2005 February Newsletter
by Dr. Cindy Cupp
Dear Educators and Parents,
During January, I visited many classrooms
I was thrilled to see the students having great success in learning to read and write. In this February Online Newsletter, I will include many of the suggestions I have made to teachers during these school visits. See Section one for these ideas.
This newsletter will also provide Power Point programs designed by Rebecca Brewer from L.K. Moss Elementary School in Buena Vista, Georgia. If you would like to download these programs, see Section two.
In Section three, I provide a list of suggested beginning reading novels for those students finishing Reader 60 before the end of first grade. As you write your budgets for next year, you might consider allotting funds for multi-copies of some of these books.
If your school sends me a monthly Update, please remember to do a consistency check for the February Update. Update information can provide good diagnostic information, but it is only accurate if the information reported to me is accurate.
Wishing you a great February,
Currently, President, Cupp Publishers, Inc.
Retired, Director of Curriculum and Reading, Georgia Department of Education
Always, A Reading Teacher
Summary of Sections
Section one Suggestions for teachers
Section two Power Point Presentations
Section three Suggested titles for beginning novels
Suggestions for Teachers
When I was visiting in schools, a few teachers asked me for suggestions for helping students who seem to be ‘stuck’ in a Reader. The following ideas have helped give these students a ‘turbo boost.’
Be sure to remember:
Power Point Presentations
From Rebecca M. Brewer, NBCT, L. K. Moss Primary School, Buena Vista, GA
In our school, we are up and going with our first year of the Dr. Cupp Program. We have not been able to get enough adult supervision in some of our classes for Three Group Reading Rotation, and I have found that the three groups that I had at the beginning of the year have turned into five! Therefore, as teachers always do, I have learned to adapt and it is going well!!! I have created some Power Point presentations that enable my students to independently practice the sight words and sounding out words by blending the onset and rime.
Following are some details about using my Power Points:
I have the time on each already set...you can adjust it if you want.
I have it set to loop continuously...I often send students over to it when they finish work.
You can mix up the order....In the "outline view," simply drag the slides to a new location to mix it up, or you can do it in the "slide sorter view." Simply drag the slides to a new location. I wish I knew an easier way. You will see that I have already mixed up some sight words calling it "sight words through ride random." The sight word lists are named by referring to the words included, and I gave them numbers 1-3 for quick reference.
The onset and rime thru ak are the first ones (the short a words). You will see that I already mixed them up, calling it "Onset/rime thru ak - random.”
Of course, with time I could create many more lists and mix these up so many times. This is just a start. I am definitely not a technology expert, so please be patient with me as we work out the kinks. Let me us know if you have any suggestions…we all learn so much from each other. I hope that they will be as helpful to you as they have been to meJ
Following is the way that my students practice in the ThinkerBox books independently:
I tape myself reading, with good fluency, all of the ThinkerBox Readers so that each group can practice reading in the ThinkerBox book independently. I use an individual tape for each story - I found 3 tapes for $1.00 at The Dollar Tree. I also labeled the Readers within in each ThinkerBox book with self adhesive index tabs that I got from the office supply store, ensuring that each child easily finds the correct Reader. This gives my two upper level groups a chance to practice reading and do the Hop’n Pop everyday, leaving me more time to work with my three lower level groups…the ones that need it.
Let me know if I can help you!
L. K. Moss Primary School
Buena Vista, GA
Click on the link and give it a few minutes to download. The PowerPoint presentation will load in this window once it has downloaded and begins playing.
The following pictures show teachers and students at L.K. Moss Elementary School using the Power Point Programs.
Mrs. Ann Howell and her kindergarten students using the sight word Power Point presentation.
Mrs. Becky Rodgers and her first grade students are practicing blending words using the Power Point presentation with onsets and rimes.
Mrs. Becky Brewer and her kindergarten students are practicing sound blending using onsets and rimes.
Suggested titles for beginning novels
I visited in Barnes and Nobles this weekend and found some great beginning novels for first graders finishing Reader 60. These beginning novels are published by Harper Trophy in a series called Beginning Reading 1. The list below is a partial list of titles. The complete list is found in the back of these novels.
Stan and Jan Berenstain
The Berenstain Bears Play T-Ball
Danny and the Dinosaur
Sammy The Seal
Else Holmelund Minarik
A Kiss For Little Bear
There is a Carrot in My Ear and Other Noodle Tales
Harry and the Lady Next Door