TPT Fresh Start Sale January 20-21

Jan 20th 2016

Use code Start16 to enjoy up to 28% off all Astute Hoot products January 20-21st on www.teacherspayteachers.com. This Fresh Start sale is the perfect time to purchase our top-selling bundles such as our Reading Intervention Essentials Bundle, Math Intervention Problem-Solving […]

Create Write-On, Wipe-Off Problem-Solving Journals

Jan 3rd 2016

Problem-solving plays an important role in my daily math instruction. Students use pre-made journals to help them complete the problem-solving steps, solve the problem in 2 ways, explain their thinking and rate themselves on a learning scale. These journals track […]

Creative Ways to Teach Character Analysis

Nov 8th 2015

Authors use many different types of characters to tell a story.  Characters help us feel like we are a part of the story and give us an opportunity to see into their hearts and examine their motivations. Since characters play such […]

Making Meaningful Text Connections

Nov 1st 2015

“I’m Chloe the Connecting Coyote, and I make connections. Connections help you understand your reading selections. Link the story to your life or what you’ve read in a book. These text connections are guaranteed to get you hooked.” Chloe the […]

Use Picture Clues to Support Decoding & Comprehension

Oct 18th 2015

“My name is Dexter the Detecting Deer. Now let me tell you why I’m here. I’ll help you look for picture clues, So you don’t get the reading blues. Look at the pictures to figure out What the words are […]

Making Purposeful Predictions

Oct 12th 2015

“Welcome, I’m Peter the Predicting Possum. Making guesses while you read is…oh…so awesome! Use picture and word clues to guess what will happen next. Then read on to find the outcome in the text.” Peter the Predicting Possum is one our […]

Eliminate Math Anxiety {FREE BOOK}

Sep 20th 2015

Panic, paranoia, shutting down, frustration, and lack of confidence are all symptoms of math anxiety. Math anxiety has been defined as feelings of tension and anxiety that interfere with the manipulation of numbers and the solving of mathematical problems in […]

Teaching Visualization to Increase Comprehension

Sep 7th 2015

“I’m Vern the Visualizing Vulture; use me like a TV. Events, characters, and settings are what I help you see. If you picture these in your mind like your favorite movie, Then understanding what you read will be so groovy!” […]

Scaffolding Text-Dependent Questions for Struggling Readers

Aug 23rd 2015

“Hey, I’m Quinn the Questioning Quail; use me when you read. Questions are the way to get the information you need. Good readers ask questions to help them understand; They read the text to find the answers—that’s a smart plan.” […]

Strengthening One-to-One Correspondence in Beginning Readers

Jun 13th 2015

“Hi, I’m Paco the Pointing Porcupine. Point with me as you read each line. I’m here to help you to keep your place And remind you that reading is not a race.” Paco the Pointing Porcupine is one our decoding […]

Mastering Multisyllabic Words

Apr 12th 2015

                                            “I’m Charlie the Chunking Chipmunk. What’s new? I break words into small chunks and you can, too. Look […]

Literature Studies Made Easy

Apr 8th 2015

Wondering how to integrate multiple strategies within context of authentic literature? Are you overwhelmed at thought of planning a comprehensive literature study? At last, the secret to successful literature studies is revealed in 5 simple steps.  Sound too good to […]

How to Use Elkonin Boxes and Sounding-Out Slates

Mar 30th 2015

                                        “I’m Sally the Sounding-Out Snake. S-s-say, have you heard? Stretch out all the sounds that you see in a word. […]

Create Your Own Magical Guided Reading Strategies Roost

Mar 17th 2015

Do you love our reading strategies animals but aren’t sure how to incorporate into your classroom theme? It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! You don’t need to have an owl or woodland theme at all.  Create your own personalized […]

Whooo’s Hazel?

Mar 8th 2015

Hazel Hoot, an adorable green screech owl, is a struggling learner as she lacks the strategies needed to help her succeed. In our charming book, Hazel Meets the Reading Strategy Friends, Hazel stumbles upon a magical tree in the forest. […]

The Time-on-Task Chart I Can’t Live Without!

Jan 17th 2015

During my 14 years as a special educator, I’ve created and designed various tools, forms, and charts to support students and teachers.  This Time-On-Task Chart, however, is one of my top tools as it has enabled me to gather valuable […]

4 Dirty Little Homework Confessions

Nov 2nd 2014

  As a former special education teacher, I always thought that homework time would be a breeze when my boys Alec and Jake got to school.  I knew all of the most effective strategies and consulted many parents during conferences […]

Giving Back is a Hoot: Berlin’s Story

Sep 7th 2014

Giving back is so important to us and one of the main reasons we started Astute Hoot. Part of our mission is to help all children learn. We love hearing stories about children overcoming the odds.  Meet Berlin, a little […]

Special Education 101: Setting Up Your Classroom

Sep 1st 2014

Welcome to the first post in our Special Education 101 blog series. I’ll be sharing my top tips, tools and resources I’ve gathered from over 15 years as a special educator. The classroom environment is a critical component to academic […]

Flash Friday Freebie: Classroom Management Keys

Aug 15th 2014

It’s our Flash Friday Freebie! Download the free Golden Keys to Success Classroom Management Plan and purchase the accompanying Golden Keys to Success Lesson Plans to start your year off on a golden note. Do you every feel as if you are a glorified […]

Giving Back is a Hoot!

Apr 23rd 2014

  Making learning fun brings me great joy.  Some of my best teaching memories are when I saw things finally “click” for struggling students.  Knowing how hard they work to sometimes make even the simplest connections makes these little successes even better! […]

Emmy Equating Earthworm Is Here!

Apr 20th 2014

Emmy Equating Earthworm here. I help you write a variety of equations without any fear. Horizontally or vertically, it doesn’t matter the direction, I will help you solve each one to numerical perfection.     Emmy Equating Earthworm  is our […]

It’s Tom Tabling Turtle!

Apr 13th 2014

Howdy, I’m Tom Tabling Turtle and I make tables- These are columns and rows with numbers and labels. Always organize your information, is what I say, So you can discover patterns and relationships in a logical way. Tom Tabling Turtle […]

Presenting Brian Breaking Badger

Apr 3rd 2014

Hi, I’m Brian Breaking Badger, and I love to break numbers apart. Separating place value is considered my art! I break numbers into ones and tens with my teeth, Then I work with the place value underneath. I’ll add or subtract […]

Favorite Multi-Sensory Sight Word Activities

Apr 2nd 2014

When learning how to read and spell, children respond best to hands-on strategies.  What better way to practice sight words than to use materials that will engage the visual, tactile, kinesthetic, and auditory senses. Here is a list of my […]