7 Ate 9: The Untold Story by Tara Lazar


While strolling through the shelves of the picture book section of the library, 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story by Tara Lazar caught my attention. I immediately remembered the joke: Why was six afraid of seven? Because seven ate nine! This silly joke is brought into this humorous mathematical picture book that uses play on words to entertain readers of all ages. 

Inside Book Cover

A special detective, a private investigator I is on the case when the number 6 informed him that the number 7 was after him. "Word on the street is that 7 ate 9! And now he's after me! (page 4)." And the story problem begins. 

7ate9 The Untold Story-Read Aloud-Twinkle Teaches:


I think this is a great way to integrate reading into math time with this book's play on numbers and mathematical words. Once the book has been read, it will be time for students to solve some problems of their very own. This could be paired with some creative story problems, using current concepts you are teaching in the classroom. You students can play the role of the private I.

This book was read in part of my #BookaDay Summer Reading Challenge, you can learn more about this here. Please feel free to subscribe to my blog or follow me on social media to follow my journey through the books I read. Until next time .....

She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History by Chelsea Clinton



Watch a Penguin Books video of author Chelsea Clinton, introducing this book:


Written in the same style as She Persisted, this book's layout begins with a message of persistence and then highlights a woman, how she persisted, what she accomplished, a picture, and a quote. The 13 women are: Sor Juana Ines de La Cruz, Caroline Herschel, Kate Sheppard, Marie Curie, Viola Desmond, Mary Verghese, Alisha Rateb, Wangari Maathai, Joanne Rowling, Sissi, Leymah Gbowee, Yuan Yuan Tan, and Malala Yousafzai. The book concludes with an inspirational message to the reader, "they persisted and so should you".


Image: Twitter

The message is clear, persistence is key AND that women ALL OVER THE WORLD have been doing it! Do not let anything hold you back. This is another introductory book to open your students minds to these different women, in hopes that they are interested in learning more about their lives and what they accomplished. 


As these women are from all around the world, I would point out the countries in which they are from and where it is located on the map. Because, I am a fan of the Butterfly Effect, I would encourage the students to share if any of these women's actions had a personal effect on them. I am looking forward to hearing these responses when I share this book in my future classroom. 


This book was read as a part of my #BookaDay Summer Reading Challenge. I am looking forward to my next read, already! Who knew that reading picture books would become so addicting! Until next time....

Love is all around Idaho by Wendi Silvano


A picture book written by Wendi Silvano and beautifully illustrated by Joanna Czernichowska, Love is All Around Idaho. As an Idaho resident (of almost 5 years) I was well pleased with the writing of this book and the inclusion of cities and places known and visited. As I read aloud this story to my daughter, the smile on her face told me that she experienced that feeling too. 

The story emphasizes where we can see love and how we can share love; love is literally all around us... IF we take notice; love is in our state, city, neighborhood, and our home. 
There's no greater love, I can tell you,  it's true, 
than the love of your family, especially for you!

This book was read in part of my #BookaDay Summer Reading Challenge, you can learn more about this here. Please feel free to subscribe to my blog or follow me on social media to follow my journey through the books I read. Until next time .....

Never Let a Ghost Borrow Your Library Book by Karen Casale


A hilarious picture book about caring for the books you have checked out at the library. Never Let a Ghost Borrow Your Library Book by Karen Casale shares 16 V.O.G.'s (Very Official Guidelines) created by the members of the Library Secret Service (LSS) which instructs readers of all ages how to borrow and care for library books. 
V.O.G. #4 Never, I mean NEVER, let a ghost borrow your library book (page 7). 
Each V.O.G. is listed and includes a reason why it is a guideline to uphold when reading your selected book you borrowed.


This is a practical and humorous way to start a conversation about caring for books checked out from the school library, classroom library, or the public library. I think I will be reading this book on the day we begin using our classroom library, I have been building since I started the Elementary Education program at College of Southern Idaho in 2014

Speaking of classroom libraries, I have a fabulous website that I found that makes managing one a piece of cake. Booksource Classroom Organizer is a free web-based program that helps you organize and inventory your classroom library, find the right leveled literature and assess student development. I have already began to scan in the books that I have already purchased/received. Students will be able to scan the book to check out and return. I will have access to what the students are reading in their free time, which will assist me with their likes and dislikes; as well as provide them with more opportunities with books!

