Comprehension

Teaching Guided Reading in a Virtual Classroom

 I started this post back in July but I had to stop. I knew I wanted to help teachers plan for virtual reading groups. But, honestly, I still wasn’t sure exactly how it would all work. Now that I am teaching (both in person and virtually), I feel a little

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How to Teach Reading Effectively using Comprehension Kits

I am so excited to share with you “A Look Inside” Comprehension kits today.  These resources have transformed my teaching of reading. It has allowed me to effectively teach reading consistentl across my whole group and small group lessons.  With the flexibility of the materials and options for differentiating, I

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Activities and Books for Teaching Fact and Opinion

Facts and Opinions I love having activities and books for teaching fact and opinion prepared and ready to teach! In this post, I’m sharing with you how I teach fact and opinion using mini-lessons and mentor texts. Out of all of the comprehension skills, I have found that teaching facts

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Ways To Teach Author’s Purpose: Activities And Books

 Comprehension is often ranked as the last in the progression of skills when learning to read but I think it is crucial to weave comprehension into every step of the reading journey. In this post, I will Author’s Purpose activities including how to introduce the topic and texts, and why

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How to Teach Story Elements using Mentor Texts

The first comprehension skill for the school year I teach is how to identify story elements. I love using Mentor Texts to support my shared reading lessons. I pick this skill for a few reasons; but, primarily because in order to effectively retell or summarize a fiction story, students need

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How To Teach Sequencing Events: Books and Lesson Ideas

Here’s a common scenario: You have a class full of many fluent readers. Their accuracy is strong. But, they struggle with comprehension. Whether it’s oral retelling or a written response, we need to engage students with using comprehension strategies in a variety of ways so they can apply skills which

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How to Teach Character Traits

I am excited to dive deeper into reading skills and share some ideas to apply to whole group and small group lessons. In this part of my blog series about comprehension, we will take a look at teaching character traits with options for differentiating instruction and helpful resources! Introducing Character

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