Castle in the Attic Project

rsbsadmin 4.2 The Castle in the Attic, Additional Activities, Janet Erickson 0 Comments

As I mentioned in my last post, I decided to have the student create their own coat of arms to use as a cover for the collection of work from Castle in the Attic.  Online I found a list of attributes often symbolized in coats of arms, as well as the colors, animals, and symbols that represented each one.  The …

Narrative Writing with Holes

rsbsadmin 5.2 Holes, Heidi Finley, Writing 0 Comments

I am always looking for ways to use the CIA whole group books to reach other standards. In the weeks following Winter break and before I was ready to start the next small group book I had to find something to do with my students. In sheer desperation to find a way to work on narrative writing last year (which …

Building Background Knowledge for MLK

rsbsadmin 3.3 Martin Luther King Jr., Background Knowledge, Dawn Smith 0 Comments

The Importance of Background Knowledge Over the winter break, I went to go see the movie The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug. I really enjoyed the movie a lot! I’ve read the book, The Hobbit, saw the cartoon version as a kid, and watched the first installment of the series the night before. I’ve also read and then watched …

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Student Engagement

rsbsadmin 5th Grade, C.I.A. Approach, Heidi Finley 0 Comments

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 0 Comments

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 …

Reader’s Notebooks in 3rd Grade

rsbsadmin 3rd Grade, Hilary Cullen, Reader's Notebooks 0 Comments

Reader’s notebooks are so important to the development of reading skills. I am always reminding my class that we should read like and investigator and write like a reporter. The reader’s notebook helps us with both of these things. With CIA, students have the opportunity to practice many different note taking skills. The notebook is a tool they can use …

Writing at the End of The War with Grandpa

rsbsadmin 3.2 The War with Grandpa, Dawn Smith, Writing 0 Comments

Synthesis Summary For our synthesis summary, we did the oral retell with our Turn and Talk partners. This really helped the students gather their ideas, think about the entire story, and prepare for the actual writing that was going to occur the next day. I had written the graphic organizer on the board, and also gave them the actual prewrite organizer …

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Using Charts to Help Comprehend Conflict

rsbsadmin 3.2 The War with Grandpa, Charts, Hilary Cullen 0 Comments

Understanding Conflict Throughout Sarah’s units of study the discussion about conflict arises. I have realized the importance in the knowledge of what conflict is and different ways it can be solved. In my classroom mid-way through War with Grandpa, I will do an activity with my students using a word continuum for the word conflict. We will use register tape …

Castle in the Attic with Janet Erickson

rsbsadmin 4.2 The Castle in the Attic, C.I.A. Approach, Janet Erickson 0 Comments

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. …

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Using Poppy to Grow as Readers and Writers

rsbsadmin 3.1 Poppy, Sarah Linington, Vocabulary 0 Comments

The Dark Emperor Poppy allowed us to jump off into other aspects of the Reader’s Workshop: word choice, fluency, partner reading with purpose, and much more. In the time between finishing Poppy and winter break, we have been gleefully exploring the poetry collection Dark Emperor as our primary text (as suggested by Sarah Collinge at the last class I attended.) …

Fluency with Holes

rsbsadmin 5.2 Holes, Fluency, Heidi Finley 0 Comments

Recently, I was in a meeting with teachers from different grade levels and the Executive Director of Assessment and Student Learning. We were looking at my school’s 5th grade level reading assessments both from the state and district. We are working on coming up with ways to look at data and find ways to make a goal, plan, and a …

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Supplementing Poppy with the Dark Emperor

rsbsadmin 3.1 Poppy, Additional Activities, Sarah Linington 0 Comments

On the day of our Read-In, one student brought in a Poppy mouse she made with a rock by drawing on the face and tail and gluing pom-pom ears. Another student brought in an offering of acorns. We all got comfortable in our small gathering area and commenced to read. The students gasped. They cheered. Some reprimanded others for laughing …

Book Club with Janet Erickson

rsbsadmin 4.1 Shiloh, Book Clubs, Janet Erickson 0 Comments

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 0 Comments

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 …

Partner Turn and Talk – Heidi Finley

rsbsadmin 5th Grade, Heidi Finley, Turn and Talk 0 Comments

As I work through the year with my students my Turn and Talk procedure evolves. In September I partner my students with who I think they could work well with. This allows me time to do assessments to find out what their reading abilities are. While reading the book Earthquake Terror I focus on using the Turn and Talk stems. …

Vocabulary Handbook

rsbsadmin 5th Grade, Lynn Boze, Vocabulary 0 Comments

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 …