Reading is complex, with many integrated components. The best way to become a good reader is to do what good readers do. This section provides materials to help children become good readers.
Even good readers can improve reading skills by reading and thinking about the text. A reading journal is a great way to hold students accountable for independent reading, and to encourage thinking about the text. This section provides tips for using reading journals, as well as a downloadable journal.
Good readers use a variety of strategies before, during, and after reading. This section provides instructions and templates of research-based strategies that can be used for almost any age reader - from emergent to adult - with any text.
Some students struggle to learn to read when the text does not allow them to practice their decoding skills or to recognize common words by sight. This section provides varying levels of beginning readers to help students become better readers. The texts have words kids can sound out using a basic decoding strategy, as well as high frequency words that can be recognized by sight.
Although frequent and repeated reading from a wide variety of texts is the best way to develop vocbaulary, fluency, and comprehension skills, some skills can also be practiced outside of books. This section provides games to practice targeted skills. They are best used in small groups, during small group intervention, or in reading stations. They are supplements to a balanced reading curriculum, and provide a motivating way for students to practice reading skills.