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Readers Notice Punctuation Marks

In reading workshop I just taught the lesson “readers notice punctuation marks.”  My kids really enjoy this, and they do a wonderful job finding punctuation in their books.  However, it is a little trickier to get them to use punctuation to make their reading fluent.  Of course, practice is the best way… Here is one of […]

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Opinions and Evidence

We are in the middle of our opinion writing unit.  In my district we have decided to have kindergartners focus on sharing opinions about books, and the kids are meant to do it in the form of letters.  There are lots of lessons that are required for this, but I find that the most important […]

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Reading Strategies Anchor Chart

Each year I teach my kindergartners a handful of reading strategies to help them figure out unknown words.  We usually co-create an anchor chart, and review, model, and practice the strategies over time. This year is no different, except that I have decided to add a piece.  I made a mini-anchor chart for my students […]

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Why We Read

I have been part of a few discussion recently regarding “reading incentive” programs, and it has caused me to do a lot of thinking about motivating readers.  I have also done quite a bit of reflecting about my own reading life. As a kid, my mom and I (and brother) read together every night – […]

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Sight Word Basketball

I am excited to share a new sight word game that I created last week which was a rousing success with my kids!  I wanted to come up with a way to practice sight words that involved movement and fun.  Sight words themselves can be pretty boring unless we give them a spark, so that […]

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Independent Reading Spots

I was truly nervous about reading workshop this week.  I made the decision this year to try out independent reading spots.  For years now independent reading has involved the kids sitting at their desks.  It felt controlled and manageable.  However, there were issues.  Kids are close to one another at their tables, and they can […]

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