Reflection: Joy Word Family Fun - Section 5: Daily Differentiated Practice


I think it is important that we always make sure we are teaching for a reason.  The way to really ensure we are teaching for a reason is by really, truly using our resources and showing our kids that it's not just "work."  Personally, I think that we shouldn't give our students worksheets unless they are meaningful and really help them grasp something. 

Students can use these wheels in many ways to get repeated practice and make a connection to the kinesthetic part of their brain.  With these wheels, students can really have personal, interactive practice with this skill that can build their reading and writing stamina and fluency!

I love to have students keep their wheels on their tables for the week.  For example, when we begin working with the -OP family on Monday and make our wheels, I have them put their -OP wheels in the buckets on their tables.  Throughout the week, when students finish their work early or have some time to spare, they can take out their wheels and practice- they can decode and read the words quickly and repeatedly, they can create sentences with their words or they can work on testing their friends' knowledge of the words!

  How to really USE these wheels!
  Joy: How to really USE these wheels!
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Word Family Fun

Unit 10: Reading Foundational Skills Lessons
Lesson 2 of 9

Objective: SWBAT participate in routines that help them add or substitute individual sounds (phonemes) in simple, one-syllable words to make new words they can sound out or read.

Big Idea: Turning one CVC word into another; it's like magic!

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