SIPPS

4 days 20 hours ago
As we know, students who read a lot become stronger readers. When students transition to trade books from books with strictly controlled vocabulary, they require a wide selection of options that are at just the right level and that appeal to their interests. To meet this need, the Center for the Collaborative Classroom recently reevaluated the organization and content of the SIPPS Fluency...
3 weeks 4 days ago
Parents want to participate in their children’s journeys as they enter and grow in the world of reading. Teachers can help parents understand the role they play is supporting their student’s learning, by sharing the research-based practices provided with the SIPPS materials. Below are resources teachers can share at back-to-school night, parent-teacher conferences, or informally...
4 weeks 6 days ago
If you are first-grade teacher using SIPPS as foundational skills instruction you might be asking yourself: Now what, my first-graders have completed Extension? SIPPS Extension Level focuses on accuracy and automaticity, leading into fluent reading. But accuracy and automaticity are just a small part of being a reader. Students who have completed Extension Level are ready to take off as readers...
7 weeks 6 days ago
With the second part of the school year underway, it’s time to get back in the swing of things by starting back up your SIPPS lessons. One thing I always like to remind myself when I begin teaching SIPPS again is about the intent behind each lesson. Within each lesson, there are clear, consistent, and concise routines. With being so busy with all my other teaching responsibilities, I find...
16 weeks 6 days ago
SIPPS Challenge Level instruction stresses the flexible application of syllabication strategies. For students to be able to be flexible, they have to know the basic concepts. Challenge Lesson 1 provides extensive support to develop or strengthen those concepts.Basic Concept #1: Short Vowels for Spelling-sound RelationshipsKnowledge of the basic spelling-sound relationships is essential for...
20 weeks 6 days ago
In the SIPPS program, our goal is to provide a gradual release of responsibility as students move through the developmental stages. In the Guided Spelling routine, we scaffold for spelling by sounds in Beginning Level, and we scaffold for “think ahead” spelling in the Extension Level. Extension Level Instruction SIPPS Extension Level is designed for students who are already proficient...
22 weeks 5 days ago
When my school decided to adopt DSC’s Making Meaning, Making Meaning Vocabulary, Being a Writer, and SIPPS programs (as well as a new math curriculum) all in the same school year, the elementary faculty was more than just a little overwhelmed. However, we were also very excited with what we saw in the DSC curricula. The discussions, open-ended questions, and collaborative standpoint all... (3)
24 weeks 6 days ago
SIPPS teachers frequently submit “How do I…?” questions. DSC’s Learning Technologies Team is gathering those questions to determine updates and revisions to the SIPPS technology resources. Following are a few questions and answers that we hope are helpful to you.“How do I print?” and “How do I share or transfer students?”As a result of the “...
26 weeks 5 days ago
The SIPPS instructional routines are an essential part of SIPPS instruction. They also can be the hardest part of teaching the program!In her blog post “An Instructional Shift from Teacher Practice to Student Learning,” Ann Leon describes a shift in practice as SIPPS is implemented during a second or third year.During the first year, the teacher is becoming familiar with the structure...
29 weeks 6 days ago
My last two blog posts addressed the question, “Are my students transferring the skills they are learning?” This is a central question that we must continue to consider so we don’t lose sight of the larger goal of our SIPPS instruction, which is the development of accurate, automatic, and fluent reading so that readers can make meaning of increasingly complex texts. Knowing...
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