Need help with low readers....

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  1. lazydazy

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    I'm a new teacher (started this past December) teaching 3rd grade. I finally have my "own" class this year and so far so good.

    My question. I have a very low reader in my class who needs some reading help. She has trouble with sight words, reading, and spelling. What can I do to teach her to read? She can't do the third grade work because of the vocabulary and the reading.

    Thanks for your help!!
     
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  3. camcdade

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    Sounds like she needs guided reading with lots of decoding and comprehension skill work as well as word work. Do you do guided reading with your other students?
     
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    Whenever I am stuck and don't know what to do to help one of my kiddos I always ask the reading specialist at my school. She is good annd has lots of ideas. Maybe ask someone like that at your school. With my low readers I read with them every day for 30 min. and they get additional help from the reading specialist.
     
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  6. lazydazy

    lazydazy Rookie

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    Thanks for all the ideas. Our school doesn't have a reading specialist, but I have asked some more experienced teachers for their help. I'm going right now to check out action reading.
     
  7. BethMI

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    http://www.starfall.com is what I put my low readers on. They enjoy it and it really helps. Luckily we have a reading specialist who takes kids for lit support also, and she uses the program too.
     
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    Record books on tape and have her read along with the tape. Will work as home work, if she doesn't get help at home. Ask her parents to read with her each night, if possible. Maybe an upper class student who finishes their assignments early, would enjoy coming in and reading with the student. This would free some time for you to work with other students.

    Does she have an IEP? Sounds like she should. LD people should also be working with her.

    starfall is excellent....
     
  9. meri78

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    find out what level the child is reading at and go to this grade level of teacher. ask this teacher if they have any books you can "borrow" to send home w/the student. also ask them for their sight word list for the year. this can be found online if they don't have one (look under 'dolch' words) once you have both of these, send them home IMMEDIATELY along w/specific instructions for the parent. for sight words, i teach the parents to spell cheer the word w/their child ("give me an e", etc.), then write it, say it, and finally use it in a simple sentence. as the child moves up, go visit the next grade level teacher and do the same thing. hope this helps!!

    p.s. we don't have a reading specialist either. :( i'm going to try and recruit some parents to come in and tutor my low students.

    -meri
     
  10. Elizabeth L

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    I hope you can get some parents to help.
    Have you tried searching google for "dolch sight word books and activities?"
    I came up with some good free and for sale resources.
    I like the other sites mentioned here also.
    Good luck.
     
  11. jcg

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    I also use starfall for my low readers! It is very helpful. I especially like that it sounds out the words for them if they can't decode it! :D
     

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