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Instructional Resources for Reading Workshop

Welcome Back!

Happy (early) Teacher Appreciation Week! Even though we are in two buildings, we are one amazing school community!

I gathered a few great blog posts and resources for reading instruction this week. This approach is recommended as a reading intervention for students you are monitoring through RTI. I highly recommend using reciprocal teaching strategies during your close reading lessons or during small group instruction. Let me know if you are looking for resources! I have graphic organizers, bookmarks and more great tools!

We've talked a lot this year about choosing the right books for small group instruction. Take a minute to read the post from Alyson Beecher about leveled readers. It stretched my thinking!

I know this is a crazy time of year, so please let me know if there is anything I can do to support your work.

Happy Reading,


An Important Blog Post

We've spent a lot of time talking about "productive struggle" and finding the "just right book" for each student.

You absolutely must read this thoughtful blog post from Alyson Beecher!

Between Picture Books and Middle Grade Novels: Early Readers and Leveled Books

It's the perfect post to extend our conversation about book choice. It's so important for us to read the books we are using for small group instruction before we put them in the hands of our readers!

Another post from Irene Fountas titled Text Levels - Tool or Trouble? has some interesting thoughts as well.

Resources for Small Group Instruction

If you are looking for materials on the Florida Center for Reading Research, here's a quick way to search!


You can select the element for instruction (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension) and your grade level to narrow your search! This site is full of outstanding resources for small group instruction or centers!

I shared these prompts and questions for small group instruction in an earlier post. If you have not checked them out yet, I highly recommend that you do! They would be a great addition to your reading plans!

The Fab Four Reciprocal Teaching Strategies

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Reciprocal Teaching

If you are new to reciprocal teaching strategies, you should check out this link from Reading Rockets!

Teaching these four comprehension strategies should be a key part of your reading instruction. Research shows that reciprocal teaching strategies are a great intervention for struggling readers, but they are also powerful for ALL students!

Reciprocal teaching can even begin in kindergarten. This blog post shares a few ideas and materials for introducing these strategies in the primary grades. Close reading is the perfect time to begin introducing each of the Fab Four strategies to your readers.

If you are interested the Reciprocal Teaching book shown below, you may want to check out the introduction which explains the power behind this approach! I have a collection of resources to support you including graphic organizers, bookmarks and more! Let me know if you are interested.

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Shelly Moody

Instructional Coach, K-5

Atwood Primary School

Williams Elementary School