Thursday, October 3, 2013

RTI Resources for Clueless Teachers (like me)

Hello darlings!  Are you doing RTI in your classroom?  If not, you probably will be soon.  It is the new big thing in education-Response To Intervention.  Not that we aren't "interventioning" enough already!  I don't know about you but I feel like I am teaching 25 different curriculums every day, trying to meet my students where they are.  That being said, you gotta do, what you gotta do!

This post is going to be all about what I have the other 20 or so kiddos doing while I am pulling my small tier 2 intervention group.  I didn't want it to be busy work.  I wanted them to be challenged and have fun.  AND I wanted it to be E*A*S*Y!  Can we say "Aint Nobody Got Time for That!" boys and girls?

So I created 8 centers/stations that two or three kiddos could visit at a time.  They spend 25 minutes at the station and complete one station a day.  This means they will not get to all stations in one week.  Which also means you don't have to change the math center out every week.  You have to do it every two weeks.

  Each student has an RTI notebook that they record all of their work inside.  I am not necessarily going to take this for an academic grade because not ALL students will go to the centers.  I will most likely take a participation grade.   The only station that requires you to change out any materials is the Math Wizard Station.  Everything else is good to go.  See what I mean....


The above picture show Super Hero Vocabulary.  Students simply create a vocabulary card for each of the words you have chosen.  I use a sticky note to write the words up each week.  Once they compete the card, they hole punch it in the corner and put it on a binder ring to keep them together.  My kiddos store these on the metal bars of their desks.

Materials 
note cards
hole puncher
1 1/2in binder ring

Math Monster Center: Depending on your classroom computer situation you could have students play math games, go to xtramath.org, or take a quiz at multiplication.com.  I am lucky that I have 3 computers.  You could also have kiddos use flashcards or practice with a dry erase board.

Materials
Computers or
flashcards



News Reporter Center:  I have a stash of Time For Kids magazines.  Students read an article and then summarize the article and write a reflection.  If you don't have TFK magazines ANY nonfiction article, book, or textbook would work.

Materials
Time For Kids Magazines or
Nonfiction texts



Poetry Center:  Students read a poem and then pick a task card.  They follow the directions.  I got the task cards for free from the Lesson Plan Diva.

Materials
Poetry books
Poetry Task Cards


Friendly Letter Center: Students grab a sheet of paper from the pocket and write a letter to a classmate.  The letter must be detailed and formatted correctly.  I put the example that we did together back there as a reminder.  We write the letter to the Rockstar of the Week.

Materials
paper


Comic Strip Story: Students choose a fiction book that they have already read or are finishing up.  They then create a summary in comic strip form. (sorry the Comic Strip paper is from a book)

Materials
fiction book
comic strip paper
crayons


Word Study Center: Students choose a task card to study their spelling words for the week.  I got the task cards fro free from Amy Lemons.  The spelling words can be found in my store by clicking here.

Materials
spelling task cards
spelling words


Math Wizard Center:  This is the only center you will have to change out every week.  I just find different games for my kiddos to play.

Materials
Math games



To the right you can see each of the posters in mini size. (to print I just chose multiple pages and chose 4 to a page) This is how we keep track of who is at each center. (one center a day)  I took this pic before we added the clothespins with each kiddo's name.  We just move the clothespins down each day to rotate for the next day's center.  I make this a job in my classroom.

Thanks for sticking with me through this long post.  Would you like to download all the direction cards?  Here you go! Click here!  Please follow me on TPT and bloglovin my friends!
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Blessings,

7 comments:

  1. AMY! I love this. I am having trouble with this exact same thing. I have 6 Tier 3 kids that leave and I have 7 Tier 2 teacher kids that I am responsible for (on top of 4 kids with IEPs) and those 5 higher level kids that I have are finishing everything in record time! I love your centers but those specific ones will not work for first graders. Thanks for getting my brain heading in the right direction....

    Lori @
    Bee the Change
    Mrs. Faas’ First Grade

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    1. @Lori Faas I think you just wrote my reply! :D

      I teach first and will need to use grade appropriate centers BUT STILL this is exactly what I need for RTI!!!

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  2. Well done, very interesting, greeting from Belgium

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  3. Love Love Love these centers! Exactly what I need for my room! Thanks for all the freebies! Could you post a copy of the sample vocabulary card?

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  4. I LOVE THESE CENTERS! Thanks for sharing! I've just become a new follower and I'm so excited! If you’re interested, I’ve just moved my blog and am having a HUGE moving sale!!! Everything {and I mean EVERYTHING from lesson plans to clipart} are FREE until January 1st. Come check it out! My blog is: theartofteachingintodaysworld.blogspot.com
    I can’t wait to see you there!
    Love, Bri

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  5. What do you expect them to put on the front and backs of the vocabulary cards?

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  6. Thanks so very much for all the math resources and links. Always useful to teachers to read about how others are using or plan to use them in differentiated ways. Look forward to checking out your resources on TPT. Again, my thanks, Stephanie
    angus327@gmail.com

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