Wonders Reading Program – Start Smart Phonics

As primary educators, we know that our students need a TON of direct instruction in phonics, comprehension, grammar, writing, and even collaborative conversations. Being able to do all of this while also integrating direct instruction in Science, Social Studies,  differentiated Guided Reading groups, and implementing necessary 21st Century skills can be a lot to manage. These, along with others, are the reasons for why my district chose to adopt the McGraw Hill Wonders Reading program for this school year.  In this blog post, you’ll read a little about my initial reaction to our training as well as some questions for you to consider when planning out your year.

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Analyzing Phonics Data Using Google Forms – Part 2

Last week, I showed you how to create a free, customizable typing center using Google Forms. If you didn’t see that post, check it out here then meet me back on this page :). At the end of that post, I promised you an update to show you how to duplicate the form for future use and make it easily accessible for student use.
By this point, you should have already selected a Phonics Skill to create your Google Form. To see my example of how I am using Google Forms, click here.
Your Google Form is complete now and you might be thinking, “So…now what?” “How do I get my kids on this?” “How do I make MORE?!”

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How to Assess your Students’ Phonics Skills with a FREE Typing Center!

Do you find yourself wanting a fun and engaging way to get real-time data on your students’ phonics skills? Sure you can pull your students aside for old-school assessments but that is not fun for you OR for them. Today, I wanted to share with you an easy-to-make Typing Center using Google Forms. You’ll not only get the real-time data in an easy-to-read spreadsheet, you’ll also have an engaging center for your students during their ELA computer time.

To determine if this is something you’d be interested in making for your students, check out my REALLY simple typing center here. Don’t worry – I made a duplicate version of this form so you are more than welcome to type in your own responses. I’ll show you how to duplicate your form next week!

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