|Units 1-6 are now available!|
Just a note about the worksheets and materials I've created. They are NOT intended to be used as a replacement for the CKLA curriculum. I use them along with the lessons from Engage NY. The lessons themselves are decent, the skills covered are ones my students need, the activities, pacing, and worksheets... well, they left a little to be desired and I was struggling to keep my students engaged. Especially my struggling students, who couldn't keep up with the pace and needed more hands-on, small group, instruction and more visuals.
"Tricky Words" are CKLA's version of "sight words" or "high frequency words". I created some Tricky Word Journals for students to use during small group instruction or to use independently and with peers. They also could be sent home for practice. Many of my students struggled with these words, as they are only introduced once during a lesson. With these journals I also included student flash cards, classroom wall cards, and lists that students can refer to so that Tricky Words can be reviewed as many times as you feel your students need, in whatever way you feel your students need. I also included some graphing sheets, both on the back of each journal, so kids can be accountable for their own progress, and also large graphs that could be posted on a data wall or in a data notebook. I use these with my RTI groups. This unit can be used for teaching the Tricky Words introduced in Unit 1 through Unit 4.
This product was created while I was teaching CKLA Unit 4. "Skills" time also fell during my mandatory RTI time and I found myself with a classroom full of struggling students. I had to do something. First I broke the lessons and skills up into weekly units. Then I created centers and GRAIR times packets to coincide with each weekly unit. (If you click on the picture above and download the product preview, you can see how I organized these weeks and what specific skills and centers are included) I used the GRAIR packets during my small group instruction. Each week the students would receive a new packet. The packet has pages that reinforce the skill/sound taught that week. When the packet was complete I would ask my students to store it in their folder to practice reading the words to their peers or with classroom volunteers.
The centers are also focused on the target sound/skill for each week. I tried to keep them simple enough for independent use but you could also use them in small groups to reinforce the skill. Here is how I like to organize and store my centers:
So, that's what I was up to last school year! I have plans to make materials for the other units as well but I've been home with my little love muffin. :) 4 more weeks of maternity leave and I'll be back in the swing of it.
Now for FREEBIES! My "push present" was a MacBook Pro laptop and I've been having a lot of fun with it. I've always been a "Mac Girl" and I've had 3 desk tops in the past 14 years. Unfortunately, my office space is now baby #2's nursery and I wasn't getting anything done. The lap top has been great. I don't know why I didn't get one sooner. I can do work anywhere, anytime!
Whew, long post! Looking forward to getting back in the swing of things and creating MORE! As always, I love your feedback, welcome your suggestions, and will try my best to answer your questions!