We finally got in a full 5 day week at my school! Is it too much to hope for that all the snow days are over?
On Monday, we will finish up our baseline assessment for this cycle of RtI. Then RtI begins the very next day. I will have a group of kindergartners who will be working on phonemic awareness and pre-primer sight words. The group of third graders will be working on phonics skills and improving their fluency. Fluency for struggling readers can be a difficult skill to improve.
If you click on the pictures, you can download them so you have the links to the resources that I will be using this week.
One way we work with blending and segmenting sounds and hearing phonemes is what I call rubber band hands. We get our hands ready, like in the picture above, and then stretch the word out like we are holding a rubber band to hear the sounds. Another great way to segment the sounds is using your arm to segment the sounds.
For the fluency, one way to improve it is a method by Timothy Rasinski. He suggests you model a short passage for the student so they hear what a good read should sound like. Then they go and practice this passage out loud at least 3 times trying to sound like you. Then they come back and you listen to them read and try to sound like you in your fluency. It truly does work if time is spent on it and you do other activities along with it to improve word recognition.
Is your school beginning RtI now or does it run continuously all year?
Be sure to link up your plans with Mrs. Wills!
Hope you all have a blessed Sunday!