This is the third in a series of posts (1: Choices, 2: Parent Communication) about supporting successful product assignments at the end of a unit of study. Now let’s talk research. Teach students to use more than one source to get their information. I like to teach students to use different kinds of sources at least one in print and one online. If you do not have a book in your class library or available from the school library for checkout to the classroom you could provide a printed article or reading out for students to use. My suggested goal is one source per grade level after Kindergarten.
For example, in first grade, students may use a printed fact sheet, digital source or a book (using different sources throughout the year for exposure). In second grade, I would introduce the requirement of multiple types of sources one digital and one print. In third grade, I would require 3 sources at least one of each type. In fourth grade, I would require 4 sources two of each type. In fifth grade, I would require 5 sources at least two of each type.
Reading Rockets is a great resource for Differentiated Instruction information and mainstream reading instruction. They have pages on classroom strategies, a professional development course, articles about how to tackle specific challenges and the information of why these challenges arise, fluency, comprehension, content area literacy, dyslexia, ELL, Phonics…just to name a few.
Edutopia has been a go-to stop for education resources. I think one of my favorite parts is the video archive which lets me view other people’s projects in action to get a better understanding of what it might look like in my own classroom. Seeing a positive example of a success in the classroom will help me be better prepared to design similar curriculum for my own class. Edutopia has great articles and videos on a wide array of topics including but not limited to technology integration in the classroom, differentiated instruction, assessments, cooperative learning, project-based learning, curriculum development, etc. The list goes on and on, certainly worth bit of time to explore.
This is the fifth and final in a series of five posts about online reading comprehension resources. If you missed Post One, Post Two, Post Three, or Post Four, you can certainly start here as they are not presented in any specific order.
Softschools.com is an extensive website that offers free resources for informational reading comprehension passages. You can search through alphabetized topics for either Science or Social Studies. This site also offers tons resources for other areas of focus for language arts, math, science, and social studies. I have used this website both for my own classroom as a teacher and as a teacher in training for assignments of my own. In my opinion, this is a must visit for any parent or teacher!
Reading Comprehension. (2017). Retrieved September 12, 2017, from http://www.softschools.com/language_arts/reading_comprehension/
This is the fourth in a series of five posts about online reading comprehension resources. If you missed Post One, Post Two, or Post Three you can certainly start here as they are not presented in any specific order.
MrNussbaum.com is a helpful website that offers free interactive resources for reading comprehension. You can search by grade level (1st-5th), reading level or passage type. The site offers informational passages with comprehension questions designed to mimic state assessments. This is a great way to help students get over anxiety over upcoming state testing! This site also offers resources for other areas of focus for language arts, math, science, history, and geography with online interactive materials and printables.
Reading Comprehension. (2015). Retrieved September 11, 2017, from http://mrnussbaum.com/readingpassageindex/
This is the third in a series of five posts about online reading comprehension resources. If you missed Post One or Post Two, you can certainly start here as they are not presented in any specific order.
Havefunteaching.com is a useful website that offers lots of free resources for parents and teachers. They have over 800 reading comprehension passages you can print and use. You can filter your search by grade level (preschool-6th) or subject. I happened upon this site when I was looking for preschool and Kindergarten resources for a long-term substitute position. Since then, I have found it to be a great go-to spot when I need something for early finishers.
The site also has other language arts resources like activities, flashcards, songs, videos, and workbooks some of which are free and some are accessible for with payment.
Reading Comprehension Worksheets. (n.d.). Retrieved September 10, 2017, from https://www.havefunteaching.com/products/worksheets/reading-worksheets/reading-comprehension-worksheets/
This is the second in a series of five posts about online reading comprehension resources. If you missed Post One, you can certainly start here as they are not presented in any specific order.
Wordville is a useful website that is worth a look for any educator or parent. I have used it myself to talk to work pull additional work for substitute teaching. They focus mostly on fictional literary passages, however, the holiday and special theme sections do offer non-fiction options. You can select passages by grade level, holiday name, or special theme.
I think my favorite part of this site is that offers more than just the dominant cultural holidays. Don’t get me wrong, I adore Halloween and I am anxiously awaiting my first chance to wear my costume this year but I feel it is important to expose my students to a wider array of cultural celebrations. Teaching my students about Diwali is actually how I discovered this website. I hope you enjoy using this resource as much as I have.
Reading Comprehension. (n.d.). Retrieved September 09, 2017, from http://www.wordville.com/ReadingComp/
This is the first in a series of five posts about online reading comprehension resources. ReadWork.org is a fantastic website that is worth a look for any educator or parent. I have used it myself to talk to work with my own child frequently.
ReadWorks.org offers a variety of nonfiction and literary articles many with useful additional tools for students and teachers. You can filter by grade level, Lexile number range, product types (paired, audio, etc.) and text type (literary or informational).
The Article-A-Day section has curated sets of articles on a topic designed to be read one article per day for a week. A great tool for teachers looking to expand student knowledge and research skills without taking a ton of prep time. They also have sets designed for ELL students with additional supports. This could be a great bell-ringer resource!
Step-Reads are offered for simple differentiation. They are versions of ReadWorks articles which are crafted by their authors to preserve the important facts, vocabulary, word count, etc. of the original article while being less complex and easier to read for the student who is not as advanced in their reading comprehension level.
Paired texts are two or more articles on a common theme, topic or literary element and come with questions to help draw connections between the texts.
The Audio section includes text-to-speech versions and human voice recordings of the Articles which are great for students who are still uncomfortable with decoding to build independence and confidence.
ReadWorks. (2017). Retrieved September 08, 2017, from https://www.readworks.org/