Looking for ways to have your students improve their writing and reading strategies more independently? I have created several different Writing and Reading Strategy cards for students to have right at their desk every day whenever they are reading and writing.
Often times we try to hold our little young writers accountable for ALL of the conventions of writing, but for some, this almost seems like a foreign language to them to understand. Help your students become a better writer by helping them be responsible for just ONE area of writing at a time. Students will have their "Writing Focus Card" with them on their desk whenever they are writing.
WRITING FOCUS CARD STRATEGIES (ex)
-lowercase letters throughout
-known sight words spelled correctly
**Laminate and velcro writing focus card on student's desk as a visual reminder of what they are responsible for every time they write!**
READING FOCUS CARD STRATEGIES (ex)
-make the first sound and look at pic
-use punctuation to make my voice sound interesting
-Check across the whole word to make it look right
-Reread when it doesn't look right or make sense
**Put these reading focus cards on popsicles sticks and use as bookmarks to help students remember to use the 1 reading strategy they need to focus on during independent reading***
There are several different styles of the strategy cards, so just pick on of your own personal taste!
GUIDED WRITING PAPER/PRACTICE PAGE RESOURCES
***Create a Guided Writing Booklet for each student and use these pages back-to-back to help scaffold and build writing skills!***
Guided Writing Pages
After you do your guided reading with your students, it’s helpful to have special guided writing strategies and focuses to work on too! I have created guided writing paper with a “Criteria for Success” at the bottom of the page so that students can check their work for conventions. Typically, I try to hold students accountable for their ONE “writing focus” from their writing focus card and then I will help with other parts of writing along the way.
There are 2 pages you can choose from to use as a practice page. This is a great space for students to practice any letters they are having difficulty forming or any new words they are still working on. Often times I use this space for Elkonin boxes (sound boxes) to help students hear and record sounds in words before they write the words in their stories. Sound boxes are a critical piece in helping our beginning writers stretch words slowly and record the sounds they hear. With teacher guidance and support, students are able to write new words. Also this page is a great resource
for students who need visual reminders for vowel sounds, digraphs, and b/d confusions.
Fluency Self-Reflection Rubric
Students will read a familiar book twice and reflect and their fluency skills and reading strategies (Use photo both or garageband to record timed reads to help students self-reflect on their rate, expression, and reading strategies!)
Then students will choose one area of reading fluency/strategies to work on in order to continue to improve their reading!
This package is loaded with visual cues for our beginning readers and writers!
Check out my blog for more info about this package:
Reading/Writing Focus Cards, Guided Writing Paper, and Fluency Assessment