I am thrilled to be a guest blogger for three posts about Sidestepping the Summer Slide on Room Mom Spot! This first post is about summer reading. Please check it out. I would love to hear your thoughts, if you care to comment on the post. Here is a free Summer Reading Log to help slow the slide!
Use these bright and colorful, free reading response posters for centers or classroom decor. Posters included: Author’s Purpose (using the PIE acronym) Summarize It (using a SUM acronym that I created) Connecting (text-to-self, text-to-text, text-to-world) Compare and Contrast Inference Questioning Visualizing Predicting UK/AU spellings are included at the end of the document. These will also go well with several of my reading strategy task card sets.
Fact and opinion can be tricky. Fortunately, there are many great ways to teach this concept. Here is a list of nine of them (Editor’s Note: This list originally had 10 ideas, but one idea linked to a website that has since expired, making that suggestion useless). Read or display fact and opinion statements one at a time. Students hold up index cards with either “Fact”
Nonfiction texts can seem a little overwhelming at first. Encouraging students to view a nonfiction book in terms of its parts or features can help quite a bit. The very first thing that students should understand about most nonfiction texts is that they don’t need to read every word from start to finish. A nonfiction book can be compared to a grocery store. You buy what
Inference can be a tricky reading strategy to teach, which is a bit ironic since most of us are constantly inferring things about the world around us and have been since a fairly young age. The trick is to help kids learn how to do it with text. Here are some suggestions for helping your students to learn this skill. Be sure your students know
Comparing and contrasting is a higher level thinking skill important across the curriculum. We compare and contrast characters in a story, word choice in writing, equations in math (think < > =, not to mention word problems ), different hypotheses in science, how holidays are celebrated in different cultures, etc. That is probably why comparing and contrasting shows up multiple times in the Common Core Standards. Here
Here are five free worksheets (with answer keys) to use with your class to help reinforce affixes and to introduce word roots. These five worksheets will work fine as stand-alone activities but are actually part of a much larger 40-page prefixes, suffixes, and word roots product. Download this worksheet plus four more right here!
Here is something fun to try this year: have your students find the teacher’s mistake! Let your (upper elementary or middle school) students know that sometimes you will intentionally make a spelling or grammar mistake on a handout or worksheet. It is their job to find that mistake. They will never know if there is a mistake on any given worksheet – it could come
At first glance There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom by Louis Sachar doesn’t look like the kind of book you would read aloud to your class. It comes across (at least to me) as more silly than anything else. Although there is certainly humor in the book, There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom is so much more, and it is one of my very favorite
Over the weekend I took an Iris Speed Reading course with the hope of learning some techniques for dealing with the huge amount of reading material I deal with every day. In addition to books and articles that I need for researching the books that I write, there are also blog posts, tweets, status updates, message boards, and of course, that huge stack of books on
Here are 20 interesting literature response questions to use for discussion during literature circles or as writing prompts. You can get all 64 Lit Spark Question cards here. What is the most interesting thing you know about the main character of your book? Think about a setting in your book. If you were in the setting, what are some things you might see? Describe an
Looking for one more novel to read out loud or have your students read this year? Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor may be just what you are looking for. Here is why! Point of View/Writing Style Shiloh is written in first person in the voice of eleven-year-old Marty Preston. Marty lives in rural West Virginia, and his speech patterns make that very evident. This is a great
Claudia knew that she could never pull off the old-fashioned kind of running away. That is, running away in the heat of anger with a knapsack on her back. She didn’t like discomfort; even picnics were untidy and inconvenient: all those insects and the sun melting the icing on the cupcakes. Therefore, she decided that her leaving home would not be just running from
Here is a fun way for students to practice their spelling words using a phone keypad. Students use the letters on the keypad to create a number for each word. To make the activity more challenging, have students translate their words into numbers and then switch papers to solve. Just be sure they mix up the words. This worksheet, plus another version to use with