Frequently Asked Questions

*  Are the resources on Waltke's Web free?
        Yes, Waltke's Web was put together by Kristi Waltke and teachers from Jefferson County, TN along with others across the country who believe in collaboration.  We want ALL teachers to have access to the best teaching resources for their students!
 

*  Do I need special permission to use these resources?
        No, this is a collaborative project.  We desire teachers to use these resources to enhance their teaching.

*  How does someone submit a resource to be included on the website?
        To submit resources, email Kristi Waltke at waltkek@k12tn.net, and attach the resource to the email message.  Be warned that Mrs. Waltke's time for working on the website is very scarce as she is working with at-risk students in her school through the Response to Intervention process and also supporting teachers as their literacy coach.  She typically files resources away until she has time to upload them to her webpage.  This process may take many months.  Special preference in the form of a quicker upload is usually given to teachers from Jefferson County, TN.      

*  Why are there no Pre-K and Sixth Grade resources?
    Jefferson County, TN has kindergarten through fifth grade elementary schools.  Scott Foresman Reading Street was not purchased for their Pre-K programs and not purchased for their sixth grade programs.  Mrs. Waltke is foremost a reading/literacy coach in her school district and maintain this website for them, not for the Pearson Scott Foresman Company.
 

*  Does Mrs. Waltke lead professional development sessions on Pearson Scott Foresman Reading Street?
        Mrs. Waltke is not an employee of  Pearson Scott Foresman.  She regularly leads professional development training sessions for teachers in her district as part of her work as a literacy coach.  Mrs. Waltke must take personal leave from her work in Jefferson County to lead professional development sessions for other districts.   
  
*  How do you use Word Rings?
        Word Rings are available for kindergarten through second grade students.  Word Rings are designed to serve as flash cards for students to practice high-frequency words at home.  Teachers copy and cut a set of cards for each student.  The student takes the cards home at least once a week to read the words with an adult.  When the word rings come back to school, they can be used to assess student learning.  Teachers use hole-punchers to make a hole in the box (or place a small sticker) with the words that each student has mastered.  Many teachers use special hole punchers like those found in scrapbook stores.  Some students are very movtivated by this system.  Word Rings can serve as home-communication as well because parents see which words their children were able to read at school.


   
*  How do you use Dominoes?
       Dominoes can be used in one of at least two ways.  First of all, the game "I have, who has?" can be played with one set of dominoe cards.  This is done by passing out a card to each student.  The student with the start card goes first by saying the vocabulary word.  Students listen to the word.  The student who has the matching definition goes next by stating the definition.  Then, that student says the word on the other side of the card, and the game continues.
    Dominoes cards can also be used by individual students.  They should be cut out and mixed up.  Students then match the cards by using the vocabulary words and the correct definitions.  They can be used year after year, or a student could glue them down on paper correctly.
  
*  How do you use Word Ladders?
       Word Ladders are used to improve both phonics skills and vocabulary skills.  Students can follow the clues and write the words on dry-erase boards or notebook paper.  Here is a generic template that can also be used.  In lesson books that are sold, there are student letter clues with blanks per letter, but these are not available through the website.  Check out Timothy Rasinski's website for more information on Word Ladders.