Guiding reading struggles is something I hear from teachers often. They often feel like the all of the guided reading strategies are too hard, they take too long to plan, and they aren’t effective. But I am here to tell you, it doesn’t have to be that way! In this post, I am going to cover some of the myths that I commonly hear about guided reading in the upper elementary classroom. Guided Reading Isn’t Needed in Upper Grades I disagree with my whole heart. "In guided reading, you ... Read More about Common Myths about Guided Reading
Cause and Effect is a great reading skill to teach students, but it is also a great life skill. When students fully understand cause and effect they can begin making connections in their reading comprehension. That is why it is suggested to teach this skill towards the beginning of the year. In this post, I will share my top 3 favorite ways to teach cause and effect, PLUS a fun freebie! The Cause and Effect Example Capture your student’s attention and really engage them in this ... Read More about Cause and Effect in Upper Elementary
Teaching author’s purpose can be one of the most engaging and entertaining skills that you teach! If you do some great activities for author's purpose, your students will be engaged the entire time and successful at figuring out what the purpose is that the author is trying to write! In this post, I am going to share my top 4 author’s purpose activities with you! These activities to teach author’s purpose are great warm-up activities or simple introduction activities to the ... Read More about Activities for Author’s Purpose
Teaching plot to students is typically a fun first skill to work on with them! Teaching plot with picture books and short stories help students create mastery of the skill. Engaging them in their learning with interesting topics also helps! In this post, I am going to share my five favorite ways to review and learn plot! Teaching Plot Diagram The plot diagram is a great way to teach students how to understand plot. They can use the roller coaster picture and song to really remember ... Read More about Teaching Plot!
Summarizing is one of the first skills that you should teach your readers when the school year begins. Being able to summarize what they read helps them with the ability to check for understanding, support with text evidence, and check if what they are reading is at a level that makes sense to them. Activities for summarizing that are engaging are key! But summarizing doesn’t have to be boring! By using meaningful activities for summarizing, you can make it fun! In this post, I am going to ... Read More about Activities for Teaching Summarizing