reading help for low readers

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  1. 2Teach_is_2Care

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    I teach 5th grade, and my students range from 2nd grade up to a high 4th grade level. We have the Wilson Program, though I am not trained on it. Our reading specialists use this program with low students in pk-3, and our 4 & 5 graders are left out, unless their teacher's trained in this.

    In VA we have been told that we are not allowed to use the reading accomodation for our reading portion of our SOL test. :eek: So my question is: how do I get my low readers up to a 5th grade reading level by the end of May (I know that is unrealistic, but that's what the state seems to expect) ? My mentor told me to keep doing what I am doing. Our sp.ed department doesn't meet until the end of this month, but I really want to know what I can do Now to help my students. Are any of your states mandating this change as well and/or what do you do instead of the read-aloud accomodation for the reading portion of your state assessment test?
     
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    Do you have a classroom library? I think a classroom library is a must and every book needs to be leveled.

    Leveling books.
    www.renlearn.com AR click on quizzes. In the blank type in author or use the arrow button and go to author and type in author. Tells the points the books is worth, grade level and etc.
    Leveled Books Database:
    http://books.atozteacherstuff.com/leveled-books/


    All AR books are kept together and other books are together along the other wall. First and Second grade room books are kept in plastic baskets. 3rd , 4th, 5tth, 6th and etc are on shelves. In the reading room K or emergent readers and first, second and third levels are kept in baskets and others on shelves. There are only AR books in the reading room. We have a reading room and reading teacher, she gives extra reading help. This is like a library. Students Star test in the reading room (4 computers) and in their classrooms. All the classrooms have three or four computers. AR dots. Green=1.0 to 1.5, Blue 1.6 to 2.0, Red 2..1 to 2.5, Yellow 2.6 to 3.0, Orange 3.1 to 4.0, I can’t remember until I go back to school the other colors. We use the same colors for all classrooms for that level. Reading room, LD room and classrooms all have the same color for the same level. All books have the wrap around AR label with the book number, level and points it is worth. And the dot is just above this label along the edge, so you can see the level at a quick glance. Use clear shipping tape to cover and protect the labels. And keep the dots from popping off. *****buy the wrap around labels at the AR site. www.renlearn.com 3 ¾ by 1 ½ , click on On Line Store---yellow spot, the green box, next click on reading, next click on AR and go down to the AR Handwritten book labels, Pack of 100……
    *******If you have lots of books than divide the levels into more baskets. And this will depend on how many books you have for each subject. Mice, Earth, Birthday, Jobs, Christmas, Filmstrip, Fairy Tales, Curious George, Bears, Eggs, Mystery, Dinosaurs and Monsters, Animals, Cats and Dogs, Holidays, Eric Carle, (Clifford, Amelia Bedilla, Arthur) Birds, Horses, Pond, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Rain forest, and etc….. If you have more questions let me know…. I don’t think there is any right way or wrong way. Just whatever works for you….

    * Teach them www.bookadventure.com. Some students love to read the books and then take the bookadventure.com reading comprehension test. It tracks points earned and some kids really like this. If you have an accelerated reader program in your school it works the same way.

    Our students have very little homework. Spelling words, book reports, and finish assignments that they didn't finish in class. They are to do their assignments during class time. They are required to read twenty minutes every night at home. All other home work is called busy work and teachers are not to give out busy work.
     
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    Start Reading Pals. Once every other week the fifth graders read books with a first grade class for fifteen minutes.
    Whisper Phones
    Free reading time
    Book It and earn free Pizza from Pizza Hut.
    A big basket of bookmarks.
    Make a chain. They add a colored paper loop each time they read a book. And after so many books they earn a party. Read Stone Soup and make and enjoy a small bowl of soup. Have a popcorn party Buy an air popper less than twenty dollars. No salt or butter. Kiddos love watching it pop. Have a rootbeer float party. Cheapest rootbeer and a scoop a vanilla ice cream. A Purple cow is grape pop and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Watch a Video after reading Charlottes Web is to watch the video Charlottes Web.

    Check out this web site for "free" reader's theatre scripts
    www.aaronshep.com
    http://www.lisablau.com/freescripts.html www.readinglady.com
     
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    I use www.readinga-z.com there is so much information and printable program materials, it was well worth the membership price. There are thousands of guided reading books, a complete phonics program, assessments, etc. In addition each lesson/story had a Lesson Plan for you to follow and additional activities and worksheets. I have had students make HUGE improvements just since school started.
     

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