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Support with Ice Cream

Support with Ice Cream

Ask a student to support their reasons for an answer can sometimes be as fun as dental surgery.  (No offense to all of you wonderful dental surgeons out there--it is an utter fear of mine!!)  Over the years, I have come to realize a few things.  Providing support for an answer can be difficult because it certainly requires a higher level of thinking, it requires language skills, and it may not be an inherent skill for many students.  Formulating an answer to that question..."Why?"...just isn't as easy as we would like it to be for so many; therefore, it may be important for us to provide a visual to help out.

A few years ago, as my daughters and I were playing "kitchen," I realized what a great tool I had right in front of me.


This ice cream cone is just a plastic play toy.  But it holds a lot of teaching power.  The ice cream pulls off the cone; therefore, it is easy to illustrate the support that the cone provides the ice cream.  Of course, you can also do this with real ice cream and allow it to melt in your hands when support is not provided.  Then you can eat it all up!!

I told the students that the best part of an ice cream cone is the ice cream.  We talked about how important the cone is because it SUPPORTS the ice cream.  If we did not have the cone, all the ice cream would just melt in our hands.  I related this concept to supporting or giving reasons of support either to an answer or to our opinion.
Honestly, I have been able to use this concept in many different situations in which students need to provide support:
  • the details that SUPPORT the main idea
  • reasons to SUPPORT that you like or dislike a book
  • providing SUPPORT for the best part or favorite part of the book 
  • providing EVIDENCE when answering a question
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3eyEJCd5J5kWDdudWR1NnJhVGM/view?usp=sharing
 I have used this simple graphic organizer to help students provide support for their opinions.  Please click on the graphic above, if you feel that this may benefit your students, as well! There are two versions within the FREEBIE.  If you have any great tips to help students explain their reasons of support, I would love to hear them!! 

support with ice cream






Sowing The Seeds Of Vocabulary (Part One)

Hi! This is Heather from Campfire Curriculum with Helpful Heather.  Research says children that struggle with comprehension also struggle with vocabulary.  Wouldn't you like to have quick and easy ways to expand your students' vocabulary and also strengthen their overall comprehension? Sowing The Seeds Of Vocabulary (the first in a series) will walk you through understanding and implementing vocabulary in your classroom.  Read this post and your students will thank you profusely. (See what I did there?)

Spring Books that Will Make You Flip


One of the most important requirements of us as teachers is to know kid books. You can not have conversations with your students about books they might like, know what books to use for your lessons, or know where to go for supplemental materials if you don't know what's out there. Plus, there are new authors publishing great stuff all...the...time, right? If you only know what you've used for the past ten years, you might be missing great books that your kids would love. Today, I'd like to explore with you titles that work well this time of year for skill modeling

Graphing Success: Preparing for Those State Assessments

Students will find success when they take ownership of their own learning. Proving their answers and graphing their successes make it real for them as they see what they can do!

It's that time of year again! Testing season is not far away, and we are all getting ready to help our students prepare for the standardized tests. My job as a reading specialist has shifted a little to help students as they work on those all important test taking strategies. This year, I am trying something different.

The Power of One Word


Earlier this year I was intrigued by a blog post from Tammy over at Forever in First.  She wrote about the book Moo!  After checking it out myself, reading it to my students, watching my students read it over and over, I witnessed the power that one single word (plus punctuation) can have!  And this only led to more books...

Update and Rejuvenate Your Listening Center

Hi! This is Heather from Campfire Curriculum with Helpful Heather.  Research says children that listen to reading become fluent readers themselves.  Wouldn't you like to have your students listening to quality texts and gaining fluency skills at the same time?  If you create an updated and relevant listening center they will be in no time!  Read this post to find frugal ways to create a listening center that is relevant and fun for your classroom!
Research says children that listen to reading become fluent readers themselves.  Wouldn't you like to have your students listening to quality texts and gaining fluency skills at the same time?  If you create an updated and relevant listening center they will be in no time!  Read this post to find frugal ways to create a listening center that is relevant and fun for your classroom!

Update and Rejuvenate Your Listening Center

This Is My Listening Center?

Research says children that listen to reading become fluent readers themselves.  Wouldn't you like to have your students listening to quality texts and gaining fluency skills at the same time?  If you create an updated and relevant listening center they will be in no time!  Read this post to find frugal ways to create a listening center that is relevant and fun for your classroom!I want to laugh and cry at the same time when  I see this OLD tape recorder.  It brings back wonderful memories from childhood.... but it shouldn't be in our classrooms today.  They are out of date and do not teach relevant technology skills to today's children.  There are way too many of these still floating around in our school systems.  If you are still using one of these because you want to provide your students a listening center...... I have an alternative for you!


Recycle Your Old iPod

Research says children that listen to reading become fluent readers themselves.  Wouldn't you like to have your students listening to quality texts and gaining fluency skills at the same time?  If you create an updated and relevant listening center they will be in no time!  Read this post to find frugal ways to create a listening center that is relevant and fun for your classroom!
You know that you have what you consider an old iPod laying around.  If you don't you have a friend that would donate it to your classroom.  I had quite a few just sitting in a drawer and now they are being put to use in classrooms! Yayy!  After you have the iPod that you will recycle clear all of the materials off of the device.  Now you are ready to record books and load them into your new listening center portal.  If you think ahead you can create multiple audio books for students to listen to over a long weekend or break.  On my iPod I created a listening center folder where I keep all of my recorded book files.  Then there is a folder called "PLAY THIS ONE".  Using sight words that students should be able to read (my students are in first grade) easily guides them to their listening center book for the week.