This book was read in part of my #BookaDay Summer Reading Challenge, you can learn more about this here. Please feel free to subscribe to my blog or follow me on social media to follow my journey through the books I read. Until next time .....

Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders



The month of June is all about PRIDE. This last Monday evening, I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and saw the following image on Library Goddess' FB page


Before I went to bed that night, I received a notification letting me know that I won the book! It is only Thursday and I received it in the mail. As soon as I opened it, I called Lily to my room so we could read it. I am so excited to share this book with you. Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders. This book discusses the history of the Gay Pride flag created by Gilbert Baker and the social activist Harvey Milk. This beautifully illustrated non-fiction picture book, for children of all ages shares the message of HOPE, EQUALITY, LOVE & PRIDE. 

Amanda Foulk writes, "This book opens with a quote from Harvey Milk about hope, the connecting theme of this uplifting introduction to the symbol of the Rainbow Flag. The text starts with Milk's choice to enter politics and Gilbert Baker's design of the first flag and connects that to the flag's modern appearances as a symbol of equality and pride and the use of it on June 26, 2015 across the White House. The narrative includes references to opposition to Milk's dream of equality and the assassination of Milk and George Moscone, but moves decisively on to tell of enduring hope, with an illustration of the candlelight vigil and the persistence of the rainbow flag as an icon."

The concluding biographical notes include more information on the Gay Pride flag, Harvey Milk, and Gilbert Baker. In addition, there are two timelines, a few suggested resources further study, and assorted photographs related to the story.


Earlier this month, I traveled to the Idaho Education Association Headquarters to assist in the creation of curriculum for a Summer Institute Professional Development on Racial Justice. We had a guest speaker who taught use more about LGBTQ students and how to better support them in the classroom. The speaker gifted us with some swag, which included this Gay Pride Flag. This is a reminder that the message of LOVE, HOPE, PRIDE, and EQUALITY is so very important in our classrooms. 

The images below are from the publisher, Random House Books for Young Readers :


I delayed my sharing of this book to June 26th, in remembrance of the day in which the Supreme Court ruled that gay and lesbian Americans had the right to marry in every state in the country.



This book was read in part of my #BookaDay Summer Reading Challenge, you can learn more about this here. Please feel free to subscribe to my blog or follow me on social media to follow my journey through the books I read. Until next time .....

ICLA Standard III: Study Session 11

In preparation of the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Assessment (ICLA) Standard III, I am creating a series of blog posts from my study notes and the study guide. The subjects are organized below in alphabetical order and I will be completing five subjects at a time. At the end of my preparation, there will be a total of 11 sessions which are found below. I am in hopes that I can provide assistance to others studying for the ICLA or similar literacy tests for pre-service teachers.
Today's Subjects

Variability
1. changeableness 2. the dispersion, spread, or scatter of scores or values in a distribution, usually about the mean (average).

Example Question:
 A single central value used to summarize a distribution of scores

Words Correct Per Minute (WCPM)
is one way to determine a student's reading fluency. Quick probes based on carefully selected passages can help teachers screen, diagnose, and monitor students' progress. Reading fluency is calculated by taking the total number of words read in one minute and subtracting the number of errors. Only count one error per word. This gives you the words correct per minute (wpm). The words correct per minute represent students' fluency levels (Calculating Reading Fluency).

Writing Process
the many aspects of the complex act of producing a written communication. Planning/Prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing.


Image: Pinterest


Writing Workshop
an intensive seminar on how to write



In addition, I have created a Quizlet set of the vocabulary words found here. On Quizlet, I am very fond of playing the matching game where you can drag corresponding items (term to definition) onto each other to make them disappear. I also like to create a test on Quizlet with multiple choice, true or false, and matching to assess my knowledge of all the vocabulary words.

Good Luck!

