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Pump Students Up for Summer Reading!

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Pump students up for summer reading! As the school year winds down, parents and students often ask for a summer reading list or suggested reading for the next year’s grade level. In addition to recommending good reads, you can also teach students a few habits that help them sustain their school year reading work AND enjoy it!   Make it Social! Summer is a time to hang out with friends. Books are meant to be talked about with friends. What a perfect combination for summer reading! Encourage your students to make plans with friends to talk about their books. Even...

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Get Hooked on Characters!

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Top 3 Reasons Characters Matter and Why We Love Them We learn about their lives. When we pick up a book, we often look for ourselves in it through the characters. We wonder if they like the same things we do. Do they act the same ways we do? When they do, it can be very validating to us. When they don’t, it can make us more intrigued and interested in other types of people. We get to go on a journey with them. As a reader, we are along for the ride. We follow characters to places we have...

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Celebration! Let’s Celebrate Reading All Year Long!

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Go ahead and sing Kool & The Gang’s "Celebration" song over and over because Children’s Book Week is almost here! From April 30-May 6, we celebrate the books out there that help students learn how to read, learn about the world, and learn about themselves. It is great to have a dedicated week to celebrate reading, but we really should celebrate reading in classrooms ALL YEAR LONG! The end of each unit is a great time to invite students to reflect, share, or think about the next steps in their reading journey.  The celebrations can be some sort of gathering...

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“Let’s Talk About It!” Time! - Are Your Students Ready?

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When readers sit side-by-side with a reading partner, there are many things we hope for them to do. Regardless of age, we hope partnerships will: Share and extend each other’s thinking about their books Support each other through difficulties that might arise Celebrate each other’s hard work Practice listening and speaking skills while being social around a text The big purpose of partnerships is to help one another attend to text in different ways. A by-product is that it sets readers up with an accountability system to think about the reading work they do independently. If readers read, knowing that...

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Reading Notebooks – Teach Students to Hit the Pause Button!

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As teachers, we might ask the question, “If all of my students are reading different books at different times during independent reading, how can I make sure they are exercising those skills required to understand the text?" One way is to see what they write about as they read. What is the Reading Notebook? The reading notebook is a tool for a reader to jot down the thinking they are producing as they read. In order to explore the purpose of Reading Notebooks, first think of the last time you watched a movie with someone. How many times did you hit...

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