Are you looking for some fun new ways to encourage your students to read? We have some really good ideas from some really great teachers across the country. Take a look at how they keep their students motivated, on task and excited about reading.
by Elizabeth Supan, Monthly Columnist Educational trends have come and gone over the years during the time that I have been teaching. However, one thing remains constant. We want all students to be able to read fluently and for meaning when they leave elementary school. Reading should not be a challenge as students approach middle
Idea by Laura, 1st Grade Teacher, Akron , OH When it comes to fluency I have a few tricks. First I use the Toobaloos so the kids can actually here themselves as they are reading. It has worked wonders for my speech kids too. They hear how they say a word wrong, look at me shocked
Idea by Debbie, 4th Grade Teacher, Waldo, FL I make fluency fun by using a Reader’s Theater technique to practice reading. With this method, students read play scripts aloud, with more than one student reading each part in unison.
Idea by Marie, 1st Grade Teacher, Las Vegas, NV When teaching phonics, I always use American Sign Language. I have a poster of the sign language alphabet in my room. I also use hand signs for things like flower, tree, run, kick, and more.
Idea by Natalie, Elementary Teacher, Cookeville, TN When I taught 2nd grade, reading comprehension was a main focus of our reading instruction. To boost comprehension, I taught my students how to visualize story elements (characters, settings, actions, etc.) by projecting them onto their “TV Brains.”
Idea by Deborah, 2nd Grade Teacher, Mobile , AL To teach fluency pick a sentence that your students can read fairly easily. Write it on a sentence strips three times. Leave one strip whole. Cut the next one in phrases. Cut the next one word for word. Explain to the students what a fluent reader would
Idea by Maja Terre, a Kindergarten Teacher, in Terre Haute, IN. This year we are hosting a summer used-book exchange. We are asking all of the kindergarten students to bring in three gently used books that they will then be able to exchange for three “new” books. The exchange will allow each child to have
Idea by Ruth, a 2nd Grade Teacher, from Brandon, FL. To encourage summer reading, I purchase an inexpensive chapter book for each child to take home and keep. I purchase these books from the dollar store. You can also check out the discount bins at bookstores as well as summer yard sales. These purchases mean
Idea by Lisa, a 2nd Grade Teacher, from Harrod, OH. As a literacy coach, I enjoy establishing summer reading goals for each grade level. I also send home summer reading logs. Students who complete their summer logs get their picture posted on our back-to-school fall “Reading Hall of Fame” bulletin board. They also receive coupons