Sight Word Superstars

My 2nd graders have become really motivated to learn their sight words thanks to the Sight Word Superstars motivational program I downloaded from Finally in First.

In this program kids must read a list of 20 words from the Fry’s Word List in 20 seconds or less. For each list of 20 words a kid earns a sticker for their star. Once they have mastered all 5 lists, they receive a Sight Word Superstar Award.

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This program allows for individualized instruction. My kids are excited to master a list and move on to the next one. I send home the word cards to be used at home as practice. I also have the kids read their list during Word Work before they practice their spelling words.

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Read to Self, Read with Someone, and Listen to Reading

I’m slowly getting around to adding pictures of what Daily 5 looks like in my 2nd grade classroom.

Read to Self

Read to Self


My comfy black chair is a favorite of my kid’s to sit in during Read to Self. My kids can sit anywhere in the room as long as they are not right by someone to prevent disturbing a classmate. They have a book box that they fill in the mornings with “jut fit books”. We’ve been working on this a lot in the last week. The five finger rule has helped with this.

Read to Someone

Read to Someone


With this choice, they can sit anywhere in the classroom. These two have picked under the easel. They are to sit side by side, with the book in the middle. Once student reads, and the other is the coach if the reader gets stuck on a word. The coach will ask the reader, “do you need time or coaching?” This strategy is from the 2 Sisters.

Listen to Reading

Listen to Reading


My kids use the laptops to listen to stories read online. I have links on our class website that the kids can go to. They brought headphones/earbuds to use.

I’ll add Word Work and Writing soon.

Decoding Strategies and Prompts

How many times are you conferencing with with a student or meeting with a group for guided reading and you notice a reader not reading the ending of words, for example? Well if you’re like me and can identify the problem, but then you are left with the “what do I do now?” question in regards to how to solve this decoding issue I’ve found a decoding strategies and prompts sheet that will come in handy during these moments in the classroom.

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On the blog Buzzing with Ms. B you can find this sheet to keep in a binder to use during reading conferences. It would also be a good resource to send home with parents.

Getting ready for next year

It’s June 23 and I’m already thinking about the next school year which I think might be the earliest I have started planning things out since I started teaching. This is the first summer I have taught summer school in while. I’ve been using my students as “testers” for different Daily 5 choices that I’m planning on using next year with my second graders. They are loving being testers and letting me know what they a liking and what they think could use some work. A few of these kids are students of mine that were in my class for the last two years so they know they can be honest with me and know I will not get upset with them.

Anyways…as far as planning for next year goes I’m going to again implement Daily 5 and the Reading CAFE as my reading instruction. The growth I observed in my kids this past school year is something I have never seen before, not to mention to love of reading that was developed in my kids. They would beg me for another round of Daily 5.

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If you are not familiar with the Daily 5 and Reading CAFE I urge you to check out the Two Sisters website. They have lots of ideas and strategies. They have written books to help in the implementation of these two wonderful reading structures. Here is the link to their website… the2sisters.com