Nerdy Birdy Tweets by Aaron Reynolds


I absolutely love Twitter (follow me @C0FEGRL), so I was excited to read Nerdy Birdy Tweets by Aaron Reynolds. This cute picture book is about a little bird, Nerdy Birdy, who loves playing video games and his best friend Vulture, who does not like video games. Opposites do attract as these BFF's are extremely different! Yet, when they come together they have lots of fun making silly faces and taking photos of each other. 

One day, Nerdy Birdy finds a game called Tweester, allowing him to: follow people, be followed, text with followers, and play games with them. Vulture is not really impressed; however, listens to Nerdy Birdy as he brags about all of his followers. Vulture becomes bored as Nerdy Birdy pays more attention to his followers on his phone. In order to re-friend his BFF, Vulture starts a Tweester account and follows Nerdy Birdy. The relationship is saved as they reunite online. However, a new problem is created in this online friendship and he turns to his new found friends on social media for assistance. 

During this character to character conflict, a message about friendship, social media, and balance is told through both beautiful words and illustrations. It is an incredible way to teach appropriate digital citizenship to your students of all ages! I will definitely be using this book to start a social media conversation in my classroom. 


Do not forget, that there are benefits to the online world.. you can tweet with author Aaron Reynolds here! Used appropriately, apps like Twitter can allow you to connect with those around the world and grow your Professional Learning Network (PLN). Using hashtags like #P5educators #aspiringeducators #teacherbsn #bookaday #idedchat #edchat you can connect with hundreds of educators just like you! Just do not forget about your Teacher BFF next door or down the hall.  

This book was read in part of my #BookaDay Summer Reading Challenge, you can learn more about this here. Please feel free to subscribe to my blog or follow me on social media to follow my journey through the books I read. Until next time .....

ICLA Standard III: Study Session 10

In preparation of the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Assessment (ICLA) Standard III, I am creating a series of blog posts from my study notes and the study guide. The subjects are organized in alphabetical order and I will be completing five subjects at a time. I am in hopes that by sharing, I can provide assistance to others studying for the ICLA or similar literacy tests for pre-service teachers.

Today's Subjects
Self-assessment 
the act of evaluating yourself
Teachers Pay Teachers

Sight word recognition 
Not all written words are regular ones that can be decoded easily. Some words are irregular or difficult to decode. They must be memorized and recognized by sight.

Image: Understand.org

Image: Understand.org

Stanine 
normalized standard score representing an interval in a 9-point scale, with a mean of 5 and a standard deviation of 2.



Text readability 
An objective estimate or prediction of reading comprehension of material, usually in terms of reading grade level, based on selected and quantified variables in text, especially some index of vocabulary difficulty and of sentence difficulty. The level of ease or difficulty with which text material can be understood by a particular reader who is reading that text for specific purpose. Analysis of the structural characteristics of a text, as organization, concept load or density as they relate to comprehensibility, teachers code books with grade levels.

Readability formulas are quantitative procedures that yield an estimated grade level based on surface features of text that make a book easy or difficult to understand. These features are typically limited to the length of sentences, length of words, or frequency of word use in standard English text.

A Lexile is a metric based on word frequency and sentence length, and it is computed only through software, thus bypassing the need to apply formulas. To interpret the Lexile score, you must use a table that converts it to an approximate grade level. 


Quantitative features—ones that can be counted, like the number of syllables.
Qualitative features—the language used, the complexity of the shared ideas, and other attributes of the text, such as its structure, style, and levels of meaning. 

Reader/text factorshow challenging the text would be for a specific reader or group of readers

Validity 
The evidence that the inferences drawn from test results are accurate. The evidence that inferences from evaluation of program effectiveness and teacher competence are trustworthy.

Example Question:
The evidence that the inferences drawn from test results are accurate

In addition, I have created a Quizlet set of the vocabulary words found here. On Quizlet, I am very fond of playing the matching game where you can drag corresponding items (term to definition) onto each other to make them disappear. I also like to create a test on Quizlet with multiple choice, true or false, and matching to assess my knowledge of all the vocabulary words.

Good Luck!

