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Small Group Skill Work -
January 18, 2012

Small Group Skill Work

Are you in the RtI trenches?

Do you need to have systematic, skill related small group work?

I might have something to help you.

A few months ago I discovered Sight Word Sentence Frames.

I really liked the photos, the sight word component and how it was organized.

But... I knew I needed something to go along with it.

I decided that my students needed work on the "Big 5" areas of reading: Phonemic awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary, Comprehension and Fluency.

With my plan in place I have started making "Units" to go along with the book.

Each unit has 5 pages - one for each area.

I do one page a day with my small group.

It takes between 10 - 20 minutes depending on how deep you want to go with it.

Here's my plan:

Day 1: Phonemic Awareness - We practice rhyming, phoneme segmentation, phoneme deletion... whatever is on the sheet. We also learn the new sight words for the week. I have each child use each sight word in a sentence. This has been really helpful for children who have a language deficiency. This day is ALL talking and listening. No pencils needed here, folks!

Day 2: Phonics - We practice beginning and ending sounds, blends, and syllables. Each child says an answer, writes the word and draws a 'quick sketch' to help implant the word in their brain.

Day 3: Vocabulary - We talk about the photos from the book. We learn what they mean, where you find them, how you use them. The children turn and tell a partner their answers, then write and draw their answers. There's a LOT of talking on this day.

Day 4: Comprehension - We use cloze activities to complete sentences. The children fill in the blanks and draw quick pictures. We talk about their ideas and ask, "Does this make sense?" often.

Day 5: Fluency - On this day, it's all about the kids. I have them practice the 'story' with a partner. They read it over and over and over until they are ready for me to 'test' them. To pass the 'test' they have to read it with 3 or less mistakes. Most of them are successful because they have been seeing the words all week and can practice until they get it right.

I've been using this system for 8 weeks now with 8 of my students.

I have seen tremendous gains in their confidence and skills.

They love it and cannot wait to come and do their "cards" work with me.

The parents like it because they can see exactly what their child has been working on all week.

My RtI guru's like it because I can show them exactly what instruction I've been doing.

I like it because I don’t have to hunt here, there and everywhere for lesson ideas.

It's kinda a win-win-win-win.

If you can’t afford the book on your own, go in with a few other teachers and just share the units. I have a few teammates that do that, too!

I'll be posting the new "Units" as I create them.

Hope it helps!

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