Saturday, January 24, 2015

Math RTI Resources: Do They Add Up?

Math seems to be the new focus of many RTI programs. Previously, there weren't many resources available. Tennessee has several resources listed on their RTI website. Head on over to   what have you found to be helpful? Are you finding the resources you need to help students?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Generating Rhymes: Developing Phonemic Awareness from

A great website to use as a resource is  I was looking for some information on activities for phonemic awareness in the classroom today and came across the following lesson plan: Generating Rhymes: Developing Phonemic Awareness.  The best part is that this lesson plan is free!

The overview says: "Learning to recognize rhyming patterns in language is an essential skill for emergent readers. As students manipulate words and sounds to create simple rhymes, they become aware of word and letter patterns that will help them develop decoding skills. In this lesson, students become familiar with 12 rhyming pairs of one-syllable words as they create rhyming lyrics to known songs ("Down by the Bay"), give rhyming words for a given keyword in a poem, and interact with their peers to find rhyming pairs of word cards. Students then demonstrate their knowledge through an individual assessment exercise."

Rhyming words are a great way to help children with phonemic awareness.  Many children who struggle in this area will respond to music or song.  Head over to and check out the lesson plan!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Fall Fluency for RTI

Looking for some fall-themed fluency activities for RTI?  Head on over to  They have a free pack of fall-themed fluency activities for you to try with students.  I loved them so much that I bought the entire pack of activities.  It was only $4!!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Tier 1 RTI reading interventions

I was looking around the internet and came across this website:  It has TONS of reading interventions for Tier 1 reading support.  All of the files are free to download.  Take a look and let me know what you think!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Free Halloween Brain Breaks!

I'm a big believer in using brain breaks with students.  Sometimes they get stuck and can't move on, sometimes they have the wiggles and can't focus on learning until we move.  There are all kinds of reasons to use them.  I found these FREE Halloween brain breaks over on Facebook.  

 So go on over to and get your free copy!  Do you have a favorite brain break that you use with your class?  

Share in the comments!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

SPIRE classroom data sheets for reading intervention

I have to have things organized.  I see so many children in such a short amount of time that organization is a survival trait!  One school I worked for used S.P.I.R.E. for reading intervention.  The assessments gave a great deal of information to work with when planning for a student.  Since I needed to see something "at a glance", I created a data sheet.  I can look at a glance at exactly what reading skills in S.P.I.R.E. I need to address for each student.  All of the levels are in the spreadsheet.  Head on over to Teachers Pay Teachers and take a look!