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Social Media & Online Connections to Reading

Social Media & Online Connections to Reading Good Reads In my classroom, reading and technology is integrated through the use of the website GoodReads.  This is a popular social media website that kids over the age of 13 (or younger with parent supervision) and adults use to share their experiences of books that they have read recently.  This is something that can also be

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How to Start a Family Book Club

Have you ever wondered what your older children are reading in their free time?  Maybe you want to be able to talk about the books they are reading, but don’t know what to ask them?  Have you ever considered starting a Family Book Club? We often think of book clubs as an excuse for adults to get together for adult conversation, but a family

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Ways to Celebrate Poetry

Ways to Celebrate Poetry After reading and writing poetry in the month of April, you can end your celebration with a wide variety of activities.  One activity would be to hold an open mic night.  This could be done for the month of April in lieu of a traditional kids book club.  Organizing this poetry reading is a breeze if you read and follow

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Earth Day Reading Activities

Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd this year.   This event promotes environmental awareness and focuses awareness on topics including recycling, habitat destruction, and making sustainable choices as a family.  The theme of Earth Day can be combined with reading fiction and non-fiction books at home and using online resources to learn about ways they can make a positive impact on Earth. A popular

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Introducing Your Child to Poetry

National Poetry Month is this April and it is a great time to introduce your children to reading, writing, and celebrating poetry.  Many books written for babies and toddlers are told through rhyming poetry including books written by Dr. Seuss, Eric Carl, and Sandra Boynton.  Exposing young children to the sounds of poetry has proven to build phonemic awareness.  Reading these stories aloud will

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Plastic Easter Egg Reading Activities

Plastic Easter eggs are on sale everywhere this time of year, but there are many uses for them year-round. .  While they are great for a scavenger hunt and storing candy for Easter baskets, they are also an excellent learning tool.  There are many reading activities that you can do with your children to incorporate reading skills practice activities with colorful plastic Easter eggs.

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Make Reading Enjoyable for your Child

How many times have you heard your child complain about having to read? Do you hear things like – “Reading is boring,” “I just don’t like to read,” or “I don’t want to read”?  It can be hard to get your child interested in reading, but it can be done. Here are some tips to show your child that reading can be more than

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Point of View: Third-Person Omniscient

Recently, I helped lead a middle school book club to read the popular Holocaust novel, The Book Thief.  This story is told in the third-person omniscient, through the eyes of a narrator that represents “death” or the grim reaper.  He follows the characters all-knowingly throughout the lives and deaths of the various characters in the novel.  While this is a sensitive topic to cover,

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Reading Around the World

My students and I were inspired by the Olympic Winter Games, and we have talked about the different countries that participate in the games along with origin and rules of some of the more obscure sports like curling, bobsledding, and the luge.  It has inspired my students to learn more about countries like Switzerland, Scotland, and Norway that led the path to the incorporation

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Using Reading Contests to Encourage Independent Reading

The more a child practices reading, the better they will become.  However, many children will not choose to read in their free time.  A reading contest is a great way to encourage them to read outside school! What are Reading Contests? Reading contests are fun competitions designed to encourage children to read on their own.  They track their individual reading activity for a certain

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