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How I Teach Close Reading (and a FREEBIE!)

Close reading is a critical skill for students to develop, and what could get them more excited to pay attention than creepy, crawly ants? “All About Ants” is the Prepared Passages Trifold we are tackling in the video above and, as you know, kids love bugs. By the end of this session, they love close reading techniques, too! Make a prediction I ask the children if we will be reading fiction or non-fiction—asking them to pay attention to text features…

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How I Organize My Weekly Guided Reading

What I do during guided reading

  I wanted to walk through with you how I do my second grade guided reading groups every week. In this post and video, I will show you how I write my schedule in my planer and then the different activities I do. I keep to the same schedule each week. Mondays I do a making words activity. We work on spelling, decoding and encoding, following directions, listening skills and we always follow a specific phonics rule for the week.…

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3 Easy Steps to STREAMLINE Your Guided Reading Instruction

Learn how to Effectively Streamline Your Guided Reading Instruction

  Hey there peeps…. Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today.  I really wanted to focus today’s blog post on how to help you STREAMLINE your Guided Reading Instruction. Within my Facebook groups, my blog, and through e-mails from my newsletter subscribers, I ALWAYS get questions about guided reading.  I truly believe that many teachers (myself included..until recently 🙂 are on the guided reading STRUGGLE BUS. Some of the most common questions or struggles that I hear are……

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Guided Reading – My Weekly Plans – Video Style!

  Hi Friends… I hope this post finds you all well!  It has been a few very busy weeks for me!  I have been on my Guided Math bandwagon hosting LIVE Webinars and LIVE Q & A’s and it has been AMAZING!  I have had sooooo much fun hosting these events and interacting with all of you!  Over the past week, I must have received close to 50 e-mails asking me what I do during my Guided Reading time.  So…

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Constitution Day

  Hi Friends…. This year on September 17th for Constitution Day, I wanted to do something a bit different than I have done in the past.  This year, I decided to teach about Constitution Day during my Guided Reading groups by doing a close reading activity.  I felt that this was a perfect way to use a rigorous text on a wonderful topic about our history.  Prior to doing our close read on Constitution Day, I plan on showing a…

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Close Reading – Biography Edition

  Hi Friends… This post is going to be a quickie because I am headed out to the pool with my kiddos!  I just wanted to tell you about my newest resource!  My Close Reading Tab-Its – Biography Edition!    Is it a little CRAZY nutty that I am excited to go back to school to use these during my guided reading groups??!!  LOL  I cannot wait to introduce these tab-its to my new bunch of second graders! I really…

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