Well…all my kiddos are officially in lessons! I’ve seen awesome acceleration and a some good learning since the first day of Roaming and I’m zeroing in on exactly what each kiddo will need to be successful.
I wanted to come back and share a few more of our favorite Roaming Around the Known (RATK) ideas because it took me a good 4 years of teaching Reading Recovery to feel like I was actually making good use of these two weeks!
Let’s start with my favorite:
STUDENT WRITTEN BOOKS
These come in a variety of levels depending on what my kiddos know. This little guy had a writing vocab of about 30 coming in (wow – right?!?) so he was able to write his book pretty much on his own with some support. I do give them a practice page just like in lessons, especially for kiddos who know letters and sounds but have some formation issues.
I love to let my kiddos bring a favorite toy during the first couple of lessons. We take it around the school and take pictures of it, then use the pictures to write a book. It’s always high interest because it’s their own toy!
This friend wanted to read his book to his action figures – Avengers Assemble!
Another one of my kiddos loves Thor, so I made him a quick DIY costume and took his pictures all around the school. When we made his book he wrote the words he knows (is, in) and I wrote the rest while modeling saying the words slowly.
This round I have 4 boys who all love The Avengers, so we did lots of Super Hero writing! They love the idea that they are teaching me something I don’t know and I’m pretty sure I now know basically everything there is to know about The Avengers!
I did several of these this round. We started with a plain coloring page of the hero they wanted to write about (thank you, Google image search). The kiddo wrote about the hero, then I turned the writing into a book.
This one started the same – writing about Spiderman – but because this little guy usually only visual information when reading (ie he wants to “sound it out” and ignores the pictures) we built the book together. I put his text in the book, then we read it together and he had to match the pictures to the text.
I also love to have students write their own books based on books we have read. This little guy read Dinner Time for Bella and Rosie, which is all about the food they like to eat, and then wrote a book about what he likes to eat.
When I write with kiddos, I LOVE to use these little “My Own Keep Books” from Ohio State. Click here to check them out – they are pretty reasonably priced for how many you get in a box.
I take no credit for this idea…I stole it from my Teacher Leader…and the kids LOVE it!
After we read a book, the kiddos write their own endings to the book. Then they can take it home and shock their parents with the amazing new ending! 🙂
This book was a non-fiction book about cows so we added a fact.
In this book Lulu wants Amanda to wake up and play so we added what would happen next.
Beyond books…MAGNETIC LETTERS!
This friend is working on letters vs. words. It’s hard to tell, but we circled letters in purple and words in black (using all words and letters that the kiddo knows).
Letter fluency – this is a string of letters the kiddo knows. He points to each one and names them – simple and it makes the kiddos feel successful!
Just for fun…ALPHABET ARCHAEOLOGY
Another teacher shared this activity with me – let me know if it’s yours and I’ll give credit! 🙂
We put magnetic letters in a shallow pan under a thin layer of flour. The student used a make up brush to uncover the letters. I had my kiddo say the letter sound and then match the sound to an object. It was perfect for this kiddo because I was having a difficult time getting him to show me what letter sounds he knows, but this activity was “FUN” so he was willing to share more!
Lastly, I track kiddos letter formations so that I can fix anything that is creating a problem for the kiddo in writing. I don’t worry about formations that start from a weird place or that the kiddo makes a little differently UNLESS they are slowing the child down.
What works for you in Roaming? I’d love to hear your ideas!