Young Gifted Readers
Jackie Galbreath, Beth Gasior, Gifted Resource Specialists
Instructional Options for Young Gifted Readers
Advanced Vocabulary and Figurative Language Studies
The novel Punished by David Lubar is a fun read for your students and it introduces them to a variety of ways to play with words. Here is a learning contract designed to go along with the novel. Using A "PUN"ny List, students will learn that a pun is a joke that makes a play on words by using words that sound similar.
Providing Choice and Challenge
Depth and Complexity - Nonfiction/Fiction
Primary Reading Response Menu - with supporting student response pages
Analogies, Word Play, Literature Projects
Extended Independent Projects of Choice
Gifted students need time to engage in inquiry based reading and authentic research. They can benefit from expanded time frames for topics of study and investigating interests in depth. Students can compact out of material that they already know or master on a pretest. This Primary Independent Study Packet can be used to guide students through long term, inquiry based independent study projects.
Asking and Responding to Higher Level Questions
Utilize thinking and questioning models such as depth and complexity icons, Bloom's Taxonomy and Debono's thinking hats.
Connect to Reading Game - book discussion game based on the connect 4 gamePrimary Reading Response Menu - with supporting student response pages
Read and Roll Discussion Game - student generated discussions about key ideas and details.
Depth and Complexity Bookmarks - questions to use with any text
Debono's Thinking Hats can help guide younger students in thinking about a topic.
Debono's Website - for more information
Universal Questions - for literature studies
Say Something Chart - teaches students to say something about the text they are reading
Guided Genre Studies
Critical Reading Guidance with Advanced Texts
Online Reading Opportunities
This Reading Website document lists various websites that can be used to integrate technology with reading. It can also be shared with parents.
Storyline - this site is for young students.
Library Card Required for Access (for young students)Tumble Book - read picture books, chapter books and watch videos on a wealth of topics.
Book Flix - read online, students can turn off sound or have books read to them.
Read Through History
Check out this Historical Reading List
Read Around the World
Why not bring a multicultural perspective to your gifted readers. Check out the books on this Read Around the World Book List.