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“Watch Out for Tricky T!” – FREEBIE for Teacher Appreciation Week!

3 May


Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

Are you feeling appreciated this week?! I know I sure am! The wonderful parents and students at my school have been pampering us this week with gifts, delicious snacks, yummy lunches, and so much more. I hope you’re feeling just as appreciated¬†and special as I am! ūüôā

As a THANK YOU to all the teachers that influence, support, and inspire me¬†(yes, that’s you!), and a small token of my gratitude, I’m sharing¬†a FREE poem from my newest resource packet.¬†This poem will be a “forever freebie” and can be downloaded from my TpT store.

So, what’s “Tricky T,”¬†you ask? My RTI students often have a hard time with blends, specifically R-blends like tr- and dr- where the beginning consonants change their sounds. To help them with tr- blends, I created a poem and activity packet to help reinforce the sound¬†T makes inside the blend. Students can read (and reread!) the poem and highlight the tricky blends¬†inside of the poem. The corresponding activities and games will help build automaticity with the “Tricky T” sound inside the consonant blend.

Download this FREE poem for teaching or reviewing the sound of the tr- consonant blend by clicking HERE or the image below.


If you’re interested in the complete phonics packet, check it out HERE! This packet includes word lists, assessments, practice word cards, and fluency activities/games.


Looking for new resources to try out in your classroom? Be sure to check out my other phonics and fluency products.

How are you celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week?


Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

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Goodbye October… Hello November! — Scarecrow Poem & Activities

1 Nov Scarecrow Poem & Activities

As many of you know… I. Love. Fall. ūüôā I love fall foods (pumpkin muffins, apple pie, butternut squash soup… Mmmm!) and pretty much everything related to fall. I would be ecstatic¬†if we could stretch-out the autumn fun to¬†last another month. Unfortunately, winter usually comes too early in WNY,¬†and¬†my hopes for a long autumn season¬†get buried under a pile of snow. (Sigh.)

Since I probably¬†have a few more weeks¬†before I¬†have to say¬†“Goodbye Fall… Hello Winter!,” I wrote¬†a new fall-themed poem about a scarecrow to share with all of YOU!¬†Not only is it fun for fluency, but I’ve also added some word work and comprehension activity pages to go along with it.

Scarecrow Poetry Resource

Students can use the descriptive language in the poem to visualize the scarecrow. They can hunt for text evidence that helps them create a mind-picture and can record the picture on the page provided.

Scarecrow Visualization

This poem provides plenty of word work opportunities! Students can hunt for rhyming words, compound words, word endings, and specific phonics patterns. I always create a coding key for my students to follow. For this poem, I had them underline rhyming words, box compound words, and squiggle underline adjectives.

Scarecrow Poem Word Hunt

The scarecrow adjectives are great for a parts of speech mini-lesson! I always have my students circle or highlight the adjectives in the poem before recording the words on the graphic organizer. (As an alternative, the scarecrow patches on the graphic organizer can be used to visualize the adjectives, almost acting as picture frames, for students to show they understand the meaning of each word!)

Scarecrow Adjectives

Are you looking for some picture books to add to your classroom library? I’ve listed a few of my favorites below. They are perfect for building-up your students’ background knowledge and scarecrow vocabulary!

Download the free poem by clicking HERE or the image below!

Scarecrow Poem & Activities

Happy November! 


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Summer Stock Up!

26 Jun

Summer is FINALLY here for us WNY teachers!¬†My last day of school was yesterday, and I am beyond ready to relax and recharge. Of course, in between relaxing and recharging, I will be planning and thinking ahead to next year. (Do teachers really ever take a break?!)¬†The summer always goes by fast, so¬†I’ve decided to pull together some resources for a Summer Stock Up event to help us get ready for next¬†year. Stock up now so you can relax and enjoy the last bit of summer! ūüôā Summer Stock Up This past year, I’ve been slowly building-up my fluency toolbox and creating resources that can be used as¬†interventions with my RTI students. I like to dig deep into fluency and really target the specific area of fluency they struggle with. (Pace? Phrasing? Expression? Attention to Punctuation?) With a new year of fluency groups in mind, it is my summer goal to finish my growing collection of differentiated “Scoop It” Fluency Phrasing Task Cards.¬† Slide03 “Scoop It” Fluency Phrasing Task Cards are geared toward¬†elementary-level students. They’re easy to use and perfect for the classroom! They can be used in many ways and¬†are helpful for¬†introducing, reviewing, practicing, and assessing fluency¬†phrasing¬†with your students.

