Simple Tool Hall of Fame #sol18
Elementary Literacy Edition Part 1
March 22, 2018
In our age of media peddled teacher tools and instagram worthy sights, I rely on a few simple tools to get me through the day.
Here is my Elementary Literacy Simple Tool Kit Part 1
(in no particular order)
- 1×1 sticky notes. Simple right, but have you cut a square into the middle of them so a student (or you) can highlight a word in a text, book, or writing sample. These words could be snap words, high frequency words, content or domain specific words, or repeated words. Though I don’t usually teach math, they also work to highlight numbers on a 100 chart.
- Thinking/Writing Organizer #1 Informational Box and Bullets. This tool is not usually taught in the lower primary grades but the idea is strong . Box for thesis (main idea) or heading, 3 bullets for details or subheadings, bottom box for conclusion. Can be drawn on anything, anywhere, anytime. Sometimes I just use my palm and fingers.
- Thinking/Writing Organizer #2 Narrative Any size paper past 5×8 folded into fourths. Top Left- Trouble the story, two boxes for story arc, bottom right-resolution. Great for retell and especially planning. Simple but can even get an intermediate student going. I suggest no initial labels, but students can draw and/or write in boxes if necessary.
- Writing implements: Frixon erasable highlighters and plain old number 2 pencils (heavily sharpened) Truth be told I usually carry a eraser for those kiddos that just have to keep on erasing.
- Paper(ish): index cards, aforementioned stickies, conferring notebook/composition book that I use to write example, draw a simple diagram, teach first graders to draw an elephant, or whatever comes along.
Bonus: weird things that were originally for something else: rings, excellent for holding index cards together; unifix cubes or discs for phoneme segmentation; phone for recording kiddos to watch later, taking photos in classrooms for twitter or blog, note application, and google for everything else.
These are the staples of my simple toolkit. Used over and over again, day in and day out.
Day 22 of the 31 day Slice of Life Story Challenge.