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Welcome to Parent Teacher Conferences!

We Are Readers Bulletin Board

It's almost Parent Teacher Conference time!  I am always looking for ideas to display student work and what would be good to hand out to parents that would help them at home.

We Are Readers Bulletin Board Display

This We Are Readers bulletin board display was a lot of fun!  Students drew their own portraits and we folded paper for their book.  

Welcome Banner for Parent Teacher Conferences

Hanging a Welcome Banner is a good idea too!  You can hang it at your door or it can be a welcome for your whole hallway!  Click here to get it free!

Welcome Banner for Parent Teacher Conferences

The Welcome Banner also includes these student response pennants!  They would be great for parent teacher conferences.

Book Shelfies and QR Codes for Parent Teacher Conferences

Book Shelfies and QR codes was a lot of fun too!  

Book Shelfies and QR Codes for Parent Teacher Conferences

Take student pictures with just their eyes above their favorite books.  Parents have to try to find their child's picture.  They scan the QR codes with their phones to check if they are right or not.  A lot of fun!

Name Activities for Kindergarten

For any students still struggling with the letters in their name (it does happen, even in October), this freebie is a great activity to send home!  It includes the parent letter explaining what to do, a list of activities for them to complete, writing paper, and even an assessment for at school!  Click here to get it!

Retelling Cards

Parents always ask what they can do at home to help their child with reading.  Give them these bookmarks to help with retelling at home!  Grab them free here!

Does It Look Right, Does It Sound Right, Does It Make Sense?

I think it is important for parents to use the same language at home that we use at school with students.  These Does It Look Right, Does It Sound Right, Does It Make Sense cards are perfect for this!  Get them free here.

Tips for Readers

You can also include these Tips for Growing Readers to give to parents.  Click here for them!

Seesaw Parent Welcome Letter

If you have any parents who still have not signed up on Seesaw (who wouldn't want to sign up and see their child's work?) personally hand the parent this free Welcome to Seesaw letter along with the Seesaw QR code.  Get it here!

Good luck with your conferences!  Hopefully these ideas and activities help make it a success!

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Organizing Student Learning

How to Organize Student Learning in Guided Reading with Interactive Reading Notebooks

Organizing student learning can be a large undertaking, but interactive reading notebooks really help.  I find myself telling my students a LOT that our brains learn best when we are organized and when our learning is organized.  It's just true and some students need more help with this than others.  Some students are blessed with being naturally organized.  

How to Organize Student Learning in Guided Reading with Interactive Reading Notebooks

Once I started using Reading Notebooks, I couldn't see how I taught without them.  I use a 3 ring binder for my notebooks for every student in my guided reading groups. 

How to Organize Student Learning in Guided Reading with Interactive Reading Notebooks

  I help students keep them neat by keeping them in baskets on a shelf rather than in a desk.  


How to Organize Student Learning in Guided Reading with Interactive Reading Notebooks

Using tabs in your notebooks is a lifesaver!  Or I should say time saver.  Tabs just naturally help students get to the correct section, quickly without wasting time.  They can just grab the correct tab: Word Work, My Thoughts (Comprehension), Vocabulary, or My Books.  

How to Organize Student Learning in Guided Reading with Interactive Reading Notebooks

By using sections, students can organize their learning.  They learn what each section means and where to be working.

How to Organize Student Learning in Guided Reading with Interactive Reading Notebooks

In the front pocket, we keep our sight word pockets for sight word practice.  We quickly get these out for 2-3 minutes and go over words that are differentiated for each student.

How to Organize Student Learning in Guided Reading with Interactive Reading Notebooks

Another good thing to keep in the front pocket is our Reader's Ask...Does It Look Right, Does It Sound Right, Does It Make Sense cards.  

How to Organize Student Learning in Guided Reading with Interactive Reading Notebooks

We also keep our linking sounds anchor charts in the pockets of the notebooks.  I need pockets!  We use magnetic letters, markers, bingo chips, pom poms, etc... on our charts.

How to Organize Student Learning in Guided Reading with Interactive Reading Notebooks

When we have used up the pages in our Reading Notebooks, I have a place with extra copies.  This copy box (from Walmart) holds different pages ready to go!  Makes replacing notebook pages easy without wasting precious reading time.

Fluency Activities Reading Intervention Binders

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