Sunday, June 26, 2011

150 Followers!!! Thank-you So Much!

I did it!  (With your help, of course.)  I reached 150 followers - well, actually SURPASSED 150 followers!  I've been waiting to share this thank-you with you.  I didn't really celebrate 100 followers as I was part of two very big giveaways during that time ... so now is the time to celebrate!


I was inspired by all the fantastic blogs I follow to create my own blog.  At first I was worried I wouldn't have enough time with three little ones at home, working full time, soccer games, dance classes, the list goes on.  But like everything else, we find the time ... and I've been LOVING the whole blog experience.  I thank-you for your interest, your kind and inspiring comments, and all of your great ideas.  You guys are FANTASTIC!  


First, I'd like to share my reading comprehension bookmarks with you.  This is a collection of 9 bookmarks for different comprehension strategies.  I laminate them and give them to my students as we study each strategy.  My students keep them in their independent reading novels, and use the sentence starters when writing a reading response.  They also use the sentence starters to ask their partners questions when we do a pair/share.  After I conference with a student, I have them write their current reading goal on the back of the bookmark with an erasable overhead marker.  If their goal changes while we are still studying the same strategy, they can erase the current goal and write a new one.  My students have really enjoyed these bookmarks this year and look forward to starting a new strategy to get a new bookmark.  This file is normally one of my priced products at my TpT store, but as a thank-you to you, it will be FREE until Monday at midnight.  Click here to download your own copy.  Enjoy!!!




Second, I'd like to giveaway one copy of my best-seller - Reading Comprehension Strategy Resource Binder. This HUGE 183 page resource contains everything you need to support your students’ learning of the reading comprehension strategies. Resources can be used to study ANY text. Strategies included in this resource are:
• Asking Questions
• Determining Importance
• Inferring
• Making Connections
• Summarizing
• Synthesizing
• Visualizing
Each strategy section contains 3 colorful posters, strategy bookmarks, a full page of class activity ideas, a full page of reading response prompts and questions, 12 – 15 graphic organizers, and an assessment rubric. Some strategy sections also include anchor chart ideas and activity handouts.


To have a chance to win this resource, be a follower (current or new) and leave a comment below telling me your favourite tried-and-true activity or book you use while studying one of the comprehension strategies.  I'll choose (randomly) one winner from the comments on Thursday, June 30th.  A perfect way to celebrate my last day of school!!!

36 comments:

  1. I am a follower!

    When I was an aide last year, the classroom teacher used Chester Raccoon and Big Bad Bully to study the Asking Questions strategy. She used a large piece of chart paper to record the questions that the students asked throughout the course of the book. The questions ranged significantly, but the students understood how asking questions helps us comprehend better.

    Magnificent Multiagers!

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  2. I am a follower! This year I am pursuing my master's degree in education through Nova's BrainSMART program. I will have a major in brain-based teaching with a concentration in reading and literacy. I have learned tons about the brain and reading! Which led me to Tanny McGregor's Comprehension Connections. I taught her lesson a on inferring using garbage. The student had to make assumptions about my neighbor's based on the garbage. It was an amazing lesson, the comments, questions, and deep thinking was awesome from my first graders! It is a must have book for any teacher!

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  3. I am a follower!
    This next school year I will be implementing Reader's Workshop in my classroom. I am spending the summer collecting anything and everything to help me get started. Your blog and others have been so helpful. I look forward to reading other people's comments and learning from others with so much experience.

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  4. I follow your sassy blog!! I couldn't do without the Comprehension Toolkit!! I ran into it at the MRA conference a few years back it is a wonderful addition to the Strategies That Work book. I use it all throughout the year. It is a must have!! Mini lessons galore and a wonderful focus on expository text.

    Julie
    Thoughts of a Third Grade Teacher

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  5. I love your blog and follow it in my Google Reader and Friend Connect! As a first-year Title 1 Reading teacher, I'd love to use your resource binder as a reference! Your blog button is on my blog, also!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Justin

    TeacherInMe

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  6. I'm a follower! With Upper Elementary, I like to use The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (Van Allsburg) to practice inferring.

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  7. I am a stalker, opps follower! I love everything you do! Thanks so much for the freebie, I already downloaded it and left you a 4.0 star rating! As simple as it sounds, one of my very favorite strategies comes from "The Sister's" CAFE book & the Daily Five. Check for understanding, I even have checks that the kids hold to remind them that my hubby made! {ohhhh, new post coming up on that for sure!}
    Enjoy your summer!
    ~Fern
    Fern Smith’s Classroom Ideas!

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  8. I am a follower!
    My favorite book for teaching inferencing is Tight Times by Barbara Shook Hazen. My second favorite is Fireflies! by Julie Brincloe.
    Christine

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  9. I am a follower. I use the book Strategies That Work 2 by Harvey and Goudvis as a resource. It has helped me create anchor charts for my students to refer to.
    Love the bookmarks! Can't wait to use them in the fall.

