I realize it’s been quite some time since I have posted anything on my blog. I’ve been having a pretty challenging time at school right now. I have a difficult class this year. Between the behavior issues, lack of motivation from students, having over half of my class struggle with reading phonics skills and all of the meetings I have had lately I have been pretty stressed lately and haven’t spent much time online.
Some other teachers in my school have begun selling on Teachers Pay Teachers. I was sitting down with them yesterday and they were asking me some questions and it inspired me to make something new. I decided to make a product I could use with my struggling readers in my class since I have so many. My Roll and Read fluency activities have been popular with customers as well as my students but many of my students have a difficult time with the activity because they are lacking certain phonics skills. I decided to focus on short vowels and thus Roll and Read: Short Vowel Families was born!
I created three sets of Roll and Read activities to give students practice with short vowels, blends, real and nonsense words, and simple sentences. I also continued the incorporation of a bit of math by adding the tally chart to the bottom of the page. One difference between these roll and read activities and my previous ones that correleate to my reading series is that I added an expression spinner. Not only can students practice reading the words and sentences but they can also work on using varied expessions when reading.
These Roll and Read activities can be used with partners or in small group instruction/RTI groups. You could also send them home as homework to practice fluency at home.
Four levels are provided for each word family and contain real words, nonsense words, and words with blends. Each page is labeled in the bottom right hand corner with the level. Levels increase in difficulty. The different levels allow for differentiation in your classroom. This is important for my kiddos because I don’t want anyone to feel they have “different” work than someone else because they aren’t as “smart” as that other person. Making the activites look as similar as possible makes all students feel successful and more “equal” to each other.
How to use these activities: Laminate each Roll and Read page or use with page protectors or SmartPals. Copy the expression spinner for each partner/group (optional). Divide your class into partners (or use with small groups). Give each partner/group a Roll and Read page, a dry erase marker/crayon, numbered dice, and an expression spinner with paperclip (if you are using one).
Students take turns rolling the numbered dice. They read the row that corresponds to the number they roll. If using the expression spinner they read the row in that expression (example: in a happy voice). After reading the row they mark a tally in the column under the number they rolled.
The following word families are included:
-ab, – ack, – ad, – ag, – all, – am, – an, – and, – ap, – ar, – art, – ash, – at, -ed, -ell, -en, -est, -et, -ick, -ig, -in, -ip, -it, -ob, -ock, -og, -op, -ot, -ox, -ub, -uck, -ug, -um, -ump, -unk, -ut
The three sets are available individually or bundled together. Save $1.50 when you purchase the bundle!