Making responsible decisions is what I have tried to teach my students daily.
Procedures for Independent Reading
We know that children need to read a lot during independent reading. As classrooms start up this Fall, how do we ensure that our students are actually reading during reading?
I wrote a chapter about read aloud in True Stories.
Read Alouds: Each day the teacher includes at least one read aloud. This allows students to have exposure to great books. One day the teacher reads a story called, Petunia, by Roger Duvoison. Petunia a character who does not know the there are words in books or that books should be open. At the conclusion of the book, she learns, “Now I understand. It was not enough to carry wisdom under my wing. I must put it in my mind and in my heart. And to do that I must learn to read.” http://writingeverydayworks.wordpress.com/2009/03/05/self-selected-reading-procedure-books/ http://writingeverydayworks.wordpress.com/2008/10/23/read-wisely-like-petunia/
Another day the teacher might read a book such as Wolf!, by Becky Bloom. This book is a wonderful example of reading fluently. As the teacher decides what books to read aloud each day there are different teaching points: variety of genres, a chapter book series that your students are ready for, a chapter from a chapter book so students will want to read the book, books that you just love, books with specific teaching points, mentor texts related to writing or other topics, an author study, or theme books. By planning our read alouds and thinking about what books will be read to our students, we make sure that our children will be exposed books throughout the school year.
Classrooms across America have been unpacked in August. Teachers think about how to ensure easy access to books. Many teachers buy or build lots of bookshelves, containers, and labels to organize their books.
Teachers make sure that the students under the organization system in place so that the children can easily find the books they are interested in reading and return them to their proper spots.
Students are taught how to pick out a “Just Right” book. I wear HOPE College t-shirts. I HOPE you can pick a just-right right book. http://writingeverydayworks.wordpress.com/2009/01/05/just-right-books/
Students need to stay in one special place while reading. The no wandering rule must be reinforced. http://writingeverydayworks.wordpress.com/2009/03/06/where-do-you-read/
Junie B. Jones book stories
After reading this book, I have not yet decided if I will read it aloud for writing ideas or read it aloud for enjoyment. Have you decided yet?
Want to know what was the big news story the week you were born? You can use Time Magazine’s cover search. In Michigan it is recommended that the second graders learn about magazine articles. I think one interesting method might be to introduce this concept to students (depending what covers are available the year and weeks they are born obviously).
I was lucky enough to get a president!
Site that supports teachers searching for essays for Lucy’s Essay’s Unit
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Read Write Think “Making Words” lesson http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=150
Printable Making Words Cards: http://www.alltogetherwecan.com/2008/03/31/printable-making-words-cards/
What will your students write about on day one?
What will you model on day one?
What will your mini-lesson be on day one?
What will you expect your students write on day one?
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