(Sets 1-8 are ALL currently available on TpT!) 

These task card sets can be sent home for practice, used as a center, incorporated into Daily Five, or used in small groups. Directions and suggestions for use are included with each set. Scoop It Product Details Each “Scoop It” Fluency Phrasing Task Card set includes the same¬†components, but just¬†increases in difficulty. You can purchase one set, or you can purchase the whole collection! IMG_7212 There are two formats of task cards within each set.¬†The¬†task cards with scoop lines are perfect for students to practice reading with phrasing, following the scoop lines with their fingers as they read. Scoop It Reading Task Cards The task cards without scoops¬†are helpful for students who need practice with¬†identifying appropriate phrases within a sentence. If you laminate the cards, students can draw in the scoop lines (using dry-erase markers) and can practice grouping the different words together. They can then practice reading the sentences afterward. Scoop It Interactive Cards The 48 task cards in each set each feature a targeted phonics pattern. Set 1 starts off with pre-primer words and basic CVC word patterns. Each set increases in difficulty. By Set 6, your students will be interacting with multi-syllable words and complex vowel patterns. Use multiple¬†task card sets to¬†differentiate your practice and instruction. IMG_7217All¬†of the¬†“Scoop It” task card sets are currently available in my MsJordanReads store. The collection consists of the following sets:

There is also a “Scoop It” Fluency Phrasing Task Card Bundle if you’re interested in grabbing all the sets at once and at a discounted price.


“Scoop It” Freebie & Giveaway

Be sure to stop by my Facebook page¬†this weekend to download a FREE sample of my newest “Scoop It” Fluency Phrasing Task Cards (Set 2). Just look for my “Summer Stock Up” tab to download it. When you’re done, click¬†“More Freebies” to stock up on¬†additional¬†resources¬†from the other participants and see their products in action! Also, as part of this wonderful¬†Summer Stock Up event, I am offering a giveaway for TWO lucky winners! Each¬†winner will receive the completed “Scoop It” sets that are currently available in my store. Enter by completing the form¬†below. I will be randomly choosing the winners Friday, July 3rd and announcing on my Facebook page. The winners will also be notified by email!

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED!¬†Thank you to everyone who entered. A huge CONGRATULATIONS to Allison Kieffner & Jennifer Lyman for winning my “Scoop It!” Fluency Task Card giveaway! (An email will be sent with the resources!)

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Happy Summer!


Summer Blog Party Kick Off Hop!

19 Jun

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Welcome to 2nd Stop of the Summer Blog Party Kick Off Hop! 

First, I want to shout out a HUGE thank you to Carla at Comprehension Connection for organizing this¬†wonderful summer blog hop! I’m always amazed at how she brings together¬†such a diverse group of¬†literacy specialists to collaborate on blogging events such as this one. (Thanks, Carla!)

Our goal with this blog hop is to bring you tips and resources for avoiding the dreaded “summer slide.” Whether¬†you’re a parent or a teacher, this blog hop¬†is for you! Be sure to hop¬†through all the way to the end because we¬†will be raffling off¬†TWO $25 gift certificates to¬†Teachers Pay Teachers.

This is¬†the 2nd stop, so if you’re just joining us, you may want to¬†hop back to the Carla’s¬†post¬†HERE¬†so you can¬†start at the very beginning.

As you may have read in Carla’s earlier post, this blog hop is¬†the official “kick-off” event for a¬†fabulous, summer-long blogging series. Every Wednesday, throughout the summer, bloggers from “The Reading Crew” will be linking-up their blog posts, focusing on specific literacy-related topics. (Read more about the blog topics and schedule HERE.)


Prevent the Summer Slide with Fluency

My focus for this blog hop is FLUENCY! Practicing oral reading fluency throughout the summer is a great way for children to further develop reading skills and prevent summer regression.

Fluency is the glue that holds together oral reading and comprehension. Without fluency, your child may have a difficult time understanding the text they are reading. It is the path to comprehension and is a key foundational skill for children who are learning to read.

