Houghton Mifflin reading?

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  1. snickydog

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    Does anyone here use Houghton Mifflin reading? I am teaching first grade next year, and have not use HR reading before. I'd love any tips, especially for using the little readers that supplement the larger, textbook-like basal and how to integrate "real books" into guided reading! :)
     
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    Have you looked in the series? The leveled readers are good books. I use those for guided reading groups as well as the I Love Reading books and the decodable text. You can integrate "real" books into the reading by finding books that will help teach the skills and strategies you are teaching during each theme. The Back To School Theme and Theme 1 are pretty boring but it will pick up eventually.
     
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    Thanks for the reply! I have looked through them, and they do seem to be pretty good. I spent a couple hours today sorting the leveled readers out of the trade books... the classroom library the previous teacher left is a total disaster zone! Do you have any tips for teaching with HM reading?
     
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    I too am using HM for the first year this year. (in first grade) My district didn't order the I Love Reading books or the leveled theme books. We got the phonics library, the leveled readers, student journals, big books, and teacher editions as well as the anthologies. What are the I Love Reading books and how beneficial do you feel they are? They didn't get us the leveled theme readers because they felt we could use books we already used for guided reading to teach those skills and strategies.
     
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    The phonics library is the decodable text (the green books with about 10 or so stories in them...it should have come with about 6 books for each theme). The leveled readers are the ones that have either a blue, green, or pink shape on the back, depending on their ability level. The I Love Reading books are blackline masters that are in a yellow (I think) book about the size of the practice books.

    When we teach HM, we teach the targets and what is tested. There is just too much stuff to teach and little time to do it. Once you get into a routine with teaching it, it will come more easily. I would also say to make sure you have your materials readily available.
     
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    I am thankful we have blackline masters available from our Print Shop for both the I Love Reading & Phonics Library books as we use the copied ones in so many ways. The kids keep a few weeks worth of them in the Book Baggies(gallon size baggies). We use them for Buddy reading time, with volunteers, during small group with me. Some activities we do with them other than read are: highlighting (new vocab, hi-freq. words, clusters, punctuation, 2 & 3 syllable words, contractions, compound words, etc.), read and reread them, and do timed reading with these(sometimes for a wcpm & sometimes just noting that we read further with continued practice.)

    Good luck!
     
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    I think I'm a little confused... What are the I Love Reading books? Are they reproducable books for the kids to take home? Or are they extension activities like workbooks that complement the basal? I don't think my school has those.
     
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    If I recall correctly, there are 2 books of blackline masters for the I Love Reading books, they are a reproducible books.

    In your TM you can look at a Lesson Overview & it will show you Phonics Library listed under the Literature Section-Decodable Text. I Love Reading Decodable Texts are listed under Instructional Support(at least in the 2nd Gr. Lesson Overview. I moved from 1st to 2nd last year).

    Both are useful but one(and I can't remember which) has more content to it. I'd ask for them as I do send them home to give families an opportunity to reinforce classroom learning.
     
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    I didn't use the little readers much but we did the anthologies each week as a class and then buddy read them again one more time later in the week. Sometimes we would do an extension or writing activity with them and sometimes a phonics game or activity from the teacher guide. I also used the practice book every day. We would do several pages because they are quick and easy and I felt that I wouldn't forget to address my scope and sequence if I kind of went along with practice book topics (contractions, grammar, syllables, compound words etc.) Other than that, I didn't do a lot of the extras in the teacher guide. There isn't much time if you use guided reading/centers for an hour of your day and then do word wall, making words, spelling and writing workshop to round out your program. Most teachers in my district weren't using it every single day and completing lots of the suggested activities but were being really selective and choosing 1 or 2 a week. Time was the real problem. The kids did love the take-home black and white books and we used those weekly to highlight sight words and reread for fluency practice.
     
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    I'm looking through the TE for Theme 1 now, and in the Suggestions for Daily Fluency Building boxes, it references the On Level/Challenge Theme Paperbacks and the On My Way Practice Readers. What do those look like on the back? The classroom I inherited has books EVERYWHERE... I was lucky to even find teachers guides. :(
     
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    I wonder if we have different editions and thus, the confusion. I have the 2005 edition. On My Way Practice Readers are not part of this edition but maybe they are the I Love Reading books. They look similar to the Phonics Library blackline copied books but aren't numbered w/ phonics skill(s) included, but are just titled.

    What year is your edition?
     
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    My TE is copyrighted 2001. The On My Way Practice Readers aren't the same as I Love Reading... we apparently have both, as my TE also mentions the I Love Reading books. On My Way is apparently a book to read during GR for the below-level students. There are also the On Level and Challenge Theme Paperbacks for on-level and above-level students to read during GR in addition to the Leveled Readers... Or so it seems.

    My goodness... Could there be just a few more resources in this series??? I'm not even sure what all my school provides!

    Do your schools use the practice sheets that are worksheets that practice the skills (like the -at families in the early units, etc) for each unit?
     
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    You're right...there are a lot of components!

    We have practice books...worksheets. We aren't mandated by the district or principal to assign all pages. I use them but not necessarily all pages...I pick and choose as the practice books are meant for independent work but don't always lend themselves to be completed independently, even by my highest students. Some pages just work out better being completed whole group. Other pages have little content and so I skip those and plug them in if/when needed. Good luck!
     
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    There are leveled readers for the below, on and challenge level reading groups.
    There are also levelled theme paper backs. I don't really know that they are since I don't have them.
    The I love reading books are from a blackline book. I send them home weekly to read to an elder. I also have the kids hilight hi freq words and vocab words.

    I spend the first hour on whole class instruction.
    For the next 30 minutes, I split it into two 15 minute group time. My assistant works with the above group while I work with a small (3 kid) below group. I use the levelled reader and the worksheets in the plastic box/binder and the worksheets in the extra support manual and disc.
    For the second 15 minutes, I have another below group and my assistant works with the on level group.
     
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    gab, where are you in Washington? I'm wondering if we are in the same district because we call the place where we send things to get copied the print shop as well. Bethel?
     
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    Yes, Bethel! Rocky Ridge...how about you? I just recently asked another member if she was in my district. She wasn't but she was in one of the surrounding districts...small world!
     
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    Pioneer Valley! Wow...it is a small world. We'll definitely have to keep in touch on here and check how each other is doing throughout the year. Someone from my neck of the woods. he he he
     
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    I use HM in grade 2, but have learned to realize that I will never be able to get everything done for each story. We do about a story a week, but only really follow the book for 3 days or so. Also, I only really focus on the red checked skills since they are the most important. My district really focuses on certain comprehension pieces that the series lacks (story elements, main idea, connections) So each week I pick one of them to use also. Try not to get overwhelmed with HM...it's way too much to fit into one year if you are doing every little skill.
     
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    MissHunny, that's exactly what I do. There is just too much to be able to get it all done in a day/week.
     
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    I agree with you MissHoney, it was even overwhelming to me there is so much stuff in there. I usually pick one or two things too. Do you also do shared reading, word wall, making words, writing workshop etc.?
     

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