Two For Tuesday

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Hi everyone. I am linking up with The Teaching Tribune for Two For Tuesday.

Don’t you just love interactive notebooks? I only started using them with my kids towards the end of last school year. Wow! I could not believe how excited my students became whenever we worked on the interactive notebooks.
I am using Pearson’s ReadyGen for reading. You can read my thoughts on the program here.

The first book we work on in September is Charlotte’s Web. I had to think of a way to make it more engaging. Most of my kids had difficulty keeping up with the book last year. So I just finished an interactive notebook on Charlotte’s Web. I can not wait to use it! There are 22 interactive activities that are aligned to the 2nd grade Common Core Standards.

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April Showers Bring May Flowers is a bundle that includes a product flower craftivity, interactive notebook activity, interactive notebook flower pages and a multiplication/division scoot game.

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I hope everyone is having a restful, relaxing summer!
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Should ReadyGen Stay?

Should ReadyGen stay or should it go?

We started using Readygen in September, well really in the end of October. Let’s just say, it was a rocky beginning! We did not receive any material until mid October. The material we did receive were photocopied and binded together.

Pros:
The modules, or units do get better as the year progresses. I do like the literature or books that the students read, so that is a plus.
Group work is given, along with oral reading for small group. Later on in the modules, the standards are written out for you (in the beginning, I had to look up each standard.) Students enjoy the Sleuth book and it helps to strengthen their critical thinking skills. It
promotes opinions and giving supporting reasons from the text.

Cons:
There is WAY TOO much going on in one lesson. I tend to break up each lesson into two or sometimes 3 days.
The lessons jump around a lot. You work on one skill or standard, then something different, and back to the first skill. The program assumes the students already know the skills (at least in 2nd grade and higher.) There is no explicit teaching of a skill. Next year my
school is implementing a skills day each week.

The writing program is one of the worst writing programs I have ever seen. There are no real writing lessons. Its basically response to literature. The end task or performance assessment is not challenging
and we tend to change them or tell the students that a few sentences or a paragraph is not enough.

**Revised** The program is being somewhat revised. The beginning 2 units will now have the standards for each lesson and modeled or shared writing is being added. It is already in the later units, but now will be in the first 3 units as well.

Should ReadyGen stay or go????
In my opinion….GO, GO, GO!!!
Unfortunately I, nor my colleagues do not like the program. Kindergarten seems to think the program is ok but 1 – 5 in my school and other teachers that I have spoken to, do not care
for the program. Hopefully, Pearson will revamp the program over the
summer.

Here is an example of one of my ReadyGen lessons.
ReadyGen Lesson

Check out my store for other 2nd grade ReadyGen lessons.

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You can also check out the ReadyGen Phonics Lessons by clicking the link below.
ReadyGen Phonics Lessons

Thanks for stopping by,
Rachel