There are many resources and activities you can use to develop fluency skills. Many of the activities are free¬†and just require books or texts at your child’s “independent level.” The goal is not to challenge your child¬†with complex phonics patterns or unknown words, but to have¬†them interact with texts that are on the easier side. This transfers the focus from “word reading” to “reading for meaning.”

Over the past few years, I’ve shared many fluency activities for teachers to use in the¬†classroom; however, many of these activities can be used at home, as well.

Here are a few fluency activities that you can try at home:


Rereading texts is one of the best ways to improve oral reading fluency (and comprehension!).¬†After the first read-through, students are¬†more familiar with the words and can focus on grouping words together, adding expression, and stopping at punctuation. They can also try to improve their reading pace. Although reading speed is not the¬†biggest¬†focus of fluency, an improved pace¬†will¬†subsequently improve your child’s comprehension of texts. The pace should¬†increase¬†naturally as your child completes multiple readings of the same text!


Poetry is a great way for children¬†to practice fluency! Typically, poems are short enough that they can complete multiple readings in one sitting. If your child¬†needs fluency practice, he/she would benefit from listening to someone read each¬†poem with “good fluency” first before practicing¬†it.¬†As a parent, you can model the poem and then have your child “echo read” each line to build up accuracy and phrasing. It takes away the “unknown word barrier” and allows your child¬†to¬†focus¬†on changing his/her¬†voice to sound like you! Poetry¬†is an effective¬†resource that¬†allows children¬†to practice¬†all the components of fluency at once.

Audio Recording

Having children¬†record themselves reading is an extremely powerful fluency tool! There are many free programs out there¬†that are easy to use and allow kids¬†to record their¬†reading (i.e., Audacity for computers, iTalk for Apple devices, etc.). The playback feature of these recordings is the key to fluency development and can build¬†self-awareness for kids regarding¬†HOW they sound as readers. Many children¬†don’t even realize how disfluent they actually are! With the playback feature, your child¬†can listen to his/her¬†recordings and reflect on the different parts of fluency. Encourage your child to answer¬†the following questions: Did I read with appropriate pace? Did I read with phrasing? Did I read with expression? Did I attend to punctuation? Through reflections, your child¬†can set goals and try to make changes. He/she¬†can later compare repeated readings and listen for improvements.

Audio Books

Audio books are wonderful¬†for summer break! With these “books-on-tape,”¬†kids¬†can follow along in a text as someone else reads to them. The power of modeled fluency is HUGE. Your child¬†can listen to how fluent readers group their words together into phrases, change their voices to match character emotions and punctuation, pause appropriately after phrasing and punctuation, and apply intonation.

As our world becomes more digital, there are¬†websites popping up everywhere that offer “Read to Me” books, such as Reading A-Z, Epic!, Farfaria, MeeGenius and more! Hundreds¬†of books-on-CD¬†and audio books are also available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble,¬†and¬†iTunes.

If you’re looking for a few free audio books¬†to start with,¬†NOOK Read to Me Books¬†are fabulous and can be used on any device you can download the¬†app to. (My students¬†listen and read the free NOOK “Read to Me” books¬†I’ve downloaded through the NOOK app on our iPads.) Also, if your local¬†library is like mine, you can download audio books¬†to your personal¬†device¬†via¬†their website, using software such as¬†Overdrive. This is a great way to bring new audio books into your home or classroom each week.¬†If you have a long car trip coming up, audio books are an extremely valuable¬†way to fill the time!

“Fluency Fun” Picture Books

If you are already reading with your child, why not pick some fun fluency books? These picture books will be sure to bring out your best phrasing and expression. Be silly. Have fun. Show off your fluency!

The books listed below are my favorite for modeling and practicing fluency, especially expression. Use them for read-alouds, partner reading, and choral reading (reading at the same time). You can even read them at bedtime!

Daily¬†Fluency Task Cards — Summer FREEBIE!

For my blog hop freebie, I’m sharing¬†my SUMMER¬†set of seasonal Daily Fluency¬†task cards. This resource¬†is perfect for parents looking to further develop their child’s fluency skills. The resource is also great for teachers who are tutoring or teaching summer school during the summer months!

The fluency task cards in this set are geared toward grades 2/3 and focus on the four major components of fluency: Pace, Phrasing, Expression, and Attention to Punctuation.¬†(Want to learn more about each of the fluency¬†components? Download my free “What is Fluency?” Reference Sheet HERE,¬†or read more about fluency¬†HERE!)

