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Independent Reading

Get Kids Hooked on a Great Series at Open eBooks
Open eBooks
Get Kids Hooked on a Great Series at Open eBooks
March 13, 2016 at 9:17 pm 0
The very best way to get students reading a lot is to find a series they enjoy. However, finding that series is oftentimes tricky and requires trial and error. Open eBooks has made this process much cheaper by offering the first book in a number of best-selling series. Now you can see if your students […]
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Goblins, Faeries and Brownies Invade Open eBooks!
Open eBooks
Goblins, Faeries and Brownies Invade Open eBooks!
March 9, 2016 at 12:36 am 0
The kids in our 7th grade classroom love fantasy. They enjoy being immersed in new worlds where odd and magical things happen. As a teacher, I love fantasy because the books are usually part of a series. Get a kid hooked on a series and you’ve planned out the next month or two of their […]
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Strong Girls Take Over Open eBooks!
Open eBooks
Strong Girls Take Over Open eBooks!
March 5, 2016 at 10:11 pm 0
LITERACY NERD ALERT: After setting up our Open eBook accounts, we spent the past several days browsing through its catalogue of books. At first, we thought there were hundreds of books, but we soon realized there were thousands upon thousands. This is very exciting, but it can be overwhelming to an untrained eye or to a student. […]
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How to Use Open eBooks with Your Students
Open eBooks
How to Use Open eBooks with Your Students
February 27, 2016 at 11:19 pm 0
If you teach literacy, you’ve probably heard the big news from the Obama Administration about the Open eBooks App that is meant to provide free ebooks to students with disabilities, students at Title I schools, and students at schools run by the Department of Defense. I have had the chance to download and utilize the app and […]
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The Princess Diaries Comprehension Notebook Now Available
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The Princess Diaries Comprehension Notebook Now Available
January 31, 2016 at 7:13 pm 0
Rob and I have posted a Comprehension Notebook for The Princess Diaries on TeachersPayTeachers.com for $.99. It has a kid-facing notebook of questions that ask plot, perspective and secondary character questions. I’ve used it as a: comprehension check book club guide assessment starting point for guided reading   It also has an answer key that […]
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Assistive Technology
Choosing Only the Most “Sponge-worthy” Audiobooks
January 23, 2016 at 7:40 pm 0
In my last post, I explained the most important thing about using Audible with your students: you can log into your audio library from an unlimited number of devices at the same time. In other words, if you buy one copy of the Hunger Games audiobook (about 10 dollars), multiple kids can listen to that book simultaneously from multiple devices, such as smartphones, tablets […]
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Assistive Technology
Awesome AT Tools: Bluford Audiobooks
January 11, 2016 at 1:22 am 0
If you teach reading in Washington D.C. (or pretty much anywhere), you probably already know all about the Bluford High Series. This series of 21 books on Level S/T are insanely popular. The protagonists in these stories are all African-American or Latino teenagers, who struggle with different problems such as bullying, poverty, teenage pregnancy and […]
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Accelerated Reader
How to Count to a Million With Accelerated Reader
January 7, 2016 at 9:01 pm 0
Everything Rob and I do in our independent reading period is dedicated to getting each of our students to read 1,000,000 words from “Just-Right” books by the end of the school year. We’ve backwards planned our grading system and incentive program to reflect this goal because research shows that the greatest predictor of reading proficiency is time spent […]
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Accelerated Reader
How to Find Out if Your Students Did Their Reading Homework in 5 “Clicks”
January 3, 2016 at 4:33 am 0
If you’re a teacher of any subject, of any grade level, you’ve heard the administrator rallying cry: “Show me the data!” Some variations that I’ve also heard: “Where’s your data?” “What does the data show?” “How can we get data on this?” “Data data data data data?!”   This is well meaning, but is so […]
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Accelerated Reader
How to Use Accelerated Reader in 6 “Clicks”
January 2, 2016 at 10:34 pm 0
    Students can go from blank Internet browser page to taking an Accelerated Reader comprehension quiz in six clicks. It really is that easy. Here’s how: Click 1: select the type of user you are. This how-to guide is designed to show you how a student would use the product, so “I’m a student” […]
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