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Research-Based Reading Comprehension Instruction

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Research-Based Reading Comprehension Instruction

Reading comprehension is one of the most important skills we will teach our students. As the Texas Education Agency wrote, "Without comprehension, reading is a frustrating, pointless exercise in word calling." Without comprehension there is no meaning to what is being read, and therefore no enjoyment. If we can successfully teach reading comprehension to our students, we are setting them on the path to become lifelong readers.  So how do we do that? Through explicit, intensive, and persistent instruction. This means we: Choose reading strategies that closely align with the text our students are reading.  Explicitly teach about that strategy...

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Diverse Children's Books I Love

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Diverse Children's Books I Love

Today I want to share some of my favorite diverse children's books that I love. Recognizing, celebrating, and understanding diversity and representation is extremely important inside our classrooms. One of the best ways to do this is by the use of diverse books inside your classroom library. (The links in this blog post are affiliate links.) 1. Cece Loves Science by Kimberly Dering and Shelli R. Johannes I absolutely love this book. It includes a diverse family while walking students through the scientific process. It's amazing.  2. Love by Matt de la Peña and Loren Long This beautifully illustrated book talks...

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End of Year Picture Books

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End of Year Picture Books

The end of the school year is a crazy time. (Crazy might actually be an understatement.) We are dealing with testing, assemblies, field trips, field day, cleaning up our rooms, and more. This often leaves us tired and overwhelmed with weird little chunks of time to fill. I always loved reading picture books during these times. Not only do they help share with my students how I feel about each one of them, but it was also easy to tie in writing and math activities. Let me show you some of my favorites.  1. WALK ON! A GUIDE FOR BABIES...

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Guided Reading Blueprint: 9 Steps to Creating Independent Readers Part 3

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Guided Reading Blueprint: 9 Steps to Creating Independent Readers Part 3

Ready for part 3? Keep reading! (Missed Part 1 and Part 2? Click on the links to read them.) In parts one and two of this blog post series, we discussed how to prepare for guided reading, and how to properly facilitate independent reading during guided reading. In this final post, we'll talk about some activities that support guided reading instruction, and how to use what you've learned about your students to plan for future guided reading.  use the last few minutes of your time together to fo 7. ENGAGE IN LETTER OR WORD WORK After your guided reading group...

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Guided Reading Blueprint: 9 Steps to Creating Independent Readers Part 1

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Guided Reading Blueprint: 9 Steps to Creating Independent Readers Part 1

  Guided reading is a crucial part of our reading block. It's a time to work with individual students to build their reading comprehension skills and add strategies to their toolbox. (Talk about pressure.)  So how do we do it? I'm going to lay out the exact steps you can take to make the most of your guided reading groups. I will give you the blueprint you need to set up and run your reading groups. There is SO much information out there that I'm going to break it up into three parts.  Reading researchers and guided reading gurus Fountas...

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