Get Parents Involved in Literacy!

We all know that one key component to students being successful in school is having parents who are involved. I believe this to be especially true in the area of literacy. The more practice students have with reading in any setting, the better they become at reading. There are only so many hours in a school day, so if the reading can carry over to home, I'm one happy teacher! 

Another important component of literacy, especially for struggling readers, is to provide kids with a model of a fluent reader. The more students see what a fluent reader looks like, the more likely their reading is to eventually become fluent as well. Struggling readers have a tough time identifying that they are not reading fluently because they are so focused on decoding each word. By providing a fluent model regularly, they begin to notice the differences in their own reading and strive to sound the same as the fluent readers. These important components of literacy led me to my latest packs which I'm super excited about- they're a way to combine all of the above- get parents more involved & get kids hearing a fluent model reader often.

I posted this video on Instagram to give a quick glimpse into the can check out the close-ups down below!

My initial plan for these passages is that the child is working at home with a parent/adult...but they also work well for parent volunteers in the classroom, one-on-one/small group/whole group reading time with the teacher at school! It's really just what works best for you and your population of students. 

Each child gets their own I Read, You Read folder. Within each folder there is a set of directions for the parent so they know how to use the passages with their child. The passages are also in the folder. Students then follow the simple steps below- reading their passage first (at their ability level) and then listening to the parent/adult read the higher level story. The parent and child can then discuss the story while the child writes responses to each question. The last step is for the student to go back and look for sight word(s) or underline their evidence from within the text.

 I love that parents have a chance to see what their child is capable of reading-wise. They may realize certain types of words their child is struggling with or something they didn't realize their child was really good at reading already!

These passages don't require too much time from the parent, but just enough to not only be practicing reading, but also providing the child with some one-on-one attention which we know they all love!

2nd Grade Edition also added! 

If you're looking to add something new to get parents involved in literacy, check out the packs by clicking the links below!

Have a great day!

Spring has Guided Reading!

Well some days recently it has felt like spring, but other days not so much. So until spring actually comes to stay around here, my little readers are enjoying spring time in our guided reading groups instead!

I switched out some of our winter and regular guided reading folders for our spring ones. My little readers LOVE getting their new guided reading folder full of fun stories! I'm always prepared for each guided reading group with my guided reading folders for each student, my lesson plan and running records.

Here's a quick video showing a run through of a guided reading lesson using my spring guided reading packs:

I love discussing the text together after students read the stories with my guidance. They find it so simple to look back at the story right there to answer the questions if they can't remember what they read. The running records also make it a breeze to see who is ready to move on or who needs some extra practice at the current level.

My littlest readers still need some help identifying sight words, so going back and circling/highlighting/underlining specific sight words within each story helps them practice those special words!

During our preview of each story before reading, reviewing specific skills and concepts related to word patterns is so meaningful. It is so beneficial to review right before my readers get a chance to apply the skills in context while reading!

Having my readers go back to the text and highlight where they found their answers ensures that they actually have an answer that makes sense to each comprehension question!

Another meaningful piece of these guided reading lessons involves setting the purpose for each read. This is simply 1-2 sentences that reminds each reader why we are reading the story and what they should be paying attention to while reading.

I'm so glad we can enjoy spring in some way in our classroom...and you can too! Click here or the pic below to check out all my leveled (A-M) guided reading passages. :)

Have a great day!

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