Reading to Learn WHILE Learning to Read: High-Quality Informational Text Lessons for ALL Young Readers

Since the advent of the Common Core, we have seen a flood of informational text in classrooms. While this is seemingly all good, there is reason for caution, particularly when we think about text use in the K-2 “learning to read” years. What is the place of informational text in the primary grades?
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Explicit Instructional Routines that are More Effective than Worksheets for Decoding Multisyllabic Words

Many teachers report that they have students who have reached grade 2 and above who struggle to read multisyllable words. Do you have this challenge in your school?
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5 Ways to Unwind During your Well Deserved Summer Break

It’s the final day of school. Teachers and students alike are watching the clock as it ticks down. 3…2…1… The bell rings. Students throw their homework in the air in celebration, dance on the desks, run screaming through the hallways, burst through the doors to the outside, where the sun is shining brightly...
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Kids Phonics Games: Using Manipulatives and Multisensory Instruction to Master Phonics Patterns

Are you looking for ways to make your phonics instruction more fun for students? There are many benefits in using manipulatives, especially with struggling readers.
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Using First Grade Phonics Worksheets and Activities to Practice Phonics Skills

The most effective phonics intervention instruction is explicit, systematic and sequential. Students acquire skills more quickly when teachers explain phonics patterning using...
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When Should Multisyllable Words Worksheets and Activities be introduced in the Classroom?

Many students struggle with reading the longer words in text – those multisyllable words. Although that’s where they struggle, let’s check for precursor skills...
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Middle School Teachers: Alternatives to 6th Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets

6th grade reading comprehension worksheets can be a useful tool – but many students today are unfortunately suffering from worksheet overload. If your middle school students often are lost or behind...
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Mastering Phoneme Substitution

It’s well known that phonemic awareness is a critical skill for reading. In the past we’ve viewed it as something that kindergarten and first grade teachers are responsible for teaching. However, our view of PA is evolving.
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Lesson Plan on Phonics for Effective Phonics Intervention

Congratulations, you’ve successfully assessed your students and perfectly grouped them by skill levels. You know exactly who needs to master which skills to become strong readers. Now, the lingering question is..
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Reading Comprehension Games and Activities (That Students Will Want to Play Over and Over)

Incorporating interactive games and activities in the classroom gives students a chance to practice reading comprehension skills (not to mention makes you the cool teacher)....
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