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We hope you all had a wonderful break and enjoyed time with family and friends. We had an unusual amount of snow in the Seattle area which provided us with a few extra days off. It was the first white Christmas we have had in many, many years. There is something really magical and wonderful about a snow day - when we are forced to stop, stay home, and relish the luxury of sitting with cocoa in front of a fire while curled up with a good read!
What does an expert have to say regarding vocabulary and comprehension instruction? This video snippet from Reading Rockets will give you a glimpse. In this video, Isabel Beck talks about her three tiered approach to vocabulary. Her system really helps us decide which words are worthy of our time and effort to teach, as well as determine which words will have the greatest impact on student learning.
From the Daily CAFE? Archives, Joan shows you the book boxes in her classroom and explains the value to this vessel.
Q: When do students change books?
Do you keep a Reading Log, carefully recording title, author, genre and comments regarding every book you read? Few of us do. So why do so many of us ask our students to keep a Reading Log? Is there a purpose in requiring our students to do this specific task, which so few of us do ourselves, or are we asking students to spend considerable time on a task that may not have purpose or meaning in real life?
This week we have an article about how we use "Reading Histories" with our children and a download of the form.