Category: Reading

Building Reading Stamina

Building Reading Stamina

Building Reading Stamina is something that we start on our very first day back to school.  Until our reading stamina is built, a lot of my lessons are on hold!  I use a version of Daily 5 in my classroom, so I always go back and reread the book before school starts. We start slowly, just three minutes to begin.  One of the best ways to help my students build their reading stamina is to help them have a plan for their reading time. So, how do I go about building reading stamina with my second graders?  Read on! This post

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Professional Book Study: Teaching Reading in Small Groups by Jennifer Serravallo

Teaching Reading in Small Groups by Jennifer Serravallo Book Study!

Today I am blogging over at Adventures in Literacy Land!  We are doing a summer book study of Jennifer Serravallo’s book Teaching Reading in Small Groups.  If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, head over there.   I am talking about Chapter 4 today: Guided Practice Toward Independence: Strategy Lessons for Comprehension, Print Work, and Fluency. This post contains affiliate links for Amazon. By purchasing an item on the Amazon site using these links, I will receive a small commission on your purchase (with no extra cost to you). For more information about my Disclosure Policy, please visit this link!

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Book Picnic with a freebie!

I have a problem.   I am addicted to children’s books!  I love children’s books.   I believe that I have a pretty good classroom library (it wraps most of the way around my classroom).  But, with so many books, some of the best ones sometimes get put away and never get read because they aren’t as easy to get to, or not as visible as others.  So, how do I get those great books out and noticed?  Of course I read aloud, every day, several times a day (I have a blog post about how I distribute those books

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Mentor Text Link Up! Happy International Children’s Book Day!

I am linking up with Collaboration Cuties for their Mentor Text linky!  I love children’s books and what a better day to do it than on International Children’s book day? I love this book!  Of course, I love pretty much anything by Chris Van Allsberg!  It is about a farmer who accidentally hits a man with his truck.  He brings the man home.  The Stranger doesn’t speak, but enjoys his time with the farmer and his family.  The strange thing is, summer seems to be going on for n extra long time!   I cheated a little on the One

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Family Reading Night!

Friday was our second annual Family Reading Night at school.  I was on the committee last year, but this year I was was asked to head the committee.  I was a little nervous, but I said that I would do it! I must confess that I lost some sleep over the whole thing, but it turned out to be a lot of fun!   We had some great volunteer readers: Two wonderful teachers from a local pre-school (they got to see a lot of “alumni”!), two K-9 police officers with their dogs, a soccer coach (who did some great soccer

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The Three Questions + Freebie!

Today was one of those days in my room.  Bad weather, new seats, computer lab=hyped up kiddos!  One thing I have to say about my class this year is that they love to be read to!  They like to get into the conversation, and they LOVE a good book.  I found one today.  My teaching partner lent it to me because we are working on Asking Questions.  The book is called The Three Questions  by Jon J. Muth and it is based on a story by Leo Tolstoy.  It is a deep one, but one that the kiddos can relate

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Book Raffles!

One of my very favorite parts of teaching is reading aloud to the kiddos.  I always try to pick a story that moves me as well as them.  I have a really awesome group of “story kiddos” this year.  No matter how they behave the rest of the day, they are good as gold when I read a story!   That being said, I read a lot! The kiddos always want the book that I have read.  I used to just give it to the first kiddo who asked, but then it became the same 2 all the time.  Then, along

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Five for Friday!

So, I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for some Randomness!  Who doesn’t like Randomness!  🙂 1. Wow!  Coming back to school is hard!  I went to bed every night this week at 8:30 (except tonight). 2.  I really wanted to regale everyone with my wonderful teaching/blogging prowess by posting impressive pictures of the great learning we did this week.  I REALLY wanted to! 3. I read a GREAT book to my kiddos this week to make mental images.  Boy, we came up with some good ones!  Down to the taste of the metal spoon on our tounges!  This

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Do you CAFE?

As I have posted before I am a huge fan of the Sisters, D5 and the Cafe menu.  I have seen a ton of different ways that it is done in a ton of different classrooms.  I like to do a hybrid.  I let the kiddos write some of the strategies, and I write (or print) others.  Here is a picture of my board at this point in the school year.  Actually, since I have taken this picture we have added a few more strategies and EVERYONE has a goal!  Woo-hoo!  We decided as a class that “Choosing Good Fit

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