Saturday, April 6, 2013

Reading Olympians Pass the Torch Linky!

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!!

See the program IN ACTION in a variety of 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!!

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I am so excited to participate in this linky!
I love am thrilled when I find a product or idea that 
and it changes the way I teach!
Well, for me, it was 
Reading Olympians!
I had been hearing about it and seeing pieces of it
and thought to myself
Hmmm, that looks interesting,
but I really didn't consider using it myself, 
until the Pass the Torch Linky came about.

I signed up and decided to check it out for myself.

So I joined up With Michelle Tsvigadellis,  Krista Miller, and Julie Kiss,
The Reading Olympians themselves!

I'm sold!
I'm a believer!
What took me so long?

What fun we had with it this week!
I started with the first lesson,
The Nike List
I told the kids we were going to try a new approach to vocabulary
and explained about why it was important to them as readers,
and then we dove in!

I made this anchor chart to display in the classroom.
Nike is the orange list, so I made my anchor chart orange!
(I even bought the clip art so it would all coordinate.)

We took a look at the student handouts and learned the raps for the first two word parts.

Then I sent them to their desks to work on the Nike Packet.

They were having a hard time coming up with new words that had the prefix a-.
They all wanted to use any word that started with a.

I decided to make a sample chart for them with some a- and anti- words.
Notice I still color Coded it with orange.
They finished up the packet page for a- and anti- for homework.

The next day we reviewed what we had gone over on Monday, 
and I had them share any new words they found that were not on my list,
or share a sentence they wrote.
We talked about the words they used and 
what context clues they used in their sentences 
to let me know that they understood the meaning of the word.

We practiced the raps for the next two word parts.
I had learned on Monday, and had made up another anchor chart example.
Then they worked on their packets for those two parts.
The next day we reviewed and shared.

We continued working on it all week...

I had anchor charts everywhere!

Today we reviewed all of the word parts and raps to get ready for the quiz.

I am just amazed at my students' resemblance to Nike herself!

They did an AMAZING job on their quizzes!

I asked them if they had liked the Reading Olympians format,
and they said YES!
It was a fun way to learn the vocabulary words!

It even made its appearance on my
The Best Thing I Learned This Week Board!

I'm saving all of the anchor charts for next year,
and putting copies in our Anchor Charts Binder for them to refer to when necessary.

I am going to finish out my last few weeks with the program, 
and will definitely be using it next year!

Like I said,
I'm sold!
I'm a believer!
What took me so long?

And now I am passing the torch on
(click on the torch)

so you can
see how they used the Reading Olympians,
or you can go back to the beginning and start from scratch and
see how this amazing program is being used in ALL grade levels K-6!


  1. I love all of your anchor charts and the color coding!!
    Teaching With Style

  2. Hey Teresa,
    I love all of your charts with the color coding! You have wicked neat hand writing! :) I also loved how your students resemble Nike too! Great idea about saving the charts for next year! :)

    Have a great weekend.
    Pinkadots Elementary

  3. Love your anchor charts! I think I am going to have to purchase the clipart so I can put them on my labels for our Reading Olympics board.



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