Bringing Reading to Life (Video)

Instruction and Conversation, Grades 3-6

Readers in grades 3–6 present unique challenges and opportunities for teachers. Many intermediate readers can decode text well, but few have the skills required for the thick textbooks and complex literature they will encounter in the middle grades and beyond. Teachers need to guide students as they develop sophisticated strategies for tackling a variety of new text, while helping students cultivate the independence and self-reflection they need for reading success beyond the elementary grades.

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Readers in grades 3–6 present unique challenges and opportunities for teachers. Many intermediate readers can decode text well, but few have the skills required for the thick textbooks and complex literature they will encounter in the middle grades and beyond. Teachers need to guide students as they develop sophisticated strategies for tackling a variety of new text, while helping students cultivate the independence and self-reflection they need for reading success beyond the elementary grade...read more

About the Author(s)

Franki currently teaches third-graders in Dublin, Ohio. She has worked in elementary schools for over twenty-five years as a classroom teacher, a Reading Support Teacher, a curriculum support teacher, and a school librarian. She blogs regularly at A Year of Reading (readingyear.blogspot.com) and she is also a regular contributor to Choice Literacy.

Karen Szymusiak recently retired as a principal in the Dublin City Schools. As principal, she had the unique opportunity to open a new elementary school in her district. Throughout her career she has also been an elementary teacher and a coordinator of curriculum and instruction, assisting teachers in developing thoughtful and purposeful learning experiences for children. She blogs at Talkworthy (talkworthy.blogspot.com).

Table of Contents

Disc 1
Program 1: The Reading Community (30:52)

  • 1-1 Introduction 0:00-2:20 (2:20)
  • 1-2 Morning Arrival: Time for Kids 2:20-8:55 (6:35)
  • 1-3 “Talkworthy” Book: The Report Card 8:55-14:50 (5:55)
  • 1-4 Student Choice: Discussion for Reading Groups 14:50-21:47 (6:57)
  • 1-5 Expanding the Reading Community: Rereading 21:47-26:07 (4:20)
  • 1-6 The Home-School Connection: Dear Mother, Dear Daughter 26:07-30:17 (4:10)

Program 2: The Teachers’ Role (33:50)

  • 2-1 Introduction 0:00-1:45 (1:45)
  • 2-2 Previewing a Book: Sea Clocks 1:45-11:45 (10:00)
  • 2-3 Time for Kids Binders 11:45-20:10 (8:25)
  • 2-4 Reading Notebooks Discussion 20:10-28:40 (8:30)
  • 2-5 Knowing Ourselves as Readers: Fantasy Group 28:40-33:15 (5:15)

Disc 2
Program 3: Taking the Conversation Deeper: Read-Alouds (31:50)

  • 3-1 Introduction 0:00-1:55 (1:55)
  • 3-2 Tracking Ideas and Themes: A Single Shard 1:55-9:25 (7:30)
  • 3-3 Before Read-Aloud Chat: A Single Shard 9:25-15:40 (6:25)
  • 3-4 After Read-Aloud: Big Questions from The Birthday Room 15:40-25:10 (9:30)
  • 3-5 Big Questions Discussion: The Birthday Room 25:10-31:15 (6:05)

Program 4: Reading Groups (33:40)

  • 4-1 Introduction 0:00-1:55 (1:55)
  • 4-2 New Genre: Becoming Joe DiMaggio 1:55-10:30 (8:35)
  • 4-3 Student-Led Group: Esperanza Rising 10:30-16:44 (6:14)
  • 4-4 Rereading: Touching Spirit Bear 16:44-23:15 (6:29)
  • 4-5 Finding Themes: The Summer My Father Was Ten 23:15-33:05 (9:50)

Extras

  • Previewing a Book: Sea Clocks (Extended Play Version) (15:05)
  • Morning Conferences: Time for Kids (4:45)
  • Sample Wall Charts (2:30)
  • Interviews (7:15)

Product Details

Grade Range: 3-6
Year: 2004

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