Daily Fluency Task Cards SUMMER

(Download this free resource HERE or by clicking the image above!)

How to Use Fluency Task Cards at Home

After modeling and going over the directions listed for each task, your child should be able to use these fluency task cards independently. You can put the cards on a key ring, organize them in an index card box, or even put them in a dollar store photo book. Each day, have your child complete 1-2 task cards and record the completed task cards on the task card log. There are four sets for your child to rotate through.

You child should practice each task card aloud a few times. (Repeated readings are built into each task.) You can even create a DIY whisper phone using PVC pipes so they can monitor their fluency and hear themselves read! Every task has a specific fluency focus (i.e., pace, phrasing, expression, punctuation), but you will find that students will need to combine fluency skills to complete each card.

Tips for Promoting Summer Fluency Development

Obviously, fluency is not a skill that develops overnight. Like most reading skills, it takes consistent practice and requires your child to read EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

Here is a review of a few tips and suggestions I shared in this post to help you promote fluency development at home this summer:

  • Encourage repeated reading (reading a text multiple times)
  • Read lots of poetry
  • Choose books that are at easier levels
  • Build in time everyday for¬†your child to practice reading
  • Read to¬†your child to model appropriate fluency
  • Encourage your child to read along with¬†audio books
  • Have your child record their voice while reading to reflect and set goals
  • Switch it up — echo read, choral read, and partner read
  • Complete fluency task cards! ūüôā

Hop on over to the next stop, and check out¬†Jessica’s post from¬†Literacy Spark!¬†

Next Stop

Happy Summer & Happy Hopping!


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A Circus Poem for Two Voices!

13 May

I’ve always been fascinated by circuses, especially traditional¬†ones from the late 1800’s that traveled by circus train from city to city, bringing along tents, animals, and performers. Maybe it was my obsession with Dumbo growing up (I loved anything Disney!), or the recent¬†novels¬†I’ve read, but I’ve been¬†intrigued and wanting to learn more!

After recently reading Water for Elephants and The Night Circus (great books to add to your summer reading list!), I was inspired to create a circus-themed partner poem. I hoped to capture the magic of the Big Top. I love the booming voice of the ringmaster and the many different acts going on simultaneously in the different rings. As I was writing this poem, I was constantly digging into my childhood memories of going to a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus. The experience was overwhelming yet fascinating at the same time!

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I must say, I had a hard time choosing circus characters. Do I focus on an animal’s perspective (probably sad) or a clowns (too creepy)? I absolutely love elephants, but when researching circus elephants and circus “lingo,” I stumbled upon one too many “Save the Elephants” articles that put me in a dark place. Poor elephants! ūüė¶ Even though Ringling Bros. is phasing out elephants from their acts (see this article), it’s still sad; so, I scratched my original “Ringmaster vs. Elephant”¬†poem for one that focused on the voices of a¬†ringmaster and an acrobat.

The “poem for two voices” is filled with sensory adjectives¬†and ringmaster hyperboles – perfect for a unit on figurative language! Another¬†big focus of “The Circus is in Town” poem is character perspective and audience. In the poem, the ringmaster is talking to the gathering crowd and the acrobat’s voice is more internal.

This poem is part of my Everyday Partner Poetry series. Similar to the other packets, comprehension graphic organizers and CCSS response questions are included. Check it out!


For last month’s Poetry Hop, I shared¬†props for my “Wake Up, Grizzly Bear!” poem (you can still grab them!). I think I’ll eventually create and share¬†props for all my partner poems, but here are the FREE poetry props for “The Circus is in Town,” in the mean time!


Check out the additional partner poetry products in my store. There are currently 17 poems in the series (all included in the Mega Bundle!). More coming soon!

If you’re interested in helping to develop your students’ schema on circus life and vocabulary, here are a few great picture books:

Do you know of any picture books I can add to my list? Please comment below. I’d love to add new books my library!

Happy Teaching!



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{FREE} Fluency Task Cards for Spring!

25 Apr

Spring is finally showing its colors around here. I see daffodils in my garden and tulips about to bloom. I’m going to¬†ignore the fact that they had snow on them two days ago (really, Mother Nature?!), as the weather went back down into the 30’s. I guess that’s “spring” in WNY¬†though.

