Are you looking for the perfect books to share with your class this month?  Well, you have come to the right place!  Reading and preparing lessons from engaging picture books is both my hobby and passion!After reading about 40 books to prepare for my lessons this month, I have found 5 picture books that I wanted to share with you.  This is a collection of books that you and your…

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Back to school time is exciting for both teachers and students.  Choosing the perfect books to read aloud to your students during the first few days of school is just as important (if not more important) than a perfectly decorated room.  Why is your book selection so important?The perfect read aloud book can:Help teach rules and procedures in a meaningful and engaging way.Help build a sense of community.Show students how…

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The science is settled when it comes to Interactive Read-Alouds. Not only do classroom teachers recognize that Interactive Read-Alouds are a powerful and engaging teaching tool, but the research indicates that they’re undeniably effective as well.   Need another reason to use Interactive Read-Alouds? They make lesson planning for your Reading Block time a breeze!   In case you’re a little late to the party, here’s a simple explanation of what…

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  In order to accurately assess a student’s fluency and guide his or her development, a teacher needs to look at all the components of fluency.  In the simplest of terms, fluency can be divided into three critical components: accuracy, rate, and prosody (expression and smoothness).   Accuracy A student’s ability to decode and process the text can be measured by finding his or her accuracy rate. An accuracy rate…

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  What is reading fluency? Even people not familiar with the elements that make up fluent reading, know a fluent reader when they hear one.  They read smoothly with proper intonation.  A fluent reader is easy to listen to and understand because it simply sounds like they are telling you a story. A successful reader is able to process the text on the page and comprehend the text that has…

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