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  10. I'm a new follower. Love your Thinkmarks :). I use lots of different Comprehension books. For activities, I like 60 Comp Strategies by Kathleen Jonson

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  11. I follow your blog and thanks so much for Shari g your ideas with us!

    Conchy

    Conchy.Marcano@gmail.com

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  12. I'm a follower and my favourite comprehension strategy since I read The Daily 5 and CAFE is Check for Understanding and Making Connections. For Read to Soneone I've made up check marks with prompts on the back for partners to help readers in checking for understanding.

    http://downunderteacher.blogspot.com/

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  13. I am a follower. For Making Connections I use the Very Hungry Caterpillar and our own live life cycle of a butterfly for the kids to make the connections between what the caterpillar did in the story and what happens in real life.

    http://teachingmaketheworld.blogspot.com/

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  14. i'm a follower. I love teaching inferences with riddles. The children use the clues and their background knowledge to get the right answer. And they love writing their own for others to practice.

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  15. I am a follower!

    I like to use Marc Brown's Arthur series while asking questions to my kiddos! They love the characters, and they always seem to listen to the story when I read it aloud!

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  16. I am a follower! I use Wall wisher (http://www.wallwisher.com/)for the Asking Questions strategy. I type in the questions the students have and it creates a "sticky note" on the wall. Once we have answered the question, I can either delete the "sticky" or edit it with the answer. I love Wall Wisher because I can also add video links to a book we're reading.

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  17. I am a follower. I actually just teach Science, next year will include social studies. So I don't have any strategies that I use to actually teach them. We talk about them when reading our science book, but I am incorporating what they've been taught from our language arts teacher.

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  18. I'm a follower! I teach at an arts integrated school and using art to teach reading skills is amazing! I love your blog! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. I am a follower! In my class, I have my students participate in a lot of hand/body gestures to remember things. For summarizing, I have taught them to hold their hands out wide and bring them close very quickly while saying, 'summarizing is taking a long story and cutting it short.' We then partner up and I tell them to tell their neighbors a summary of 'The Three Little Pigs' and we discuss what a good summary and a silly summary is.

    :)

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  20. I'm a follower!! I just posted about one of my favorite activities that I use for visualizing a few days ago on my blog. It's called Mental Image Comics. Come check it out:)

    4th Grade Frolics

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  21. I am now a follower! Just downloaded the strategy bookmarks - they're awesome! I look forward to reading your posts since you are coming from an upper elementary perspective. : )

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  22. I'm a follower! I actually adore using the book, "Walk Two Moons," by Sharon Creech. We use the prediction and inferencing strategies with the Middle School students. The kiddos love the text and remember the strategies.

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  23. I am a follower and sorry if this goes twice--having an issue!! I use Ticky Tacky Doll to make connections the first day or weeks of school.

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  24. Congrats! I follow your blog, your TPT, and you're on my blog roll! I have a 25 follower giveaway going on, so anyone who enters has a great chance to win!

    Miss B, Busy Bee

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  25. I am a follower of your blog and TpT!! When I teach inferencing I use pictures and wordless books. Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful resources!!

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  26. I am a follow and I would love to get my hands on your reading strategies materials!!
    It is hard to pick one book to share - there are so many!! I love to use Cookies Week to show cause and effect!
    Come to my blog for a FREEBIE on Fables!
    Life's a Teach!!

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  27. I am a new follower to your blog. My favorite comprehension activity(ies) use a trifold "brochure". On the brochure there are questions that help students walk their way through the stories we are doing in our basal, without forgetting the strategy that we are currently focused on.

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  28. I am a new follower and to the blog world. Boy, I've really been missing out. This is my new summer entertainment. I've gotten so many new ideas and materials. I am already looking forward to the new school year. I will be implementing reader's workshop in the fall. So, I'm looking for anything to help me out.

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  29. I am a follower and love your blog! One of my favorite books is Mosaic of Thought - (text to text/self/world). It's a great book for book talk and I love it.

    New to blogging!
    First Class With Mrs. Mac

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  30. I follow your blog.

    I like to use the book The Gingerbread Man for sequencing the activities in a story.

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  31. I'm a follower. I enjoy using concentric circles to represent connections made of text to self, text to text, and text to world with a variety of books!

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  32. I am a follower and have just started getting into reading teacher blogs! I love it!!!! Reading is my favorite thing to teach, and I would love to win a copy of your book!!!!

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  33. Thanks for all the hard work on the reading comprehension strategies book. I can't wait to take a look at it and use some of the ideas.

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  34. I am following your blog! I love the book Strategies that Work it has so many great ideas!

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  35. I follow this blog. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

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  36. Thank-you to all who entered. I announced the winners tonight.

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