Close Reading Anchor Chart - Ms. Houser
For the past few months, I’ve been working with our third grade team on implementing one of the curriculum modules produced by Expeditionary Learning. By the way, if you’re looking for high quality, common core aligned curriculum for grades 3-8, these modules are awesome! We just finished up The Power of Reading and had a […]
10 authentic ways to hold students accountable for home reading
Let’s face it: reading logs are boring, and most kids hate writing down the titles and authors of books they’ve read in order to “prove” they’ve done their required 20 minutes of reading time at home. Here are some more authentic ways to hold students accountable for their reading time and foster a love of books. Please …
Links to The Clever Teacher website. For finding the perfect book. Comprehension Strategies: Connecting, Inferring, Predicting, Questioning, Summarizing, Visualizing/Imaging. Genre Studies: Narrative, Informational, Poetry, Folktales, Fairy Tales, Mysteries. Word Study. Author Studies. 6 + 1 Traits: Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, Conventions, Presentation. Units of Study-Lucy Calkins: Letter Writing, Diaries & Journals; Literary Essays, etc. And many more...
Top 10 Tips for Building Fluent Readers - Teaching with a Mountain View
We have all heard about the shift that happens, usually between second and third grade, when students (should) go from learning to read to reading to learn. Unfortunately, for some students, their ability to read to learn is stifled by their inability to read fluently. Even for those kids who can read at an average ... Read more
Oral Retelling: The Big Secret
Oral Retelling Header Sometimes I feel like a broken record when it comes to the disconnect between comprehension strategy instruction and comprehension strategy assessment...why is it that we continue to model and teach before AND during reading strategies when teaching reading, yet continually assess children's comprehension AFTER only? I just don't get it! The EOG is a reading test where we ask students to read a passage and answer multiple choice questions after reading and a running…
Teaching Cause and Effect
Our reading comprehension skill this week was recognizing cause and effect in stories. Once again, it was Pintrest to the rescue when I went to make my anchor chart! I got my cause and effect inspiration here. I really wanted to change it up a bit, however. Notice the "effect and cause" on the bottom half: I don't know why we English-speakers do that more often than not! But I think a lot of kids get confused about cause and effect relationships for that very reason.
Free eBooks for Teachers - Best Teacher Resources Blog
This list of 14 websites that offer free ebooks for teachers is a great resources for the tech savvy teacher who is interested in integrating technology.
5 Ways to Teach Nonfiction Text Structure
Before studying to become a reading specialist, I had never explicitly been taught nonfiction text structures as a student and I also hadn’t been taught the importance of teaching them to our students as an
In the News
Good golly Miss Molly! I feel like I've missed so much of the news in blog land with all the craziness of moving to our new house. The mov...
Funky First Grade Fun has opened a newsstand in her classroom and her students are lovin' in! Kimberly filled a bucket full of different ty...