Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Phrases and Short Sentences for Repeated Reading Practice (made up of words from Fry's Word Lists)
or a simpler formatted version is here: http://www.timrasinski.com/presentations/fry_600_instant_phrases.pdf
Fry's Phrases for Second Grade - phrases are grouped into groups of 25, this download includes activities to use with the phrase list.
Set a number of phrases to work on at one time (say 5, 10, 20 or whatever--this is your target number). Have student read the phrase list daily. When student has mastered the list (say, 80%), retire the mastered phrases, keep the unmastered phrases, and add phrases to equal your target number.
Student can read the phrases directly from the list, or you can make a book or flashcards. Other ideas include writing on sentence strips, popsicle sticks, powerpoints. (You can find printables for flashcards, sentence strips, and powerpoints by googling).
Fry's Phrases on Flashcards (from Literacy Minute blog)
Sample Progress Chart - a little color intensive for me and it's not complete, but I like the idea to use for tracking each phrase's progress so I might make a black and white one for our use.
I love this idea! Make a file folder to hold word lists, phrases, and passages. Use the lists and passages in this packet, or use the ideas to create your own. (91 pages). You could also opt to do a notebook/binder.
Here are some cute fluency progress charts to put in your file folder (or notebook):
Here are some ideas from ProTeacher on fluency folders and fluency practice, in general:
"According to the DESK Standards, 3rd graders should read grade-level text fluently (100-110 words per minute) to promote comprehension. The rate of 100-110 words per minute (wpm) is the goal students should reach by the end of their 3rd grade year."
Here are some places to get third grade fluency passages:
- http://www.davis.k12.ut.us/Page/12898 (10 passages)
- http://www.ncsu.edu/project/lancet/third.htm (15 passages)
- http://www.moffettschool.com/insideextralarge.aspx?pageid=468 (includes usage tips)
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
It's book report/review time, so I wanted to help the kids explore their characters a little deeper and I surfed for some words to help them.
List of Character Traits - Teacher Vision
This is a nice short list for students.
Descriptive Words for Characters
I like these lists as it categories traits by physical, mental, moral, spiritual, and social and it also further categories by positive and negative.
Adjectives that Describe People
A nice list for younger students.
List of Descriptive Words for Characters (PDF)
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Monday, October 1, 2012
Tone: the writer's attitude toward a subject as seen by the language he or she uses.
Tips for finding tone:
- Look at the words the author uses (do they describe emotions such as joy, anger, or sadness?)
- Look at what the characters do (do they scream, laugh, cry, etc).
- Look at details the author includes (punctuation marks, italics, or something that otherwise influences how you feel about the topic)
We are studying how to identify tone in literature and I wanted to give the kids examples of types of tone to use to help them identify tone in their reading selections. Here are a few resources I found:
- Style, Tone, Mood PowerPoint
- Tone Vocabulary List
- Words to Describe Tone - nice list categorizes words as positive, negative, and neutral.
- Words to Describe Tone (html list)
- 1 Page PDF -large list of tone words
- Tone/Attitude Words (html list)
- Tone Words to Know
Sample responses to what is the tone of this work?
1. State the tone.
2. Give evidence, examples to support your statement.
The tone of this passage is ominous, suggesting a bit of fear or foreboding. Words like "caution," "dark," and "looming" lead readers to the tone.
The tone of this passage is happy/contentment as there was a successful, happy resolution to the problem.
(Examples taken from Style, Tone, Mood PowerPoint above)