Category: Reading

How Can Reading Logs for Reading Comprehension be More Fun? Cover with image of adorable smiling little girl reading.

How Can Reading Logs for Better Reading Comprehension be More Fun?

As a former teacher, I see value in Reading Logs for Reading Comprehension. But, I must confess. When my boys were in school I really disliked their reading logs. It’s funny though, my boys LOVED their reading logs. They even kept them after they got them back. Why you may ask? Both of my boys are huge readers, and they loved having a record of the books that they had read. They loved to show me their lists and talk about the books that they have read and are reading. Win-win! I am also a huge reader, and I love

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How to Successfully Teach Sequencing with Fun Writing Mini-Lessons

How to Successfully Teach Sequencing with Fun Writing Mini-Lessons

Sequencing is the identification of the pieces of a story or event— the beginning, middle, and end. It also refers to the ability to retell the events in a text in the order in which they occurred. Sequencing and retelling are great ways to improve both your students writing and their reading comprehension! Read on for some fun ways to teach sequencing in your classroom! I liked to use the gradual release of responsibility model of instruction in my classroom. Basically, it boils down to “I do… We do… You do…” so in this post, I will be giving you some

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5 Delightful Reasons to Hold One-to-One Student Reading Conferences

5 Delightful Reasons to Hold One-to-One Student Reading Conferences

Reading with students is such an important part of teaching. We have such limited time during the day so we have to do what is super important. So, today I am giving you some reasons to try to fit one-to-one student reading conferences into your day! Building Relationships with Students Getting to Know Your Students as Readers Reading Goal Setting Plan Instruction Individual Student Reading Instruction Reason #1: Building Relationships with Students Most teachers that I know got into teaching because they love kids. We love the “lightbulb moment” when something clicks for our students. We love getting to know

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7 Fun October Activities You NEED in Your Primary Classroom

October Activities are my favorite activities! Ahhhhhhh! Fall is a lovely season here in Indiana. This is a great time of year for being a teacher as well. The kiddos are finally into the routine (hopefully), your teacher stamina is built up, and things are humming along. Not to mention you can get out all of your cute jeans and sweaters! I have a few October Activities to help your October be even better! And yes, there are freebies as well! So, without further ado… 7 Fun October Activities You NEED in Your Primary Classroom Pumpkin Math October Reading Logs

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6 Easy Reading Activities for Fast Finishers

Looking for some fun, meaningful activities for fast finishers? This blog post is full of ideas for early finishers that are reading-related! There is also a freebie for you! Thanks for reading! Reading Activities for Fast Finshers: 1 Reading itself is a favorite activity for early finishers in my room. I have a ton of children’s books, and they are just too tempting. My room is surrounded by great books! My students store 2-3 books in their book boxes that they are welcome to read or look at when they are done with their work, eating snacks (if they are

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reading conferencing with students

Reading Conferencing with Students

What are Reading Conferences? I LOVE doing reading conferences. Reading conferencing with students is a quick, one on one conversation that you have with your students about what they are reading and how they can become better readers. It’s that simple. Why do Reading Conferencing with Students? Reading conferences help you as the teacher get to better know your students! This precious one on one time with your students to help you with differentiating your reading instruction, getting to know your individual students better, and helping them along with their reading! These conferences are short, sweet, and to the point,

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5 Easy Responding to Reading Ideas!

As a primary teacher one of my favorite classroom activities is Responding to Reading! It is so important to let students express their thoughts and ideas about what you are reading and what they are reading! Read on for 5 Responding to Reading Ideas! Responding to Reading Idea #1 Let them talk! The easiest and my favorite responding to reading idea is to let your students talk! The procedure in my classroom is if the book is facing me, we are listening intently. If the book is facing you (the students), you can make a quick comment to your partner

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Mentor Text Monday: Mealworm Life Cycle

  Hello all!  It’s that time of year again!  It’s time to study the life cycle of the mealworm or darkling beetle!  Are you ready?  I have a fantastic book that is perfect for your study and a Mealworm Life Cycle observation freebie! This post contains an affiliate link to Amazon (if you would like to get your own copy of this book!).     I came across this awesome book several years ago when I started teaching second grade.  I always try to introduce a new topic with a book.  This one is awesome for teaching the life cycle of

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Data Collection and Graphing Activity

Math Read Aloud: Data Collection and Graphing!

Oh my goodness!  Oh my goodness!  I am so excited about this ADORABLE book!  I even moved out of my comfort zone to create a *gasp* math freebie!  This book is a great math read aloud that lends itself really well to a little data collection and graphing activity!  Read on to see what has inspired me…This post does contain affiliate links.  If you use the link I will receive a small commission at no cost to you. Thanks so much for your support. Math Read Aloud: I Need a Hug by Aaron Blabey Hello!  So happy to see you! 

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Read aloud for visualizing! This fun book is perfect for when you are teaching your students to make mental images or visualizing! Check out the blog post and grab your freebie!

Super Fun Read Aloud for Visualizing with The Purple Kangaroo!

One of my favorite reading strategies to teach my kiddos is Visualizing or making mental images.  This book is such a fun read-aloud for visualizing! In my opinion that is what makes reading so great!  YOU get to create the pictures in your head! This book is EPIC read aloud for visualizing or making mental images! This post does contain affiliate links.  If you use the link I will receive a small commission at no cost to you. Thanks so much for your support. Why teach Making Mental Images or Visualizing? In my opinion, this is the reading strategy that makes

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Hilarious Read Aloud for Cause and Effect

Hilarious Read Aloud for Cause and Effect

Oh My Goodness!  If you haven’t read this hilarious read aloud for cause and effect yet, you really need to go out and get this super-fun book! I mean…Potatoes in Pants? Read on my friend… Hilarious Read Aloud for Cause and Effect This post does contain affiliate links.  If you use the link I will receive a small commission at no cost to you. Thanks so much for your support. I am so excited about his book!  It is so fun.  You have to check out the trailer: My kiddos loved this story too! Potato is really excited because Lance Vance’s

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Winter Teaching Ideas

Winter Resource I Love!

    I have teamed up with some other amazing teacher authors to bring you this fun winter link up! Read on to see some amazing resources to help you keep them thinking all winter long!         Winter is (in my opinion) the best season for reading!  Curl up with a good book and a cup of hot cocoa!  Help your kiddos to find the joy in winter reading with these fun  reading logs and challenges!   So much great reading stuff in one place!  I love sending home the reading challenge at the beginning of the month

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