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March 2016

Think Alouds

It isn’t as important that students can list the strategies as it is to be able to name them and explain how a strategy helps them as a reader. “This strategy helps me to understand the author’s message because…”

Think aloud


International Day Against Racism

It is in your hands!

Fight back against racism. Have you done something good today?TGDG2

10 Steps of PWIM Step 2

By Lezlie Goudie-Cloutier

Step 1  Step 3 Step 4  Step 5  Step 6  Step 7  Step 8 Step 9  Step 10

step 2 AStep 2B

(based on the work of Emily Calhoun)

10 Steps of PWIM step 1

I’m finding that I prefer the 10 steps of PWIM to the 5 phases. I think the steps are easier to follow and make more sense. I am trying to write them up in a simple way with photographs. Here is step 1!!

Step 2  Step 3    Step 4  Step 5  Step 6  Step 7  Step 8 Step 9  Step 10

Step 1


The Linger Finger

I found this lesson in Jennifer Serravello’s book The Reading Strategy Book. It is a great lesson for teaching kids to observe and describe. I thought it would tie in well with the Daily 5  idea of  3 ways to Read a Book.  Model for students, how to really look at the picture and go slowly looking for details.Linger finger

3 Ways to Read a Book

I love the way the Daily 5 explains the 3 Ways to Read a Book. This is particularly useful for beginning readers who are dis-engaged because they can’t read the words. Teaching them to really study the picture is helpful. Studying the picture also builds comprehension and observation skills.

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Differentiation in the PWIM

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Word Study Instruction

I really like this list-it’s so clearly laid out as to where children are and where are they going. You might find you have a great variety in each layer, but it is a good starting point. Assess your students, figure out which layer they are in , decide what to teach next and what flexible groups you can create for a series of lessons. Then assess them again!word

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