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Category: Reading

Repeated Readings and Why Your Students Need To Do Them

If you want to help developing readers improve reading fluency skills, using repeated readings is one of the most impactful strategies out there. You really can’t get more bang for your fluency instruction buck than with repeated readings! But there are a few key components needed for a successful repeated

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Acquiring Vocabulary with an Interactive Vocabulary Notebook

  Words are not just words. They are the nexus—the interface—between communication and thought.  When we read, it is through words that we build, refine, and modify our knowledge. What makes vocabulary valuable and important is not the words themselves so much as the understandings they afford. –Marilyn Jager Adams

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Second Story Window Summer Reading Challenge

And now we'd like to tell you about the   Second Story Window 2011 Summer Reading Challenge!  Read 10 new books and you can earn a free $5 game from our shop. One game per child. Parents can read books to a non-reading child. Download the form here. E-mail photos

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summer reading programs

 image via Boy have we been busy lately! But don't be too sad about our blogging absence, it's because we're working on so many fun new things for the shop. Let me tell you, there are so many great programs going on right now encouraging summer reading. Here's a quick

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April Fool’s Day!

Ha ha! The joke's on us! We didn't get this posted in time for April Fool's day fun, but hopefully you can get some use out of it regardless. It's a homophone riddle book for your little jokers to complete. Print the pages, cut in half, and staple in order.

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Reading is Fundamental

I teach at a Title I school. That means a significant portion of the student body lives in poverty. In the US, about 61% of low income families have NO books in their homes. Some people might believe that the book shortage is because I've hoarded them all, but that,

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December Book-a-Day 11: The Story of the Nutcracker Ballet

Each day in December we will be sharing one of our favorite Christmas storybooks and an activity to go along. (Affiliate link included for your convenience.)  The story of the Nutcracker is a ubiquitous, but delightful, part of December. Book The original book, published by E.T.A. Hoffmann in 1816, is

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December Book-a-Day 7: Who’ll Pull Santa’s Sleigh

Each day in December we will be sharing one of our favorite Christmas storybooks and an activity to go along. (Affiliate link included for your convenience.)  Santa's reindeer are sick! With Christmas Eve right around the corner, what's a jolly old elf to do? Audition some replacements, of course! Book

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December Book-a-Day 1: Counting To Christmas

Each day in December we will be sharing one of our favorite Christmas storybooks and an activity to go along. (For your convenience, affiliate links included.) BookCounting to Christmas by Nancy Tafuri appealed to me because of the pictures. The text is very brief: "Days 1, 2, and 3 I

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Wednesday Words– Synonym Turkeys

The third grade at my school does Synonym Turkeys every year. The students choose a word and write it on the turkeys' bodies. Then they look up their words in the thesaurus and write synonyms on the feathers (sometimes with correct spelling, sometimes without. 🙂 ) My favorite was this

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Wednesday Words–Turkey in Disguise

Considering the books I read to my class each November, it's a wonder any of them actually sit down to a plateful of turkey on Thanksgiving! No worries, though, they're still counting the days until they can savor mom's home roasted turkey goodness! So far we've worked our way through:[Click

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