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July 31, 2009

Today's Tutoring Tip !

I love to teach reading so much that I also tutor. The best thing about being a tutor is the one on one time.

Today's tip:

Play any reading game to improve their skills! Be as creative as possible! I love word making games. Here is one my kids love:

"Magic Word Bucket"

1. Have small letters in a bucket. Make sure if you make these you have a lot of extra vowels and commonly used letters ( r, s, t, m, y, n, d )

2. Have a large spoon (a ladle is perfect!)

3. Scoop up some letters and spread them on the table.

4. Begin to make as many words as you can!

5. For every letter a player uses, the person gets 1 point!
For example: week is 4 points

6. When all the possible letters in the pile have been used, compare points with the other player. Who ever has the most points wins that round. Remember: sometimes there will be left over letters.

7. I also give bonus points to the kids who use a q or z if that is a letter they have scooped up!

8. Have fun making words !

July 26, 2009

Writing is Wonderful!

Hello to all my Wonderful Writers! This week, you are to go to the website below and write!

First, go watch my "old school" videos from School House Rocks which are located on the left hand side of this blog! They will help you complete your homework!

1. Go to the following website:

2. There are four mad libs to choose from. Pick one. You will then have to click on the "play" button.

3. You will be asked to choose various parts of speech for your story. Just follow the prompts.

4. Print up your story and read it to someone in your house. Ask that person to sign their name at the bottom of your story.

Have fun! Do not forget to bring your copy to school by Thursday! We will be sharing them with some classmates!

If you want BONUS POINTS.... bring in an extra story.

July 25, 2009

Poetry Activity

Poetry is a wonderful way to read, improve fluency, and increase comprehension. A poetry video is even better!

Here is your poetry reading challenge for the week:

Watch the two videos clips below (more than once) and then answer the questions about each video!

Video # 1

Video #2

Answer the questions below in your reading journal.

Video #1

1. Choose your favorite poem from the video. What is the title? What did you like about the poem?

2. My favorite poem is "Ode to a Washing Machine." What do you think is my favorite part of the poem?

Video #2

1. What is "Spicy Hot Colors" about?

2. Choose 2 of your favorite colors from the video clip. Tell me why they are your favorite. Be descriptive!

I hope you enjoyed these poems and this reading challenge!

July 24, 2009

Reading Challenge !

Here is your Reading Challenge for the Week!

1. Read my blog post called, "Why is reading so important?"

2. What is #1 from my blog post? Put the answer on the "Topic" line of your graphic organizer passed out in class today.

3. Find a ebsite, a news article, or 3 visual representations that will prove to me that #1 has meaning! ( if you are really in a creative mood, I will even watch a youtube video - Remember this is a school assignment - Rated G PLEASE!! )

4. Thin about how you connect to #1?

5. You may present your "proof" to me in any format. Be creative. Make a collage, write an essay, make a powerpoint.

Reminder: This is due Friday! Spelling counts! We will have a drawing next week for all the students who correctly completed the challenge!

Happy Reading !

July 23, 2009

Why is Reading SO IMPORTANT???

Reading is a Life Skill that opens up so many possibilities.

There are many reasons why reading is so important, but I will leave you with my Top Ten:

10. In order to be successful in school, you must be able to read.

9. Reading = Food (Menus & Cookbooks)

8. Filling out ANY form requires the skills of reading.

7. I would not be able to drive without being able to read! I had to read my learner's permit test and my driver's test booklet in order to get my license! Every time a person drives, she/he reads street signs and maps.

6. Technology: Websites, E-mails, Text Messages

5. Directions on how to use my digital camera, my ipod, my coffee maker, my DVR! What directions do you want to read?

4. Taking Medicines: What if you could not read the dose you needed?

3. Reading helps develop a positive self image.

2. Reading = Power (Those who read well are more successful.)

1. Reading is an endless communication tool !

Just think.... nations were built on words....

Why do you think reading is so important?

July 22, 2009

Welcome !

Welcome to Reading Really Rocks!

Reading Really Rocks is my connection to students, teachers, and parents who are a part of my school community.

My hope is that this blog will be for anyone who wants to learn more about literacy!