This week in Treasures we were working on the ou/ow sound. I thought I'd get around to making some things this week....but WOWSERS...it's almost Friday. My kiddos seem to like the word boxes and riddles, so I made one up for us to do tomorrow as a review. Here's one below to grab if you'd like it too.
We're also working on fact families---again! We use Envisions Math, and it spirals back around. Earlier in the school year, they had a hard time grasping fact families. But by golly, I think we have it now! Here's a simple cut and paste related facts page that I plan on using for a quick check in the morning. You can click the pic below to grab yours!
On to the good stuff!!! I was thrilled when my Learning Resources asked me if I would try out their Easi-Speak in my classroom. Let me just say, I REALLY enjoyed using this (if I could pry it away from my kiddos--who also enjoyed using this!)
Another great thing about it is that it requires NO BATTERIES!! Uhm, can we say AWESOME? I hate how my mimio pen, and projector controllers require batteries--and then I not have them to use. Look how easy this thing is to charge.
It's plugged right into my teacher computer--in the USB port. From here I can open it up and listen to my student's recordings. I can file each student separately and save it on my computer.
This is great because I can record their fluency from the beginning of the year to the end of the year. I can keep track of their growth.
I used this to record my students during guided reading groups. I wanted them to hear themselves, and monitor their fluency. (One of my students couldn't wait to use it that he asked his mom, a teacher in my building, if she would borrow it before school started. When he listened to himself back, he said, "I need to read a little faster.") During reading groups, when we played it back, they followed along in their books to monitor their fluency. They also realized they made a few "minor" errors.
The possibilities of using this are endless. With my classroom, now that they know how to use it, I wold have no worries putting it into a reading center. I could then listen back to them when I got a chance. We also have a play coming up. They could use it to get used to handling a microphone, AND practicing their lines.
I can't wait to get my new group of firsties next year and start recording them. I now have a great tool in documenting them. I can show parents the progress that their students have made, and have it in their voice so they too can hear.
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