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Primarytimerydotcom – primerytimer. Closing the language gap: Building vocabulary. But words are things, and a small drop of ink, falling like dew, upon a thought, produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.

Closing the language gap: Building vocabulary

Like most teachers, as soon as pupils are sequestered in the exam hall I always used to race around trying to get my hands on the exam paper and anticipate how my eager charges will have coped. A few years ago I remember picking up the foundation tier GCSE English Literature paper and seeing a real gift of a question on the theme of dreams in Of Mice and Men.

When they came streaming out I excitedly asked them if they’d done it but none of them had. Why? Because it contained the word futility, and they had no idea of its meaning. The Inference Collection – Once upon a picture: Images to inspire. Inference is a tricky area of reading.

The Inference Collection – Once upon a picture: Images to inspire

Children don’t always understand what it means to infer, and stumble on test questions demanding this of them. I’ve found that teaching the skill explicitly using a non-threatening stimulus has worked brilliantly. First, you develop the understanding of the skill, what is involved and what is required to answer questions. Then this is practised, and practised some more (justifying inferences, anyone?) , before being applied to text.

The Prediction Collection – Once upon a picture: Images to inspire. All of our children are expected to make predictions while reading.

The Prediction Collection – Once upon a picture: Images to inspire

Here’s a look at the curriculum objectives: KS1: Predict what might happen on the basis of what has happened so farKS2: Predict what might happen from details stated and implied So, this can be as simple as asking the question, ‘What do you think is going to happen next?’ , quickly followed with, ‘Why?’. However, we need to make explicit the additional skills needed to be able to do this. The importance of reading fluency. What happens when you teach children to make inferences while reading? ReadTheory. Want to Raise Successful Kids? Neuroscience Says Read to Them Like This (But Most Parents Don't) Our Solutions to the Problems with Guided Reading – misswilsonsays. The Opening Lines Of The World's Most Famous Books. They say not to judge a book by its cover, but there’s no saying about judging a book by its first line.

The Opening Lines Of The World's Most Famous Books

I can usually tell within a few minutes if I’ll enjoy a book. Based on this infographic, it seems that many famous books are good from the start. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” but did you know the entire first line for “A Tale of Two Cities” is much longer? The first sentence in the book is a whopping 119 words. Reading fluency and the ‘Tragedy of the Commons’ – Esse Quam Videri. Is reading fluency important for academic success?

Reading fluency and the ‘Tragedy of the Commons’ – Esse Quam Videri

I’d imagine everyone reading this would agree it was very important – crucial in fact. This description from Quirky Teacher of many children’s reading in year 6 must sound quite familiar to secondary teachers: I am worried that children in KS2, despite being officially ‘able to read’, are still not really fluent, even when they get to year 6. When you ask them to read to you, they stumble slowly through a text, sometimes randomly substituting trickier and new words, never able to add intonation and not really getting the bigger picture.

Top 20 Books For Reluctant Readers Aged Four To 11+

Reciprocal Reading

Do we teach children to love reading? Part 1. Should we abandon reading for pleasure? Let’s be clear about this from the start.

Should we abandon reading for pleasure?

Parents - Advice. Recommended-Reads.pdf. Visible%20Learning.pdf. Reading_comprehension_programmes.pdf. EDR01.pdf. Young Teacher Love: Character Study Part 1: The Westing Game. Read aloud time is a very sacred, coveted time in our classroom.

Young Teacher Love: Character Study Part 1: The Westing Game

My kids beg for more of it and some of the best conversations and deepest thinking happens during this time. We are starting my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE read aloud in our classroom this week, The Westing Game. We are knee-deep in our character unit and this book is perfect to use in any character unit for upper grades because there are over 26 characters to keep track of. Before we started our read aloud, I wrote all of the characters' names on anchor charts.

I then typed up all of the characters names, folded them up, and put them in a container. I went around and had each student close their eyes and pick a character. Students are responsible for keeping track of their character for the duration of our read aloud. I cut sticky notes in half and gave each student a stack to hold onto while on the carpet. Priory Woods School and Arts College - The Sleepy Farmer. Short Stories for Kids - Short Kid Stories. Read. Play. Learn. Research Based Training - Proven Impact - Thinking Reading. Inspiring ideas on guided reading. If you loathe guided reading, Rachel Clarke and Charlotte Reed’s excellent and inspiring ideas on the subject might just change your mind...

Inspiring ideas on guided reading

Dear Google, You Should Have Talked to Me First. Dear Google, I wish you’d talked to teachers like me before you made that $40 million investment in Renaissance Learning.

Dear Google, You Should Have Talked to Me First

I’ve seen the damage Accelerated Reader can do. The Perfect Classroom Gift: A Gift of Words. I belong to a book club, one that has continued since 1990.

The Perfect Classroom Gift: A Gift of Words

Think of all the books we have read together. And we're serious about this, too. We're not one of those clubs that gather together to eat and then never talk about the book. We talk about the book. Time, Choice and Love – What Makes a Reader? Before I start this post I want to make to clear that it was not my intention to purposefully be negative about Accelerated Reader or any reading programme: it may well end up like that, however. I do want to suggest a much better alternative. Accelerated Reader in particular, though, is widely used in UK schools and having used it myself and spoken of it in previous posts, I’m aware that many have their views.

Of course I can only speak from my own experience but I’ve yet to be convinced by anything I’ve seen or heard about it. While it has been around since the late eighties, I think I first came across this reading programme about eight or nine years ago. It was an expensive buy-in so, of course, my school wanted it to work. Well, what I encountered wasn’t good at all. Effective TEaching of INference skills for reading.

EEF_Interim_Evidence_Brief_-_Reading_at_the_Transition.pdf. Readingresearch.pdf. PALS: A Reading Strategy for Grades 2–6. Primary school library furniture. Scoop › News. CogSci. 20 Quotes From Children’s Books Every Adult Should Know. Posted on July 7, 2014 It’s interesting how some of life’s greatest lessons can be found in children’s literature. And chances are that we did not realize this back when we were kids. Sometimes it’s only when we’re older that we learn to fully appreciate and understand the poignant words from our childhood entertainment. Here’s some of the best quotes from books we used to read. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

A Primary School Librarian’s List Of 125 Books That A Child Might Want To Rea... The publication of yet another list of the “top 100 books” that children “should” read in primary school raised an extensive discussion on social media about the books chosen. Whilst the books on the list are undeniably classics, and books of quality, do they actually represent the kind of books that will nurture a love of reading in children, or is this instead a list of national curriculum and Amazon favourites? To challenge that list I give you the list of an experienced primary school librarian. These books are the ones that I know have created delight in young readers and have been loved with a passion. You might not agree with all my choices (and some of them are not to my personal tastes) but these have all been loved by REAL CHILDREN who devoured them and wanted more after finishing them. These are not only books that children have enjoyed, but also ones that parents have enjoyed sharing with them.

Hopefully you will enjoy these books too. Literacy, meaning making and social and cultural capital: six thoughts. English teaching, reading and literacy matters.