Technology Tuesday Tried It: Reading A-Z

Well, you'll be happy to know that the weather has continued to be beautiful here in Chicago and we can just feel summer coming closer and closer! I'm linking up with a few bloggers today: Fourth Grade Flipper for Tuesday Tried It, Technology Tailgate for Technology Tuesday, Learning with Mrs Leeby for her TPT Teacher Appreciation Sale and Mrs Wheeler for her May Mish Mash. Whew- love all these linkies! Thanks to all these amazing bloggers for hosting!

First up, my new Technology Tuesday Tried It revolves around my 1st grade guided reading groups.  Thankfully most of my guided reading groups are able to successfully read the intervention books that come with our Pearson Reading Series, My Sidewalks.  However, one of my groups just has a really difficult time with the stories of the week even with all the extra practice we do with the focus words, phonics skills, etc.  So, as a result, a few weeks ago I decided I needed to switch it up for these friends so that they had a chance to be successful too and not feel so frustrated (and me too!).  Since I knew these friends' reading levels from our Fountas & Pinnell Assessment, I chose to use our Reading A-Z subscription to find books at their instructional levels. Let me tell you, it has made a world of a difference for these little friends! Not only have the stories been more interesting to them-- I've been choosing mainly non-fiction text for them- but also they have felt so much more successful with these stories because they aren't stopping to look at me for help with every other word.  (Thank goodness!) So although these little friends are definitely still below level, I'm loving these Reading A-Z stories because they have been helping my little friends build their skills as readers AND build their confidence- couldn't ask for more! 

Since we have 1:1 macbooks and several iPads in our room, I haven't needed to print and make those Reading A-Z books (which I don't know if you struggle with this too, but making those books for me is a real challenge-ha!).  Instead I have been saving the books as PDFs and having my students read them on their computers or on the iPads (you can check out how I do this on the iPads here in this post). After saving them as PDFs, my little friends are each able to open the stories right on their MacBooks. Our classroom websites run through a system called eChalk which allows our students to log in and see any documents we have uploaded for our activities of the day.  The students can then open the docs right on their computer and even turn them back into us (if there is an assignment attached) on our websites- it's very cool. :)

I'm so glad I tried this out with my students and I highly recommend trying new things out with your students too so everyone can feel successful! 

Monthly Mish Mash & TPT Teacher Appreciation Sale:

So as you know there is a big TPT sale going on today and tomorrow!  Amanda and I wanted to include some products we are very excited about for this time of year.  You can check them out by clicking on the pics below.  Happy shopping! :)

We are just starting all of our Mother's Day goodies but my students worked really hard on their craft so I just had to share!  It is so sweet to see all of the reasons that each child feels his or her mom is the absolute best. 
This little boy said his Mom is special because..."she is nice.  She is pretty.  She is funny."
This little girl said her mom is special because..."she is nice and she helps me when I need help."
Have a great day!
Amanda & Aylin


  1. I love the idea of them being able to read them right on the laptop or iPad. They are a pain to print and copy.
    ~April Walker
    The Idea Backpack
    Balancing the Backpack

  2. I need to see if our school as Reading A-Z! That looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!! :O)
    Collaboration Cuties

  3. 1:1 MacBooks? Wowza!! I have that laptop and LOVE it. You are so fortunate:) Thanks for linking up. Your Mother's Day projects are adorable!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  4. Very jealous of your technology!!!
    If I could place files on all our assignments for the day on all of the kids computers that easily, it would totally revolutionize the way I teach. Thanks for sharing, I will be looking into it more!

    The Math Maniac


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