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Guiding Readers Bundle! Deal of the Day!

I know Deedee already said it, but it bears repeating. (or you could just read THIS POST).  

Through these units, my students were able to connect to texts like they never had before.

Click on the picture to get your deal.  $46 OFF on this bundle! 

It's almost time!!! Teacher-Blogger Meetup in Vegas!

It's almost that time again! The time that thousands of teachers and bloggers head to Vegas for the annual SDE and Teachers Pay Teachers Conferences. To say we were excited would be an understatement! 

This year will be our 4th annual Vegas Teacher-Blogger Meet Up. What started as a fun little way to get to meet other teachers and bloggers from across the country, has turned into the BIGGEST teacher-blogger meet up ever!

Here are the details you'll want to know:

  • The meet up will be on Wednesday, July 8th, and will start at 6:30pm at the Venetian in the Galileo room. 
  • RSVP on our Facebook event page {HERE}
  • You will need to download, edit, and bring your own name tag.  Download the file {HERE!} Below is an example of how your name tag should look. 

  • You do not need to be a blogger to attend. All teachers are invited and welcome to come! 
  • Please be ready to have fun, meet people, and make new friends! Make sure to post pictures to social media using the hashtag #2015vegasmeetup.
  • Our main sponsors for this event are SDE and TPT, although we have dozens more who will be donating prizes, swag, and other fun stuff! You do not want to miss out on these awesome prizes!
    • Here is a peek at this year's DIAMOND sponsors:

Please take a look at our amazing sponsors, visit their websites, and if possible say thank you for supporting this event! We have never charged an entrance fee for this meet up and it's because of all these wonderful, generous sponsors!     



And just to help you get even more excited, here's a peek at the fun we had at last year's meet-up! This year is sure to be even 

All our happy prize winners from last year!

Can't wait to see you all there!!

Guiding Readers Questions and Answers

Last November Deedee and I had a conversation about her desire to do more with the books she was using for Read Alouds.  Her kids loved many of the books she was reading to them, and they wanted to hear them again and again.  She felt that she had a great foundation with writer's workshop (more on that later) but she wanted deeper connections and interactions with the texts that she was reading to her class.  So we created Guiding Readers.

What are Guiding Readers?
Guiding Readers started out as a "responding to literature" unit in our heads, but then we realized we needed to integrate phonics, interactive writing, reading comprehension, phonemic awareness and vocabulary in as well.

Each week we pull a few words from our text to explore them deeper.

Heaping pile of snow

vocabulary work
I used these  Guiding Readers lessons in a whole group setting.   In my kindergarten classroom, I do the reading work (decoding the words) and my students do the thinking work.  
Everyone participates.   Working with a partner engages all of the students. 
Here we are putting the story cards in order, to help us retell the story.
Interactive Writing
Students are able to focus on the mechanics of writing during our interactive writing time.
During this time, the teacher and students share the pen.

Responding to Literature

With Rubrics!

We sometimes respond with a full sheet of paper and sometimes we respond in our notebooks.  Each response activity offers both options.   When I was short on time, I opted for the notebook responses.

They had a picnic.

Phonics Work
Early in the year we work hard on learning our letters and sounds in the units.  While kindergarten is working on learning letters and sounds, first grade is working on word families.
By January, we are ready to work on more challenging spelling patterns.  

Phonemic Awareness
Suggested Phonic Awareness activities are included.
Are they effective?

This is what Deedee said: Here is what I class soared when I started these activities.  Their level of engagement went through the roof!  Their ability to discuss text grew exponentially.  When it was time to assess my students' reading comprehension it was so apparent that they were able to retell a story with great detail in a sequential order, they made connections, and were able to discuss the text at a deeper level.

Not only did I experience great student success, but Deedee and I heard from countless teachers saying how these units have changed their classroom.   {This is where I get uncomfortable... I don't want to sound like I am full of myself.}   BUT SERIOUSLY... the feedback we received made our hearts happy.   I loved hearing from teachers who were using our units when an administrators and superintendents observed them, and they were blown away.  

You can read the feedback for yourself HERE.

Are they available in a bundle?
Yes!  Although, our original intent was to wait until these units were finished to bundle them. However, we have several school districts who are wanting to purchase the bundle with school funds that must be used by July 31st.   

I already bought a few of the months, can I get the bundle at a discount?

For those of you who have purchased the units separately, we will still continue to list the remaining units on sale for the first 48 hours so that you still get the benefit of the bundled price.  

What skills and books are your going to cover?
We have created a curriculum map that should answer all of these questions.  You can find it by clicking:

We plan to have all of the units completed by September 1st.
What if I loop with my class?
We are making a 2nd edition.  This will include the same skills, but with different texts.
If you have a favorite book or books that you would like to see included in the 2nd edition set, please let us know!

If you have any comments or questions, we would love to hear from you!


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