Category: Reading Strategies

Decoding and comprehension strategies for beginning readers

  • Activities to Teach Self-Monitoring Reading Comprehension

    Activities to Teach Self-Monitoring Reading Comprehension

    In my previous post, I discussed using pictures as a comprehension strategy using Eagle Eye. As I mentioned, the more advanced kids become at reading, the fewer pictures their books will have. So, it’s important to teach other self-monitoring reading comprehension strategies. I’ll share some easy lesson activities you can do to model and teach…

  • Using Eagle Eye as a Comprehension Strategy

    Using Eagle Eye as a Comprehension Strategy

    Can you believe he was picking his nose?? Not what you thought? Pictures are a huge help to beginning readers when monitoring comprehension! Even when decoding accurately, factors such as figures of speech and background experience can affect a student’s comprehension. Some kids can decode an encyclopedia (do they even have those anymore??), but if they aren’t monitoring their…

  • Step-by-Step Decoding: When Kids Get Stuck on a Word

    Step-by-Step Decoding: When Kids Get Stuck on a Word

    I had a student my first year teaching who had a habit of waiting for help before making any attempts on his own.  He would start a sentence, get to a tricky word. . . and just stop.  As I sat by him one day while he read, he got stuck on a word and…

  • Guided Reading Lesson Components

    Guided Reading Lesson Components

    Guided reading is my favorite time of the day! It’s the best way to differentiate reading instruction to meet the needs of all your students. It wasn’t always my favorite, though. In fact, I used to dread it! I did not feel confident and always felt overwhelmed with planning my guided reading lessons. It takes…

  • Guided Reading Tools Every Teacher Should Have

    Guided Reading Tools Every Teacher Should Have

    These are must-have tools for guided reading in kindergarten and first grade! I keep drawers with my fun tools to keep kids engaged throughout guided reading lessons. Can you guess what’s in the drawers? Read this post to find out some new, exciting ways to use materials you likely already have in your classroom! #tejedastots…

  • How to Keep your Guided Reading Lessons Short

    How to Keep your Guided Reading Lessons Short

    One question that comes up often about guided reading is. . . How do I fit all my groups in? The struggle is real! It’s important to take the time you need with your students (part of teaching is loving on them!), but it’s also important to stay on track, so that you’re able to…

  • Warming Up For Guided Reading

    Warming Up For Guided Reading

    If you do guided reading, you know how hard it is to find great tools for teaching specific skills and strategies before or during a guided reading lesson. I found it especially hard to find resources that had great examples to model the strategies with. And when I did find tools, they were never in…

  • What To Do With Extra Classroom Magazines

    What To Do With Extra Classroom Magazines

    Do you have extra Scholastic News Magazines lying around your classroom? I hoard save Scholastic News magazines because I just love them and can’t imagine discarding them. However, we just never get to all of them and I always have a big pile by the end of the year. Well, I finally buckled down and…

  • Teaching Main Idea and Details

    Teaching Main Idea and Details

    It’s time for our non-fiction unit! This is one of my favorites because kids just love learning amazing facts. It’s fun to watch them become little “teachers” to their peers, sharing what they learn and have become experts on. One essential skill we cover in this unit is finding the main idea and details. Here…

  • The Why and How of Teaching Comparing and Contrasting

    The Why and How of Teaching Comparing and Contrasting

    If you ask a student to get you a red coat from the class closet, they will likely find it easily among a sea of black coats. However, if there are 3 red coats, they will need more guidance to find the one you want. This is where comparing and contrasting comes in. It’s a…

  • Reading Strategies: Tips for How to Teach Decoding

    Reading Strategies: Tips for How to Teach Decoding

    Teaching decoding strategies to beginning readers can be tricky. Read this blog post for tips on helping your kids become independent readers, using many different strategies when they get stuck on a word. #tejedastots

  • Anchor Charts: Why They Work and How to Use Them

    Anchor Charts: Why They Work and How to Use Them

    Do you love anchor charts as much as I do? Anchor charts may look pretty, but there are so many benefits to anchor charts besides just adding to your class decor! First of all, what IS an anchor chart? An anchor chart is a poster created to record and display important points about your lesson.…