EVERYONE'S A WINNER WEEK! {Day 3}

All 20 authors are excited to find out who the 
4 Grand Prize Winners will be.
Each Grand Prize Winner gets a $25 Gift Certificate to TpT!!

My goodness we're overwhelmed by all the new followers and wonderful comments!
We're listening and planning our blog posts according to your requests.

You asked for Comprehension Skills and now here are 4 great ideas.
 
Hi, I am Kylie and I live in Brisbane, Australia. 

The freebie I am sharing uses the 4H reading strategy - Here, Hidden, Head and Heart - is the answer literal, i.e. right here in the text?  Is the answer hidden; do I need to think and search?  Is the answer my own opinion or based on my past experience; i.e. is it in my head or is the answer how I feel, therefore in my heart?  This is an innovation on three level guides and Question, Answer, Relationships (QAR), by Taffy Raphael. 

I have chosen a fairy tale theme for my 4H freebie.  Included in the freebie, you will find posters, bookmarks and stars to support the 4H strategy. 

"The Three Bears (Sort Of)"  is a new picture book that is great for critical literacy.  I have included questions for sorting according to the 4H strategy to support students to clarify the purpose of different questioning types.  You can read more about this picture book on my blog post here or find other resources for the 4H strategy in my TPT store.  I hope you have a lot of success with this strategy with your students :)
Welcome Everyone! I'm Emily from The Reading Tutor/OG and I'm thrilled to be blogging in Literacy Land. Currently, I am a SAHM of twin boys, with our third on the way in March, a private Orton-Gillingham instructor (an instructional approach used to teach dyslexic learners how to read), and wrapping up my Reading Specialist certification too! My 13 years of classroom experience, training in working with dyslexia learners, and helping struggling readers in a 1:1 setting have all given me a deep understanding of what children need to become successful readers.
Sustaining and motivating reading interest in reluctant/struggling readers has always been a goal of mine. One way is to find high interest topics that have manageable readability. Here is a freebie that will do just that. Each "Read Around The Room" card shares interesting facts about castles. Providing some active movement, while reading and answering questions that review important skills and strategies will really engage these readers.  You can even hide the cards around the room for children to find. Enjoy this new freebie with your students. I'm looking forward to sharing more with all of you!
Hi, friends! I'm thrilled to be part of this collaborative blog with so many other talented ladies. I currently teach reading for grades 6-8. I love using interactive notebooks and technology because they get my students involved in whatever we are learning. I do my best to find high-interest things for us to read and learn about. I'm definitely not a use-the-basal kind of reading teacher!


The freebie I've included in the prize pack you'll be receiving is my Literary Analysis for Any Movie. It includes a guide with explanations for your students so that this activity can be completed independently. It's great to leave for a sub or to use on one of those ODD days (pep rallies, before holidays, etc.) when you're dreading the lesson more than the kids are. Thanks so much for visiting.

As a classroom teacher, reading specialist, and literacy coach, I have worked with students and teachers from preschool to grade 12.  Back in the early 1990’s, I began my research and application of what we called active reading strategies:  summarizing, predicting, evaluating, reviewing, connecting, inferring, questioning, visualizing, determining main idea, and synthesizing.  At present, these are often called reading comprehension strategies or cognitive strategies.
My resource, Fairy Tale Reading Comprehension Posters was created when I needed a visual reminder for students in  my reading intervention groups and when I was modeling lessons in teachers’ classes. Created specifically for grades K-2, you can use them with older students as well.  I used them on my Focus Wall, bulletin board, and magnetic white board. I suggest printing on cardstock, laminating, and placing magnetic strips on the back.  Use during instruction to help students anchor their learning of a simple, kid-friendly definition for each strategy /reading comprehension skill.  Hopefully most students are familiar with fairy tales and the pictures can help as a concrete example and reminder.  Included in this sample pack are mini-posters for a few reading strategies and skills.


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37 comments

  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE fractured fairy tales! Thank you for letting me know about a new book!!

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    1. "The Three Bears (Sort Of)" is an awesome best new book for critical literacy Missy...it is not a fractured fairy tale...more than that, the "voice" in the book questions all the events in the original fairy tale...it is hilarious and just fantastic for critical literacy...Kylie

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    2. I love fractured fairy tales as well. There are so many great ones out there! That would be a fun post sometime :)

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    3. Come back Friday. My writing unit is for the book...(it's a secret...til then) I know you'll love it though, Missy!

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  2. Ahhh I wish I had the younger ones this year

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    1. Morgan, the joy of "The Three Bears (Sort of)" is that it can be shared with any year level...my son is now 18, but I can imagine him interrupting and asking these amazing critical questions during the reading actually...an absolutely awesome text for critical literacy...and maybe the kids could interrogate other fairy tales this way??? Kylie

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  3. As I face my first year of teaching, I find my bank of resources is very low. I am keen to embrace all that I can from this blog. :) Thank you for sharing.
    Renee from Queensland Australia.

