Sunday, January 3, 2016

Reading Intervention

Hey! I wanted to share with you some different strategies we used this past year for reading intervention. My Reading Specialist and  I worked together to create a series of Reading Intervention Binders  to help our teachers with reading intervention. There are SO many strategies and ways to do intervention, but it makes it so much easier having a program to follow. We use this binder during our intervention time and at the beginning of each guided reading lesson. We focus on word work, phonics, sight words and vocabulary first. Then, each binder moves into fluency and comprehension. They are designed so you can use them with a variety of reading levels. I am a firm believer in a separate intervention time every day. I usually do this during the last 15 minutes of every day. It's challenging, but it is so powerful to revisit those struggling readers outside of your normal reading block.

One thing we tried to do was provide a variety of ways to reach your students. Each binder includes assessments so that you can see which part of the binder will most help your students. We use Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark System in order to track our students progress. I give the benchmark once a grading period, but do informal running records in between.

Here's how often we are required to give informal running records:

We use the following chart for our first grade students as they progress through their reading levels:

The intervention binder is designed to start at the basic level for each grade level.

Word families are a great way to introduce students to decoding skills while teaching vocabulary at the same time! Our Word Families Binder is designed for the Kindergarten- Second Grade classroom! Students who are struggling with decoding should start with word families because they are easier to decode. We begin with short vowels and then move into digraphs/blends.

 Here are a few pictures from our First Grade Reading Intervention Binder

The first grade binder includes preprimer, primer and first grade sight word activities.  My students love using these pages. They are designed to be no prep but still effective. I often use these as morning work or as a warm up to our intervention lesson. I've also used them in our writing groups. Students have to create sentences based on these words. Students need repetitive practice with familiar words. A few weeks after I've assessed my students, I'll give them these words again and have them practice them in different ways. That way, students show a higher level of mastery. Sometimes students seem like they know the words because we've "skilled and drilled them". That's why I like to revisit previously taught words or skills about  a month later, so I can be sure they've developed a deeper understanding. 

For this activity, we use it in several different ways. One way to is have the students place a marble or counter in the box next to the sentence you say. The other is to have one reader read a sentence out loud and have the other students move their counter to the correct sentence. To do this, I simply print two sets of the same page and spread them out. It should work out to where the student next to them has a different page. 

Sight word three in a row is a favorite! After I use these pages in small group instruction, I place them in a student binder at a reading station. The students know exactly how to play the game since we've practiced it in small groups. The other great thing about this is that words change and increase in difficulty so the students aren't just using the same two game boards over and over again.

Click here to download the reading development chart and running record forms.

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