MLK and Writing

rsbsadmin 3.3 Martin Luther King Jr., Sarah Linington, Writing Leave a Comment

Making Connections Well, we are finally halfway through Martin Luther King Jr.’s biography! It feels like we’ve been reading this short book forever…and yet the students are not bored or in need of extra entertainment to stay engaged. They have taken the big ideas and the details to heart, searching each week in library for connecting texts and noticing protests …

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Background Knowledge in Streams

rsbsadmin 4.3 Streams to the River, River to the sea, Background Knowledge, Janet Erickson Leave a Comment

One reason I love the third CIA unit for 4th grade, Streams to the River, River to the Sea, is the opportunity to integrate Social Studies content and skills throughout the book.  Students use skills like reading maps, making and using timelines, and of course learning about the explorers and Native Americans of the Northwest.  They will start using these …

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Student Engagement

rsbsadmin 5th Grade, C.I.A. Approach, Heidi Finley Leave a Comment

Well, I sit here trying to figure out what to write about engagement. I have never used a curriculum or program for literacy that has captivated every 5th grader the way the CIA approach does. Whenever you use any other curriculum or program you really skim the surface of text. You might focus on a particular skill for week or …

The CIA Approach in The War with Grandpa

rsbsadmin 3.2 The War with Grandpa, C.I.A. Approach, Hilary Cullen Leave a Comment

I cannot believe we are in the process of wrapping up the writing project that follows our read aloud The War With Grandpa. This unit just flew by. My students had such a fun time making connections with the struggle that comes with being in a disagreement with a family member. This was a great choice on Sarah’s part for …

Castle in the Attic with Janet Erickson

rsbsadmin 4.2 The Castle in the Attic, C.I.A. Approach, Janet Erickson Leave a Comment

Castle in the Attic My students are really into Castle in the Attic!  We have almost reached the end of the second quadrant, so they have a good understanding of the characters and the problem that is developing.  Imagine a giant GASP! when I read: He could make her small and keep her.  Of course, he could.  With the token. …

Book Club with Janet Erickson

rsbsadmin 4.1 Shiloh, Book Clubs, Janet Erickson Leave a Comment

Starting the Book Clubs The Book Clubs are so much fun.  Every student is reading, talking about their book, or writing about it for the entire Book Club time.  It’s such a great use of reading time – no one is waiting!  I have three groups.  In the below-grade-level group there are six kids reading Shoeshine Girl, and in the …

Vocab Handbooks

rsbsadmin 4th Grade, Ryan Painter, Vocabulary Leave a Comment

One part of the CIA program that I really enjoy is the vocabulary handbooks.  This is a great way to teach new vocab words to students.  By introducing them to a word before they hear/read it in the text it really helps students with their comprehension.  This allows them to identify these words and how they are used in context …

Vocabulary Handbook

rsbsadmin 5th Grade, Lynn Boze, Vocabulary Leave a Comment

At the end of each CIA unit of study are the pages of the Vocabulary Handbook.  I make sure that the handbook is copied for each student and hole-punched so they can keep it in their binders.  I have written all the vocabulary words on sentence strips.  Each day I post it in the pocket chart above the turn and …

Castle in the Attic CIA

rsbsadmin 4.2 The Castle in the Attic, C.I.A. Approach, Ryan Painter Leave a Comment

Beginning Castle in the Attic As a grade level we have to rotate CIA units so this year I started off with Castle in the Attic.  This is the first time I am teaching this unit and my class is super excited to read it!  The first couple weeks of the year I tried to mention CIA knowing that my …

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Turn and Talk – Hilary Cullen

rsbsadmin 3rd Grade, Hilary Cullen, Turn and Talk Leave a Comment

Sentence Stems The use of stems in my classroom has completely changed the way I look at student discourse. Before the use of stems I would always expect my students to turn and talk in the fashion of think-pair-share. Then I realized I kept getting frustrated because the students were not sharing their thinking the way I was expecting them …

Writing – Finishing Poppy

rsbsadmin 3.1 Poppy, C.I.A. Approach, Dawn Smith, Writing Leave a Comment

Poppy is Over  🙁 Every single student in my classroom can now say that they have read a chapter book as we have finished reading Poppy. I’m not sure who is more bummed out, me or my students. I really enjoy all parts and days of CIA, but the Read In is probably one of my favorite days. For our …

Classroom Turn and Talk

rsbsadmin 4th Grade, Ryan Painter, Turn and Talk Leave a Comment

We just finished our first quadrant of Castles in the Attic and one of the most important parts in the first quadrant is setting up your routines for Turn and Talks.  You need to have this system set in place and agreed upon by your students.  As you know the beginning of the book has a lot of modeling and …

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CIA: Poppy in Sarah Linington’s Class

rsbsadmin 3.1 Poppy, C.I.A. Approach, Sarah Linington Leave a Comment

Beginning the CIA Unit We started the unit of study for Poppy after two weeks of Patricia Polacco practice with sentence stems, literary vocabulary, and talking about how character’s change. We are in the first quadrant, Collecting, of the CIA framework. After each lesson, the students practice the same strategy for half their independent reading time in a book I …

Earthquake Terror Unit of Study

rsbsadmin 5.1 Earthquake Terror, C.I.A. Approach, Lynn Boze Leave a Comment

In 5th grade, our first CIA unit is Earthquake Terror written by Peg Kehret.  It is an exciting realistic fiction adventure story about a boy and his family who must survive a terrifying earthquake while camping on a deserted island.  I really enjoy this story and I think it is a great book to start with in September.  It eases …

Classroom Setup – Ryan Painter

rsbsadmin 4th Grade, Classroom Setup & Routines, Ryan Painter Leave a Comment

I have spent the final days of summer going over how I will start the year as we all normally do during those last sunny days.  This year will be a different experience for me as I start planning September.  I ended last year with the CIA training and completed one unit of study (Shiloh).  This year I will be …

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Classroom Setup – Dawn Smith

rsbsadmin 3rd Grade, Classroom Setup & Routines, Dawn Smith Leave a Comment

My Classroom Setup I’ve come to look at setting up my classroom as my chance to be an Interior Designer. I get to decide how my classroom will look and function to best meet the needs of the students and myself. This is especially true this year as I’ve moved to a new classroom, and I currently have 28 3rd …