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Running Records: A Snapshot Assessment

Assess Oral Reading Fluency and Reading Comprehension in Two Minutes or Less Using Running Records Running records are an excellent assessment tool for determining student reading levels. Running records work well because they allow teachers to observe a student’s reading behaviors in real time.  Running records require students to orally read 100 words from a specific text.  It is best…

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Reading Comprehension Activities

Need a Boost to Reading Comprehension Activities in Your Classroom? If your goal is to improve reading comprehension activities in your classroom, then you must engage your students in activities that will boost their ability to comprehend texts.  The first step to improving comprehension in your classroom is to provide students with a variety of engaging books that are properly leveled and…

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Reading Comprehension Lessons

Discussion: The Foundation of all Reading Comprehension Lessons

Improve Reading Comprehension Lessons through Conversation One of the best things you can do to improve reading comprehension lessons in your classroom  is to encourage students to discuss the books they’re reading.  It is human nature to want to discuss new information, to talk about new understandings and sort out misconceptions.  That’s why one of the most important things you can…

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Reading Comprehension Strategies

Reading Comprehension Strategies

What You Need to Know About Reading Comprehension Strategies Reading is not a passive activity.  It is an activity that requires the brain to fully engage and think in order to comprehend the words on the page.  When you begin to read, your brain naturally begins to use a variety of reading comprehension strategies to make meaning of the text. …

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Fantastic Phonics Lesson Plans

We Make Teaching Phonics Lesson Plans as Simple as Click, Print, Teach Phonemic awareness and phonics have been identified by the National Reading Panel as essential to improving reading achievement.  For many teachers, teaching phonics lesson plans comes down to teaching isolated skills.  They give students a worksheet with examples of words that follow a specific phonics pattern or provide…

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