reading

10 Ways to Use a Virtual Library

The changes to the way we deliver instruction this year required a lot of new technologies and tools for keeping students engaged. My two passions are having fun while learning and reading every day. I always made it a goal to read at least 1 quality picture book and 1

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Consistent Comprehension Instructional Tools

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First Three Reading Lessons of the School Year

I am really excited to wrap up my “First Three” blog series with my first three reading lessons. While I love teaching math and I definitely identify as a writer, teaching reading is also a passion. I now have my Master’s in Education in Reading and have completed the requirements

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Lesson ideas for teaching Author’s Purpose

Hey there, teacher friends! I am excited to bring to you another installment of my blog series about comprehension skills. 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

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Teaching Ideas for Story Structure

The first comprehension skill I focus on is story structure. I pick this for a few reasons but primarily because in order to effectively retell or summarize a fiction story, students need to know the main elements of the story’s structure. Let’s take a look at some books and activities

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How I Organize Sight Word Instruction

Disclaimer: There are links to the products I have purchased from Amazon to organize my sight word system. Some of the links are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on a link and purchase the item, The Sassy Apple will receive a small commission.The price of the item is

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Lesson and Book Ideas for Teaching Sequencing Events

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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Integrating Phonics into Your Literacy Block

Phonics skills aren’t the most exciting to teach. Do you have to follow a phonics curriculum? We have a pretty scripted routine we are required to follow.  However, I know my students need additional opportunities to practice reading and recognizing phonics skills beyond that isolated instruction. So how else can we

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4 Guided Reading Binder Must Haves

I am a huge fan of using binders for organization. I have one for each topic in math, one for running records, one for a substitute…the list goes on! My FAVORITE this year is my guided reading binder. It has helped me be much more organized for my guided reading

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