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The Classroom Key: Taking the Rocket Science out of Close Reading

The Classroom Key: Taking the Rocket Science out of Close Reading -- good strategy for literacy in other contents when the teacher is less comfortable guiding students to close read

Beginning of the new year (as in: do these in January!) goals...LOVE! It's always helpful to revisit goals often and set new ones if needed. Most students are asked to set goals at the beginning of the school year, but many are not asked to revisit and revise those goals in a meaningful way throughout the year.

Carried away with excitement for the new school year. Students write goals on balloons. Then, attach pictures of students being "carried away"!

This is a handy chart to easily convert DRA, Guided Reading & AR Levels with Grade Level Equivalencies as well as reading development stages. ***the color coding is a system I used to label my books in first grade and found it especially handy when I was a reading specialist.

I felt like this was an extremely useful chart to use to convert DRA, Guided Reading & AR levels with grade level equivalencies as well as reading development stages. The color coding makes it extremely easy and handy to code classroom books too!

This is the best way to start guided reading with each and every group you meet with! My kids beg me to play "Pop The Balloon" and it's a quick, easy way for me to assess their phonics knowledge. Win win!

This is the best way to start guided reading with each and every group you meet with! My kids beg me to play "Pop The Balloon" and it's a quick, easy way for me to assess their phonics knowledge.

Kindergarten Close Reading MEGA Post!

Kindergarten Close Reading MEGA Post

The Book Bug: Book Tasting Anyone?

You might remember from a post last school year that I did some non-fiction book tastings based on some posts from other Media Specialists.