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Thursday, September 20, 2012

I want to teach __________ with a picture book!

When you are preparing to teach a mini lesson in your reading or writing workshop you want to find the perfect piece of literature as a great example of what you are working on, but who has time to search for the perfect book?
This site has the answer! Find mentor texts for your lessons right here.

Find A Book......the right book!!!

We all know as teachers and parents that finding the right book for children to read is often a challenge.
Visit this site to find those "just right books" for students.

This site uses lexiles to match readers and texts according to student ability and difficulty of text.
Now, don't let the term "lexile" scare you! This site can match students and books using lexile measures even if you do not know the lexile level of the student you are helping. Just follow the directions for "Find a Book" and you will be on your way. All you need to know is what grade the child is in and whether the books at that grade level are too hard, too easy, or readable.
Give it a try.
After reading a book recommendation that is "just right" for your reader, you will have a good idea about which lexile level is a good fit. If the recommendation is too hard, drop down a lexile level or two. If it is too easy, you know what to do! Move up!
Happy Reading!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Running Record Passage Generator

Have you ever taken a running record on a blank sheet of paper and all you can see are tons of checks, a few miscues, and then wonder how in the world this is going to help you understand more about one of your reading students?

What do you do if you want to take a running record and need a form- with the text printed- that helps you do this?

Check out this site. It will allow you to type in the text from the book that you will have the student reading from during the running record. After typing in the text it takes just one more step to magically create a running record form with the text printed on it for you to use.
This will sure make it easier to analyze the reading behaviors of your student!!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Book Talks

Book Talks are a great way to provide readers a time to share their favorite books with their peers.
This site, created and designed by Nancy Keane, includes book talking "tips" and lots of other resources to help you get book talking started in your classroom.
You will find lots of lists here including author lists, title lists, subject lists and even reading lists. You will also find information on interest levels. Nancy has also included very valuable book reviews that you can use to help you as you model giving book talks for your students.
Give this site a look if you are interested in this topic. It is a great addition to any reading curriclum.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Leveled Book Lists

Check out this site for a list of leveled books for your children to read.
You can search by title or author name, by reading level, and by grade level.
This is a great source for:
*parents who want to find the "right book" for their child to read at home
*teachers who are building their classroom leveled libraries
*teachers who are planning for guided reading group instruction

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

What Should I Read Next? This will help you find your next favorite book!
Simply click here the next time you need to find a great read.
This site is a real winner.
Don't take my word for it. Log in and give it a try!
Just type in the title of a favorite book or author and you will get a list of books that will be just right for your reading taste or mood.

Friday, November 4, 2011

If you want your students to "Like to Read" and you want to "Like Teaching Reading"......

Teaching students how to think while they are reading is an obvious concept but not so easy to do.
The comprehension and thinking skills needed for proficient reading are important for all readers....early emergent to fluent and beyond.
This link will help teachers better understand the strategies needed for great reading comprehension and how to teach students to use them effectively.

So if you want students to "like to read" and you want to "like teaching reading" then take a peek at this site.