MAP Reading Fluency: A Faster Way to Test Students’ Oral Reading

MAP Reading Fluency: A Faster Way to Test Students’ Oral Reading

If you know me, you know I love running records! Taking running records of students’ oral reading (and asking them comprehension questions) is a fantastic way to learn about students’ decoding abilities … fluency … comprehension … and even vocabulary knowledge. All of this information is fantastic and helps us plan instruction. The better we…Continue Reading

5 Fun Short Vowel Activities That Only Take 5 Minutes

5 Fun Short Vowel Activities That Only Take 5 Minutes

Do your students confuse their short vowel sounds? Maybe they substitute e for a? Or i for e? Or just need more practice in general?! The short vowel sounds can be so tricky, especially for students who have certain accents. In the South, where I live, sometimes the e and i sound exactly the same!!…Continue Reading

How to Teach Students to Divide Words into Syllables

How to Teach Students to Divide Words into Syllables

Did you know that dividing words into syllables is one of the most powerful decoding strategies out there? If your students are ready to read words with more than one syllable, then it’s time to start teaching syllable division rules! When readers know the syllable division rules, it A) helps them successfully decode multisyllabic words…Continue Reading