Science Connections with Chains

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I am often looking for ways to help my students understand the time period of the Revolutionary War. Many years ago I stumbled upon a cartoon called Liberty’s Kids. This is a show that was created by PBS (Find it here on Amazon) . There are 60 episodes that tell the tale of this time period. There are two teenagers …

Narrative Writing with Holes

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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 …

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Student Engagement

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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 …

Fluency with Holes

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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 …

Partner Turn and Talk – Heidi Finley

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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. …

Earthquake Terror and Close Reading

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Well, we are well into Earthquake Terror. I thought I would take some time to share some things I have done to enhance or get ready for teaching Earthquake Terror and small groups. On Day 8, which involves looking at outside text we not only read a few of the outside texts, but we also watch a short video that …

Classroom Setup – Heidi

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I am excited to share with you my experiences with CIA. I have been using CIA in my classroom since December of 2011. I attended a class in Snohomish, and to be honest I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into. What I didn’t realize is that one class would revolutionize the way I taught Reading. Let me start …