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    Reading Strategies!
     
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    The importance of creating a desire and passion for reading in the primary grades cannot be stressed enough!  Not only do students need to be able to decode words and develop fluency, but it is even more important that they are able to  understand what they read. This can only be accomplished by READING.  My  goal this year is to instill a love of reading in each student and to teach the students strategies to help them comprehend what they are reading. Research shows that the #1 MOST IMPORTANT THING parents can do to help their child academically is to read TO them, WITH them, and to LISTEN to them read DAILY!  I have included links that can help you, as a parent. Practicing these strategies will help your child become a more proficient reader. 
     
     Below are links to access questions you can ask your child at home while reading.
     
     
     
     
     
      
     
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    ting Read the story once for pleasure then once to begin understanding it. Research shows it takes 4 times of reading something to gain full comprehension.
    • Circle the title and subtitles after you have read them.
    • Number the paragraphs.
    • Somewhere close to the paragraph, illustrate and/or write a short note about what it is about. This is called the MAIN IDEA!!
    • Prove and disprove the answer choices by finding the information in the paragraph if listed.
    • Write the paragraph number the answer is found in after you x out the wrong answer and check the correct one.

           Finally bubble the answer choice or write a complete sentence as the answer.

    Reader's Theater
     
    Reader’s Theater is a special type of performance where students use their voices and expressively read their parts instead of acting or using props. It is a very engaging reading acivity for children and it helps develop their reading fluency and comprehension.

    I have attached several links where Reader's Theater scripts can be found

    http://www.thebestclass.org/rtscripts.html

    http://www.aaronshep.com/rt/index.html

    http://www.teachingheart.net/readerstheater.htm

    http://www.timelessteacherstuff.com/

     
    Why Can't I Skip My 20 Minutes of Reading Tonight?"

    Did you know one of the most prominent indicators of a successful reader 
    is the amount of time spent actually reading?!

    Student A reads 20 minutes 5 nights of every week.
    Student B reads only 4 minutes a night or not at all!
    Step 1: Multiply minutes a night x 5 times each week
    Student A reads 100 minutes a week.
    Student B reads 20 minutes a week.
    Step 2: Multiply minutes a week x 4 weeks each month.
    Student A reads 400 minutes a month.
    Student B reads 80 minutes a month.
    Step 3: Multiply minutes a month x 9 months for the school year
    Student A reads 3600 minutes in a school year.
    Student B reads 720 minutes in a school year.
    Student A practices reading the equivalent of ten whole school days a year.
    Student B gets the equivalent of only two school days of reading practice. 
    By the end of 6th grade if Student A and Student B maintain these same reading habits,
    Student A will have read the equivalent of 60 whole school days.
    Student B will have read the equivalent of only 12 school days.
    Which do you think will be the more successful reader?