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steps for close reading

Five Steps For Close Reading To Boost Your Student’s Vocabulary

I’m continuing this blog series on the steps of close reading. Today’s topic? Vocabulary development! We’ve all seen studies about vocabulary development in children. The more words and phrases a child knows by the age of two helps them to develop the language skills they need to be successful readers. As a mom, I tried

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close read passages

You Can’t Find Close Read Passages? Here’s How To Write Your Own!

So you’ve been spending your planning period looking for the right close reading passage. Sometimes it’s hard to find the right passage for close reading, especially if you have little readers. They might be too hard/easy and you’re left feeling like Goldilocks looking for the perfect chair. Ever been there? When you can’t find the

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how to teach close reading

What NOT to do when you are learning how to teach close reading

If you’re teaching close reading to your elementary students and it’s not going well, you might be making some of the mistakes I made when I was first starting to teach a close reading lesson. In this blog and with this FREE teacher guide, I’m going to show you how to teach close reading effectively

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Free Guide For Teaching Close Reading To Your Younger Students

Teaching close reading to younger students is hard! A lot of the aspects when you are teaching close reading are more applicable to older students in middle school or high-school. It’s not a one-size-fits-all approach to reading. So when I began to teach close reading to my first graders, I was intimidated! So intimidated, in

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passages for close reading

How To Choose the Best Passages For Close Reading

So you’re ready to teach close reading, and you’re even ready to use close reading symbols, but where are you going to find the right passages for close reading? They’re not always readily available. And how do you know if you have the best text passages? I’m going to show you what I did to

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close read symbols

Three Things To Consider When Using Close Read Symbols For First Graders

Teaching close reading in your classroom is hard enough, but teaching your students how to use close read symbols correctly and effectively seems next to impossible. I mean, c’mon, they’re six years old and probably have never taken notes on anything before. And don’t get me started on the fact that they’re just starting to

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reader's theater scripts

7 Tips To Make Reader’s Theater Scripts Fun In First Grade

How much fun is reader’s theater? I loved giving my students a set of reader’s theater scripts. Their face would light up, and they’d be SO excited! I’m going to share 7 tips to make using reader’s theater scripts fun for your students and easy to maintain for you! Following these tips helped my students

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5 Fun Ways To Teach The Reading Skill Compare And Contrast

There are many activities you can do to introduce and reinforce the reading comprehension skill of compare and contrast. This reading strategy is fun to teach because you can add a lot of interactive elements into your mini-lessons. Here are five compare and contrast examples that you can use in your classroom. I like to

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reading responses

How To Strengthen Student Reading Responses With A Sticky Note Template

Sticky notes. They’re not just for grocery lists anymore. Did you know you can print on sticky notes? My favorite thing to do is print reading responses onto sticky notes for my students to fill out at literacy stations.  Reading responses at literacy stations are important. Your students know they are held accountable for reacting

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skills of reading comprehension

Skills Of Reading Comprehension And Printable Bookmarks

I have never met a student who didn’t love bookmarks. You bust out a set of printable bookmarks and you’re going to see some excitement in your classroom! I have never met a student who didn’t love bookmarks. You bust out a set of printable bookmarks and you’re going to see some excitement in your

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