Essentials of a Special Ed Resource Room

Aug 20th 2017

I’m so excited to be back in the classroom this year! After 14 years as a special education resource teacher, I changed gears to work in the capacity of an Instructional Coach and Special Education Coordinator in high needs schools. […]

TpT Back to School Sale 2017

Jul 31st 2017

As veteran teachers, we know that the beginning of year often means countless meetings, endless hours of preparation and a great deal of stress. We are here to help! Our tried-and-true Back to School resources are guaranteed to help you work […]

Guided Reading Survival Guide Part 4

Oct 17th 2016

Guided reading challenging, even to veteran teachers because there are so many factors to consider. In my 4 part blog series, Guided Reading Survival Guide, I explain how to go beyond the basal and provide engaging, authentic supplemental texts; teach research-based […]

Guided Reading Survival Guide Part 3

Oct 16th 2016

In part 1 and part 2 of my Guided Reading Survival Guide blog series, I explained how teachers must go beyond the basal and provide authentic, high-quality supplemental texts ranging in genre and teach research-based reading strategies using our cast […]

Guided Reading Survival Guide Part 2

Oct 15th 2016

Yesterday in part 1 of my blog series, Guided Reading Survival Guide, I explained how teachers must go beyond the basal to provide several authentic, high-quality supplemental texts ranging in complexity and genre to promote a deeper understanding of content. In […]

How Animals Can Help Children Learn

Jun 13th 2016

Animal characters are present in children’s lives from the very beginning on toys, books, and cartoons. Children soon learn to associate animals with comfort, play, and safety. When animals are personified, children readily understand and apply the lessons and messages […]

Guiding Students to Use Context Clues Independently

Mar 27th 2016

“Hello, Ramona the Rereading Raccoon is my name. Using context clues is my favorite game. As you read, ask yourself: Does it look right, does it sound right, and does it make sense? I guarantee my strategy will make you […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.” […]

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. […]

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 […]

Meet Sally the Sounding Out Snake

Feb 18th 2014

“SSSSSSSalutations! I’m Sally the Sounding Out Snake, Stretch each sound out and a new word you will make Put them back together in a blend And your reading will be on the mend.” It is so exciting when beginning readers […]

Syllable Division

Apr 29th 2012

Here is a multi-sensory syllable division bulletin board I made in my classroom.  Chunking Chipmunk from our Hazel Learns to Read unit helps students follow the syllabication rules to chunk words into smaller parts for decoding.  I used pipe cleaners […]

Easter Egg Fun

Apr 4th 2012

Super fun way to practice basic skills; fill plastic eggs with letters, sight words, math facts, etc. and have your kiddos choose eggs from a bucket or find them around the house. When they open them up, they can practice […]

Hazel’s Reading Roost Reading Strategy Unit

Feb 11th 2012

Students are loving our decoding and comprehension strategy animals. It is amazing to see how engaged they are and great reading progress they are making. 🙂 They especially love the accompanying story Hazel Learns to Read and the adorable animal […]

Games That Teach: Part 2

Dec 2nd 2011

Use a Sharpie or sticker to put letters or numbers on the hoods of matchbox cars. Children can practice letter, sound and/or number recognition as they play. They can also practice lining them up in alphabetical or numerical order. This […]

Games That Teach: Part 1

Oct 23rd 2011

Turn Hopscotch into a fun learning game!  Use chalk to draw a hopscotch and fill in the squares with a specific concept (numbers, shapes, letters, sight words, etc.).  Kids will have so much fun jumping and moving while learning basic […]

Reading with your kiddos at home…

Aug 7th 2011

Parents, does this sound familiar:  “I’m too tired to read,” “You read it to me mommy,”  “I already read at school today.”  Sometimes having kids practice their reading at home can turn into a chore or a fight, even when […]