Saturday, April 6, 2013

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Join The 3AM Teacher, the Reading Olympians, and over 80 SUPREME education bloggers as we take you through a tour of the Reading Olympians Root Study Program!!

To get started with Reading Olympians, I printed the raps for each set onto different colors of cardstock. (I made two sets of the copies so that I would have enough cards for each student with a few extras). This method goes along with my Task Card Love <3 as students or the cards can move around.

I also printed these babies on the same color cardstock as the set it matches.

Next, I made copies of the Journals for students. (We are still on the Nike Set).
During our first lesson, students received the rap cards randomly and worked on the 4 quadrant sheets in their journal until they felt that had thought of everything they could. Mainly, I wanted students to generate as many words as possible using the root. I explained that they could move on to other roots, but would likely be able to keep previous roots in mind and would probably come up with new ideas. You could have studenst work in partners to generate words, but my group is having a talking/playing issue, so I wanted this step to be independent.

After a few sessions of doing the steps above, I have students play a brainstorming "game":

* I put students in groups of four and everyone has a writing utensil. I give them a ledger-sized sheet of paper or chart paper.
* Students record one prefix on each side of the paper to prepare for the brainstorming session.
* I set the timer for 5 minutes and all students silently record words that contain one of the prefixes. (The group decides which one to start with first; it really doesn't matter as long as they only work on one at a time). Students do not analyze the appropriateness of the words at this time, it is simply a brainstorming-get-it-on-paper session.
* When the timer goes off, students get 1 minute to discuss the words recorded and mark off any that do not fit the prefixes' meaning.
* Students flip the chart over and begin the 5 minute brainstorming session again with the new prefix.
* When the timer goes off, students get 1 minute to check their words and mark any off.

In the next lessons, we go through a whole-group sharing session where students report out the words they came up with. Students get 1 point for words that no one else came up with and -1 for words that we deem do not fit the meaning of the prefix. (Keeping score has been harry-and unnecessary for motivating my students, but if you have time for it, it could be a fun element).

As groups share words, I type them into a google doc so that we can all keep up and have a record for later.

I just started using the program 3rd quarter to work out any kinks and figure out how I wanted to do it so that I am fully implementing it starting at the beginning of the year next year. I can't wait to learn how everyone else is using the program and putting their own spin on it. (I'm sure I will make some tweaks next year as we go 1-1 laptop, like having students generate their word lists in group googledoc documents, then I can simply pull each groups set of words up on the smartboard to discuss. This would be a major time saver (and might allow me to better do something where I am keeping score). If you have not started implementing the program, I say, GET TO IT. Print out the Nike Set and just set yourself a goal of using it with the time you have 4th quarter to see how you want to use it in your classroom next year. I totally recommend the purchase!

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  1. Love the game you used! I am going to try it out in the coming weeks. I know have students on different sets, so I will have to group them according to their sets. Your kiddos came up with some great words!


    1. Hi Jess, I think it's funny to call this strategy a game, but I will go with it :) With students on different sets, you could go back and review any that were challenging for students to generate words for and/or pick out future roots to give students who may not get to them a preview of some that you think are really important. Like I mentioned, it could be a silent brainstorming activity or a "work together" group brainstorm. A group brainstorm might help the ones who haven't got to it yet in their set, and you could have mixed groups of students so that each group has a similar chance. Can't wait to be using this from the beginning of the year next year! :)

  2. Thanks for sharing your strategies for implementing the program. I like the points idea (and my students can be very competitive), but I agree that sometimes it can be more trouble than it is worth! I think I'll use the program to start the year next year as well. Your newest follower...

  3. I just found your blog through this linky and would love to follow you-could you add an email subscription button for me? PLEASE? :)

    I teach 5/6 grade history this year, but may teach 6th all subjects next year!


    1. Hi Shannon, I added the "follow by email" gadget. Thanks and I'm glad you are interested in following my blog!



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