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Family Literacy Night Pirate Theme

I just love this time of year!  Fall, new activities, parent teacher conferences, literacy night, book fair....  It gets crazy busy!  But it can be so fun to see the families come out and have a good time in our school.  


The theme for this  year's Family Literacy & Math Night was pirates!  It went along with the book fair that our librarian was having.  And what kid doesn't like pirates?  We decorated our doors to the gym as pirates as well as inside.  In the top photo you can see some of the table decoration that we used to make the tables where the families eat look inviting and fun.  

At my school we serve families a free supper on Family Literacy and Math Night.  It is a great way to get families in and to serve them.  Our menu also had the fun pirate theme:  potato chowder, seafood or chicken salad slider, treasured treat and pink lemonade.  

Family Literacy Night Pirate Theme

After families are served and enjoy their meal, they can move around the gym and play the activities.  We had a couple of Walk the Plank games, pirate ring toss and pin the eye patch on the pirate.  I set out a table full of all kinds of books.  After students played my game, they got a book.  This night for me is about getting books into students' hands that they can take home and keep.  

Family Literacy Night Pirate Theme

My game was pirate ring toss.  My husband got me some plywood planks and I spray painted them black.  Then we attached pirate hooks and bent horse shoes for students to toss the rings onto.  They loved the game.  It was something preschool through grade five could all play.


Family Literacy Night Pirate Theme

The pirate hooks were really cute!

Family Literacy Night Pirate Theme

Kids also had fun at the Pirate Name station.  My pirate name was Bucko Iron Hook!

Family Literacy Night Pirate Theme

I like to have a few stations where families can move through them without extra help.  This was one of those.  We do have high school students that come to help clean tables and hand out goody bags.  They also work our photo booth and drawing table.  That is huge to be able to get a few extra helping hands!

Pirate Themed Family Literacy Night Scavenger Hunt


Phonics Word Work Intervention Binders for RtI intervention groups or guided reading groups

Can't believe we are about half way through our RtI already for this first cycle!  Students are working so hard and showing so much progress.  If you have students needing extra word work help, check out these binders.  They are available individually or as a bundle.  It is a great way to move from individual sounds to chunking sounds to applying the sounds to connected text!



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Guided Reading: Sharing the Learning!

Using Seesaw app to share student learning with parents

Guided reading groups are up and going!  Students are using strategies and making so much progress which makes me so happy.  And it makes parents happy too!  
Using Seesaw app to share student learning with parents
Seesaw Plus for Sharing Student Portfolios with Parents
Parents want to see what is happening with their child's learning and Seesaw is the easiest way I have found to make that happen!

Using Seesaw app to share student learning with parents
Using Canva app to write spider reports

Students make huge amounts of progress through out a school year and Seesaw  Plus is a great way to digitally document this progress.  

Parents want to see what is happening with their child's learning and Seesaw is the easiest way I have found to make that happen!

You can share pictures or videos, drawings, notes or links with parents.  In the picture above, I was letting parents see how we were using technology right along with reading.

Parents want to see what is happening with their child's learning and Seesaw is the easiest way I have found to make that happen!
Send a welcome letter to introduce parents to using Seesaw
Using Seesaw app to share student learning with parents
Welcome letter to introduce parents to Seesaw-free
I've had teachers ask for this welcome letter for Seesaw so if you click the picture or click here you can get this letter for your classroom!
Using Seesaw app to share student learning with parents
Mother's Day Photo Wall

I like to share celebrations too!  This was a a fun way to personalize Mother's Day.  Moms have the picture right there in the app and can show other people when she opens the Seesaw app.  This was also quick to do and didn't take up lots of our learning time!

Using Seesaw app to share student learning with parents
Sharing How Character Traits Change in Stories

There are so many ways to share student learning and involve parents with what is going on in your classroom!  I want to make it a goal this year to not only showcase what we are doing, but to have the students demonstrate the strategies they are learning in videos to their parents.  This will be a great way for parents to see how students break words into chunks to attack those tricky words.  Well meaning adults sometimes rely on "sound it out" as a strategy.  So I thought videoing the students chunking words in text would help parents carry that strategy over to their reading time at home.  

Using Seesaw app to share student learning with parents
Draw a sight word card, build it with letters, make it with Play Doh!

If you haven't heard about Seesaw Plus or used it yet, let me explain a bit.  It is kind of like a Facebook set up for students and parents.  You send home a QR code for the parent (and grandparents too if the parent chooses to share it).  Then the parents can see all that you tag them in.  The parents get notifications on their phone that new content has been added.  They can comment on the content or like it.  The teacher gets notified for who has seen the content and can comment back to the parents comments.  SO MUCH FUN!

Using Seesaw app to share student learning with parents
Flashlight Fridays Read to Self

I have had parents (and grandparents) tell me how much they LOVE using this.  One grandparent, who also happens to be a teacher, told me how excited she would get when she got the notifications that new pictures/videos had been put up of her grandson.  She sometimes presents about technology to other teachers and she is always singing Seesaw's praise to other teachers!

Using Seesaw app to share student learning with parents
Reading during Guided Reading group

The teacher can create folders to organize the material for each student.  You could create folders for each subject.  Parent teacher conferences are coming up.  This would be a great way to share what students are learning.  

Students can take pictures or videos and share their learning too which will save you some time of doing it.  

This year I am using Seesaw Plus.  It is everything the free Seesaw is plus so much more for the teacher!  
  • View Student Progress Towards Key Skills: Teachers using Seesaw for formative assessments can now tag student posts with their own set of skills or standards. Optionally, assign a simple 1-4 rating to student work and get a real-time understanding of how students are progressing towards key curriculum objectives.
  • Private Folder: Teachers can add student work to a private folder to keep assessments in one spot, without sharing everything with parents.
  • Private Notes: Teachers can take private notes (and even collaborate with other teachers and administrators) on student work.  Private notes are only visible to other teachers, not students or parents.
Using Seesaw app to share student learning with parents
Using Seesaw Plus for Formative Assessments

Using Seesaw Plus for formative assessments will really make checking in on student skills so much easier.  The information that you keep on the formative assessments will be private just for you.  It is not shared with parents or students on the app.  But you could easily sort by student name and show parents just their student's information during parent/teacher conferences.  Wouldn't that be easy?  Everything right there and ready to show parents without making copies!

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