Getting Back to Reading and Writing!

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!

Joy 🙂

Comments

Getting Back to Reading and Writing! — 2 Comments

  1. Hi Joy!
    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!!

    Caitlin
    Learning Ahoy

  2. You have a challenging year ahead with that range. Some books to consider:

    Shiloh
    Frindle
    The Whipping Boy
    The Stories Julian Tells
    Bunnicula
    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

    ~Rachel
    Minds in Bloom