Category Archive: Reading Skills

Feb 23

Teaching Problems and Solutions with Songs

  This post “Teaching Problems and Solutions with Songs” is the final one in a series of four. This link contains a handout with the list of the songs from all four posts as well as some graphic organizers that can be used to evaluate the songs. I want to send out a special thank …

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Jan 26

Story Mapping

  Story mapping is a strategy that uses graphic organizers to help students break down text. These visual representations help students examine different components of the story. Creating a story map improves students’ comprehension because they can more easily visualize the framework of a story.   Common Core Creating a story map helps students practice a large …

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Jan 19

Prefix Spinner Game

  Teaching prefixes can be both fun and challenging. This simple game is a great way for students to practice. Be sure to check out the bottom of the post for some additional prefix resources to help with you study. Download the game here. Preparation:   Plan for a small group activity. Run off the spinner …

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Jan 01

Where the Red Fern Grows – A Winter Mentor Text

  Welcome to the Reading Crew Winter Mentor Text Blog Linkup When thinking about a winter related book to use as a mentor text, I immediately thought of Where the Red Fern Grows. In the novel, Billy has to battle the winter weather in life and death situations twice. In Chapter 10, Little Ann falls …

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Nov 03

Text Structures ~ Problem and Solution Teaching Materials

  My newest book unit Matilda contains a series of six lessons on writing a problem and solution essay. After I finished the book unit, I thought that I haven’t seen many activities on the web for this skill, so I thought I would do a bit of scrounging and pass along what I found. Here …

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Oct 23

Paintbrushes & Arrows + A Free Point of View Activity

  I am extremely excited to have M.C. Finotti, author of Paintbrushes & Arrows: A Story of Two Girls in St. Augustine in 1875, guest blogging today. Her book is a rare gift. Teachers will love how it weaves real people and events in a heartwarming story.  Thank you, Gay Miller, for the opportunity to write …

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Oct 10

Esperanza Rising Character Trait Cards

Students will enjoy making these character trait cards. The cards may be turned into an interactive notebook page using the two included pockets. Once students write a brief description of each character, they sort the cards by where the characters were born: Mexico or the United States. This is a great way to help students …

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Sep 26

Summarizing Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen

Summarizing Booklets In this free printable, you will receive six mini-books that students can use to summarize Woods Runner. Book 1 ~ Exposition Samuel Smith is a 13 year old boy who lives in western Pennsylvania in 1776. He hunts for the people in his small settlement in exchange for his neighbors helping his parents …

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Sep 22

Text Structures ~ Ordering

  Sequencing Activity Instructions: 1. Print the cards (Full color and black line cards are available.) onto card stock or heavy weight paper. Laminate for repeated use. 2. Place students into small groups or with partners. 3. Provide each group with one set of cards. 4. Each student will randomly order the cards and then …

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Sep 15

Text Structures ~ Make Your Own Anchor Chart

  This text structures anchor chart has been one of the most popular anchor charts at Book Units Teacher. Because of this, I have decided to provide printables, so you can quickly create your own text structures anchor chart. Here is what the completed anchor chart will look like. Both color and black line illustrations …

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