BER Kindergarten Conference
March 7, 8 2011
Waltham, MA @ Bentley College
This is an annual conference sponsored by BER. BER creates a wonderful resource book of handouts for all of their workshops and conferences. The following notes are finite that are not in the resource book.
Pratical Strategies for Using Guided Reading in Kindergarten to Differentiate Your Reading Instruction
Cindy Merrilees
Reading Phones:
use pvc pipe parts
Rainbows, Headlice, and Pea-Green Tile by Brad Bagert (for teachers, not students)
What is Guided Reading:
almost scripted, sequence never changes
small (4-6) FLEXIBLE, groups
not everyone in K ready but put all students in (maybe one group more of a phonemic awareness, phonics group)
focus: good reader strategies
Good Reader Strategies: (make poster)
picture cues
initial sounds
makes sense, looks right, sounds right
sight words
decoding, segmenting, blending
predictability (confirm)
make connections t story
self correct/ monitor/ "fix up"
substitute names "say John and go on"
read on and go back (skip)
WAIT TIME (7-9 seconds)
prosody means reading with expression
Before Reading Notes:
"What words might be in this book"
Spoon feeding at first but still need to encounter a challenge
During Reading:
Start with different student each time
write notes on each child
give each child 2-3 minutes
working on strategies with each child NOT hopping around
set environment/ tone KEEP READING to get better
After Reading
Work on comprehension
some sort of response
skill lesson is something more than 1 child needs reinforcing while with the book
Kindergarten Writing: Yes You Can!
Janiel Wagstaff
When looking at the Common Core Standard exemplars read the annotations.
Never Too Early to Write by Be a Johanson
After or while reading a book use hot seats (children sit in the seat and take on the character)
Everyday routine of writing is most important. You may have to start in very short segments.
Use ish and Dot by Peter Reynolds to prep the environment for writing workshop.
How to Authors get ideas:
what happens in our lives
going places
inside your imagination
listening/ looking for stories
keep an ongoing brainstorm list
Quick Writes:
Technique used to get fluency in writing and to process information. Use motivating topics or books. Still need to share these small writings (can be as group, or pair) The writing goes across the curriculum. "Thinking Boxes" is a folded piece of paper. Have students do a quick sketch/ writing for each box as you go through a book.
You Tube Video : "Did you know" Bubbles
Paper Bag Princess

Dozens of Mini-Lessons and Learning Center Ideas Just for Kindergarten
Carolyn McMahon
Resource Notes
P 77 Name Recognition)
In the beginning of the year bring name tags to circle or use with new student
" teaching K is like planning a birthday party every 15 minutes"
p. 76 Morning Message: write a magic word ( when you use the word today it means to freeze and be quiet)
p. 84 The Kissing Hand
Model favorite page. If a child asks to read his/ her book than have the child show a favorite page and put it away.
p. 87 The Important Book
Mother's Day, Nurse Appreciation, Seasons, Kindness, Volunteers
Book Talks, Read-ALOUDS and the Six Traits of Writing
Carolyn McHahon
Six Traits
All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan
Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr
Do Not Open by Brinton Turkle
The Kissing Hand by Audry Penn
The Night Tree by Eve Bunting
Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street by Roni Schotter
Tomorrow’s Alphabet by George Shannon
Tough Boris by Mem Fox
Charlie Anderson by Barbara Abercrombie
Click Clack Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin
Coming on Home Soon by Jacqueline Woodson
Joseph Had A Little Overcoat by Simms Tabak
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams
The Mitten by Jan Brett
The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant
Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco
The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens
Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag
My Mama Had a Dancing Heart by Libba Gray
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner
Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges
Yesterday I had the Blues by Jerome Frame
Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller
Conventions (# words, in sentence)
Catalina Magdalina Hoopensteiner Wallendiner Hogan Logan Bogan Was Her Name by Ted Arnold
The Hello-Goodbye Window by North Juster
Hooray for Diffendoofer Day by Jack Prelutsky
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Puncuation Takes a Vacation by Robin Pulver
Yo! Yes? By Chris Raschla
Word Choice
The Boy Who Loved Words by Roni Schotter
Cassie’s Word Quilt by Faith Ringgold
Double Trouble in Walla Walla by Andrew Clements
Earthdance by Joanna Ryder
Farmer McPeepers and His Missing Milk Cows by Katy S. Duffield
Flotsam by David Wiesner
Hey, Al by Arthur Yorinks
Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport
Sentence fluency
“Fire, Fire!” Said Mr. McGuire by Bill Martin, Jr,
The Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone
The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown
The Lady With The Alligator Purse by Nadine Bernard Westcott
The Pot That Juan Built by Nancy Andrews-Goebel
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Stone Soup by Marcia Brown
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback
First Day Jitters
Last Day Blues
Incorporating a Wide Variety of Materials into Your Kindergarten Reading Program
Cindy Merrilees
  1. D.E.A.R. Time (10 minutes everyday)
  2. Big Books
  3. Author/ Topic of the Week
  4. Book Sets
  5. Basals
  6. Poetry
  7. Guided Reading
  8. Read-Aloud (everyday 15-20 minutes)