Sunday, October 26, 2014

November 2014 Session: Close Reading and Foldables

October Session Reflection

We want to thank all those who came out to our October NCRA session. Our Presenters, Frankie Skinner, Tressa Sanders, and Amanda Rippy did such a wonderful job sharing Daily 5/CAFE information with our members. Sumner County is offering more D5 sessions for their teachers in the month of November. You can find out more information on School Station. 
Our October Win a Book, Give a Book. Hopefully, this will result in some Thanksgiving reading for some "thankful" students. 

At the October session, I gave an NCRA Info-mercial on Close Reading. You can also find this information on my Literacy Tweets blog at this link   Literacy Tweets

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

RAN Chart September Session

Our September NCRA session was filled to the brim with such valuable information regarding student research. The RAN charts were a hit with our members. Jennifer Cox did an amazing job of sharing her knowledge and guiding the members to understand how to implement RAN charts with their students. As a bonus, she provided hands on experiences for the participants as she guided them to creating a RAN chart on Pandas. Check out all the great photos of these NCRA educators collaborating and learning together.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Win a Book-Give a Book

NCRA is excited about it's new program Win a Book, Give a Book. Our goal is to help put good, quality books in the hands of young readers who have limited access to books at home. At each NCRA session, 2-3 books will be given away. NCRA members in attendance will have their name entered into the drawing for one of the 2-3 books. At the conclusion of the session, the presenter will select the names of the winners. The winning members will then have 1 week to pass the book along to a student. The winning text needs to be a good fit for the student selected and focus on students who do not have books of their own at home. This month the Win a Book, Give a Book texts are...

Since my very first year of teaching, Patricia Polacco has had such a huge impact on my life as an educator, as well as, the lives of my students.  Her brother, Ritchie, passed away suddenly this month. To honor him we are giving away, My Rotten Red-Headed Older Brother. Patricia wrote this text about growing up with her brother. She also asks us to remember him by eating-Rhubarb!!

I used this text with my 4th graders each and every year during the month of October! Each and EVERY year the students were hooked immediately and begged for more time to read! Mary Downing Hahn has other similar text. For the rest of the school year my students looked to her text often. It is always such a great feeling when students fall in love with an author!

October officially begins next week! You just can't go wrong with Click, Clack, Boo! I love the unexpected surprise ending!
Inside the cover of each book is a label describing how the student acquired the book. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

3, 2, 1...Lift Off to International Literacy Day!

We are ready for International Reading Day! In support of the International Reading Association's reading initiative-Lift Off to Literacy: International Reading Day-my students and I are committing to add an extra 60 seconds of reading and writing to our sessions for 60 days. I needed a plan in place to help us stay on track and committed to this celebration of reading. Below are some photos of how I have organized our next 60 days.
Be sure to check back often as I will post follow-up posts to share our learning and to keep us accountable to our 60 day commitment!

Monday - Friday Schedule

Monday:  60 second read aloud of Kenny and the Dragon

Tuesday: 60 Seconds of Reading Poetry

Wednesday: 60 Seconds of Writing 
(Students add more to their story every Wednesday for 60 seconds)

Thursday: Would You Rather...
(Students will be asked a question, they will share their thoughts and support their opinion and then post their name beside which choice they would rather do)
Friday: 3, 2, 1, Lift Off!
(Students reflect on their week of learning...on a post it note they write
3 things they learned, 2 things interesting, and 1 lingering question)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

NCRA supports International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day, September 8, 2014, is celebrated annually by the International Reading Association (IRA) and is designed to focus attention on literacy issues. IRA estimates that 780 million adults, nearly two-thirds of whom are women, do not know how to read and write. They also estimate that 94—115 million children worldwide do not have access to education. NCRA recognizes the importance of literacy in the lives of children and adults worldwide and hopes you-our members-will focus attention in your classroom, school, and community on literacy issues in celebration of International Literacy Day. This year’s theme, “Lift Off to Literacy,” inspires students to  reach for the stars.  You can visit for more information

For your convenience, I have provided the ILD Kit  below for download. However, It is suggested that you register for the ILD Kit as it helps IRA monitor the number of participants.

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