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What are the best ways to develop reading skills?

Jun 15, 2013 8:49am

My school district's goal for kindergarten is for the students to read at a level E or higher by the end of the year. Most of my students at a Title 1 school enter kindergarten with little or no previous education. We have to learn letter names and print concepts at the beginning of the school year. By the end of the school year, most of my students could read at least 90% of the 86 sight words, knew all the letters and their sounds, and independently read at a level B (mClass). A handful read higher, and a handful read lower. Two were at the E goal or higher. I'm entering my third year of teaching, and I'm always looking for resources to improve my teaching. My goal this year is to find proven resources, and ideas for teaching foundational reading skills that will help my students become strong independent readers. Suggestions?

  • English Language Arts
  • Pre K-2
  • Assessment / Class Culture / Common Core / Differentiation / Digital Literacy / Engagement / New Teachers / Planning

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    • Jun 24, 2013 8:40am

      Sounds like you're doing great so far! I'm sure you do this, but read aloud to them. It can develop vocabulary and good discussions on the story events. Sometimes I ask them to listen for words they find interesting, challenging, or fun. This helps them to focus on the story.

      • Jun 17, 2013 7:30pm

        Nicole- It sounds like you should be writing the answer to this question. That's remarkable that your student success rate is so high, especially in a Title I school. What curriculum are you using with your students and how do you measure student growth? That will help the community offer you resources that align with what you're currently doing.

        Best,
        Katie Novak

        • Jun 19, 2013 9:55am

          you should have to read daily news paper and you also you should have to respect any body thought

          • Sep 8, 2013 9:34pm

            At our school we also purchase Raz-kids. It is a great reading program that is computer based. It can be accessed at school and at home. This site reads the story to the student, then the student reads the story , and finally they take a quiz on what they have read. The student cannot advance to the next reading level until the student has completed each activity for every story on the level. It will progressively get harder as the student advances. The best part is that the subscription allows for the student to access it all summer as well. Additionally, you get a report weekly about progress and you can send messages as a whole group or individually.

            • Sep 11, 2013 4:52pm

              A great way to engage kids in reading is using Starring You Books -- which puts your students right in the story. Totally free for teachers to use: http://www.storybots.com/educate

              • Aug 13, 2014 8:28pm

                You might check out my iOS reading log app- YOU-LOG Reading at http://you-log,com

                Readers can:

                - add new books by Google search, bar code scan, or manual entry

                - keep track of the minutes, pages, and genres they read each day with color-coded bar graphs & pie charts.

                - set reading goals and monitor progress.

                - write book notes and then share them via email & text msg

                Mark Butler

                5th Grade Teacher & Software Developer

                • Aug 13, 2014 8:29pm

                  You might check out my iOS reading log app- YOU-LOG Reading at http://you-log,com

                  Readers can:

                  - add new books by Google search, bar code scan, or manual entry

                  - keep track of the minutes, pages, and genres they read each day with color-coded bar graphs & pie charts.

                  - set reading goals and monitor progress.

                  - write book notes and then share them via email & text msg

                  Mark Butler

                  5th Grade Teacher & Software Developer