To celebrate the sprinkling of spring days that we’ve had, I created a FREE spring version of my Daily Fluency Task Cards!

FREE Spring Fluency Task Cards from @MsJordanReads -- Perfect for Literacy Centers, Daily 5, Guided Reading, or sending home with students!

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(Grab this free download by clicking HERE or the image above!)

Students can complete these as a fluency warm-up or for take-home fluency practice. There’s a¬†task card log included for student accountability. Enjoy!

Happy Teaching!


A Lil Bit O’ St. Patrick’s Day Fun!

17 Mar

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Each year,¬†I try to bring¬†a little bit of St. Patrick’s Day fun¬†into my RTI program, and my goal is to incorporate¬†holiday-themed¬†activities with¬†interventions that are already in place.¬†This week, I planned¬†a variety of¬†poetry, language, and phonics activities appropriate for each of my groups. Here’s a quick snapshot of a few of our activities! ūüôā

A Lil Bit O’¬†Figurative Language

My fifth graders have been focusing on figurative language and analyzing poetry. I’ve been trying break down the different figurative language elements and terms throughout the week, while providing them with a variety of practice opportunities.¬†Today, as a warm up, I had my group¬†complete¬†a fun practice St. Patrick’s Day writing task on the iPads (Read more about how to “go paperless” here!). Students had to brainstorm sentences for each of the different examples of figurative language. You can grab this for FREE below!


Download HERE or by clicking the image above!

A Lil Bit O’¬†Word Work

This page is part of my Daily Phonics program. I don’t use Daily Phonics with all of my decoding students, but today my second grade groups¬†worked through a page together! This is always a great assessment for me, to see where their phonics skills are. (NOTE: Most of my students completed these on the iPads, but for the classrooms I push-into I had paper copies for them to complete. Daily Phonics is a great paperless warm-up for students!)


A Lot Bit O’¬†Poetry

I love, love, LOVE using poetry to celebrate the holidays! So many of my students need fluency practice, so poetry is a wonderful intervention for reinforcing these skills.

Here are a few of my own that I used this week:



How did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

I would love to hear about St. Patrick’s Day interventions and activities you used with your students today! Please share in the comments below!

Happy Teaching! 


My Paperless Classroom Journey: Digital Resources

25 Jan


In my last “My Paperless Classroom Journey”¬†post, I introduced¬†a wonderful¬†app for going paperless in your classroom –¬†Notability.¬†I provided an overview of the app features and a general summary¬†of how I integrate the app into my RTI instruction. Now, it’s time to dig deeper into the content!¬†(Did you miss Part I about getting started with Notability? Go back and read it HERE!)¬†


Notability is a note-taking app that allows you to take notes, annotate PDFs and photos, collect¬†student work, and capture¬†voice recordings. It’s the perfect app for practicing literacy skills¬†and a fabulous¬†digital alternative for paper-and-pencil activities.

As you can imagine, downloading and setting up the app is just half the battle. Implementing the app into your instruction¬†effectively is the other half. Sure, your students can just use the app as a notepad; but that’s like buying a Smartphone and only using it to make phone calls. Don’t ignore the amazing features it has to offer!

As I mentioned in my last post, the PDF annotation feature¬†is the element¬†I use the most. Of course, in order to annotate PDFs, I need quality¬†PDF files that are accessible and ready¬†to use. Enter, my digital resource toolbox… Dropbox.

So, where do I get the PDFs that fill my Dropbox? 

Most of what I use comes from my own creations, but my collection of PDFs¬†definitely includes some valuable¬†resources from other¬†websites, programs, and other educators. My Dropbox holds a¬†nice balance of new materials I developed for this purpose and¬†materials I already had in the classroom. Not everything I had was ready-to-go, so¬†it took some time in the beginning to convert files and “go paperless.”

NOTE:¬†The PDFs I upload to Notability are for personal use in my classroom, and I do NOT¬†share the files publicly. Depending on the product license, and the “terms of use” for particular resources, you need to be careful about how you manage and store your files.¬†You tread a fine-line with uploading files¬†to digital folders and importing the files onto your devices. It is my recommendation to¬†read the¬†“terms of use” first and to look into the copyright policies of resources. Be especially cautious with how you use¬†school-purchased materials and programs, and definitely do not share your files. (Sorry… necessary disclaimer!)