ICLA Standard III: Study Session 9

In preparation of the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Assessment (ICLA) Standard III, I am creating a series of blog posts from my study notes and the study guide. The subjects are organized in alphabetical order and I will be completing five subjects at a time. I am in hopes that by sharing, I can provide assistance to others studying for the ICLA or similar literacy tests for pre-service teachers.


Today's Subjects

Response to Intervention (RtI) 
is a multi-tier approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs. The process begins with high-quality instruction and universal screening of all children in the general education classroom.


RTI Tier 1 - a research-based core curriculum. All children are screened at this Tier to determine if they are responding appropriately to instruction before they experience any significant failure in comparison to their peers. General Education. Whole Class Instruction

RTI Tier 2
increasing the time and intensity of the child's exposure to the core curriculum for children who do not appear to be responding appropriately general education. For instance, an additional 30 minutes per day may be devoted to reading in a small group (3-6 students), with a focus on building accurate and automatic recognition of words in text. Adjustments can be made to increase time on task or decrease student/teacher ratio. Early intervention services. Small group/ adult led.

RTI Tier 3
includes many children who have been found eligible for special education and related services, and some who have not. Special education eligibility may allow exposure to remedial methods and practices that, although research-based and aligned with the content of the core curriculum, are not necessarily a part of the core curriculum. The cycle of progress-monitoring and adjustment of intervention will continue, even if a determination for special education eligibility is made. Intensive intervention. Classroom pull out.


Rubric 
assessment tool to help the students understand the teacher's expectations for the assignment

Example Questions:

A set of directions or guidelines for assessing a student’s response or work sample, such as an oral report or a piece of writing

In order to clarify how students’ performance or product would be assessed, Ms. Peck provided and discussed a chart showing criteria for quality work. The criteria for various levels of quality were clearly identified along with the numerical score that each level of performance would warrant.

Miss Evans discusses with her class an upcoming writing assignment.
Together they create criteria for what an “A” paper should include, what a
“B” paper should include. 

Rubric-based assessment 
assessment based on measurements defined within a rubric

Running record 
a cumulative account of selected behavior, as that of a student noted by a teacher over time. The running record allows you to record a child's reading behavior as he or she reads from the book. Running records enable a teacher to notice which cueing systems a child is using while reading connected text. 



How to Take Running Records (AlphaKids pdf)

Example Question:
Miss Brown used an efficient system to mark Petronella’s oral reading behaviors. She then calculated Petronella’s reading rate, as well as word recognition and self-correction percentages. Miss Brown also analyzed Petronella’s errors to see which cues she used – meaning, structure, or visual. 

Scoring guide
an instrument that specifies the criteria for rating responses

In addition, I have created a Quizlet set of the vocabulary words found here. On Quizlet, I am very fond of playing the matching game where you can drag corresponding items (term to definition) onto each other to make them disappear. I also like to create a test on Quizlet with multiple choice, true or false, and matching to assess my knowledge of all the vocabulary words.

Good Luck!

The Way I Feel by Janan Cain


From my own book collection, I reread The Way I Feel by Janan Cain aloud with my daughter today. To be honest, I ran out of books to read! I finished my picture book stack from our last library visit. But, I am glad that I returned to one of my favorites for this #BookaDay challenge. I have not read it since my boys were little and before the movie Inside Out was made. 

Each emotion is highlighted over two pages with small text which describes it in a way a child can understand and relate to if they have had experience with it. The illustrations assist the child in the understanding of the word. 

I really like how this book gives meaning and a name to the different of emotions that children may experience. Because they have a name and a definition, students know that they are real and that they have a purpose. I have found in working with and raising children that this is not something they just know. What they do know, is that it is a different feeling than what they had before. So it is important that they find out what to do with the emotions that they experience. 


After reading this book, I want to do an activity in their journal. Each student will create a chart be given a chart to cut and paste into their writing journals. The section headings will be the different emotions discussed in the book; as well as some blank sections. The headings: Characteristics, Examples, and Appropriate Response will guide the discussions. Then we will have a second reading of the book. Through each of the emotions, we will discuss as a class what are some characteristics of this emotion, times that we have felt this way, and how do we appropriately respond to the emotion. This completed chart, will be a reference guide for students in their writing or a directed assignment to those students having difficulty processing an emotion. 

