Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Gift of Reading

I truly believe that reading is a gift that we, as teachers, give our students.  We give this gift each day when we teach student sight words, vocabulary, and comprehension strategies.  We give the gift when we get excited about the read aloud book that day.  We give that gift when we recommend books to our students.  We give that gift when we hang on their every word as they share about the books they are reading.

In appreciation for all that you do each day to promote the love of reading, I am participating in the Gift of Reading blog hop.  Each blogger has posted a freebie (for the duration of the blog hop) and also has a giveaway going with a Rafflecopter.  Enjoy the freebies and best of luck in the giveaways!


In the current issue of Reading Today, Brenda Overturf cited a disturbing statistic in her article "Interrupting the Cycle of Word Poverty:"
       "According to a the most recent report of the National Center for children in Poverty, 45% of
        children in the United States live in low-income households.  Twenty-two percent live in actual
        poverty."
Children from low income environments hear less words than children coming from professional households "creating a 32 million word gap between children in poverty and their more affluent peers before even starting school."  How can we combat this tremendous gap?  She recommends creating "an environment where students are immersed in though-provoking vocabulary, [reading] intriguing text aloud, [playing] games with vocabulary, and [encouraging] students to think about words in metaphorical ways."

All of that sounds great, but how does that look in a classroom?  How do you make that happen with everything else that you are supposed to be doing on a daily basis?  My dear friend and I came up with a strategy to explicitly teach students vocabulary.  We call it "Interactive Vocabulary."  I had the pleasure of presenting this strategy with her today at our state reading conference.  Below you will find a packet of information that breaks down each step in the strategy.  The packet of information will be a forever freebie.  Below that you will find the mini-unit I taught my third graders that uses this strategy (freebie for this weekend only).  The unit shows the vocabulary strategy in action with example think alouds and activities that help the students make the words their own.

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I hope that you give the strategy a try!  Don't forget to complete the rafflecopter entries for $10 Teachers Pay Teachers gift certificate.  Check out the next stop in the hop by visiting JD's Rockin' Readers.

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23 comments:

  1. Right now I am reading The Mouse and the Motorcycle.

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  2. I love reading anything that captures their interests! Every year the students are into something different! This year, they are enjoying Geronimo Stilton.

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  3. I like to read the There Was an Old Lady series. :)

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  4. Thank you for sharing your resources! Your passion for teaching really comes through in this blog post and i am so glad you are in the hop!
    xo
    Bex
    Reading and Writing Redhead

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  5. I love reading so many books aloud to my students. My favorite is Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day, especially when I am having a bad day!

    Andrea
    Reading Toward the Stars

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  6. I love Diane DeGroat's A Turkey for Thanksgiving.

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  7. I like Those Shoes for social studies and values!

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  8. The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary.
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  9. I love reading "Thank You, Mr. Falker".
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  10. This week I used My Lucky Day by Keiko Kaska for persuasive writing. Perfect!

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  11. We are reading the ABC mysteries now. My students love them.

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  12. I love reading Fancy Nancy: great vocabulary

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  13. I have so many because I have been able to introduce them to so many NEW genres this year and getting them reading vocabulary rich books. The Boxcar Children, A-Z Mysteries, Encyclopedia Brown

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  14. We are reading Thank You, Sarah this week.

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  15. I read Clifford books and ABC books. They love Clifford!

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  16. Two picture books that I always start of the year with are You Are Special by Max Lucado and Back to Front and Upside Down by Claire Alexander. We always enjoy The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt too.

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  17. I have some many! I really like the Laura Numeroff books.

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  18. Favorite storybook might be SkippyJon Jones. I love reading Junie B. Jones books because all my students love her and I teach multiple grade levels.

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  19. I love to read This Island Isn't Big Enough for the Four of Us.

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  20. I have waaaayyyy too many favorites! But....I really do like First Day Jitters!

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