READING AND WRITING IN JANUARY

January is here!

Even though it is below freezing here in Idaho, I love teaching this month because so many exciting things are happening in the classroom!

 
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Reading and writing go hand-in-hand, and all the lesson planning can be so overwhelming sometimes.

I always wished I had weekly activities that incorporated sight words, vocabulary, comprehension, fluency, writing and reading all together.

Now I do! You can download the sledding comprehension for FREE on this page!

 
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With these weekly Rock Star Reader lessons, only the theme changes. My students know exactly what to do, and they LOVE the routine and structure. Plus, the printables slowly get more difficult throughout the year to match students skills, abilities and of course the month/holidays.

January is all things WINTER!

 
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I slip all of my black lines and lessons for each month into a three-pronged flexible folder.  This makes for easy organization and it doesn’t take up a lot of space.  I like this more than file folders because each theme (there are four in each monthly pack) stays together.

Each week I flip to a new theme, pull my black lines and make copies.

Lesson planning has never been easier for my small groups.

 
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Plus, no more digging through file cabinets!

Each week has THREE activities that all fit the same theme, vocabulary, pictures, etc.

 
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In January, we read and write about sledding, winter, being cold and having fun in the snow!

 
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Four themes for you to teach reading and writing for the month of January!

You can use these activities for:

★Small Groups

★Whole Group Instruction

★Literacy Centers

★Homework

….. and more!


Putting the activities into action – “Sledding” theme

COMPREHENSION/FLUENCY

 
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I like to use these comprehension/fluency worksheets in small group settings.

Every student gets a page and we walk through our pre-reading activities such as discussing the vocabulary and pictures (to save on copies, you can laminate a few pages and reuse them with each group.)

 
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I read the passage first, then we read it together and finally they whisper read/buddy read. I help students practice touching each word as we read it. Finally, we answer the comprehension questions at the bottom.

They come in black and white and you can have students color the pictures if you wish.


WRITING

 
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The sentence building worksheets are perfect for kindergarten students learning how to write.

The pictures and vocabulary correlate perfectly with the weekly comprehension and mini readers. We usually do these writing worksheets on Wednesday after they have had a chance to see the comprehension page. Seeing the pictures and vocabulary multiple times throughout the week builds confidence and fluency.

Students read and trace the sentence.

Then, they cut and match the words to paste them in order. They love to “build” a sentence and illustrate a picture to match.

 
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After they complete the front, students flip their paper over and write the sentence on their own two times.

This provides the perfect scaffolding to help students be successful and confident with writing sentences.


MINI READERS

We love doing our weekly mini readers!

 
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We start doing these whole group, but once they understand my expectations, routine, etc. this activity is easily moved to a literacy center.

We use these on Thursday or Friday, so students have already seen the vocabulary and pictures on the Sentence Building worksheet and Comprehension activity earlier in the week.

I read it to them, then we read it whole group chorally and then students practice reading to each other. After this, they can trace the sentences and we answer the comprehension questions on the back page.

Then they can color their little books!

 
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Students love to take their books home each week to read to their families!The comprehension questions and sentence structure get progressively more difficult throughout the school year in each monthly pack.


Your students will be reading and writing rock stars each week with these activities!

 
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Hands-on learning with little prep for you – each week use a different theme to teach vocabulary, sight words, comprehension, fluency, writing and MORE!

Lesson Planning Made Easy!

Your kiddos will be reading and writing like Little Rock Stars! Plus, lesson planning and prep work is minimal for you!

 
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You can just print and teach.  

Plus, there is an incentive tool to get kids excited about becoming Rock Star readers and writers! 

 
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Once they complete an assignment, my kiddos can’t wait to color in the star showing they did it!  

They love coloring and filling up their Rock Star charts.  You can choose to give awards, recognition, a prize, etc. once they fill up their monthly star charts (optional.)

Students color the stars on their chart for each assignment when they complete it.  My students LOVE to fill up their charts and this is a great incentive to complete their assignments.  You can choose to do a prize when they fill up their monthly chart!

FREEBIE

 
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