This book was read in part of my #BookaDay Summer Reading Challenge, you can learn more about this here. Please feel free to subscribe to my blog or follow me on social media to follow my journey through the books I read. Until next time .....

Stardines Swim High Across the Sky: and Other Poems by Jack Prelutsky


I was first introduced to the works of Jack Prelutsky in my Children's Literature class, I took at Idaho State University. So, when I saw this book at my public library - Stardines Swim High Across the Sky I knew that I needed to make it a part of my Summer #BookaDay Challenge. 
"The zoology may be suspect, but the laughs are guaranteed."—Publishers Weekly
My daughter and I read aloud this collection of poems about the sixteen creatures developed out of Prelutsky's creative mind. Things like: panteater (PANT-ee-ters), Slobsters (SLOB-stirs), Tattlesnake (TAT-ul-snake), and Plandas (PLAN-duz) to name a few of my favorites. I really like how he used nonsense words to assist students with their phonemic development. We shared many giggles, as we read through the words and looked at the paired images. After finished reading, we decided to come up with our own creative creatures. Similar to the book, we took an inanimate and animate objects:

Icesasaurus
bookafrogs

Lily discovered an iceasaurus (ICE-A-SOAR-US) that makes, eats, and skates on ice! I have inspired her to try to write a poem about this creature today. I discovered (with assistance of my daughter) the bookafrog (BOOK-A-FROG) he or she sits in a pond and reads books 24/7! My poem would go something like this:

Here are a group of bookafrogs,
they sit and read upon these logs.
They don't do anything else, just take a look
their homes are filled only with picture books!
I could not imagine having any strife,
if I had a day of a bookafrog's life.


Our spontaneous activity in response to reading this book, has given me an idea for a simple writing and drawing lesson after sharing this story to my students. I wonder what other kinds of unknown creatures will be discovered in my classroom? This picture book supports the following Common Core State Standards: ELA-Literacy.RL.4.1,2,4,5,6,10; ELA-Literacy.RF.4.3,3a,4,4a,4a,4c; ELA-Literacy.L.4.3,4,5.

This book was read in part of my #BookaDay Summer Reading Challenge, you can learn more about this here. Please feel free to subscribe to my blog or follow me on social media to follow my journey through the books I read. Until next time .....

ICLA Standard III: Study Session 8

In preparation of the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Assessment (ICLA) Standard III, I am creating a series of blog posts from my study notes and the study guide. The subjects are organized in alphabetical order and I will be completing five subjects at a time. I am in hopes that by sharing, I can provide assistance to others studying for the ICLA or similar literacy tests for pre-service teachers.


Today's Subjects


Portfolio-based assessment
collection of students work used to evaluate the learning process. Serves as a compilation of student work meant to show growth over time.


Example Question:
Throughout the school year, Ms. Miles fifth grade students’ collect samples of their reading and writing. They store these artifacts in containers which they have decorated. During the school year Ms. Miles conferences with each of her students using these materials as a basis for identifying her students’ strengths and needs. Through this process Ms. Miles’s students
become self-assessors and she is able to document her students’ growth over
time.

Progress monitoring
systematically and frequently assessing students' improvement directly on the skills being taught




Reading fluency
reading accurately, at a natural pace, and mimics speech in its phrasing and expressiveness


R - rate A - accuracy P - prosody


Reliability
Consistency in measurements and tests; specifically the extent to which two applications of the same measuring procedure rank persons in the same way.

Example Question: 
Consistency in measurements and tests; specifically, the extent to which two applications of the same measuring procedure rank persons in the same way 

Retelling 
a measure of comprehension; the process in which the reader, having orally read the story, describes what happened in it.




In addition, I have created a Quizlet set of the vocabulary words found here. On Quizlet, I am very fond of playing the matching game where you can drag corresponding items (term to definition) onto each other to make them disappear. I also like to create a test on Quizlet with multiple choice, true or false, and matching to assess my knowledge of all the vocabulary words.


Good Luck!

