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Reading Strategies Notebook. Phonemic Awareness. What is Phonemic Awareness? First of all, Phonemic awareness is not phonics.

What is Phonemic Awareness?

Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate individual sounds-phonemes--in spoken words. Before children learn to read print, they need to become more aware of how the sounds in words work. They must understand that words are made up of speech sounds, or phonemes (the smallest parts of sound in a spoken word that make a difference in a word's meaning).

Elkonin Boxes. Image result for Elkonin Boxe. How to Teach a Child to Read: Blends and Chunks. Google Image Result for. The Inspired Apple: Teaching Beginning Blends! So, two weeks ago I was so busy I couldn’t see straight.

The Inspired Apple: Teaching Beginning Blends!

Last week was supposed to be my catch-up week. Well, I caught something. THE FLU. Omiword, it was awful. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. So, yes, I love my new job. First off, let’s start with a whole group mini-lesson about blends… Now, let’s read a fun story - like Crictor by Tomi Ungerer. Then, I will have pre-made posters that only have a beginning blend written in the center of them. Phonics. Phonics Instruction. The primary focus of phonics instruction is to help beginning readers understand how letters are linked to sounds (phonemes) to form letter-sound correspondences and spelling patterns and to help them learn how to apply this knowledge in their reading.

Phonics Instruction

Phonics instruction may be provided systematically or incidentally. The hallmark of a systematic phonics approach or program is that a sequential set of phonics elements is delineated and these elements are taught along a dimension of explicitness depending on the type of phonics method employed. Conversely, with incidental phonics instruction, the teacher does not follow a planned sequence of phonics elements to guide instruction but highlights particular elements opportunistically when they appear in text. Types of phonics instructional methods and approaches Phonics instruction can also vary with respect to the explicitness by which the phonic elements are taught and practiced in the reading of text.

Findings and determinations Discussion. Phonics Song 2. Phonics Activities. Learn To Read. Phonics Activities. Image result for spire magnetic board and letter. Fluency. Fluency. Reader's Theater. Fluent Reading. Introduction: Fluent Reading Announcer: Funding for the Reading Rockets Launching Young Readers series was provided by the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.

Fluent Reading

Deborah Norville: Hi, I'm Deborah Norville. Today I'm interviewing a well-known reading expert and librarian here from the PBS kids show "Between the Lions" is Theo Lion. Theo Lion: Hi, Deborah. Boy, I'm a big fan of yours. Deborah: Thank you. Theo: Oh, Deborah, if I may, I've actually prepared some remarks on the subject. Deborah: Yes, you really read that with feeling. Theo: Well, thank you. Developing Fluency (Malden, Massachusetts) Cathy MacDonald: Good afternoon, Word Wizards!

Deborah: Teacher Cathy MacDonald leads a daily after-school class for second- and third-grade struggling readers at Salemwood Elementary. Cathy: We're going to start off today by doing the Word Web. Dr. Reading A-Z: The online leveled reading program with downloadable books to print and assemble. Vocabulary. Vocabulary. Third Grade Vocabulary Activities. 3rd Grade Vocabulary Worksheets, Printables, and Resources. Today I'm sharing 3rd grade vocabulary worksheets and printables that will make the word building process more exciting for students!

3rd Grade Vocabulary Worksheets, Printables, and Resources

As you prepare for the upcoming school year its important to reflect on ways you can improve your vocabulary instruction. These free vocabulary resources will ensure students have fun while they work to acquire new Language Arts skills. Classroom Word Wall Word walls are amazing teaching tools! With them, both students and teachers have a visual reminder of the importance of learning, practicing, and using vocabulary words.

Author Interviews. 7050. Understanding Vocabulary. We asked Francie to answer questions we thought you would have about vocabulary: Why is vocabulary s-o-o important?

Understanding Vocabulary

Vocabulary is critical to reading success for three reasons: Comprehension improves when you know what the words mean. Since comprehension is the ultimate goal of reading, you cannot overestimate the importance of vocabulary development.Words are the currency of communication. A robust vocabulary improves all areas of communication — listening, speaking, reading and writing.How many times have you asked your students or your own children to “use your words"? Put Reading First. Vocabulary instruction Vocabulary refers to the words we must know to communicate effectively.

Put Reading First

Alphabet Books, Chants, Flashcards, Worksheets and Friezes. Vocabulary A-Z - Vocabulary Lists, Vocabulary Lesson Plans, Vocabulary Worksheets. Vocabulary Graphic Organizers. Why Vocabulary Graphic Organizers Though no particular method for teaching vocabulary has been identified as best (Beck & McKeown, 1991), a number of instructional strategies such as identifying synonyms and antonyms, providing examples and nonexamples, and relating words to one's own life, have yielded growth in students' vocabulary.

Vocabulary Graphic Organizers

Reading A-Z offers many printable or projectable graphic organizers that are appropriate tools in vocabulary instruction. How to Use Vocabulary Graphic Organizers Review each student's Vocabulary Graphic Organizer carefully. Common traits will be seen when students fill out their graphic organizers, but no two graphic organizers will be exactly alike. Reading Comprehension. Comprehension. Comprehension is the understanding and interpretation of what is read.


To be able to accurately understand written material, children need to be able to (1) decode what they read; (2) make connections between what they read and what they already know; and (3) think deeply about what they have read. One big part of comprehension is having a sufficient vocabulary, or knowing the meanings of enough words. Reading Rockets: Launching Young Readers . Reading for Meaning . Helpful Articles . Text Comprehension. Article 1: Text Comprehension Comprehension is the process of making meaning from written text.

Reading Rockets: Launching Young Readers . Reading for Meaning . Helpful Articles . Text Comprehension

In essence, this is what reading is all about! Free Reading Comprehension Worksheets - Printable. Free reading comprehension worksheets for grades 1-5 Use these free, printable worksheets to practice and improve reading comprehension, vocabulary and writing. Each reading passage is followed by exercises which for younger students focus on recalling information directly from the text and for older students focus on prediction, inference and character traits. Online Reading Activities. What is Reading Comprehension? 3rd Grade Comprehension Units. Reading Comprehension Worksheets.