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    I'm returning to second grade after a couple of years teaching 1st and I can't find my Month to Month Second Grade Book. Can someone tell me the word wall words that Cunningham recommended you start with on the word wall? I think 2 of them might be: said, because
    Cheryl Sigmon wrote: There is no evidence that ability grouping is necessary for Differentiating Instruction. Here’s how teaching all children to read, write and grow in literacy can be accomplished.
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    I appreciate you taking the time to give me some sound
    advice and empathy. The reading specialist got angry with
    me when I asked her to come in my classroom and "show" me
    how to do these F and P groups during my Core and get
    everything else done that they expect of me. We have 2
    more years of this Readin...See More
    deb /blockquote>

    On 3/30/07, mcr wrote:
    > I appreciate you taking the time to give me some sound
    > advice and empathy. The reading specialist got angry with
    > me when I asked her to come in my classroom and "show" me
    > how to do these F and P groups during my Core and get
    > everything else done that they e...See More
    Apr 1, 2007
    SLA /blockquote>

    I feel your pain, and also your appreciation. I liked
    Brad's response to the other poster...lay low and do what is
    instructionally sound. Our large urban district adopted a
    fairly structure, scripted series that is seriously flawed.
    The publisher's "coach" said, "It doesn't matter what the
    children are d...See More
    Apr 11, 2007
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    I am new to grade 3 and will be doing Charlotte's Web with
    my students. Do any posters have good suggestions on
    pacing and structure for using this book during the
    comprehension block? P.S. This is an "easy" book for a
    third of my class, instructional for the remainder, except
    for two students who will r...See More
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    I am very discouraged right now. It seems like Building
    Blocks has almost slipped into oblivion! The BB chatboard
    is as good as inactive, maybe 1-2 posts a week. And there
    is little or no mention of BB on any of the 4 blocks
    websites. I have used BB for several years now, I won all
    the books and have rea...See More
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    Diana in FL /blockquote>

    Some districts in Fl have money to invest in programs and
    materials. I have been trying to figure this thing out and have
    bought several of the books thinking that each one would give
    more insight than the next. Not so. How do you get acquainted
    with this program. This works really well for elementary, but <...See More
    Apr 14, 2007
    Erica /blockquote>

    Hi! I use BB ,too. I don't check this board too often but if you
    ever want to chat with another BB teacher, e-mail me!

    Erica

    On 4/14/07, Diana in FL wrote:
    > Some districts in Fl have money to invest in programs and
    > materials. I have been trying to figure this thing out and have
    >...See More
    Apr 18, 2007
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    I am in the process of ordering materials for next year. I
    was browsing at Carson-Dellosa and saw that there are two
    new MxM books--for 4th and 5th grades. According to the
    site, they will be available in June 2007.

    I wonder how extensive the update is. I couldn't find any
    more info on these. (Checked ...See More
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    Ann /blockquote>

    Are there any other new materials for different grade levels?
    Apr 7, 2007
    deb /blockquote>

    At 2007 Leadership, the book was shared a bit. It is a MAJOR
    revision. IT is a rewrite and rethinking. It is a definite
    want to buy book.

    deb
    Apr 8, 2007
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    I'm teaching 4th grade next year and we have a district
    required spelling series. I would really like to use
    Month-by-Month Phonics for Upper Grades also. Has anyone
    else used it with a different spelling series?
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    Hi Everyone,
    Here I go again, wanting to 'tweak' my writing block
    organization a bit! I am on five years of 4 blocks, and
    each year, I never feel my writing block is organized
    enough.

    Can you guys provide some suggestions for:

    1. How do your children organize their writing notebooks?
    I ...See More
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    The fourth and fifth grade teachers in my school are new
    to Big Blocks and are concerned that the making words
    activities in the Month By Month Phonics book aren't
    systematic enough. Any thoughts?
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    My indpendent school is going to start the process of
    implementing curriculum-- which it has never done in 50
    years-- so you can imagine the fight from some of the of
    the teachers who have been there 15-30 years!!! Well, I
    think the 4 blocks would be perfect, as much of it is very
    similar to what we already d...See More

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