Saturday, April 6, 2013

Pass the Torch

Get Ready for Bloggy Olympics!!!

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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!!

I am so honored to tell you about my experiences with The Reading Olympians.  Julia and Krissy are the gals behind the magic of ROOTS.  When I look back and think about the difficult vocabulary of fourth grade (which is the grade I teach this year), teaching roots can help SO much with that.  Julia and Krissy have come up with this AMAZING reading program and it involves teaching roots (which is included in the Common Core for multiple grade levels) in an engaging and interesting way.  With over 300 pages of activities, you cannot go wrong with this guide to bringing out the best in your children with literacy and discovering the meaning of words.

I started the Nike Set with my students, which is the most basic set of their program (there is a generous freebie from The Reading Olympians on TPT).  Can I tell you my kiddos most favorite part? THE NIKE RAP!  What a fun way to remember what each prefix/suffix means!  As we all know, the more our kiddos are interested, the more likely they will remember and take these skills with them for life.
I think one of the best parts of this program is that there is no right or wrong way to complete the activities.  The Nike Set cards shown below can be used in many different ways.  And I actually got my kiddos to think about how they would best use them, and their thoughts were putting them up on a bulletin board to look up at if they needed a reminder. 
 One of my favorite parts of this reading program is the awards included.. can I tell you that my lovelies are so excited to earn this? We didn't finish the full set yet, but this is a big deal to them (and it should be, they will earn it!)
I can't speak highly enough about The Reading Olympians.. what genuis ladies to create something so wonderful and useful for our children today.  Roots need to be taught for many reasons and a unit like this can help change their learning for the better.
Please please please check it out... and last but certainly not least, the AMAZING incredible graphics are from The 3AM Teacher.  It gives it that "pop" that really makes this unit shine!

Discover the program IN ACTION in more K-6th grade classrooms as you Pass the Torch!! Get ideas, discover the progression of the program, and enter the Raffle for a chance to win ONE of the three prizes listed below!!

First Place Winner : Gold Medal

  Prizes: Complete Reading Olympians Program
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Second Place Winner: Silver Medal

   Prizes: $25.00 Amazon Gift Card
              40% off Discount Code for a 1-Day shopping spree at The 3AM Teacher's Etsy store!

Third Place Winner: Bronze Medal

    Prizes: 30% off Discount Code for a 1-Day shopping spree at The 3AM Teacher's Etsy store!

Pass the Torch!!!
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