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Saturday, April 6, 2013

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You know those times when things just seem to fall into place and you are so thankful???  Well this was one of those times for me!  I LOVE The 3am Teacher!  Michele is awesome and she is one of the first blogs that I followed. When I read about the opportunity to try out The Reading Olympians program I was beyond excited because it was just what I needed at that moment!!

I am going to admit here...please don't judge...I have never thought of explicitly teaching prefixes and suffixes in kindergarten. I have found myself  explaining in guided reading groups how we sound out words with endings like -ing, -ed, -s, or beginnings like un- but I have never explained why they are at the end or beginning of words or how they change the meaning.  I guess it just had never occurred to me. 

So when I saw this Common Core Standard - L.K.4b Use the most frequently occurring inflections and affixes (e.g. -ed, -s, re-, un-, pre-, -ful, -less) as a clue to the meaning of an unknown word.  I knew I would have to find a way to teach it...then The Reading Olympians program fell into my lap!!

After I got the program I decided to use it in my guided reading groups to introduce the concept.  This way I could pick and choose which pieces to introduce based on the ones that were occurring most in my kiddos guided reading books. My plan was originally to start with introducing suffixes to my highest reading group but after some reflection I decided to introduce it to my lowest group first - to give them even more tools to help them with word decoding and comprehension.

I started by making each of my kiddos a booklet for the -ed suffix, all with parts included in the program. We talked about the word jump first and acted it out (they LOVED it)! Then we talked about what we would say if it was yesterday when we did the jumping. I think that helped make it concrete for them.

Next we all found the word jump and pasted it onto one of our pages then we changed the meaning by cutting out and adding the -ed. 

Then we wrote the new word underneath.

We then repeated for the rest of the words in the packet. There were more words but I didn't get pictures of them all. Sorry!!

By the end all of my kiddos knew that adding -ed to the end of the word meant it happened in the past. Can a get a WooHoo!!

The next day when we read our guided reading story with the -ed ending everyone was able to read it with out sounding out the ending! YAY!  Then 1 of them even said "hey those are like the words we worked on yesterday" WooHoo 1 light bulb moment down....3 more to go!

I can't wait to get back to school after spring break and use these with the rest of my guided reading groups!! They really loved it and it was easy to pick up and use! SO....until then......

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  1. OMG!! Not only did you TOTALLY make me blush, but I LOVE that you were able to benefit from implementing something new that will help students have such a deeper understanding of words. This will help them so much as they get into higher grades... and not to mention... all of those tests they are fed in years to come!!

    The previous blog, All things Teachers,
    created pieces with a straight edge for students who struggled to cut out the puzzled, which I thought was very smart!!

    I LOVE your cute blog & I can't thank you enough for putting so much time and effort into this!! I hope you are able to use this more in your classroom (and you get some traffic)..haha

    The 3AM Teacher
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  2. I would love to have this program for my class. It's probably one of the most useful skills to learn in reading! :o) Mary

  3. Love that your students just cut those pieces out and didn't bother with all the intricacies of the puzzle pieces. The learning was much more important!

  4. Pretty impressive stuff here! Very cool your little ones understand -ed! Wow!

    Crayons and Whimsy

  5. Hi Sarah! I just found your blog through HBBD, they designed my blog too! I'm your newest follower!

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