they are reading with their parents, grandparents, siblings, babysitter, or anyone at home.  Instruct them to write some notes from their conversations on the back of the cards and return them to school.

I hope you and your students enjoy using these reading comprehension cards in your classroom!

If you are looking for more Reading Comprehension Question Cards, you can click the image to see all the different comprehension skills covered in this bundle!

5 Ways to Use Exit Slips PLUS Free Exit Slip Forms!

Hello again friends!

Exit slips are a great way to do a quick check on students' learning, and hold them accountable for sharing their new learning.  They are also a great way to make a home-school connection.

5 Ways to Use Exit Slips:

1.  Give students 5 minutes at the end of class to turn and talk, sharing what they wrote on their exit slips.  Then, have each student initial their partner's slip at the top.  Collect them in a basket by the door.

2.  Send exit slips home with students a few times a week.  Tell students to share their new learning from the exit slips with someone at home (parent, grandparent, babysitter, neighbor, etc.).  Ask them to write a few sentences on the back, explaining who they talked to and details from the conversation.  Return them to school the next day for a participation/homework grade.

3. Have students make a collage of their exit slips from the week by gluing them on large poster or construction paper.  Ask them to circle the most surprising thing they learned all week, and put a square around the favorite thing they learned.  They can share their posters with the class, partners, in small groups, or take them home to share.

4. Use the half sheets as bookmarks for the week.  Have students 'stop and share' their new learning from the bookmarks throughout the week.

5. Play a class game, where you pass each exit slip around the room.  Students read each classmates' new learning, and write little notes about it on the back of the page.  Everyone will get their own exit slip back and be excited to read comments from friends on the back!

I hope you have found these ideas helpful and enjoy the free download.  

If your are looking for other great assessments and class work, check out this No Prep Common Core line of literacy resources perfect for grades 2-6.  

Reading Comprehension FREE Spring Activities!

Hello Friends!!!  

Spring is in the air and I thought I would share some of my very favorite and free spring activities and reading comprehension ideas with y'all!

Ideas to use the "What's the Buzz Cards"

1. Have kids use these cute little cards as bookmarks.  They can jot down a few ideas as they read and never lose their page! 

2. Use them as an exit slip, as a quick comprehension check that each student is understanding what he/she has read that day.

3. Give students 5 minutes are the end of reading class to grab a partner and share what they wrote on their cards.  You can even have them write notes on their discussion on the back of the cards.

4. Have students ask themselves a question on the front of the card.  Tell them to try and answer their question on the back.  This makes a great quick assessment and helps kids remember they should always be asking and answering questions while reading.

Ideas to Use the"Tweet About It" Cards

1. Have kids hashtag their thinking from reading.  Let them get creative and have fun!!

2. Write a note about their reading to a friend!

3. Leave a note about the book in the classroom library as a book recommendation to friends.

4. Take the note home as a conversation starter with parents about what students read at school.

I hope you and your students have fun with these cards and ideas to use them.  Leave a comment if you are using them another way too!

If you would like more Reading Comprehension Work for your kids, check out these Resources!

What's New with the Reading Intervention Program?

Hello Friends!!

I have been writing the Reading Intervention Program for 11 months now, and am getting very close to finishing!!!!  Hooray!!!!

Click the image to see the entire program from Level Ranges A-Z!!!

Just Posted:

Coming Soon:

This level will be posted no later than Friday, February 12, 2016!

Guided Reading Level E is In the Works!!

I am working hard to get guided reading level E out in about 4 weeks.  It will include fiction, nonfiction, and word work objectives perfect for level E readers, along with printable graphic organizers for every skill, table top "I Can" statements, standards, and prompting questions for each standard that can be used with any text.

Look for it soon!