Peppe the Lamplighter by Elisa Bartone


Caldecott Honor Book, Peppe the Lamplighter by Elisa Bartone is a beautiful glimpse at America's history and immigration. Illustrator, Ted Lewin dedicates this book to the American Dream and his artwork sheds light on an Italian boy who did whatever it took to experience such life that was promised to him. Although his position did not appear to be much to others it meant everything to Peppe; Bartone writes, "one by one he lit them all... he imagined them to be a small flame of promise for the future."



I really like this realistic fiction picture book and the message it has toward, perspectives. It is our view really of what makes something valuable or not. Is a job respected only out of what others think? or does one's role in society matter through the eyes of the beholder and what lies within? Such ideas and thoughts could be discussed by asking them to our students first, in a journal writing activity and then second, asking those to share their personal beliefs on what are important positions today. 

This story could easily be integrated into a Social Studies unit of tracing the role of migration and immigration of people in the development of the United States. Encourage students to think about the role of children and those of smaller jobs that had a part in what America is today, because of them. 

This book was read in part of my #BookaDay Summer Reading Challenge, you can learn more about this here. Please feel free to subscribe to my blog or follow me on social media to follow my journey through the books I read. Until next time .....

ICLA Standard III: Study Session 7

In preparation of the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Assessment (ICLA) Standard III, I am creating a series of blog posts from my study notes and the study guide. The subjects are organized in alphabetical order and I will be completing five subjects at a time. I am in hopes that by sharing, I can provide assistance to others studying for the ICLA or similar literacy tests for pre-service teachers.


Today's Subjects


Miscue analysis 
a formal examination of the use of miscues (mistakes) as the basis for determining the strengths and weaknesses in the background experiences and language skills of students as they read. Can also be used to determine Instructional, Individual, and Frustration reading level.

This 5-minute mini-lecture provides an overview of how to do a miscue analysis as part of an IRI or Diagnostic Reading Assessment  Dr. Andy Johnson, Reading Specialist.



Example Questions:
A formal examination of a student’s use of miscues in oral reading as the basis for determining the strengths and weaknesses in his/her approach to reading

After marking a typescript of Peter’s oral reading, Mr. Sears analyzed the differences between Peter’s oral reading and the text to determine the cueing systems – graphophonic, semantic, syntax -- most frequently used by Peter.

Mode 
a measure of central tendency; specifically, the most common score or value in a distribution


Norm-referenced measurement 
the assessment of performance in relation to that of the norming group in the standardization of a test or in relation to locally developed norms.
One way is to compare one child’s result with the results of other children. We can compare one child’s performance with what might be normally expected of other children—hence the word norm. Norms such as percentile ranks, grade equivalents, stanines, normal curve equivalents, scale scores, and many others are commonplace in educational parlance. They are useful in determining the overall developmental level of a child with respect to others.
Example Question:
The assessment of performance in relation to that of the large group used in the standardization of a test

Performance-based assessment 
the measurement of educational achievement by tasks that call for the student to produce a response like that required in the instructional environment, as in portfolios or projects.

performance-based assessment measures students' ability to apply the skills and knowledge learned from a unit or units of study. Typically, the task challenges students to use their higher-order thinking skills to create a product or complete a process (Chun, 2010). Tasks can range from a simple constructed response (e.g., short answer) to a complex design proposal of a sustainable neighborhood. Arguably, the most genuine assessments require students to complete a task that closely mirrors the responsibilities of a professional, e.g., artist, engineer, laboratory technician, financial analyst, or consumer advocate (Edutopia).

 
Phonemic awareness assessment
an informal assessment of phonemic awareness, measuring: 
  • Phoneme matching
  • Phoneme isolation
  • Phoneme blending
  • Phoneme segmentation 
  • Phoneme manipulation
Should be done three times during the kindergarten and first grade years to help guide instruction.

In addition, I have created a Quizlet set of the vocabulary words found here. On Quizlet, I am very fond of playing the matching game where you can drag corresponding items (term to definition) onto each other to make them disappear. I also like to create a test on Quizlet with multiple choice, true or false, and matching to assess my knowledge of all the vocabulary words.


Good Luck!