Saturday, April 6, 2013

Pass the Torch Linky

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Join The 3AM Teacher, the Reading Olympians, and over 80 SUPREME education bloggers as we take you through a tour of the Reading Olympians Root Study Program!!

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I was so excited to read about the Reading Olympians Pass the Torch Linky opportunity. I have been wanting to use their fantastic program since I read about it while blog stalking.

I used the introduction as a mini-lesson embedded in a language arts lesson for a formal observation. My kids that were doing word work at centers, stopped to listen when they heard the small group react. So many of them have become huge Greek mythology followers with the Percy Jackson series. They rattled off the Greek gods and goddesses when I said each unit of study is named after one.

I didn't get pictures of the actual lesson with the kids, but I should have asked the assistant principal to snap some. He stayed well beyond the scheduled visit because he was hooked.

The program comes with everything you need to implement the root word study, minus copies of course. Included in the program are posters for each unit. I printed these in color (but forgot to take a picture) along with other clipart I will explain later.) The program has word cards that are kept on a key ring for students to study. They also complete a journal to record words that have the root word. They use the root word in a sentence, and draw a picture to help them understand the root. They use their knowledge of the ten roots from the unit to complete a worksheet. Some of the students liked the chants. I printed them for students just in case. The chants are great for auditory learners.

The students cut the key ring cards apart that first day. They worked on the journal on Tuesday and Wednesday. They did their root word application worksheet on Wednesday. All students took the test on Thursday. One student scored an 80%, another one earned a 90%, but the rest had 100%. Students volunteered to draw a picture on our word wall card. (I still need to mount them.) They proudly displayed their award certificates (below).

I decided to reward students that pass the test with color coordinating beads on a chain. I made my own "Brag Tag" using the clipart available from the fabulous Michelle's (The 3AM teacher) store. The Reading Olympians have some real brag tags you can order from their store. I used a gift card to purchase the rings and necklaces from Hobby Lobby.  (The spools of chain with connectors was 50% off. I needed one and a half spools for 24" chains.) I had the mini pony beads already. The students proudly wore their Nike necklace the rest of the day. I forgot to take a close up of the necklace. They hang them on hooks in the room over night and vacations.
They were only too eager to explain to the curious what the necklace meant. They didn't want to wait to start the next unit. I assured them the unit would be ready upon our return from break. Now they just have to wait to see for which god it is named.

 BTW we usually aren't this casually dressed. It was pajama day and the last day of our "March is Reading Month"

activities. They thought the real wrap up was the Pass the Torch activities!

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  1. What a cool program! I'm going to have to take a close look at it. Thanks for sharing! My students love Percy Jackson - pretty much anything Rick Riordan writes, actually - so they would totally get into this!

  2. Very cool! I loved that you used the rings and the necklaces. I didn't use either, but might go back and add the words onto a loop! :) I'm a new follower!
    Pinkadots Elementary

  3. I would love to see a pic of your brag tags. I created a bulletin board with columns and labels for when my students pass the assessment.

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  4. This looks great. We have used a little bit of the program. My kids really like it too. I'm hoping to use more:) Thank you for sharing!
    Your newest follower,

  5. Just found your blog through this linky and would love to follow you. Could you add an email subscription button for me???

    I teach 5/6 grade history, but may teach all subjects to 6th graders next year!!



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