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Reading Strategy Focus for the Month- Prior Knowledge/Schema Lessons

Books to use when teaching Prior Knowledge/Schema

Andrews-Goebel, Nancy. The Pot That Juan Built. Illustrated by David Diaz. Lee & Low, 2001. 32 pages

Arnosky, Jim. All about Rattlesnakes. Scholastic, 1997. 28 pages

Brenner, Barbara. Thinking about Ants. Illustrated by Carol Schwartz. Mondo, 1997. 32 pages

Florian, Douglas. Bow Wow Meow Meow: It's Rhyming Cats and Dogs. Harcourt, 2003. 48 pages

Gibbons, Gail. My Soccer Book. HarperCollins, 2001. 32 pages (also available: My Baseball Book, My Basketball Book, My Football Book)s

Hartman, Bob. The Wolf Who Cried Boy. Illustrated by Tim Raglin. Putnam, 2002. 32 pages

Hausherr, Rosemary. What Instrument Is This? Scholastic, 1992. 38 pages

Jenkins, Steve and Robin Page. What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? Houghton Mifflin, 2003. 32 pages

Ross, Alice and Kent. The Copper Lady. Illustrated by Leslie Bowman. Carolrhoda, 1997. 56 pages

Prelutsky, Jack, compiler. The Beauty of the Beast: Poems from the Animal Kingdom. Illustrated by Meilo So. Random House, 1997. 101 pages

Trivizas, Eugene. The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig. Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. Margaret K. McElderry, 1993. 32 pages

Takabayashi, Mari. I Live in Tokyo. Houghton Mifflin, 2001. 32 pages

Waldman, Neil. The Snowflake: A Water Cycle Story. Millbrook, 2003. 32 pages

Reader's Workshop Tips

An important aspect of managing workshop is offering students consistent routines that balance teacher-led, students-led, and choice-reading experiences.

Teach Students to Work Independently

It can take from four to six weeks for students to learn how to work on specific tasks without your guidance. Teach them how to:

  • organize their response journals and have them practice three or four responses with your guidance before asking them to work alone
  • create their own discussion questions
  • set up behavior guidelines for book discussions
  • engage in paired reading and retelling
  • negotiate the ground rules for independent reading

Investing the time to teach your students how to work alone allows you to support everyone in small-group and one-on-one meetings.

Teaching Philosophy

I believe that children learn best if they are taught in multiple ways and are invited to learn. There are lots of different ways of learning for each child. Some students are better auditory learners and some are better visual learners. Every student learns in a different way, so as a teacher, you need to make sure every student is understanding what you are teaching them.

My goal as a teacher is that when students leave my classroom they will have learned all different aspects of reading and life as well. My students will have higher self-esteem in their reading abilities, better and brighter attitude toward reading, and a love for books. I hope to make an impact on all of my students' lives and I hope they show it everywhere the go in life.