That being said, it’s easy to create PDFs to¬†use with Notability. Any word processing¬†document can be converted into a PDF, and you can easily scan or take pictures of documents that you’ve created, as well. You can upload non-PDF files, but formatting can sometimes become an issue.¬†¬†A PDF is¬†a common file type and much easier to work with!

A Sample of PDF Resources

For those of you just getting started and looking for ideas, below is a sample of free and paid resources that my students interact with using Notability. Some of the resources are ones I created, some I purchased with my own money (i.e., TpT resources), and some of the items were purchased by my district (i.e., Reading A-Z, Toolkit Texts, etc.). I wanted the list to reflect the actual digital resources I use day-to-day, not just my MsJordanReads products (although, I do use those products a lot!).


Non-Fiction Articles — Actively reading non-fiction is a great way to kick-start PDF annotation.¬†I upload¬†ReadWorks articles (free), Toolkit Texts¬†(paid), and Reading A-Z¬†skill passages (subscription)¬†for my comprehension students to close read, mark, and highlight! One Stop Teacher Shop¬†also has a great list of FREE resources for Non-fiction texts.


Finding Text Evidence¬†— ¬†My students love finding and highlighting text evidence using Notability. When I discovered Luckeyfrog’s Super Text Detectives¬†resources, I knew they would be perfect for practicing this skill. I took the plunge and¬†purchased the whole¬†spring bundle¬†(LOVE it). Now I have to go¬†back and buy the other bundles for next year! The passages are short and perfect for my RTI comprehension groups. The students use the highlighter tool with the different color options to find the text evidence. (Check the resource¬†out here!)


Graphic Organizers — For FREE comprehension graphic organizers, check out FCRR, ReadWriteThink, and TeacherVision.¬†You can also create your own¬†graphic organizers (using Microsoft Word or any word processing program) and¬†convert to a PDF to¬†annotate.



Daily Fluency — Many of my fluency students complete a Daily Fluency page each day¬†for fluency practice! There are 20 pages for each month and two levels of difficulty in the series – Beginner & Intermediate. (Check out a sample here!)


Daily Phonics — Some of my decoding/phonics students complete a Daily Phonics page each day¬†to practice breaking apart words and identifying phonics patterns! They use a stylus pen for these activity pages. After trying out a whole bunch, I decided to purchase¬†a group set of¬†Musemee Notier Prime¬†stylus pens¬†for my classroom. (Check them out through my affiliate link.)¬†Just like Daily Fluency, there are 20 pages for each month. (Check out a sample here!)


Fluency Booster Pages — My fluency students complete Daily Fluency Booster Packs¬†to reinforce specific fluency skills! These are great follow-ups to my Daily Fluency warm-up pages and help students practice¬†one fluency component¬†at a time: Accuracy, Pace, Phrasing, and Expression!


Fluency Passages¬†— I use Fluency A-Z¬†passages (subscription only), but you can really use any short reading passage for fluency practice. Students record their voice, mark their errors, calculate¬†their wpm, and graph¬†their progress for two different readings of the same passage (cold/hot). Students can record¬†their progress on fluency graphs¬†to track progress throughout the year.¬†For RTI, the students work with me for this¬†“fluency coaching” intervention, but you could easily have the students work in partners in your classroom.


Fluency Speed Drills — Students can read¬†lists of words, phrases or sentences multiple times to build fluency. They mark errors and¬†mark how far they read¬†on a list using the annotating tools. They can also record their progress on fluency graphs!


Fluency Practice Pages — I’m obsessed with The Moffatt Girls’¬†¬†I Can Read! NO PREP¬†products. They’re fabulous,¬†and I use them with many¬†of¬†my fluency/decoding¬†groups. I recently purchased the bundle of all 3 sets and the activities are perfect for extra fluency practice!¬†You will still need dice and¬†printed spinners, but students can complete¬†activity pages digitally on the iPad. (Check out the resource¬†here!)



Phonics Word Sorts¬†— As an alternative to¬†word sorts that they have to cut and sort, students can color-code and sort words into the different categories.¬†I have some of my¬†decoding/phonics groups¬†complete¬†Color¬†& Sort Activity Pages¬†to reinforce specific phonics¬†skills.


