Journeys Series Reading Assessments

Saturday, August 31, 2013 5 comments
I have had a ton of email questions wanting to know what I use for assessments with the Journeys reading series.  This is the main complaint I am hearing:
Students cannot do the tests independently because they are too hard.

The vocabulary that they put on the tests does not match the story vocabulary.  They haven't learned those words yet unless they walk in your door reading on a second grade or higher level.  Some of the answers are too long for beginning first graders to read.  They get tired and frustrated.

The assessments that are included in the "Grab-and-Go" resources are broken into:  phonics, comprehension, and vocabulary.  If you do all of these, you have used at least 3 pages for each test (some of them are longer.)  The paper copying starts adding up. 

I created an assessment pack to address these issues.
Here are examples from different stories that give you an idea of what is included in each assessment.


Each assessment has 13 bubble in questions:
4 questions using the phonics sounds for each story
6 fill in the blank question using the “words to know” vocabulary
3 comprehension questions about the story
(Answer Keys are provided in the packet)

The vocabulary on the tests I created matches the story vocabulary and does not included vocabulary they haven't learned or that is not decodable.   If your students
can already read the assessments in the reading series independently, then this is not the product for you.

This is the third year I've taught this series, and I am just now starting to feel comfortable teaching it.  Hang in there!

{You can click on any of the pictures above to check out the pack in my TpT store.}

Football themed Noun and Verb Activity

Sunday, August 25, 2013 No comments
It's football season again and football is big stuff in my small Texas town.  This is an activity my first graders love!  I am posting about it again because I have had several requests for the patterns for this activity.  You can read exactly what I did with this activity in a previous post HERE.  You can grab yourself a copy of the patterns by clicking HERE.


Happy Teaching!

TPT Back to School Sale

Sunday, August 18, 2013 No comments
It's that time again!  TPT is having their back to school sale.  All the items in my store are 20% off and if you use the promo code BTS13, you get an additional discount.   Have fun!

Center Rotation Update and a Freebie

Monday, August 5, 2013 2 comments
This is my updated center chart.  (I know it is almost identical to my old one but I did make one change.)
I changed out the tags because I felt I was limited as to what to put in each center.  The old version had pictures on the pockets and the new version has numbers on the tags.  Now, I don't feel limited as to what to put in each center.  If I want two math centers, then I can plug it in.

If you would like to read my old post about how I do centers click HERE.

I make two copies of the owl tags.  One set goes on the chart (see first picture above) and the other set goes on desks where students go to complete the center.  (If you do not have desks because of limited space, then you could use center tubs and just tape the picture on each tub.)

I made a few choices  of tags if you are interested in making a center chart.

You can grab a copy for yourself by clicking
I have two more weeks before I officially start.  Of course, I will be getting my room ready before then.  I hope everyone has the best year ever!