Sight Word Bracelets

Hi everyone. I can not believe it already the middle of April. Only ten more weeks of school, but whose really counting? 🙂 Yes, I still have ten more weeks. We go until June 28th!

I don’t know about you, but my kids always need to practice their sight words. They absolutely love to wear the words. It is so cute to see my kiddos running around showing each other the new word of the week. The best part of the sight word bracelets is that it is so easy to differentiate for all of your students. You can give your struggling students one word a week, while your more proficient students can have two words a week. You can differentiate in so many different ways!

I have 3 different sets of the Dolch sight words on sale for $1 for the next 3 days!

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Thanks for stopping by and saying hi.

Rachel

Your Curriculum is Just A Tool!!!

Hi everyone. Are you tired of hearing your admin say, “The reading curriculum is just a tool. Use the material anyway you want.”? Really, REALLY!!

How many of you have heard this phrase? Is it true? I’m not sure. We all change the lessons to meet the needs of our children. But what happens when you have to rewrite the whole damn curriculum? I’m sure many of you have done just that. The schools pay all of this money for a curriculum and we have to spend all of our time to create lessons that actually work.

You might be wondering which reading curriculum I am using. Well, I don’t know if you have heard of the awesome Pearson company (I almost feel like they are the Evil Empire!) In NYC, Pearson seems to be in charge of almost all of the curriculum, assessments, and State Exams.

So we are told to use ReadyGen as a tool. So everyday I rewrite the curriculum and teach the skills or lessons how I want to and in the style that will most benefit my kiddos.

I started to teach each lesson focusing on a 15 minute mini-lesson and then small group work (which is definitely not in the program. :() I incorporate the science or social studies text books or articles on the topics. I added in A LOT of writing because there only seems to be response to literature in ReadyGen’s writing component.

How else can I make this curriculum just a tool? I started to make interactive notebooks for the books that we have to use in our lessons. The only part of ReadyGen that is ok are SOME of the trade books used.

Last week we read A Chair for My Mother. I absolutely love this book, but if you follow the curriculum it is boring and basically kills any enjoyment of this wonderful book. So I introduced the interactive notebook for A Chair For My Mother and my kids loved it.

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Then I had my kids design their own comfortable chair. Just take a look at some of the chairs that my kiddos created! 🙂

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Besides designing and building a comfortable chair to go along with the story, “A Chair for My Mother” students also had to write about how they created their chair and why they decided to create that chair.

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My students had so much fun with the interactive notebook, designing their comfortable chairs and their writing assignment.

My students loved using the interactive notebooks so much that I started to create them for the different trade books that we use as part of the 2nd grade ReadyGen curriculum. You can check them out by clicking here.

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Thanks for stopping by and reading my rant. 🙂
How do you use your curriculum as just a tool?

Rachel

Educents Market Place Launch

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Have you heard the news?? Educents is launching their new store! Now, not only can you find awesome deals on Educents but you can also follow the stores of your favorite sellers.

To help celebrate, Educents is giving away $50 in Edubucks. Can you believe it? Not only do you get to follow some fabulous stores, but you can enter to win $50 in Edubucks. Imagine all of the great products you could buy from Educents with that money! EEEKKKKK!

You can go to my store now and grab some great freebies. Don’t forget to follow me while you are there!

One of my favorite freebies is the Force and Motion Cootie Catcher or Fortune teller.

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But wait!!! There’s more! 🙂
Check out my April Showers Bring May Flowers Sampler Multiplication Pack for free.

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Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below!

Thanks for stopping by,
Rachel

Educents Marketplace $50 in Edubucks Giveaway #7 – Second Grade Stores