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September 27 - Vanessa Howard walkthroughs

September 29 - LHT 4:00

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With Vanessa getting ready to do walkthroughs its making me think about Fundations and Word Work as some of the items she may be observing. After her last visit here are some points to consider in you are a Fundations classroom:

  • Make sure all of your posters/anchors are displayed in one central location. Students should be able to reference them from anywhere in the room, including carpet and desks.
  • Students should be up close (carpet or closely gathered) during teacher modeling then make their way back to desks for practice.
  • Follow the FUNDations guide sequence and directions carefully. If the lesson says not to review the entire alphabet chart, don't. If it says to introduce a particular word or sentence, do. The lessons are paced with time and student development in mind.

If you are a word work classroom you may still be finding yourself trying to find exactly how to fit or get your word work in your lesson in a timely but somewhat fun way. Its too bad we all don't have a prescribed program to follow but you get to be more creative this way. I have listed some fresh ideas in the Forever Learning section of this newsletter. These sites are more geared to 3-5 but can be incorporated into 1st and 2nd as well.

Just as with FUNdations, consistency and time management are key when it comes to Word Work. Some of the activities I share suggest longer increments of time. Don't give in!! Stick to the 20 or so minute plan. All of the activities can be modified to fit the time limits or stretched over two days.

Let me know if you try anything new and how it goes. Let's bring the fun back reading component #1!


I am slowly but surely getting into classrooms and trying to stay for a while so I can watch your awesomeness in action. Please don't mind me I am just soaking it all in. After my visit I will send you some feedback that will hopefully lead to some discussions. If there is something you would like some help on or need some ideas please let me know! Can't wait to see YIA (you in action :))

Forever Learning

Word Graffiti: This vocabulary introduction can easily tie into decoding and identifying word parts which are evident throughout the Phonics Continuum. It's also a great strategy for cross-curriculuar activities.


Roll a Word: Again, a vocabulary strategy that can easily tie into the Phonics Continuum components. Also a great activity for when you have a sub and want students to review.


Word Work for Upper Elementary: I'm too cheap to purchase this Teachers Pay Teachers file. :) Some of the ideas were a little low level, but others were great. Click on the free preview and check out these strategies in particular: Cartoon It, Headline It, Present It, and Quote It. Maybe 4 of us can pitch in a $1 each and purchase it. Haha!!


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