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Fourth graders practice their close reading skills with a short text on conflict resolution. Working in pairs, learners read and reread the article Smart Speak by Marilyn Cram Donahue as they identify the main idea and use context clues to understand challenging vocabulary. The class uses the text to begin making a list of rules to improve their school community, as they work toward the long term goal of writing a school constitution. Consider having students create skits to act out the conflict resolution strategies from the article as an extension activity. This is a great resource for teaching how to read closely, and can very easily be adapted to any piece of writing.
First graders read the book, Confetti Eggs. Working in guided reading groups, they discuss making crafts with eggs and preview the book by looking at the pictures and making predictions. After reading the book aloud, they discuss how to make confetti eggs and follow the sequence of steps involved.
Second graders read independently to find out what happens when the bus moves on its route. Students are given strategies to help with words they aren't sure how to read. Students whisper read with a partner on the second reading. As an extension activity, 2nd graders sing "The Wheels on the Bus," or draw a picture of themselves riding a bus.
Pupils discuss eating and picking peaches and participate in other pre-reading activities before reading the book, Juicy Peach. They read the book independently, but are guided by directive questions from their teacher. A discussion follows, as well as repeated readings for mastery.
Students participate in pre-reading activities before reading the book, Pran's Week of Adventure. They read the book independently, but are guided by directive questions from their teacher. A discussion follows, as well as repeated readings for mastery.
Students participate in pre-reading activities before reading the book, Twister's Tricks. They read the book independently, but are guided by directive questions from their teacher. A discussion follows, as well as repeated readings for mastery.
First graders read the book, Where Is My Puppy? Working in guided reading groups, they discuss having a puppy and predict what might occur in the story. After reading the book aloud, they retell the story and locate the puppy on each page.
Students read patterned sentences. In this guided reading lesson, young readers explore patterned sentences based on familiar word families. Students generate predictions based on picture clues.
Learners blend phonemes. In this guided reading lesson, students create words by blending isolated phonemes. Learners read a book discussing families.
Young readers consider text-to-self connections. Learners discover the text-to-self connection as they read Flora's Box by Tina Althaide. They practice high frequency words, prepositions, and 1:1 correspondence.
Students discover basic concepts of print. In this early literacy lesson, students discover basic high frequency words. Students make predictions as they read. Cross-curricular activities provided.
Learners blend phonemes to decode words. In this guided reading lesson, students evaluate different comprehension strategies to aid reading.  Learners make predictions based on picture clues and use patterned sentences to facilitate reading success.
Students read patterned sentences. In this guided reading lesson, students use one to one matching and picture clues to aid comprehension. Cross-curricular activities are provided.
Students engage in discussion that examines Students feelings toward reading. They listen as the book, SIGN OF THE BEAVER by Elizabeth George Speare is read to them for enjoyment.
Students practice reading with fluency by rereading texts to increase their speed. They listen to the teacher model fluent, smooth, and expressive oral reading. They then work in a small group reading orally and self-assessing their progress.
Third graders continue to develop their reading fluency in preparation for their assessment in the tenth lesson of this unit. Young readers are provided with a short passage on Helen Keller, which they use while working in pairs reading and providing feedback on each other's fluency. During this practice time, the teacher selects kids to read the passage aloud in order to make audio recordings for their fluency assessment. A great opportunity is provided for documenting your class's growth as readers. If using this resource with upper graders, be sure to supplement a passage more appropriate to their reading level.
Young readers continue to strengthen their fluency skills with a text of their choosing. The teacher first engages the class with an audio recording or read-aloud of a short poem, modeling for children how to read fluently. Next it's game time, as the class plays charades or taboo in order to reinforce the fluency vocabulary phrasingratepunctuation, and expression. Learners then choose a text and read it independently, making notes to assist them when reading the text aloud. Finally, learners pair up and practice their fluent reading, providing each other with constructive feedback. Adaptable to a wide range of ages, this is a great resource for developing the reading skills of your class.
Read and reread. That is the message when approaching a difficult text. As part of their examination of The Great Law of Peace, class members reread the introduction and section one of the document, answer questions, citing specifics from the text, and move on to another section. A worksheet that asks readers to record specific details from the text and the excerpts from the Great Law of Peace are included in the detailed plan. Although a part of an entire unit plan, the reading approach can be used with any text.  
The third lesson in a unit study of the Iroquois focuses on developing reading skills. Pupils brainstorm the actions of close readers and record these behaviors on an anchor chart entitled, “Close Readers Do These Things.” Guided by the list, the class begins a close reading of Section 1 of the Great Law of Peace (The Iroquois Constitution). As a unifying activity, learners also add to their anchor chart, “Things to Tell Tim,” started in lesson two. Although part of a complete unit, the close reading approach could be used with any informational text.
Third graders develop their reading superpowers in a lesson on fluency. After first listening to an audio recording or teacher read aloud, the class works together identifying criteria for fluent reading, focusing on phrasing, rate, punctuation, and expression. Children then participate in a whole-class choral reading of a familiar text before pairing up for further practice with fluent reading. Though the lesson is part of a third grade unit and cites specific texts, it can easily be adapted to other ages and pieces of literature. An excellent resource for developing this fundamental skill in young readers.

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