#MV Teach

May 2016

Reading Strategies

Say It Like the Character

This strategy helps students learn to make inferences as they become more fluent readers.

Students read aloud using intonation and expression they believe the character in the story might use when speaking.

Nonfiction Readers Stop and Jot

When to use this Strategy: When your students are reading nonfiction texts and you want them to hold on to important information and ideas.


  • After reading that section, are you thinking anything?
  • What do you think you can jot that will help you hold on to the information?
  • Let's stop and jot.
  • Show me what you'll write after that part.
  • Let's check the chart.
  • I noticed you thought about what would help you when you stopped to jot that.

From: The Reading Strategies Book by Jennifer Serravallo

Teaching Channel Video

Spotlight on Productive Group Work

Sounding Board

Meet with a partner to share work in progress and provide responses.

Technology Integration

Spheros in the Classroom

There are many ways you use the Spheros we have in our Mobile Makerspace! Here are a few:

  • Spelling or Sight Words (use either alphabet or sight word cards and have students drive the Sphero to the correct card)
  • Coding
  • Fact Fluency
  • Problem Solving
  • Geometry
  • TIme/Speed/Distance
  • Mean/Median/Mode
  • Simple Machines/Incline Planes

Feel free to check out our Spheros, and anything else from our Mobile Makerspace!