Science Connections with Chains

rsbsadmin 5.3 Chains, Additional Activities, Heidi Finley 0 Comments

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

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 …

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 …

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

rsbsadmin 5th Grade, Classroom Setup & Routines, Heidi Finley 0 Comments

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 …