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Category: Guided Reading

Distance Learning: Using the Tools to Annotate the Text

Google Slides: Built-in Tools While you’re working in Google Slides, you’ll see quite a few options in the toolbar. These can be used by your students to show their interactions with the text. I’m so appreciative of a teacher, Ashley, who reached out and shared how her students were using the shape tools to annotate their

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Digital Non Fiction Passages

Using Passages within Google Slides When I created the digital format of my fiction Guided Reading Passages in 2017, I had no idea just how needed they’d be in the future. I made them because I love using technology. I think it is such a good tool, when used well. Fast forward to now and I’m knee

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Distance Learning: Using Passages

Distance Learning Differences Distance learning looks different based on the school you’re at. I wanted to share some ideas of how teachers are using my passages to help keep their students reading while they aren’t in the classroom together.  Some teachers are using my printable Guided Reading packs, while others are using my Digital Guided Reading packs.

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Distance Learning: Sharing One Passage At a Time

Distance Learning and Google Classroom Since teachers aren’t currently able to sit right in front of their students to conduct Guided Reading groups, some adjustments need to be made. If you own my Digital Guided Reading Passages packs, you may want to break up the passages into each individual passage to assign one at a time to

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Foundational Skills for Early Readers

Working with Early Readers A few weeks ago I received a question about how to work with early readers who weren’t quite ready for the workshop model yet. I figured you’d likely want to know my response to this as well. Here are a few ideas you can use with your readers who are moving

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Running Records

The Importance of Running Records Guided Reading is such an awesome way to help readers make progress. However, you need to be sure to assess your readers on a regular basis. This can be best done via running records, during your small groups. The main reason for this is to adjust your teaching based on

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Guided Reading in the Spring

Preparing for Benchmark Testing By the spring, typically you’re feeling pretty good about your Guided Reading groups. They are usually running smoothly, following a good flow. Even with that being the case, you still want to ensure that your readers are progressing at a good pace.  Using Running Records Most likely you have benchmark testing

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Rhyming Activities

A Focus on Rhymes In my previous blog post, I focused on phonemic awareness and its importance. With that, I mentioned the implications of problems with rhyming. When students have a tough time identifying the matching sounds of rhyming pairs, this can be an early indication of trouble with learning to read.  When students don’t hear

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Phonemic Awareness Activities

What is Phonemic Awareness? Phonemic Awareness is a very important part of early reading lessons. The reason it is so important is because it shows that students are able hear individual sounds in spoken words. In addition, readers need to be able to identify those sounds and manipulate them.  Why it’s important: Once students are

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Top 5 Tips for Comprehension

Reading is Thinking I remember when I became a reading specialist I originally focused heavily on kids learning to read/improving reading. However, pretty quickly I realized that my little readers also needed to heavily focus on improving their comprehension. One phrase that I kept in the back of my mind was “Reading is Thinking”. I

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