Winter Wonders Blog Hop and Blogiversary!


Happy Birthday to us!

And we are going to celebrate in a BIG way!

Yesterday you met our new authors.  They are excited to work with us as we venture into 2015!

We hope that you have enjoyed the hop through all of our blogs and can use the freebies in your classroom throughout the winter.  If you haven't had a chance to hop through the blogs, you can start over at Reading Toward the Stars to grab your first freebie.

Now it's time to enter the Rafflecopter to win one of 4 $25 gift cards to Barnes and Noble!  Imagine all the books you can purchase for your classroom!  

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Happy 2015 from Literacy Land!





37 comments

  1. I would like to learn how vocabulary is being taught for 1st & 2nd graders.

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    1. I am about to start a great unit this month. Maybe I will blog about it on here!! - Jessica

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  2. I would like to learn more about the best way to incorporate literature circles.

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    1. Emily, that is a great topic! Thanks for stopping by!
      Bex
      Reading and Writing Redhead

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  3. Emily,
    This is Deniece, from This Little Piggy Reads. I plan to use Literature Circles this semester & I will prepare a post for it.

    Cherie,
    There were many vocabulary posts over the previous year. Go back and check.
    Deniece

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  4. I would like to learn more about incorporating RTI into guided reading. I am also interested in fluency with my struggling readers.

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  5. I would love to learn more about guided reading, 6 Traits Writing, comprehension, and fluency. Thanks for organizing the hop. It was great fun! The freebies were tops as well!

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  6. Thanks so much for having this blog hop and giveaway! I love reading and providing good books for the kids in my classroom! I'd like to learn more about fluency, reading comprehension, and RTI in guided reading. How do you run guided reading? Also, how do you do math centers? I want to try them out!

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    1. Well, we can certainly help you with guided reading, but you'll have to find a math blog for math centers sad to say. Guided reading is the heart and soul of a strong reading program. It is another word for your small group instruction. Many teachers organize their reading blocks around their small group time. Perhaps scheduling is a good starting point and we'll go from there. Adding to the list now.

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  7. Would love information on struggling/dyslexic readers and how you handle this issue in the classroom.

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  8. High school students need remediation as well. I WISH someone would address older students who are below grade level.

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    1. We need a HS reading specialist to add to our blogging team. Unfortunately, we're all elementary and middle school. However, many of us are certified through 12th. Many of the strategies we share for the upper elementary student are applicable in HS too. I've been using Close Reading a lot with my 4/5 groups, and I know it is a great strategy for HS too. I tell my students that this skill is going to be taken all the way through college. If you follow any HS blogs that are written by HS reading specialists, let us know.
      Carla

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  9. I would love to see post on Guided Reading for upper grades.

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    1. Guided Reading for 3-6 or Middle School and High School, Karen H ?

      Can you please reply when you get a chance ?

      Thanks !

      Wendy D
      Ms. D's Literacy Lab

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  10. I would love more information about getting struggling readers to feel confident in what little ability they may have (at the moment). They feel so unworthy at times compared to others.

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    1. Hi Jozycatt,

      I'd love to know a little bit more about what you are thinking. I work with struggling readers (K-5). I play a lot of repetitive games with them and give them a small ladder to climb up. So basically a lot of what you are familiar with and a little new. I would love to hear more about your thoughts.

      Wendy

      Ms. D's Literacy Lab

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    2. I agree, Jozycatt. They are so defeated. I will blog about that issue soon. When you get attached to the kids you teach and watch them struggle through the state assessment only to get a failing score, it is so defeating. In fact, it truly makes me nauseous to test them because there is so much pressure. As a group, I will brainstorm with the others on what has been successful to help their kids feel confident to "get back up on the horse."

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  11. I am always looking for ways to improve my guided reading instruction and strategies to improve struggling readers

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  12. I'm an intervention teacher, so ALL of my students are technically "strugglers." I'm always interested in new ideas and materials to help them catch up! (I work with 3rd - 5th graders). Thanks for a fun blog hop, and all the great ideas/freebies! Happy blogversary!

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    1. Love the name! It's funny...I too teacher upper grade intervention. 1/2 time in 4th and 5th. Idea posts are always great to read.

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  13. I would love to learn more about how RTI groups are determined and how it is decided with intervention will be used and how progress is measured.

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  14. I am looking for time saving ideas for guided reading, ideas for building vocabulary and phonics. I teach kindergarten, but I am always looking for ideas to improve my teaching.

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  15. I would like to know more about how to structure a reading block and engage students with the common core

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  16. I would love to learn more about tips for how parents can help their students at home with fluency and comprehension.

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  17. It's a toss-up between sight word strategies & reading comprehension strategies.

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  18. I am glad to have found your blog & I will be going back through your previous posts. I would love to know more on meeting the writing common core standards {I teach 3rd grade}
    Thanks,
    Nancy
    The Apple Basket Teacher

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  19. oh man! I missed all the freebies because I didn't know it was a one day only blog hop! :(

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    1. Sorry you missed the freebies. The hop was to celebrate our blogiversary which was Tuesday. We tried to get the news out and posted on our Facebook pages quite a bit prior to hop day.

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  20. I just found you and am excited about following you this year! Thank you for hop, I did miss some of them but was still able to pick up a few things. I am hoping to discover more about fluency and helping my students become fluent and thus building comprehension!

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  21. I would like to find out more about scheduling, guided reading, vocabulary, comprehension, and improving skills of struggling readers.

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  22. I am a retired teacher, and I run a small tutoring business. We get many kids with special needs since I taught them for 28 years. I am always looking for ideas for all grade levels, and it seems that vocabulary is always a weak area for all ages. Reading comprehension is always one to keep working on, and I love the new authors that focus on looking for answers in the text. Most of my kids would rather just guess rather than go back and actually look for the answer. Many of my younger students need to continue working on fluency, and I love all of the materials that are focusing on that. Anyway, I love your site as it offers so many different types of help. I missed most of your blog hop, but got in on a few of them. Thanks for this great Giveaway.

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  23. I would love to learn better ways to teach my 2nd graders to write more fluently.

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  24. I'd like to learn more about writing. Getting kids writing meaningful things everyday and making grading more manageable (I teach upper grades 6-8)

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  25. I'd love more info about word study and vocabulary. My students do not like these topics, hence they struggle with it. Thank you for the blog hop! :)

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  26. More about close reading and how others do this would be fantastic. There are so many different takes on it. Great blog hop everyone!

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  27. Phonics. My kids are really struggling with phonics this year. I have 2nd graders but they are on more of a 1st grade level.

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  28. I would like to thank those participants who went ahead and left their products free a little longer for those of us who couldn't get to the Hop until today. I know they didn't have to, but it was really disappointing to get to their page and find out it was no longer free. On the other hand, it was exciting every time I got to a page that was still keeping it free. Thanks for the Hop and the Giveaway. I loved the material that I did get today.

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