3 Making Predictions Lessons with Early Learners Builds Reading Comprehension

I blogged about Predicting back in April 2014, but I think it's worth talking about again.  (Click here to see the original post.)  When students can use predicting effortlessly, their comprehension can increase.  Predicting allows students to put pieces of the…

Continue Reading3 Making Predictions Lessons with Early Learners Builds Reading Comprehension

Tried and True Ideas for Teaching Cause and Effect that Engage Early Readers

I actually had someone tell me early readers didn't need to know about cause and effect because "it was too hard to bring it to their level." I, respectfully, disagree.  It's not necessarily about the skill, it's about the approach.…

Continue ReadingTried and True Ideas for Teaching Cause and Effect that Engage Early Readers

Character Traits: Secrets for discussing character feelings that go beyond “happy”

Character traits questions are infamously answered with "happy" and "sad." But we need to move students beyond that. Just teach them and practice. It's easy. One of the most common questions during a comprehension conversation is "How does the character…

Continue ReadingCharacter Traits: Secrets for discussing character feelings that go beyond “happy”