Archive for March, 2011

Do you have a Smart Board station? A kindergarten teacher at Irby in Alachua, FL used her Smart Board in whole group to teach her kids to manipulate sight words to make meaningful sentences. They took turns touching and moving high frequency words and pictures to write and read sentences. They loved it!

A kindergarten child makes sentences using sight words on a Smart Board as part of whole group. This can also be done at a Smart Board station independently.

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David McCord was one of my favorite poets when I began teaching in the 1970s. His poems still remain my favorites today. Here’s one to share with your class:

This Is My Rock
by David McCord

This is my rock,
And here I run
To steal the secret of the sun;

This is my rock,
And here come I 
Before the night has swept the sky;

This is my rock,
This is the place
I meet the evening face to face.

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I enjoyed working with K-2 teachers in Alachua, FL recently. We looked at their literacy stations and how to add depth and purpose. They are required to post “essential questions” in kid-friendly language to answer with their classes. I’ve posted some clear examples here.

Essential questions for literacy and math


I love that this teacher posted her EQ on a sentence strip attached to her overhead. It was easy for everyone to see!

An "I Can" list made with this 1st grade class helps students know clearly what is expected at this poetry station.

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