Phonics Word Hunts — Students¬†can use PDF texts to hunt for specific phonics spelling & sound¬†patterns. My students love going on word hunts in my partner poetry series (“The Winter¬†Escape” is shown below!). I have them highlight specific patterns using the highlighting tool and then record the words on a word hunting graphic organizer. You can use the graphic organizers with real books too!


The list above is¬†just a sample of PDF resources to use with Notability. It does not reflect the other ways I practice annotating texts with my students (there is still a place for sticky notes and paper!), and¬†it does not reflect¬†the other ways I use the app¬†(e.g., voice recording, notepad for word work/writing,¬†web quests, etc.). Working with PDFs is a great way to start using Notability, but there are plenty of other ways¬†to use the app throughout the day. (That may be an additional blog post… perhaps Part III?) ūüôā

Also, please note that Notability¬†is¬†just a small part of my instruction and only for some of my groups. There are other apps that I integrate into my teaching and¬†there are still plenty of interventions I use that are completely iPad-free. There are days where we don’t even touch technology!¬†I strongly believe it’s all about a¬†balance.

It may be a while (if ever) before¬†I’m 100% digital, and¬†as the year continues,¬†I definitely will¬†continue my journey toward a¬†more paperless classroom. I hope to follow-up and share more of my experiences soon.¬†In the mean time, though, I would love to hear what resources you have in your digital toolbox! Comment below or email me your suggestions ( Feel free to share your experiences and thoughts on going paperless, as well!

Happy (Paperless) Teaching



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Winter Fluency Freebie & Cyber Monday Sale!

1 Dec

Last week, I watched as parts of Buffalo, N.Y. were¬†buried with over SEVEN feet of snow (yikes!). Living just 15 miles north of the crazy snow band, I felt extremely¬†lucky — lucky to not have to shovel out from all that snow,¬†and¬†even¬†luckier to be part of such a wonderful¬†city¬†of “good neighbors.” The community came together to overcome this “Snowvember” event, spotlighting¬†many moments of strength, courage, and perseverance.¬†It was a timely¬†reminder, heading into the Thanksgiving holiday, of the importance of giving back and sharing!

With December arriving today,¬†I am ready to jump into a month of crazy holiday preparations and parties. To help kick-off this wonderfully busy season, I’m offering a new winter-themed FREEBIE. This set of 24 task cards is¬†similar to my FREE¬†fall-themed set and is perfect for reinforcing fluency in your classroom!


 (Download by clicking HERE or on the image above!)

Have students complete the fluency task cards for morning bell-work, Daily 5, literacy centers, or as take-home task card sets. All you have to do is print, laminate, and cut! You can even use as a PDF and display using a SMARTboard or projector.

If you like these task cards, check out my other Daily Fluency Task Card sets. My beginner-level set has been a huge hit, and I just uploaded my newest Daily Fluency Task Card set for upper-level readers. Grab both sets for differentiating your fluency practice!


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Happy December & Happy Teaching! 


A Harvest of Freebies — Blog Hop!

2 Oct

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First, I want to shout out a big THANK YOU¬†to Andrea (Reading Toward the Stars) and Wendy (Read With Me ABC) for organizing this literacy¬†blog hop! Fall is my favorite time of year, and I love all the teaching resources that teachers have created¬†to bring the fall season into¬†our classrooms!¬†Not only will you be able to collect new ideas and¬†resources¬†for October/November, but all the resources are FREE! Really, who doesn’t love freebies?

If you’re just joining the blog hop, you may want to go back to¬†the first stop at Wendy’s blog: Read With Me ABC. There are over a dozen blogs participating, so make sure you hop through all of them and collect your free blog hop resources!

To help you focus on fluency¬†in your classroom, I’m sharing my brand-new¬†Daily Fluency Task Cards¬†— Fall Freebie.¬†These task cards are perfect for reinforcing fluency skills in the classroom. Students will love the different activities focusing on pace, phrasing, expression and attention to punctuation. There is a total of 24 fall-themed fluency task cards that you can use for the months of October/November. I hope your students enjoy them as much as my students do! ūüôā

(NOTE: The¬†resource I’m sharing is an off-shoot of my new¬†Daily Fluency Task Card series. Read more about this series in my blog post here!)


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