Sunday, February 17, 2013

Presidents' Day Emergent Reader *Freebie* + DIBELS Info

Happy Presidents' Day!! I'm loving that this is just one of many days off for me this week! I love ski week! Technically I believe we call it winter break now that our school no longer takes a ski trip, but "ski week" just sounds so fun!! I feel like I'm supposed to drive up to Tahoe or something!

I made this emergent reader on my flight to Colorado last week, but then my class got so busy I never got around to reading it with my class. Darn! Maybe next year, or perhaps it will be a nice will be a quick and easy lesson plan for our first day back from winter break.

Check out this great little ~FREEBIE~ and download a copy here!! This book is made to print double sided with no extra copies of the book, even if you have an odd number of students. I included the directions in the download. All you need to do is select the pages with the book and print them double sided. Next, cut the booklet in half and put the top half on top of the bottom half. Staple and Ta Da! You're done!

I'm having a lot of fun making these little books. I think I'll make one for St. Patty's Day too! I also think my young guys would benefit from a couple math readers... that one will require a bit more thought.

I also made a character map for the two presidents. This is a quick and simple way for little guys to take notes about what they learn about each president. It is made to go with any president lesson plans you have! Both character maps and the emergent reader are included in the same download.

Progress Monitoring
I have a little secret.... I'm obsessed with progress monitoring! It's partly a way to hold myself accountable for teaching every kid, and partly a way to hold the kids accountable for their own learning. We have such a routine that the kids and I call it "timer reading" for 1st/2nd (fluency) and "how many sounds do you hear" for kindergarten (phoneme segmentation). I'll be starting nonsense words with kindergarten when we get back from winter break in a week. Only one kid was ready at Christmas time so I didn't start it yet.

My progress monitoring is going soooo well. One little guy THRIVES on it! I started the Phoneme Segmentation progress monitoring in January after we got back from Christmas break. One little guy fell into the "strategic support" section and was starting to fall behind. DIBELS saved him within a month! He was on a mission to do better and get to the "target" on the graph. When he started he was at 10 sounds correct in a minute, then he realized he wanted to beat his last score. We started working on little intervention games together for 5 minutes a day.

His scores went like this: 10, 10, 23, 35, 42

For those that don't know, 40 is the benchmark for the END of kinder! I swear all this kid needed was goal and he suddenly reached it within 6 weeks! Time to start nonsense words with him!

I use the DIBELS progress monitoring booklets. Did you know you can download them FOR FREE?! I currently use the 6th edition, but then I went to get the link for you guys and I discovered there is a NEW version called DIBELS Next. I need to take some time to review it, so maybe we'll start next year. I like to stick to one version during a school year so I know I have accurate comparisons between the beginning and end of the year.

Here are some helpful links:
Sign up for the 6th Edition DIBELS and download it here

Sign up for DIBELS Next and download it here

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday


  1. Love it! Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. This will be great for my own kiddos! Thank you!

  3. Thanks for the President's Day reader! I needed something just like this. Thanks for sharing on Manic Monday! :)

  4. Love little readers! I have enjoyed writing them too! Thanks for sharing!

    Reading Toward the Stars

  5. Thank you for sharing your work! :)

  6. So you aren't required to progress monitor? In our district DIBELS is the assessment all decisions are made from and I despise it. I am fascinated by your obsession with it! The little reader is adorable!

    Chickadee Jubilee

    1. Good question! I teach in a private school, so no I'm not required to do DIBELS. In fact, I'm the only primary grade teacher so I have free reign over my assessments since I'm the only one who uses them. Perhaps that's why I love it so much!

      I use the information, but it is by not means the only part of my decision making. I also make it a game in my class, so the kids have fun. They beg to go first during our "timer reading" and it's a way to get them to work quietly so they can be next.

      I'm glad you like the reader! I just finished a St. Patrick's Day reader set that I'm in the middle of uploading to TPT right now!


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