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Authentic Examples

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Lori shares how she uses authentic examples for her brief focus lessons.

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Cross-Check Motions

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These meaningful motions will help students remember what they are checking for when they cross-check.  

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The Interactive CAFE Menu

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This is one of the most helpful resources on our website.

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Introducing Cross-Checking

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In this video, Joan introduces cross-checking to help students use picture clues and attend to text and meaning to improve accuracy.

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Use Beginning and Ending Sounds–Assessment

Assessment

The following guide will help teachers assess student performance of the strategy.

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Cross-Checking While Attending to Meaning and The Words

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Joan introduces cross-checking to help students use picture clues and attend to text and meaning in order to improve accuracy.

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Understanding the Blends th, ch, wh, and sh

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Trish Prentice helps a kindergarten student practice his blends in isolation, in context, and then focuses on comprehension.

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Chunk Letters and Sounds Together and Use Word Parts to Determine the Meaning of a Word

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Breaking big words into smaller chunks is a great strategy for all our readers. Here's what it looked like in this classroom.

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Accuracy–Chunk Letters and Sounds Together

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To read words accurately, Anna is learning to chunk them. Her teacher, Beth Lawson, has a tip that will help.

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Canker Research? Flip the Sound

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Since there's no such thing as canker research, it's Flip the Sound to the rescue!

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I love Lucky...and Lucy too. Flip the Sound to the Rescue

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Flip the Sound is a simple, but powerful accuracy strategy. Here's what it sounded like in a one-on-one conference with a second grader.

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Four Strategies to Start The Year

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Though groups vary from year to year, we've found these four strategies carry a lot of valuable weight, so we not only begin with them, we continue to reinforce them throughout the year.

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Flip the Sound–Prebrief, Conference, and Debrief

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These three videos focus on the teaching of 'flip the sound' with a fourth grader. See and Hear the Thoughts Behind this Individual Conference; you will want to see all three videos.

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Cross-Checking and Reread Text

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This video shows Audrianna working with Joan in easy books as she introduces a strategy.  Listen in as to why Joan makes this choice.

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Chunk Letters and Sounds Together (Spanish)–Parent Pipeline

Parent Pipeline

This parent resource will help our Spanish speaking families who want to support their child as they learn to chunk letters and sounds together.

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Cross-Checking (Spanish) – Parent Pipeline

Parent Pipeline

This parent resource will help our Spanish speaking families who want to support their child as they learn to cross-check.

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Learning Word Families with a Smart Board

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SMARTboards can be an engaging and interactive tool for learning. Identifying word family words is just one of the ways Daniel Woods uses this technology in his room.

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Accuracy Intervention Group in Beth's Room

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Beth and Joan work with her intervention group on Cross Checking, then debrief the value of very small groups with our most at risk students.

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Teaching Cross-Checking Whole Class in Beth's Room

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Gail's focus lesson for this round of Daily 5 is Cross-Checking, one of the first and most important accuracy strategies we can teach our students.

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Use Pictures and Words–A Powerhouse Strategy

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When working with our ELL students and emergent readers of all ages, there is one strategy that is a powerhouse. Listen in as you see Kelly model this strategy with one of her emergent readers. Kelly not only models for Mackenzie, but she sets an example for teachers showing how to scaffold learning for students.

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Flip the Sound–How Is It Done?

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Joan introduces Flip the Sound to a delightful group of first graders, but this strategy works well with beginning readers of any age.

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A Beginning ELL Reader Sets a Goal of Reading Sight Words

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Gail and Cindy work with an ELL student who is ready to change his CAFE goal.

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Teaching and Practicing Beginning and Ending Sounds

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Kelly teaches an ELL student beginning and ending sounds.

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Practice Chunking and Assess Progress

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Kelly Yahr teaches her students that many words have little words or readable chunks in them.

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ED Word Endings

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Words that end with 'ed' can make three differenct sounds. This lesson will help students sort it out.

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