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Making Silent Reading (DEAR) Meaningful

It is important that when we give students silent reading time that it is meaningful and purposeful. We try, in my classroom, to silent read daily for 15-20 minutes depending on our schedule, and what our “must dos” are…

Bump It Up Boards

I have been hard at work creating a Bump It Up board to support the 4 R’s – Retell, Relate, Reflect, Review. I use the 4 R’s reading response method frequently in my classroom, and it is featured on…

Students will thrive at reading if the classroom is set up to encourage relevant and purposeful reading materials. Read 9 tips for creating a rich reading environment in your English Language Arts classroom from the 2 Peas and a Dog blog.

Make Reading Exciting

  Students will thrive at reading if the classroom is setup to encourage relevant and purposeful reading materials. Read my 9 tips for creating a rich reading environment below.     1. Books on display 24/7. Change them up weekly.…

Sticky Notes + Reading Material = Increased Comprehension

Something magical happens to students’ brains when they are given sticky notes to use while they are reading. I have used this sticky note strategy for lessons in all subjects. It is because of this magic that every year…

Keeping middle school students engaged during reading can be challenging. This blog post provides several suggestions on how to increase engagement during guided reading from the 2 Peas and Dog blog.

Intermediate Guided Reading

A challenge teachers face when working with middle school students during guided reading is ensuring the material meets their interests and reading levels. I have been on the lookout for really good guided reading ideas.    Here is a…

Making Real Connections – the real deal

Getting students to move beyond literal reading comprehension can sometimes be a challenge. Our next major literacy focus in my classroom is Making Connections. We are moving beyond text-self connections (boy in book has a dog, I have a…