I can really use some help here! I have taught only math for the last 5+ years. This year I am going back to teaching math along with reading and language arts. I have some questions that I am hoping my wonderful readers can answer for me. Just leave a comment (or two…or more!) with your suggestions or ideas.
1. What are your favorite books to use in the classroom? Keep in mind that I will be teaching 4th and 5th graders with special needs…meaning I need a good mix of books ranging in reading level from kindergarten through 5th grade.
2. What is your favorite tip for motivating kids to write (and enthusiastically)? I find this to be one of the most difficult things to teach, especially when I have some kids who are currently reading less than a dozen words.
3. What other miscellaneous tips or advice can you share with someone who has been out of the reading/writing loop for several years?
I will be compiling a list of all responses from Facebook, Twitter, and this blog and I will post them next week.
Thanks for your help!
2 thoughts on “Getting Back to Reading and Writing!”
In the past I have made writing folders for my kiddos that have 100 most used words, punctuation reminders, etc in them. I found they really used this when writing (this was a 3rd grade special education class). We also used pictures that I had found in magazines and laminated as writing topics. I would usually let the students pick what picture they wanted to write about. Good Luck!!
You have a challenging year ahead with that range. Some books to consider:
The Whipping Boy
The Stories Julian Tells
Everything on a Waffle
Number the Stars
There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom
Junie B. Jones
Our Only May Amelia
When You Reach Me
Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days
Minds in Bloom
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