Marvelous Thinkers Welcome
Aspen Elementary School 2018/2019
Need a simple way to motivate young readers? During IDR time, or quiet reading, encourage them to grab a "reading buddy" to read with. It will of course need some modeling and management. Model to students what reading with your buddy looks like and express the importance of changing your buddy choice so everyone can have a turn with the coveted pig. I'm thinking we'll definitely need one of these in the reading room next year.
This Week's Book Tasting Has a Special Place in My Heart ;)
That's right. I had to start off our first Book Tasting with one that is near and dear to my heart. Extra Yarn, written by Mac Barnett and Illustrated by Jon Klassen. Two of my all time favorite author's together in this masterpiece. The first time I read Extra Yarn, I thought it was cute. Not much more than that. But then, as my first graders asked to read it again, and again, year after year, it became a part of us. All things classic are this book. A beautiful testament to positivity, values, simplicity and generosity. Mac and Jon have wrapped their words and pictures around our hearts and left Extra Yarn at the very top of my list. Try not to love it.
Teachers and parents! This is for you, well, for your kid. You won't believe some of these reading nooks. Here are some great ideas on how to spice up your reading space or spaces (over achiever!)
The classic teepee is obviously a favorite. Easy to pick one of these up on the internet, throw in a couple pillows, a small round rug, string lights and you've set up the ultimate place for reading wonder!
Is this not the best thing you've ever seen? It's not like you don't have extra camping stuff laying around. Some chairs from Target and some trees you can find some multi-talented teacher to help you make. I just love this one.
I've always wanted to have a canoe in my classroom. Throw some pillows in it and it seems like a great place to cozy up. I haven't seen any I can snatch up yet, but if you beat me to it, you should definitely give this one a try.
Kelly OBranovic has spent years in first grade teaching kids to read! It's one of her favorite things to do!
For quite some time now, Sara Reveal has been teaching at Aspen Elementary School--and loves it! She has taught first and second grades in the past, and now enjoys teaching literacy. While being passionate about helping children find their love of learning, Sara is especially determined to help students cultivate a feeling of joy and wonder when reading.
Lauren loves everything that has to do with kids and numbers! Her motto... "Math, No Problem!"
What are WE Reading?
BAS Scoring Guide
BAS Reading List by Level
High Frequency Words (K-2)
BAR Scope and Sequence
HFW Rainbow System