Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The Read to Self THINKmark: A FREEBIE for you!

FREE! Mix a little Word Work in your Read to Self center during the Daily 5! Students hunt for the phonics rules they are studying in their differentiated Words Their Way group as they read from leveled readers. They love to add to their collection of words in this interactive Word Study Notebook. This Read to Self Thinkmark (bookmark) is perfect for peer teaching during Share time!

Are you looking for more opportunities to encourage your students to apply what they have learned from your phonics instruction while they read?
Let me share this strategy with you!




We all know that children LOVE to read and be read to! The method described below gives them an opportunity to do both.

When your students are reading independently, have them hunt for spelling patterns that they are currently studying and prepare a THINKmark to share with the class.

This will give each child in your class an opportunity to “teach” their peers, read to the class and learn from each other!

This is especially powerful if you are managing differentiated Word Study groups such as Words Their Way. Your students will be exposed to a variety of phonics rules as they listen for spelling patterns presented by their peers!

Right here, and now, I will share with you my tried and true method of how to disguise Read to Self as a little more: Word Study! Using what kids love:



You can find The Read to Self THINKmark FREEBIE at the shop by clicking HERE!

My Word Study Goal Is…

I have found it extremely beneficial to provide my students with a Word Study goal that changes each time we study a new spelling pattern. I assign these "I can" statements as individual reading goals to hold students accountable for their reading achievement. This set of 47 Phonics and Reading Goals Posters with “I can” statements provide the students with a visual reminder as to what their Word Study focus is. It works! I promise.

Use these reading goal posters as a display in the classroom. Assign these "I can" statements as individual reading and phonics goals to hold students accountable for their reading achievement. They work!! Perfect for Reader's Workshop, Guided Reading, Daily 5, Read to Self, Spelling and growth mindset.

My Gumball Is...

I use this Interactive Phonics Notebook as a supplement to our Read to Self, Guided Reading and Reader’s Workshop routines.

While reading, my students hunt for the spelling patterns that they are currently studying. They add each word to their collection of “gumballs”. After they have met the desired number of words on each page they earn a gumball for their gumball machine! The kids LOVE going on a word hunt!

Interactive Phonics Notebook: Mix a little Word Work in your Read to Self center during the Daily 5! Students hunt for the phonics rules they are studying in their differentiated Words Their Way group as they read from leveled readers. They love to add to their collection of words in this interactive Word Study Notebook. Great for Guided Reading lessons and independent Word Work Centers.

What are “Gumballs”?

Students enjoy this color-coded strategy to help them identify the various spelling patterns in the words they read and write. 

To help my students locate "word chunks" we use this coded system. They color code their sight words, articles, poems and word problems we read. They even love to "gumball up" their own writing! This visual and kinesthetic approach to phonics is a great strategy for Word Work, Spelling, Phonics Instruction to visually highlight word chunks and phonics rules using Words Their Way or with any Spelling program.

What do you do with the Sticky Notes?

After each child shares their “gumball” we display our sticky notes on our True Interactive Word Wall. Students and teacher interact with the Word Wall houses by writing words on a post-it and display it on the word family house. The windows measure to fit a 3x3 post-it!

This interactive Word Wall includes word family houses for all phonograms appropriate for the primary grades. This method aligns with Words Their Way, any Spelling program AND differentiated spelling lists. You will no longer worry that your Word Wall is just taking up valuable space in your classroom. I have included a 6-page guide to help you EASILY facilitate and manage your Interactive Word Wall. Perfect for Daily 5, literacy centers, Reader's Workshop, Writer's workshop & Spelling program.

This interactive Word Wall includes word family houses for all phonograms appropriate for the primary grades. This method aligns with Words Their Way, any Spelling program AND differentiated spelling lists.

You will no longer worry that your Word Wall is just taking up valuable space in your classroom. I have included a 6-page guide to help you EASILY facilitate and manage your Interactive Word Wall. Simply, display these Word Wall houses and let your students do all the work.

44 Word Family Houses are included that feature graphics to reinforce each phonogram:

Short Vowel Rd.
Blends Blvd.
Long Vowel Lane
Bossy R Way
Digraphs St.
Diphthongs Dr.

To read a full description of how it is utilized in the primary classroom visit: A True Interactive Word Wall.

What is a Smart Cookie?

Our smart cookie jar is filled with "smart cookies"...yes, Cookie Crisp cereal!  It's that simple.  My students will go out of their way to earn ONE "smart cookie" during Share Time.  It is truly a tasty incentive.

You can find three options for the Smart Cookie Jar label HERE at the shop.

Show your students they are a "smart cookie" each and every day! This tasty incentive system will prove to be a a great motivational tool in your classroom. Your students will rise to meet your expectations for ONE single "smart cookie". It's the little things...that motivate! Great for Sight Word Fluency, Behavior and Classroom Management incentives.

I do hope you find the Gumballs Phonics strategy useful in your classroom!  
It has worked wonders in mine!

5 comments:

  1. WOW...I love this whole approach to phonics instruction and how these Thinkmarks reinforce all of the skills you teach. I love anything bookmark related, especially ones like this that are what I call "interactive." I think your kiddos are going to use these well. Thank you for offering this as a FREEBIE...it's really fantastic and useful. Thank you!!

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  2. I agree with the ladies above!! This approach is awesome! If I were still in the classroom I'd use it too! I will share with my teachers!!!

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