Brain Break Foodie Friday 14! Spinach Ricotta Calzone!

Looks good and guilt free!! Get the recipe here!



Brain Break Foodie Friday 13! Banana & Nutella Stuffed French Toast!!

Looks easy and DIVINE!!!

From this website…click here for the recipe!image

Brain Break Foodie Friday 12! Roasted Cheesy Broccoli Patties!! AND Dessert!!

Must try these…another healthy choice, with a dessert to even things out!!

First the healthy choice from Po’ Mans Meals website.  Click here for the recipe!


And now, for the dessert!!  From Oh Bite It…All Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies!  Only 3 ingredients: cake mix, butter, and chocolate chips!  Click here for the recipe!




Now that I’ve Assessed, What’s Next?

Once you have data on the specific skills and/or strategies students are lacking, one good resource that offers ideas for intervening are If-Then menus.  These menus give you examples of areas in need and possible ideas for supporting instruction.

First up,

If Then Menu Pic

Get the PDF here…


Next up,

Based on the following book…which we may as well add to the Book Club!


Click the link below for the If-Then menu based on the book…




Doing What Works: Reading Error Analysis Informs Instruction

From our friends at the Doing What Works website, documenting student errors is a useful tool for planning targeted interventions in your small group/guided reading lessons.

Here is a sample of a Kindergarten error analysis sheet…


As you can see, this information offers immediate data that you can use to correct the specific errors a student is making while reading.

Now, you have several options…

You may choose to group students with similar errors to teach strategies and/or practices for correcting this error. You may just give reminders to the student before they begin reading.  For example, for the student above, a simple reminder like “While you read today, make sure you pay attention to the ending sounds  of each word so you can read them correctly and the sentence will make sense, ok?”  Then, choose a word or two and have the student read the word with special attention to the ending sounds.  For some of the categories, a reference sheet may also be helpful for errors like consonant blends and the silent -e rule.

For a copy of this error analysis strategy with a blank form, click here.

To visit the phenomenal Doing What Works website, click their logo below!



The Abecedarian: A Free Comprehensive Reading Skills Assessment!

By definition, abecedarian means learning the rudiments of something.  The Abecedarian Reading Assessment is just that.image

The Abecedarian was designed to provide diagnostic information about early reading skills.  Using this assessment information, teachers can maximize their effectiveness by individualizing their instruction to each student’s learning needs.

Created by Dr. Sebastian Wren and Dr. Jennifer Watts, there are 6 subtests including:

  • Letter Knowledge 
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Phoneme Awareness
  • Alphabetic Principle
  • Vocabulary
  • Decoding

In this way, you can give the entire test (depending on the grade level)  as a diagnostic assessment, or you can use the subtests as stand alone assessments.  With this information, you are well on your way to provide targeted interventions for your struggling learners!

By the way, studies have shown that upper elementary students who are struggling readers could be missing one small piece of the learning-to-read puzzle in order for them to be successful.  This is a perfect way to locate those gaps in reading instruction!

Get a copy of the assessment by clicking here!

Happy Assessing!