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Get Kids Hooked on a Great Series at Open eBooks
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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!
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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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How to Use Open eBooks with Your Students
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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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Guided Reading Project Launch!
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Guided Reading Project Launch!
December 12, 2015 at 1:33 am 0
Matt and I are really excited to announce the next phase of our blog – comprehensive guided reading plans!    As we have written about before, teachers shouldn’t have thousands of different books in their library. When classroom libraries are inundated with tons of different books, it becomes overwhelming for both the teachers and the kids. […]
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“Maniac” Mike
Shopping for Books with Struggling Readers
“Maniac” Mike
December 11, 2015 at 1:03 am 0
Imagine this scenario …   Teacher: Hey Mike, come on back to the library, I see you need a new book. Do you want to read realistic fiction or fantasy fict… Mike: I want to read The Hunger Games. Teacher: Oh, an excellent book, but… Mike: Yeah, I know, I just saw Mockingjay Part 2. […]
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“Quitting” Quisha
Shopping for Books with Struggling Readers
“Quitting” Quisha
December 11, 2015 at 1:01 am 0
So, you’ve followed Rob’s advice and you’ve helped a student pick a “just right” book. Success! You begin strutting around the classroom, feeling like the world’s best teacher. You check in with her after she’s read the first five pages and she completely gets it. You’re certain she’ll read the entire Dork Diaries series.   The […]
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“Negative” Nelly
Shopping for Books with Struggling Readers
“Negative” Nelly
December 10, 2015 at 7:44 pm 0
Recently I checked the Accelerated Reader data for the four literacy classes that Rob and I teach. Overall, the numbers were good. A significant number of students were on pace to read 250,000 words this quarter, which often equates to a year’s reading growth, if repeated each quarter. I was feeling pretty good until I […]
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“Lazy” Larry
Shopping for Books with Struggling Readers
“Lazy” Larry
December 9, 2015 at 4:13 pm 0
Larry just finished reading a book from the Bluford Series, which is a Level T. Based on your check-ins with him, you know he completely understood it. When you invite Larry over to the library to shop with you, you say to yourself, “Self, this my chance to get Larry reading some harder books. He’s […]
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Using “Alternate Close” to Sell Books to Readers
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Using “Alternate Close” to Sell Books to Readers
November 27, 2015 at 5:35 pm 0
In an earlier post, Matt covered the importance of reading ladders. Once you widely utilize reading ladders and book series in your classroom library, there are simply fewer library conferences that need to take place. This is great because it means we need to spend less time pitching books during Independent Reading, and we can […]
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Reading Levels Help You Build Reading Ladders
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Reading Levels Help You Build Reading Ladders
November 21, 2015 at 8:49 pm 0
Three years ago, Rob and I were super-excited. We got a hot tip about a charity in D.C. that gives away free books. FREE BOOKS! We were so excited. We went there with tons of boxes and loaded up my trusty Honda Accord. In fact the car was so loaded, I could barely see out […]
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