Last year we started doing DDI Strategies to help students boost their efforts with the MAP testing. There are two tests: Primary (K-1) and Goals (2-5). Well, our district decided that 2nd grade should still take the primary. Which means all of the DDI stuff I have is not fully matched up for 2nd grade. Gross! I KNEW there had to be a way to work with the 2-5 DDI and still help the children to get used to what they will be seeing once they go to 3rd grade and do take the Goals test.
Last night I printed all of the cue cards (not that many pages) and aligned them. Then I downloaded all of the ROK vocabulary cards to my iPad so I could shuffle through them at my leisure...and sure enough there are TONS of vocab words and Quick Shots (which are quick little activities to reinforce a skill) that match the Primary stuff. I wouldn't use them with 1st graders but 2nd graders should be alright with a LOT of modeling. So I'm excited to share that with my team today.
Additionally, last year in 5th we did a ton with "Target Tabbing" which is where you find areas in your book that fit a strategy you've worked on previously and the children do a quick activity with them. It's hard to explain without a visual (which I can't upload because of copyright -- sorry!). I will try to complete one and show a picture. Target Tabbing is very easy and helped my kidlets stay focused last year.
Plus overall in our school we had 57% of our students meet or exceed their growth goal last year so I KNOW this stuff works. We kicked it in the butt last year and really pushed out with our goals. I had 77% of my students overall meet or exceed their goals last year! This stuff WORKS. I was determined to find a way to use it with 2nd grade to help them get the most help to process and understand what they need to know.