Category: Reading

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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10 Activities for CVC Words

Why CVC Word Work is Important When students are learning to read, it’s important that they build up their skills. Focusing on something like CVC words, gives readers a chance to apply their knowledge of individual letter sounds. As they gain confidence reading CVC words out of context, they can then focus on reading CVC

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February Literacy Engagement Ideas

A Short, but Sweet Month February may be a short month, but it still can be difficult to keep readers engaged. They begin thinking of warmer weather…even if it isn’t actually near. Students are also antsy from being inside so much for the last few months. As a teacher, it’s important to keep the excitement

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10 Ideas for Letter Work

Working on Letters At any given time in the year, you’ll likely have some early readers who haven’t mastered the names and sounds of letters yet. This is of course fine, but it’s also important to help those readers out! Once they know all the letter names and sounds, they become more proficient at reading

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Guided Reading Passages

Why I Love Guided Reading Passages Guided Reading can take a long time to plan for, especially when you have multiple groups with students working at various levels. While the time spent in groups is incredibly meaningful, it can be stressful to try and figure it all out. This is why I love my Guided

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Word Work: Silent e Ideas

Help Readers SEE Silent e Often when students are reading words in or out of context, they are just trying to finish. When doing so, they are rushing over important clues words are providing. Silent e is one part of a word that readers may not pay attention to. When not noticing silent e before

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Winter Literacy Activities

Winter Themed Activities In the winter months, students can have a lot of energy because they’re not able to play outside as much. Between indoor recess and it getting dark so early, there leaves little time to be outside. As teachers, it helps to try and make the entire day a little more engaging for

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Winter Word Work

Literacy Ideas for Winter The weeks leading up to, and following, winter break can be tough. Kids are all very excited about the holidays and are typically more cooped up inside. One way to keep their engagement up is to use your same main literacy materials, in new ways. “Snow” Center I love these white

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Top 5 Parts of a Guided Reading Lesson

Guided Reading Must Haves When leading a Guided Reading lesson, it’s important to make the most of the short amount of time you have with your readers. The more prepared ahead of time you are, the better the lesson will go. As someone who has worked with readers from Kindergarten-5th Grade, I’ve noticed a few

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Letters and Sight Words Activities

Letter Name Recognition Some readers have a tough time identifying letter names. Others have a tough time remembering specific letters. The more readers practice stating the name of letters, the better they become. It’s important to offer frequent opportunities to practice naming letters. If students don’t master the names of letters, they will have a

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