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Activating Schema using Nonfiction for Kindergartners

  According to Debbie Miller in the book Reading with Meaning, "schema" is another word for background knowledge, or what one already knows about a specific subject.  One's "schema" does not just include facts, however, it also encompasses all of one's life experiences, places visited, and books one has read.  Activating prior knowledge before reading a book is an extremely important comprehension strategy, one that we focused ...

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Punctuation Sentences for Fluency Printable

 It's Fluency Friday for our 30 Days of Reading Fun for Beginning Readers series!  Understanding punctuation is vital for helping our kids to become fluent readers.  Our beginning readers should be able to model the correct inflection for each punctuation mark. I chose to focus on periods, question marks, and exclamation marks for this activity for very beginning readers.  It is SUPER important to model aloud the proper ...

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Sight Word Spray

 It's Day 11 of our 30 Days of Reading Fun for Beginning Readers series.  On Wednesdays during this series we are focusing on vocabulary and/or sight words.  We have done TONS of sight words activities over the years (mostly with my older kids), but this might be my absolute favorite sight word activity because it was interactive and SUPER easy to set up! Not only is this activity great for helping kids memorize ...

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Fiction and Nonfiction Book Sort

  It's Day 9 of our 30 Days of Reading Fun for Beginning Readers series.  On Mondays during this series we are focusing on comprehension and this Fiction and Nonfiction Book Sort helps children understand the concept between real and make believe. When I was first explaining the difference between Fiction and Nonfiction to my daughter, she was calling it "Nonfiction" and "Yes-fiction".  Haha! We ...

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Beginning Sound Match

  Today is Day 5 of our 30 Days of Reading Fun for Beginning Readers series.  On Thursdays during this series we will be focusing on phonics (one of the five elements of well-balanced reading instruction).  Whereas phonemic awareness concentrates on the sounds (phonemes) used to form spoken words, phonics instruction associates sounds to written symbols (i.e. the alphabet).  Beginning Sound Match This Beginning Sound ...

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Sight Word Fishing

 It's Day 4 of our 30 Days of Reading Fun for Beginning Readers series.  On Wednesdays during this series we will be focusing on sight words and/or vocabulary.  This Sight Word Fishing activity is super fun and extremely versatile.  Once you have created the "fish", you can use them again and again! Sight words, also known as “high-frequency words”, are the most common words children will encounter when learning to read and ...

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