Category Archives: Reading

How to Know When to Move a Student Up a Reading Level

How to Know When to Move a Student Up a Reading Level

If you teach guided reading, you probably choose leveled texts for your groups. But how do you know when to move a student (or an entire group) “up” a level? In this post, I share some tips to help you make that decision! Photo Credits:  Beata Becia, Shutterstock Tip #1: Take running records consistently. Running…Continue Reading

How to Conduct Individual Reading Conferences in K-2

How to Conduct Individual Reading Conferences in K-2

You might already know that a reading conference is one-on-one reading instruction. But how do you conduct a reading conference? And are they really worth the time they take? Every school day is packed, and it seems as if there’s never enough time to “fit it all in.” I feel like reading conferences are one…Continue Reading

12 Post-Reading Activity Ideas for Shared Reading (K-2)

12 Post-Reading Activity Ideas for Shared Reading (K-2)

Want your students to “do something” with the shared reading text after shared reading is over? Sure, they can draw or write about the text, but sometimes it’s fun to do something a little different! In today’s quick post, I share 12 activities that students can complete after a shared reading experience. Most of these…Continue Reading

How to Teach Vocabulary During Shared Reading in K-2

How to Teach Vocabulary During Shared Reading in K-2

When I think about teaching vocabulary, I often think about readalouds. Quality readalouds are often filled with interesting, useful vocabulary words that we can teach our students. However, another great time to teach vocabulary (and vocabulary strategies) is during shared reading. In today’s post, I’ll share tips for teaching vocabulary during shared reading, as well…Continue Reading

5 Tips for Teaching Comprehension During Shared Reading (in K-2)

5 Tips for Teaching Comprehension During Shared Reading (in K-2)

Any time we read a book with students, comprehension is a priority! However, comprehension instruction and practice take different forms, depending on the type of instructional activity we are doing. In today’s post, I focus on how to address comprehension during shared reading activities. Photo Credits:  weedezign, Shutterstock 1. The first time you read a…Continue Reading

How to Teach Fluency During Shared Reading (K-2)

How to Teach Fluency During Shared Reading (K-2)

In my most recent posts, I’ve defined shared reading, explained how it’s different from a readaloud, and given some tips for choosing great texts for shared reading. Now it’s time to really dig in deep! In my next few posts, we’re going to talk more about the “what” and “how” of shared reading. Today’s focus…Continue Reading

How Is Shared Reading Different from a Readaloud?

How Is Shared Reading Different from a Readaloud?

I frequently get asked, “How is shared reading different from a readaloud?” And that’s definitely a valid question! In both reading activities, we share and discuss a text with students. However, these two activities look a bit different from each other, and we typically have different purposes for using them. So in today’s quick post, I’ll…Continue Reading