Posted on 09/13/2010 by debrennersmith
There are also tons of games dedicated to word work. Scrabble, , Pictionary, Scattergories, crossword/word searches, and Guesstures are a couple popular word work games. Many teachers incorporate word games into their word work time, then include them as recess or free time opportunities.
How To Learn About A Word
More Word Ideas
Word Book Ideas
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Posted on 04/29/2010 by debrennersmith
Read the book, Petunia, then establish the procedure that there is no FAKE reading during independent reading time by students.
Establish that students pick a book that they want to read instead of that the teacher assigns a book to the child.
Establish with the students what independent reading looks like and sounds right. What are the expectations? When we look around the classroom, what does the teacher see and hear? What do the students? How is the teacher holding the students accountable?
Read the book Wolf to establish what fluency understanding means.
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Posted on 02/08/2010 by debrennersmith
Just Right Books
To help keep kids’ in seats instead of moving back and forth to picking out books during their self-selected reading time (or independent reading time), book baggies help. Often, teachers will have their students place books that are at their level or are ‘just-right’ books into the baggies. Some teachers will include nonfiction books, magazines, fiction books, picture books, even chapter books.
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Posted on 02/17/2009 by debrennersmith
Pat Cunningham and I are presenting our book at the International Reading Association on Sunday. Our session is Comprehension Strategy: Thinking Theme (Higher Level Thinking and Big Ideas). It is hosted in the Phoenix Convention Center in room W211B. I can’t wait! I hope to see you all there!
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Posted on 04/20/2008 by debrennersmith
Guess The Covered Word
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