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Reading K/3

From Picture Clues to Textual Evidence

From Picture Clues to Textual Evidence

Guest post by Jessica from Astute Hoot. Using picture clues or detecting, is a key strategy for beginning readers. Pictorial clues can serve as a bridge to decoding strategies such as sounding out and blending and also compensate for weak decoding skills in struggling readers. Pictures can also increase comprehension by providing elaboration for a
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How to Foster Fluency in Young Readers

How to Foster Fluency in Young Readers

Reading fluency is the ability to read a text quickly, accurately, and with comprehension.  While it may sounds easy enough, developing fluency skills is not always easy.  Students often struggle with it and really good teachers know that it takes more than just a quick lesson to foster.  This clever idea from Deborah, a 2nd
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Creating Reflective Learners

Creating Reflective Learners

by Jessica, Astute Hoot Students are more successful when they monitor and reflect upon their thinking and learning. Cultivate a classroom of self-reflective learners using these strategies:


5 Really Good Reading Ideas for the Elementary Classroom

5 Really Good Reading Ideas for the Elementary Classroom

Sometimes all you need is that one new lesson idea to launch a whole host of creativity. When some of our Really Good Teachers share their best ideas, you know you are bound to find ones that will work for you. Check out the tips for nurturing a love of reading in your students from
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Solution Sunday: Sight Word Practice and Mastery

Solution Sunday:  Sight Word Practice and Mastery

  The Problem:  Mastering sight words is a critical skill that students must learn.  These foundational words are what will help them become better readers, better writers, and better students overall.  You have tried to post sight words around the room, even those below grade level, to help your students learn and remember them.  Flash
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Boxes, Baskets, and Bookshelves

Boxes, Baskets, and Bookshelves

Idea by Lisa, 2nd Grade Teacher, Columbus, OH I have found the use of Student Browsing Boxes to be most helpful in implementing the Daily 5.


PowerPoint for Teaching Points

PowerPoint for Teaching Points

Idea by Kim, 6th Grade Teacher, Round Lake, IL One of the best ways to build students’ trust when using the Daily 5 is to spend about a week on each category, modeling, practicing, and troubleshooting.  


Magic Carpet Time

Magic Carpet Time

Idea by Emily, 2nd Grade Teacher, L’Anse, MI I follow the Daily 5 book pretty closely. To build students’ trust, we spend a lot of carpet time together making “I” charts, as well as discussing and practicing expectations.


Tools of the Teacher Trade

Tools of the Teacher Trade

Idea by Kay, 1st Grade Teacher, Leesville, SC The key to my success with the Daily 5 are organizational tools—many of which I secure from Really Good Stuff.  The Really Good Stuff baskets fit my needs perfectly. I use them, along with other storage baskets, to organize word tools and books.


Goal-Setting for Success

Goal-Setting for Success

Idea by Jennifer, a 2nd Grade Teacher, Colorado Springs, CO. I love the Daily 5 and I use all five components in my classroom. To build student trust in the process from the get-go, we spend time setting goals for ourselves.