Thanks for popping in to read the fourth part of my ELA blog series! If you missed any of the posts, you can use the links below to get caught up. Part One:   Whole Group Reading Lesson Part Two:   Reading Centers Part Three: Vocabulary Instruction Today I am sharing all about my grammar and language instruction! I only have ten minutes to teach grammar. The good thing about that is that grammar can be sooooo boring to teach. The bad news is that there are lots of standards to cover and my students often act as if they have never even heard of a noun! I tried a lot of different things, but nothing seemed perfect. Some resources were just worksheets that were boring and too much prep. Other resources were too complicated for my students, because they didn't have the basic skills mastered. So, I made my own resource! BOOM! I created a resource that was basic, engaging, easy to prep and included assessment and review. The resource helps me to implemen...
Thanks for popping in to read the third part of my ELA blog series! If you missed either of the first two posts, you can use the links below to get caught up. Part One: Whole Group Reading Lesson Part Two: Reading Centers Today I am sharing all about my vocabulary instruction! Vocabulary instruction is so important that I set aside 10-15 minutes every day for explicit vocabulary lessons and practice. This time helped my students to increase their reading comprehension and become more interesting writers. What Words I Teach I am going to say this and I hope that no one is offended....  Just because a word appears in your reading curriculum does not mean that it is a word that belongs in your vocabulary lessons. #sorrynotsorry Some of those words are obscure and very specific to that particular story. One story from my reading curriculum was about cowboys. One of the vocabulary words was "chaps." It is a great word to learn when learning a...
Welcome back for the second part of my ELA blog post series! If you missed the first post about my reading whole group lessons, you can click HERE to get caught up. Today I am sharing all about my reading center routines and activities. Let me start by reminding you of my entire ELA block schedule. Center Schedule I used to meet with four leveled groups every single day. On paper that gave me 15 minutes with each group. But it really didn't. When you figure in all of the transitions, putting away materials and getting out new materials- I was really only meeting with students for about 12 minutes. That just wasn't nearly enough time to read, dig deep in the text and have meaningful discussions. I constantly felt rushed and stressed. So, I went to meeting with only two of my groups per day. It was a serious AHA moment and it made my reading groups so much more meaningful. By meeting with only two groups, I was able to have 30 minutes with them. It is ...
Can I be really honest with you? Don't judge me, but I really hated teaching reading, writing and grammar during my first few years of teaching. I dreaded my ELA block every day. I found it boring to teach! I LOVE to read and write, but I felt like my lessons were causing my kids to hate all things ELA related. It was depressing! Fast forward a few years and I can honestly say that I am totally motivated to teach amazing ELA lessons. I am no expert! I don't have all of the answers. But I am super excited to share what I did to make ELA more fun to teach and more engaging and effective for my third graders. Let's take a look at my ELA block!  Today, I am sharing about my reading whole group lessons. I will be adding additional parts throughout the month! Part Two: Reading Centers Part Three: Vocabulary Part Four: Language Part Five: Writing My ELA Schedule Here is a look at my entire ELA schedule.  I know that I might have more time t...