Gather Your Materials

Research says children that listen to reading become fluent readers themselves.  Wouldn't you like to have your students listening to quality texts and gaining fluency skills at the same time?  If you create an updated and relevant listening center they will be in no time!  Read this post to find frugal ways to create a listening center that is relevant and fun for your classroom!
Research says children that listen to reading become fluent readers themselves.  Wouldn't you like to have your students listening to quality texts and gaining fluency skills at the same time?  If you create an updated and relevant listening center they will be in no time!  Read this post to find frugal ways to create a listening center that is relevant and fun for your classroom!Children love listening to books being read to them.  For those students that can't read the words in the text yet, turning of the page is something that needs to be prompted.  Grab a game from your own family stash!  Get your buzzer ready (I used our TABOO game) and press that button every time you want your students to turn the page.  One of the books that I chose to use for my listening center is Miss Nelson is Missing!  You can choose books from your own classroom library or your school's reading room/library.  Armed with my buzzer, book, and cell phone on recording mode.... I was ready to start!  Remember that you need to read every single page (include the dedication page) and press the buzzer every time students need to turn the page.  Give your students time to turn the page before you start reading again (a few seconds will do).  Get your family involved too!  I've had my husband, daughter, and friends record books.  My
students are intrigued by the different voices.

Now An Entire Group Can Listen!

Research says children that listen to reading become fluent readers themselves.  Wouldn't you like to have your students listening to quality texts and gaining fluency skills at the same time?  If you create an updated and relevant listening center they will be in no time!  Read this post to find frugal ways to create a listening center that is relevant and fun for your classroom!
When I found my headphone splitter I was so excited!!!  This little apparatus revolutionized my listening center.  The cost is low!  I spent approximately $10 on Amazon.  This is the exact one that is used in my classroom.  It is sturdy and fits five sets of headphones at the same time.  During the first week of school I show students a very simple "how to" guide for the use of the iPod and splitter but they are independently using it in no time!
Research says children that listen to reading become fluent readers themselves.  Wouldn't you like to have your students listening to quality texts and gaining fluency skills at the same time?  If you create an updated and relevant listening center they will be in no time!  Read this post to find frugal ways to create a listening center that is relevant and fun for your classroom!

Headphones are key!  Buying the dollar store headphones are economical but the cords tangle easy and when students are involved..... the headphones may not last very long!  After sets and sets of headphones were ruined I purchased these headphones (left).  You can find these beauties for approximately $9 and they are worth every penny!  The students keep these in gallon size bags when they are not in use and they are as nice as the day they were purchased (and the cords never get tangled).

Research says children that listen to reading become fluent readers themselves.  Wouldn't you like to have your students listening to quality texts and gaining fluency skills at the same time?  If you create an updated and relevant listening center they will be in no time!  Read this post to find frugal ways to create a listening center that is relevant and fun for your classroom!Research says children that listen to reading become fluent readers themselves.  Wouldn't you like to have your students listening to quality texts and gaining fluency skills at the same time?  If you create an updated and relevant listening center they will be in no time!  Read this post to find frugal ways to create a listening center that is relevant and fun for your classroom! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Student Response to the Listening Center

Listening itself can be an enriching center or station in your classroom. I wanted there to be accountability for the time after listening where students could strengthening metacognitive strategies.  My students listen to the same story for two weeks.  That may seem like a lot but they rotate through five stations.  This means that each student may be in the listening center 2 - 3 times a week.  Each week the students are expected to complete a response activity that links to the metacognitive strategies that they are learning in our English block.  These response activities are given on Mondays.  The basic format stays the same and the second response activity is a little more in depth.  Remember, once you create these activities you have them for years to come (with maybe a simple change here for there).  You will be amazed at the responses you get from your students.  They are truly engaged in these activities and enjoy the station.  In my Miss Nelson is Missing station the first week's activity is above and the second week's station is below.  Feel free to use them!
Research says children that listen to reading become fluent readers themselves.  Wouldn't you like to have your students listening to quality texts and gaining fluency skills at the same time?  If you create an updated and relevant listening center they will be in no time!  Read this post to find frugal ways to create a listening center that is relevant and fun for your classroom!Research says children that listen to reading become fluent readers themselves.  Wouldn't you like to have your students listening to quality texts and gaining fluency skills at the same time?  If you create an updated and relevant listening center they will be in no time!  Read this post to find frugal ways to create a listening center that is relevant and fun for your classroom!
















The Bottom Line

You can do this!  It may take some time and effort to record the books but you will have fun and it will be worth it.  Remember to look for that iPod that no one is using and recycle it (even if you have to ask friends - they'll be glad to donate it to a classroom).  Depending on which headphones you choose (and help from Amazon Prime) your total cost would be $15 - $60.  This would be an inexpensive Donor's Choose project too!  If you want to work smarter and not harder.... have each person on your grade level record themselves reading and create coordinating station activities.  What a way to bond as a grade level!

Let's Do It!

The listening center is always one of the most popular in my classroom.  The students are engaged in reading skills and learning how to use the most up to date technology.  This post shows how the listening center works in my room but I look forward to hearing from you!  Are you inspired?  I'm here to help you if you need/want advice or assistance.


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Research says children that listen to reading become fluent readers themselves.  Wouldn't you like to have your students listening to quality texts and gaining fluency skills at the same time?  If you create an updated and relevant listening center they will be in no time!  Read this post to find frugal ways to create a listening center that is relevant and fun for your classroom!

Exploring Software and Websites to Support Reading Comprehension


As teachers, we look for new ways to present information all...the...time, don't we? Pinterest, blog posts, Facebook, TPT, Instagram, and websites are all sources of help for teachers, and teachers are great at sharing lesson ideas they find. Today, I thought I'd do some sharing too. We have been exploring software and websites to support our kiddos with comprehension, so I'll share a review of what we've learned.
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