“Creating a Community of Readers”
This is my newest FAVORITE thing!
I LOVE Lucy Caulkin’s
If you get a chance to hear her, see her, and/or youtube her…
When I teach reading, I don’t want my students to stop and ask for help.
I want them to have skills to be independent readers.
I want them to be problem-solvers.
So, I am…
Take a picture walk.Cover the words.
Make them use the visual cues in the story.
Frontload any vocabulary that may change thinking,
distort comprehension, or unfamiliar to them.
Have them make predictions PRIOR to reading.
After reading, check their predictions.
I LOVE this!
After reading..then what? DO SOMETHING!
Reread it for NEW information. Retell it to yourself or a friend. We use our 3 fingers retell. I love this part…DIGEST IT! Just as a good meal…when you are finished, appreciate it. Think about it.
You are NEVER done!
When you finish…read more! My kiddos love to stack ALL of their books on the left..as
they finish reading a book…place it in a pile on their right. Keep reading! Their goal is to
read more every day! STAMINA! Reading MATS are used to make goals.
Our goals are to read MORE!
We want kids to quit using their fingers to read.
Good readers use their EYES!
“SCOOP” up words (phrases) with your eyes. When reading, put 3-4 words together
and read the phrases! GREAT time to teach prepositions & prepositional phrases!
You will see more, read more, and understand more when you reread a story. Read it to a partner, a
parent, a friend. The same book can sound new when you are reading it the second or third time!
A HUGE THANK YOU to Lucy Caulkins!
So there you are..
When in doubt…
ALWAYS make it
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