New ELA and Math Standards for Oklahoma

If you’re interested in the latest developments regarding Oklahoma’s new standards for English/Language Arts and Mathematics, there are two ways to stay updated: [1] visiting the New Standards page (CLICK HERE) on the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s (OSDE) official site and [2] following Amy Ford (@amyanneford) or the official OSDE (@oksde) Twitter.

Screen_Shot_2015-03-19_at_7_53_22_AMOn the New Standards page, you can access all presentation materials and drafts from the Standards Steering Committee. Audio and video recordings are also available for each Steering Committee meeting.

Follow along on Twitter for the dates and locations of future Steering Committee meetings.

PD On Your Plan: Explain Your Brain

Also available via YouTube!

With the help of OKCPS Taft middle school students, this module demonstrates how strong readers’ brains work while reading! Watch and enjoy! Also, the handout is available as a download below and don’t forget to post int he comments section.


209 kBExplain Your Brain handout


  1. How do you get students to explain their brain?
  2. Describe a reading formative assessment that is successful in your classroom.




Teaching Word Origins

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The following resources and strategies were shared by Oklahoma educators through the #ELAOK community Facebook group. Thank you to all the participants for collaborating and connecting!
How do you teach “word origins”? What resources do you use for teaching “word origins”?


PICKERING: Make a picture of a tree, put root at bottom, put English words made of that root on branches. Can be put in an interactive notebook and added to later. Or put up as a poster. Could also just use a web with root in the middle. 5th grade looks up word origins of foods in dictionary. Another week we do music word origins. We relate the Latin to Spanish (our school has high Hispanic population). Spelling bee materials have some good resources to use too.

HALE: I use flash cards, make root word posters, and created a couple of worksheets that have students practice with pictures. I also have students “compete” for candy with a lightening round board quiz. My 9th graders saw my 6th graders doing it and insisted that they get to try it too with their root words. It was really entertaining and motivated the students to learn the roots when studying the flash cards with a partner knowing that they would be competing.


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Trish Long’s 5th Grade Writing Resources

Writing WGUM iconI’ve made some resources to help fifth grade teachers prepare for the test.  I have emailed them to several teachers upon request through #ELAOK. When I developed these resources, I did so with the idea that each prompt and the additional supporting forms would last one week with five consecutive writing process lesson periods.

Here are my suggestions for use:

Read the prompt packet (Trish’ Prompt Pack is linked below or access the OSDE Prompts: Narrative, Expository, Opinion). Complete the Pick Apart the Prompt page.
Review Pick Apart form and highlight three examples of relevant evidence from both passages that support the prompt’s purpose.  Use yellow for passage one and blue for passage two. (see Play-Doh and Glitter activity below) We discuss and decide the best way to plan the response by choosing a graphic organizer.  Give students blank copy paper and facilitate as they brainstorm/plan their response.  Since we have been practicing this skill all year,  I usually do only the first week’s planning page as a whole group.
Review the state rubric as a whole group lesson only looking at what it takes to receive a 4.  Students write their response.

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