Veteran teachers Maria Walther and Katherine Phillips share their comprehensive approach to teaching reading in the K-2 classroom. A menu of mini-lessons for the first 25 days of school help teachers establish routines and introduce reading habits and behaviors. A month-by-month chart organizes a year’s worth of mini-lessons in self-monitoring and decoding skills, comprehension strategies, vocabulary development, writing about reading, and genre awareness. Complete with morning message ideas, book lists for read-alouds and genre studies, mini-lessons for every aspect of reading, interactive whiteboard activities, and strategies for supporting struggling readers and challenging more advanced ones, this book is everything teachers need to help children grow into confident readers!
Assessment Tip - Assess Vocabulary Knowledge
When you are administering an individual reading inventory or a running record, consider jotting a few challenging words from the text at the bottom of your recording sheet. Once the students have finished reading, ask them what each word means and record their answers. This is helpful information to share with parents and to guide your reading conferences or small-group teaching!