Sunday, October 6, 2013
http://youtu.be/z-qjUf8sSkE Last week, we worked on elements of reading fluency. We read stories from Arnold Lobel's Frog and Toad books, and listened to others read them on YouTube. Students discovered that when they read aloud with good expression, they tend to "hear" that voice when they read silently. They were thrilled to know that it increased their comprehension, exponentially! I'm so glad I had my phone handy when this little girl erupted with her discovery!
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Amazon is offering a great price on the DVD version of the 1973 classic film version of Charlotte's Web. This classic musical version featured the voices of Debbie Reynolds, Paul Lynde, Henry Gibson, Agnes Moorehead, and Pamelyn Ferdin (who was also the voice of Lucy Van Pelt, Charlie Brown's nemesis.) The songs are written by the same team that brought us Mary Poppins and other classics. The 2006 DVD version of Charlotte's Web, starring Dakota Fanning, and the voices of Oprah, Robert Redford, and others, is also available at Amazon for a good price. As a follow-up to the book, students would love comparing the book to both versions of the movie.
Thursday, August 9, 2012
There's a great tool for you at Scholastic:
This resource will give you a graded reading level, Lexile number, Guided Reading level, and DRA level. There is also a feature that will allow you to find books similar to the one you have searched for. The book's cover is also usually shown.
Books not found on this site can usually be found on Renaissance Learning's similar site, http://www.arbookfind.com/. The ATOS formula is used to determine readability at this site.
I always write the reading level inside the cover of a book. Lately, I have been notating the numbers for all of the formulas. This way, should you ever decide to re-tub your books in a different fashion, you'll have all the info you need!
Check it out!