Teacher Tips

Think Aloud Stems

These are sentence stems for various strategies good readers use.

Use these to model for students during lessons.

Using think alouds is a powerful way to give students strategies they can use when they read independently.

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Book Recommendations

The Power of Books

This happens to me all the time. Books ignite the imagination and take us on a journey.

Here are some books I have read recently and recommend. 


A book that grips you and takes you for a mystery tour. A bit of sleuthing is always fun.
Not like any other self-help book I have ever read. reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results. implementing these strategies can be life-changing.
A resource for anyone who has suffered inherited trauma. Full of life-changing stories, powerful insights, and practical tools for personal healing, this book offers hope to heal.
Offers ways to live your best life. An accessible read with a wealth of information, this friendly book will help you keep your brain sharp with easy-to-implement everyday steps we can all take to keep our brains healthy and strong. 





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Learning Apps, Literacy Resources

Great Ipad Apps For guided Reading

http://commoncoreconnectionusa.blogspot.com/2015/08/reading-comprehension-passages-and-ipad.html?m=1

******Use the above link to access a great resource for early readers. The best part is that it will highlight words as they are read.

Here are GREAT RESOURCES, some have a free trial period.

Bookshare: https://www.bookshare.org/cms/

Lexia: https://www.lexialearning.com/core5

Razkids: https://www.raz-kids.com

Skybrary: https://www.skybrary.org/school

Headsprout: https://www.headsprout.com

Lightsail:https://www.headsprout.com

Newsela: https://newsela.com

Rewordify: https://rewordify.com

Thinkcerca: https://rewordify.com

Activelylearn: https://www.activelylearn.com






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Children's Books, Diversity in the Classroom, Literacy Resources

Book Videos

Outstanding story about overcoming fear.

 The Emperor’s Egg video

Learn about Emperor penguins in this delightful, informative book.





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Journal

Free Online Reading Sites for students

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These links provide free online reading opportunities for students. The four below are read by astronauts!

http://pardot.eblireads.com/l/835013/2020-03-13/8sfm

https://pebblego.com/

https://www.justbooksreadaloud.com

https://monkeypen.com/pages/free-stories-for-kids





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Literacy Resources

Teaching Vocabulary

•Students must learn 3,000 words per year by 3rd grade. •Only 400 words a year are directly taught by teachers. •Academic demands are high •Everyday speech consists of only 5,000- 7,000 words.  The books that young children are able to read are intended to help them practice their reading skills rather than build their vocabulary. While we can use these books to build the vocabulary knowledge of young children, it takes some effort and thought on the part of the teacher, tutor, or parent. 

Young children do not build their vocabulary by reading books but rather by having books read to them.



:Strategies to Teach Vocabulary Words

1. Read the story.

2. Contextualize the word within the story. 

3. Have children say the word.

4. Provide a student-friendly explanation of the word.

5. Present examples of the word used in contexts different from the story context.

6. Engage children in activities that get them to interact with the words.

7. Have children say the word. 


•For students with special needs, it is important that the teacher introduces a new word and provide VISUALS

Build on prior knowledge

Define in kid friendly terms and provide examples

Use games, songs, multi-sensory activities.

Use Semantic Mapping:



Vocabulary words fall into 3 tiers:

Tier One: Basic words that rarely require instructional focus (door, house, book)

Tier Two: Words that appear with high frequency, across a variety of domains, and are crucial when using mature, academic language (coincidence, reluctant, analysis).

Tier Three: Frequency of these words is quite low and often limited to specific fields of study (isotope, Reconstruction, Buddhism).


****Robert Marzano has written several books on Vocabulary Instruction. Here are his strategies:

Step one: The teacher explains a new word, going beyond reciting its definition (tap into prior knowledge of students, use imagery).

Step two: Students restate or explain the new word in their own words (verbally and/or in writing).

Step three: Ask students to create a non-linguistic representation of the word (a picture, or symbolic representation).

Step four: Students engage in activities to deepen their knowledge of the new word (compare words, classify terms, write their own analogies and metaphors).

Step five: Students discuss the new word (pair-share, elbow partners).

Step six: Students periodically play games to review new vocabulary (Pyramid, Jeopardy, Telephone).


Resources:

Bringing Words to Life by Isabel Beck
Vocabulary Games for the Classroom by Lindsey Carlton and Robert J. Marzano
Words, Words, Words by Janet Allen
Teaching Basic and Advanced Vocabulary: A Framework for Direct Instruction by Robert J. Marzano






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Literacy Resources

Reading FLUENCY

Repeated readings help students with fluently. Make 2 copies of a page of text . Put them in clear plastic sleeves. Set timer for one minute. Go over errors.

Fluency is the ability to read a text accurately, quickly, and with expression

•A fluent reader reads smoothly and is interesting to listen to.

Ways to Foster Fluency:

Repeated Readings

Readers Theater

Shared Reading

Parner Reading

Choral Reading

Books on Tape

Echo Reading


How can we foster reading fluency?

  1. Paired or “Buddy” Reading. The easiest and best way to help your child develop fluency is to sit with your child and read! … 
  2. Reread Favorite Books. Another way parents can help develop fluency is to build a tall stack of books that your child can read quickly and easily. … 
  3. Record It.
  4. Reader’s Theater (select shorter passages for early readers)

10 Strategies for fluency

  • Record students reading aloud on their own. … 
  • Ask kids to use a ruler or finger to follow along. … 
  • Have them read the same thing several times. …  Check out Six Minute Fluency
  • Pre-teach vocabulary. … 
  • Drill sight words. … 
  • Make use of a variety of books and materials. … 
  • Try different font and text sizes. … 
  • Create a stress free environment.





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