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    3. Welcome Renee - another Queensland teacher :) As teachers, we are always learning and that's the great thing about this new blog - I am constantly learning new things from this talented group! Renee, don't forget we have FB groups for each year level in QLD...just search for QLD Year xxx teachers on FB...we are here to support you :) Kylie

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  4. Right now my favorite book to teach is Among the Hidden...but I also love The Important Book because it usually turns on so many lightbulbs with respect to main idea and supporting details. :)

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  5. It is hard to choose a favorite. I love all the books for lessons. Thank you for this blog, loving it so far. Heather S.

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  6. I don't have just one favorite book that stands out from the rest...I use several books according to the reading standard that we are working on for that day/week. Thank you so much for the opportunity to learn about other books I have not used in my lessons. I love your ideas!

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    1. Veronica,
      I agree, I have so many books that I consider my favorites for teaching specific standards. Stay tuned for posts about mentor texts. We're so happy to have you as a follower!
      Wendy - Read With Me ABC

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  7. The three bears sort of looks like a great book! I am loving this blog!

    Tara
    The Math Maniac

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    1. It is a great book Tara - just perfect for teaching critical literacy :) Kylie

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  8. I am glad to see all of you are enjoying the blog launch ! Carla who blogs at Comprehension Connection just loves Jan Brett books... I like them to for my second graders as I teach reading students who need extra support.

    Wendy
    Ms D's Literacy Lab

    ps. forgive me for the above ones--typos

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  9. There are many...but the most recent are The Interrupting Chicken and the Pete the Cat series....

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    1. "The Interrupting Chicken" is similar to "The Three Bears (Sort Of)"...I think it would be great to ask kids to "interrupt" and interrogate other fairy tales in a similar way :) Kylie

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  10. Judy Blume's The Pain and the Great One is one of my favorite!

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  11. I LOVE The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I also have enjoyed teaching Because of Winn-Dixie and Number the Stars.

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  12. I LOVE The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane! :o)

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  13. You guys totally rock. This is an absolute fantastic resource!

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    1. Thanks for the lovely feedback Jen :) Kylie

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  14. I honestly don't know where to begin picking a favourite book to teach - there's so much fantastic children's literature out there now that I'm literally spoiled for choice. Last year, though, with my class the books that provided great learning opportunities AND brought joy to my classroom were the Pete the Cat books (great for teaching resilience) and Mo Willem's "Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs" - my, oh, my, how my little ones LOVED this fractured fairy tale!

    Stef
    Miss Galvin Learns

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    1. Another Aussie educator - welcome!!! I haven't read 'Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs", so thanks for the heads up about that one :) Thanks for following our new blog! Kylie

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  15. I love to teach "The Phantom Tollbooth", "Crash", "The Outsiders", "The Lightning Thief", "Savvy", "Magyk", oh my, and so many more! One of my 8th grade groups this year is reading "The Graveyard Book". I'm loving that one too!

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  16. My favorite book to teach is a tough question to answer. As I sit here thinking my kids words are running through my head "You say all these books are your favorite" as I pull a book off my special shelf of hard covers or out of my closet. I do enjoy Jan Brett books and Patricia Polacco, however, Max Lucado is a great Author to use to teach the children how special each child is.

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  17. I love Jan Brett we are wrapping up a study of her books. Yesterday I showed my class her website and we started the video she does to show how to draw a hedgehog... I looked up and they were all scurrying around their desks and the room to find paper to start drawing!! And they were GREAT!!

    We also love The Little Old Lady Who.....

    Chelsea
    http://kickinitwholebrainintexas.blogspot.com/2014/01/second-grade-math-maniac-mystery-box.html

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  18. I love teaching the novel Stone Fox...the kids get really into and love watching the movie when we have finished the novel.

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  19. Hi!

    My favorite book to teach is Giraffes Can't Dance.

    Carol T.

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    1. I do love that one too Carol, and there's another one...I think it might be "Goats Can't Dance"...I was going to do a resource around that...compare and contrast...one day :) Welcome to the new collaborative blog! Kylie

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  20. My favorite author is Patricia Polacco, so I love to teach any of her books! But, my favorite novel to teach is definitely Among the Hidden!

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  21. I have really tried this year to have activities that go with a variety of books. I have so many that I like. My kids have always enjoyed a little book that is called 'Where Does the Wind Blow'. It takes two people to unfold the book as your reading. It has always been a great discussion book.

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  22. I love using The City of Ember and Number the Stars.

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  23. I love using our favorite read alouds to get the students excited about using different authors' crafts

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