I'm assigned to start a skill based remedial (they are calling it enrichment) summer program for some of the slower learners in our school--grades K-3. Got any resources or ideas that you've used or tried that would make these 5 weeks an effective and efficient time of assessing, monitoring progress and teaching kids how to read and write? I have them from 8-12 noon each morning for 5 days a week.
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I have taught this kind of class, and your best bet is to go back to basics and review phonics. You also want to give kids lots of opportunities to practice reading and writing. Work one on one with students as often as you can.
The Florida Center for Reading Research has compiled extensive researched based activities for grades K-6. They include activities for all 5 areas of reading. Take a look at Student Center Activities. They are broken down by grade level. For example, if you have a group of K students that need to work on PA you can quickly locate activities for this by selecting the grade level and the area of reading you would like to work on. They have a ton of stuff for fluency as well. These activities are meant to be used as independent center activities, but I have used them successfully in small groups. The best thing about them is that they are research based, and they are free for the printing. Good luck!
I'm assuming you are teaching fluency as a proxy for comprehension. In other words, you want your students to be better readers, and the way you are measuring their reading improvement is by looking at their fluency. If that is the case you would want to work with them on improving their understanding of what they are reading, including decoding, vocabulary development, semantics and reading strategies like rereading, context clues, pictures, etc. Just teaching fluency strategies does not make better readers.
For the writing aspect get them doing it, lots of it, and reviewing what they've written to make revisions. Give them some high interest prompts or authentic tasks. Have them write. Have them reread what they've written to see if it make sense. If it doesn't make sense, what could they add to help it? You might want to actually write down what they tell you to make it better. Then have them reread and circle any words that might be misspelled. You correct any word they've circled. Then have them reread again for organization. Are things in the right order? If not, how would you fix it? Then read it again and look for punctuation. Then again for sentence fluency. You get the idea. Very little writing is stellar the first time you do it. But if you become better at editing and revising, you'll become a better writer as you incorporate those techniques into the writing process.
If you are looking for skill/drill sort of practice for repeated readings, I would suggest https://dibels.uoregon.edu/ Dibels. These are free, short texts that are numbered. However, my personal favorite are to use Reader's Theatre. The kids love to read them and you can do a lot with prosody for voices. One of my favorite can be found at http://www.aaronshep.com/ Aaron Shepherd's website. The best for the young ones is a story from Wayside School and for a bit older, Lightening Larry. Finally, songs, songs, songs! They are natural poetry and can be pulled from all sorts of topics and genres. For additional information on using songs in reading workshop, look for Tim Rasinski's research on the subject. http://www.timrasinski.com/
As an elementary teacher, I would suggest forming small groups/and/or partners for students to read aloud with to improve fluency. Also, check out the websites linked below for a list of sound instructional strategies, depending on the resources you have available, to include in your summer program.
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