Bloomin, Good Time with Bloom's



As all teachers in Virginia know, the state-wide guaranteed curriculum for Virginia is known as the Standards Of Learning (SOL).  The standards have been revised year after year and the rigor has been turned up in all state tests.  In an effort to make testing triad aligned...Virginia has put an emphasis on HOW the standard is taught, using Bloom's Taxonomy.
The standards have "upped the rigor", but have you? This Bloom's FREEBIE will help you meet the appropriate Bloom's levels on your lessons.

Testing Triad

In the past, the disconnect has been with the level at which the standard is written, how it is taught, and how it is tested.  Teachers need a special focus on the level the standard is written, so students are prepared appropriately for the test.  It is not teaching to the test, it is teaching to the expectation of the test.
The standards have "upped the rigor", but have you? This Bloom's FREEBIE will help you meet the appropriate Bloom's levels on your lessons.

3 Teacher Options for Bloom's

As teachers are required to use the Bloom's levels throughout their plans and throughout their lessons, having a handy tabletop chart can help teachers with planning and instructing.  I created a 1-page Bloom's chart for lesson plan use.  The chart can be put in the plan book, taped to the desk, or laminated for quick reference.  Secondly, I created Bloom's Posters for display on the classroom wall. Students in the older grades can use the posters to ensure they are working and creating at an appropriate level.  Finally, I typed questions appropriate for each Bloom's level.  Many sites, including www.edupress.com, gave examples for teachers.

The standards have "upped the rigor", but have you? This Bloom's FREEBIE will help you meet the appropriate Bloom's levels on your lessons.

An Example

K.4 The student will identify, say, segment, and blend various units of speech sounds.
        b.) identify and produce words that rhyme.

It's not good enough that students can identify words and pictures that rhyme, students must be able to produce words that rhyme.  Students must be given the opportunity to produce a rhyme from a set of knowns.  We would start with the word "dog" and a die with the beginning letters f, h, j, l, n, and t.  Students would roll the die and combine the onset and rhyme to produce a rhyme.  After producing the rhyme orally, students should categorize the words as "real words" or "nonsense words."  Being able to take this skill of rhyming to the application level of Bloom's will make our students successful.

Themes

What would a classroom be without a theme?  I have made themed sets with cowboys, cupcakes, jungle, ocean, and of course, owls.

I hope this makes all the lesson planning a little easier.

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Reading is Magical...especially with the Chesapeake Reading Council

October Family Literacy Night


I was invited to share in the Chesapeake Reading Council's First Family Literacy Night.  We celebrated the start of Reading Month with the VSRA theme:  Reading is Magical.  The Magic Tree House was a perfect fit.  Introducing children to the thrill of the Magic Tree House is fantastic.  They were hanging on every word...and didn't want the chapters to end.

Crafts, Bookmarks, Masks...and Dinosaur Eggs!


After each chapter, the students were able to go to a station.  One station made book marks, one made a Dinosaur art page, while another had mazes and color pages.  We also arranged for dinosaurs eggs for a treat!





We also raffled the CD Boxed Set of Books 1-8.  It may have been a small crowd, but they loved the book and that's what counts.  I am so proud to have been a part of this night.  I can't wait until the next one in December!



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