Reading Olympics

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I was very excited to participate in this project!  When I received my email with all of the information and materials I was even more excited!  I knew from looking through the materials my kids would also LOVE this unit.  I actually couldn't sleep that night, I had so many ideas running through my mind on how I would introduce Reading Olympics, how I would teach it, etc.

I had been out the week prior due to my back injury and was excited to have something new to introduce to my kids.  I explained the unit to them Monday morning and had several excited students.  Teaching prefixes and suffixes is a part of our curriculum so this was easy to add to our daily lessons.

Monday: Students made their index cards with the rap and root.  Side note: I quickly realized we need to practice our cutting skills!

Wednesday: Students began working in their Nike Journals.  I did have difficulty myself with finding words with some of the roots that my 4th graders would see in some of their text.  I tried to find a minimum of two words per root.

Friday: My TA completed our Reading Olympics board to display students' progress.  I really like the idea of the id tags and plan to use them next year.  

Monday & Tuesday:  I used the suggestion of teaching the Nike set and routines over a two week period.  Monday and Tuesday before our break students continued to work on their Nike Journal and practice their root raps.

Thursday: Assessment Day.  We had a half day this day, it was our first day of Spring Break, and I had several students out absent.  I gave students a few minutes to practice their roots with a partner and then gave them the assessment.

My students LOVED receiving a certificate when they passed their Nike assessment.  I love that it only requires them to get and 80% or above to pass.  Teaching an Exceptional Children's cluster class this really helps them feel success!

I used blank labels and wrote "NIKE" in orange to place on the columns for students who passed.  

My students really enjoy this unit and I plan to continue using it the remainder of the school year.  It was great when my students would point out a word in a book or text when they saw a root we had been working on.  I really like that students work at their own pace.

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  1. Jess,
    Just an FYI that your torch is not linked to the next blog.
    Confessions of a Teaching Junkie

  2. Love your board for the students to see their progress! I need to do something like this for my 46 students! :) I'm a new follower!
    Pinkadots Elementary

  3. I like your progress board too and think I'll borrow this idea too! It's a nice visual to see progress and levels completed. Thanks for the idea. I'm a new follower!

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