Friday, October 24, 2014

Five for Friday with RtI Activities

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs for another edition of Five for Friday, but I'll be adding a bonus at the end!  Here are some things my students and I have been up to in the past week.  Many more pictures about the happenings in my RtI intervention groups are posted in Instagram, so feel free to take a peek! :)

I created a "Guess Who Loves to Read?" board of the staff members reading their favorite books, but their faces are semi-hidden.  Some teachers decided to wear disguises, which sparked even more student interest! :)  I attached QR Codes to each picture, so the students are able to check if their guesses are correct.  We're a 1:1 school, so every classroom has access to iPads.  I've seen some classes taking *field trips* to the board! 

 I use the Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention kit with my RtI students.  Some of the writing lessons require dictated sentences.  To make those sentences and our writing a tad more entertaining, I gave my students Halloween-themed erasers to represent words in dictated sentences.  We also used the erasers to represent sounds in words containing digraphs and vowel diphthongs. 

One of my RtI groups worked on root words and suffixes this week.  We used paint color strips I picked up from Home Depot (FREE of charge!!).  I laminated the strips, so they can be used throughout the year with dry erase markers.  It's funny how little laminated strips can be so motivating for students!

I've been using a program called Rime Magic with my students.  I learned about it at the Illinois Reading Conference.  I purchased and began implementing the program immediately and have been seeing great results.  It's a program to teach students decoding skills and how to start from the center of a word and work outwards.   It only takes up 5 minutes of the day, too.   To see videos of the students working with the program, see my Instagram account. Love it!

We've been working hard locating text evidence to support thoughts on our reading.  After the students were asked questions about the reading, they had to provide reasons for their thoughts and support within the text.  "Prove it with evidence!" was our saying for the week.  They did an amazing job!  In addition, the F&P LLI kits include series of books.  Moosling is a book series and a character the students interact with often.  I photocopied the cover of a Moosling book (because I am NOT an artist) and then brainstormed Moosling's character traits with the students.   They were then required to go back into the text to find evidence to support the traits.  So far, so great!

Last but not least, Literacy Loving Gals was nominated for the Liebster Award!  So thrilling!  Click HERE to read more about it.  :) :) :)

Well, there's a peek into the week of a Reading Specialist.  Don't forget to link up with Doodle Bugs for your Five.  Feel free to follow LLG on Instagram, Twitter, Bloglovin'Pinterest, and Facebook, or link up on the Blog with Us tab!

Enjoy your weekend!


  1. Hi Colleen! Loved all your tips today! Pinned, pinned, pinned :) And congrats on the Liebster. It is good to get help from bloggie friends. I'm striving for 200! See you around. Kathleen
    Kidpeople Classroom

    1. Hi Kathleen! I figured you for a gal with over the 200 followers. Sorry I didn't think of you sooner!!! Yes, help from bloggie friends is a great thing. Hope you have a great week and Happy Halloween! ;)

  2. WOW--I learned so much just now. PD on a Saturday night--fantastic! Thanks for sharing, and congrats on the Liebster Award.

    1. Ha, thanks, Alyce! Congrats to YOU, too, on the Liebster Award! I'm glad you were on my "nomination" list. Let me know when you write your post. I'd love to learn more about you! ;)


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