Teaching in Tandem
Valley Park Elementary
Interactive Read Aloud
We work together to:
- research & request titles for the month, skill, or theme appropriate for kindergartners.
- align the read aloud with kindergarten standards.
- use One Note to keep track of book titles used, teaching points, vocabulary, sentence frames, and discussion starters.
Kids talk about books, learn vocabulary, think about story elements, and give us their opinions about books. Stacy observes students during this time and takes anecdotal notes. It's truly a student-centered focus!
Words, Words, Words!
The second grade team and I are currently working on the same model. We are using the Units of Study, read alouds, and academic vocabulary lists to choose words. The biggest improvement overall is the sheer volume of words that have been explicitly taught in just a few weeks. Kids are engaged, finding words in their reading, using it in their writing, and in conversation.
Feedback is important!
Getting feedback from the teachers I work with is crucial to making any partnership work. See what other teachers have had to say
- identified important teaching points in the reading unit.
- organized read-aloud titles.
- began working on anchor charts.
- mapped out lessons.
- made the unit work for the teachers and the needs of their students!
Through collaboration, 3rd grade also put together a parade based on the non-fiction book Balloons Over Broadway . Students prepared for this by working with their special person on K.I.S.S. Day. This engaging activity connected art, planning, research, and non-fiction reading!
See past partnerships and menus of ideas.