My students have inspired me to work so hard this year. I have such a great group of little learners. They make me WANT to make learning fun. They make me stay up at night thinking of how I can make a lesson on boring irregular verbs engaging and exciting. They'll also inspired me to delve into some great data tracking. :)
Speaking of data.....
We are VERY big on fluency this year. With my initial fluency assessment, I found that some of my students were reading at 2 words per minute while reading a Kindergarten fluency passage. No bueno! So, we've hit reading HARD. We've been stepping up game, for sure!
A month after the initial fluency assessment, I did another and each and every one of my students had gains. They are reading faster and more accurate. I am so proud! It just makes me feel like all of the hard work I'm putting into planning and teaching is really paying off. One of my students is reading 30 words per minute faster! WHAT!? Crazy.
My students favorite LOVE to play BAM! We call it Bam, but I've heard it called so many other things. Basically, it is a stack of sight word flashcards and there are some cards that have the word BAM! Students pick a card, read the word (keep the card if they are correct, discard if they are incorrect). If they pick a card that says "BAM", then they have to discard all of their cards. They are O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D.
The game can be played with any words but we've been playing with CVC words. I noticed that
some most of my first graders came to first grade without any idea of HOW to sound out. YIKES! No worries - we are sounding out MASTERS now. :)
To keep the game fun, I've been making holiday editions with new words. Since my little learners are getting SO good at sounding out the words, I decided to introduce sentences! AH!
Here's my new Christmas edition of the games. I made it all Christmassy and pretty for you. Click the picture to check it out!
Thanks for checking it out! :)