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This Close Reading passage and supplementary materials will take your students through the Close Reading process and would work well as an introduction to penguin research. It includes a prereading schema builder for day 1, a response sheet for the
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This unit includes materials to use with a guided reading group before/during/after reading. The story is about a lost puppy. Skills taught through this book include vocabulary genres author's purpose narrative elements sequencing synonyms and
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The materials in this bundle are very adaptable to teacher needs. The set includes printable phoneme cards that can be used for making words, push it say it, modeling rhyme, or teacher made games. Print on colored paper as outlined, laminate, and
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Looking for a print and go community builder that works on fluency, word study and comprehension too? This original poem comes with follow up activities for each of these skills. Want to build a theme? Add in books with a cooking theme, write
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This set of game cards can be printed and used with any set of vocabulary words before and after reading. Directions are included in the file for printing and usage. This game is perfect for small group guided reading. All you need to add to this
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This activity can be printed and used to reinforce students' understanding of author's purpose. Directions are included in the file for printing and usage. This activity is perfect for small group guided reading, as a center, in cooperative
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This graphic organizer includes the plot mountain, an introduction to literary terms such as rising action, falling action, and climax, characters and character traits, setting, point of view, and author's purpose. It's intended to be used with any
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This printable anchor chart would be helpful to students during small group guided reading lessons. I am using it with my students to help them identify information in articles that we'd want to highlight or underline to remember and use later to
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Use this file and change as you like to practice vocabulary usage. In my classroom, I give the students clues at each step of the ladder and have them do Think, Pair, Share to respond. As students give answers, with a mouse click, the shoe moves
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This freebie would work very well for modeling comprehension skills using the book, A River Ran Wild, as the mentor text. The skills with this set of lesson materials include: Author's Message Using text features to make predictions Making
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Use this checklist to assess how your readers are progressing with the reading continuum. Checklist includes phonics, fluency, comprehension, and writing behaviors.
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I couldn't find a graphic organizer for students to record text information that helps them visualize, so I put this together for my kids. I thought I'd share with those who may need something like this too.
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Use this organizer to help drive your vocabulary preteaching discussion. Students can record their thinking as they brainstorm examples and non examples of the target words.
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This freebie works well for sequencing, but also for story retelling. Students record the main events as they read. For post reading, I'd recommend writing a retelling paragraph. ***************************************************************How to
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This freebie goes with Harcourt Journeys leveled nonfiction readers. It's a little dressed up version of what comes with the series for nonfiction reading. I thought my students would enjoy a little pizzazz with the added border and clipart. :-)
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This organizer is intended for use with any word list. Students list their words and as a group come up with a list of synonyms and antonyms. There are two versions for 6 words or 10 words. For lower grades, I would not recommend introducing more
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This organizer is used to step your students through the SQ3R process with any nonfiction text. It is used before, during, and after reading and works well even with textbooks.
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This organizer works with any book to brainstorm before reading or before writing about a topic. Students write related words or ideas to activate their schema for the reading topic. It can be used before, during, and after reading.
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Send this printable along with your weekly word sort, and your students will be all set for the week. Students pick one menu item per day. Simple and easy to follow.
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Use this form for the Story Impressions strategy. List key words from your fictional story of choice in the Word box in order, and have your student write prediction statements. During reading, have them check for accuracy. After reading,
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am a reading specialist with 24 years of experience. Currently, I work with small group guided reading intervention and as a reading coach to the teachers in my building. I have ten years in the regular classroom teaching experience with grades 1,4 and 5,and one year as Technology Specialist.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Because my primary responsibility has been reading intervention with struggling readers, my instructional methods are based upon the individual needs of the students in my groups. My lessons are hands-on, active, and thoughtful. I encourage lots of oral discussion with high level questioning, and I include writing throughout the reading process. I LOVE interactive notebooks, anchor charts, mentor texts, and working with anything fun and active.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

In the past,, I've received two educational grants totaling four thousand dollars to build a leveled library and lending room for literacy workstations. With these funds combined with Title 1 reading funding, we've been able to add nearly 3000 books to our tradebook library.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Iowa State University and a Master's degree in Reading Education from the University of Virginia.

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I blog at Comprehension Connection, Classroom Tested Resources and Adventures in Literacy Land. I hope you'll drop by to read more about best practices in literacy instruction and share ideas of your own. To sign up for my monthly newsletter, CLICK HERE

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