I've just got to share the good stuff I read.

I love to read. I read every chance I get. If I read something really good, I want to share it with my friends and co-workers. I make copies of magazine articles, read aloud to my students, tell others about good books I'm reading, and keep a book with me at all times.

I love teaching and learning new things. I need a place to share some of the lessons and what my students and I learn. Since my teaching situation is different from everyone else's in my school, I would like to tell all of you in the blog-o-sphere about these great lessons.

Feel free to share what you are reading, teaching and learning with us in the comments.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

If I were going to teach 5th grade reading

As I may have written in another post, I really liked the Daily 5 and the CAFE Book. They are both so helpful, well-written, and comprehensive that I wish I were teaching a reading class again. If I were teaching reading I would try to follow the lessons as written in the book.

The problem is how to get grades when everything is individualized. So, one way I would get grades would be to give a weekly reading test in the format of MCT2. To get a starting point for reading grade level, I would give the Cloze comprehension test. If the students had very different reading levels, I would give several versions of the weekly tests. Hopefully, students would be successful and show progress as they read more in class.

To encourage reading more at home, I would assign a weekly homework reading log. Students could choose their homework grade by how much they read at home. Thirty minutes four times a week would be a 75, five times a week would be an 85, six times would be 95, and 7 times a week would be 100. Parents would have to sign off on the reading log and students would have to list the title of the book(s) and how many pages read each day.

Vocabulary would come from the read aloud and classroom word collector. If the students were older, like 5th or higher, I would use WordGeneration and the five weekly words in the program.
I have some other ideas but will have to write about them another time.