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Good-Fit Books

Titles for the First-Day-of-School Read-Alouds

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Our first read-alouds help us begin to cultivate our classroom community and culture. We start with these beloved favorites. You might want to as well. 

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Creating Wonderful Classroom Libraries

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Want your classroom library to be the heart of your room? We think these six steps will help. 

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I-PICK Bookmark

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Provide students with this tool and they’ll be able to choose books that fit them perfectly. 

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Teacher to Teacher: All About I-PICK

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Gail tells us all we need to know to teach this essential skill to students. 

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Page-Turners—A Pile of Poetry

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Poetry isn't just for poetry month. Here are poems for every age that will serve as inspiration, information, entertainment, and mentor texts. 

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Enlisting Reading Mentors

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This simple idea is a powerful way to keep our gifted students engaged mentally and socially. 

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Judging a Book by Its Cover

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How can we get students to try old classics that we know they’ll love? 

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Matching Middle Schoolers with Great Fit Books

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Becky Mosbacher shares how she hooks middle-school readers who have lost the joy of reading. 

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Page-Turners—Lots of Laughs

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Lori shares funny books that will keep kids laughing from preschool through middle school. 

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Classroom Library—New-Book Tub

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Having a tub to house new additions provides equal access to our most recent additions

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Page Turners—Cultivating Kindness

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Lori Sabo shares five books that may help us cultivate kindness in our classrooms. 

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First Goal—Read Appropriate Level Texts that are a "Good Fit"

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Leanne Norton shares how she teaches her students to choose a good-fit book.

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I PICK Reader's Theater

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Review I PICK with this reader's theatre script.

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One Book, Many Readers

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Five book clubs that promote enjoyment of a shared text.

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Create Your Own Book Box and Advance Schoolwide Reading

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Give your students a glimpse into your reading life by building and sharing the contents of your book box. Get one or more colleagues on board and see what happens!

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Three Guilt-Free Tips for Weeding the Library

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These three simple considerations will help you decide what is and isn't still worthy of being in your classroom library. 

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8 Ideas for Keeping Reading Motivation High

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These eight ideas will help keep interest high until the last bell of the school year rings.

 
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Modeling I PICK with Our Personal Reading

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One way to share good-fit books is to show how our own reading material fits each I-PICK criterion. 

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Reviewing Good-Fit Books

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Any time is a good time to review the I-PICK method of choosing a book. 

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To Level Books or Not to Level Books, That Is the Question

The practice of leveling classroom libraries and school libraries, and asking students to choose only books within their "level," is a hot topic. Here are some thoughts. 

 

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Abandoned Books and Lack of Engagement: What to Do?

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This tried-and-true strategy may work for you if you have a student who continually abandons books. 

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The Importance of Readability

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Research on the importance of readability has made us abandon the five-finger rule. 

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Page Turners—Powerful Peeks into History

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Here are 12 amazing picture books that will make history come alive for the readers in our rooms. 

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Book Box Check

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Lori Sabo shares the form her kids use to assess the contents of their book boxes.  

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Helping Students Become Readers

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Here is how we made reading one of Sandra's Top 10 favorite activities, and what you can do to help your students

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