Reading Monthly Newletter

Seagoville North Elementary

K-5 Reading Reminders

Thank you to the K-5 TEACHERS for pushing through with Balanced Literacy! I can really see a difference in your classrooms!

Balanced Literacy Reminders
  • 120 Minutes of Reading & Writing
  • Incorporate Daily 5 in the Guided Reading Component
  • Include Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking


Below are helpful modeled videos of components of Balanced Literacy! All you have to do is click the title.

Anchor Charts, Anchor Charts, Anchor Charts!

Why should I use anchor charts?

An anchor chart is a tool to facilitate student self-regulation and support independence. It is visual evidence of the work done by teachers and students -- a scaffold that can later be removed as soon as the students have learned the lessons reinforced by the anchor chart. Anchor charts are temporary by nature. A standard-sized version of the chart (8 ½ x 11) can be affixed in students' learning logs. Is the chart still up after several months? Then it's probably time to rethink the lesson, the chart, or the effectiveness of its location within the classroom environment.


Anchor charts are co-created within the context of a lesson or over a series of lessons. If an anchor chart is not co-created, it is destined to become wallpaper. The teacher and the students negotiate the language of the chart. The teacher acts as a scribe, capturing the students' actual words. An anchor chart purchased at a teachers' store can't ever be as effective as a co-constructed anchor chart. Even if you teach the same concepts each year, you can't really reuse anchor charts year after year because they need to be co-constructed with your current group of students. Hence there is no reason to ever laminate an anchor chart.

All about your SNE Reading Coach

Mrs. Bernhagen
This is my 7th year in education. This is my 3rd year as a CIC. There are coaching forms in the front office. I would love to work with each of you in order to make the 2015-2016 school year one of the best!