Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Workshop Wednesday: Reading Tips and Tricks

Happy Wednesday!
Time for another Workshop Wednesday with Jivey!

Today is all about reading tips and tricks.

Tip: Use task cards for assignments! I make task cards that follow our program needs, so the kids use their sourcebooks for work.

It makes them more independent, and if they have a question I have them reread the task card.

Trick: Use Post-its and Post-It organizers (Joanne and Sarah have some very fun ones!).

The kids think they are getting away with something-they love using brightly colored stickies!  I even started making my own for my Guided Reading groups-a way for them to answer their questions about a book!

Tip: Don't be afraid to break out the picture books to teach the kids how to use a strategy. Yes, they are upper elementary, but they like picture books just as much as the little guys!

Trick (and Tip!): Make your own organizers! Bust out those cute fonts, borders and clipart. It makes the organizers more fun to do, and you are able to customize it so it best fits your needs and your students.

It might take a little longer at first, but it only takes me about 10-15 minutes to make one-time well spent!

Tip: Interactive Notebooks! Whether it's foldables you make on your own, Nicole Shelby's (picture below) or Erin's (Lovin' Lit) or a combination of everything, the kids love it!
We usually do them on day 4 or 5 (of our 10 day theme cycle), after we have talked about and practiced the skill a little, and the kids thoroughly enjoy it! Go ahead-it will be some of the best money that you have spent!

What are some of your tips and tricks for reading?

Smiles and Sunshine,


  1. I also have the interactive notebook by Nicole Shelby and my kiddos love it, too... and post-it notes!

    The 4th Grade Journey

  2. Post-its are my faaaave! Love these ideas! Thanks for linking up!

  3. Thanks for the shout out Kaitlyn and you know how much I love post-its! And, I totally agree about the picture books! Great for teaching strategies!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching


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