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Sunday, November 8, 2015

November What Are You Reading?

I'm linking up with Focused on Fifth for the monthly "What Are Your Reading?" linky party. I just picked up a great new book that was recommended by one of my team members - The Reading Strategies Book by Jennifer Serravallo.

One of the things I love most about fifth grade is that everyone reads. Coming from first grade, that is a huge, huge thing that I'm not used to. I started the year so excited to be focusing on comprehension. I envisioned all of these great discussions about books with the kids digging deeply into each text. But then when I started my groups, I realized that the deep conversations are more difficult than I expected. My time with each group has been spent more on retelling and summarizing than I wanted it to be. My questions were revolving around trying to make sure everyone understood the story at the most basic levels. There wasn't a lot of digging deeper. That's when I realized that there's a lot of work to be done even with a class of readers. If I'm being completely honest with myself, I wasn't helping them dig deeper. I just kept doing more of the same things with them. More of the things that I could do without putting in a lot of effort. I don't shy away from hard work, but with everything going on in the classroom, I don't have a lot of time to work on each guided reading group lesson. So when I saw this new book by Jennifer Serravallo (thanks to an awesome team member),  I came home and ordered it right away. It is packed and I mean packed with lessons that are easy to implement. It's organized into 13 reading goals with loads of strategies for building fluency, understanding main idea, writing about reading, comprehending fiction and nonfiction and more. A lot more. The strategy lessons range from grades K through 8, so there is something for every reader. And for me, there's something for every group. Guided reading lessons just started feeling a whole lot easier.

Clicking on the cover will take you to Amazon.

To read more book suggestions or to link up a book recommendation of your own, head on over to Focused on Fifth.


  1. This book sounds like just what I need. I also feel like I fall short of truly getting the students to dig deeper. I am always hesitant to invest in "teacher" books without a recommendation. So many do not deliver. Ordering a copy today!

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  3. This could NOT have come at a better time. As you know, half of my class consists of struggling readers...yet the other half can read. Nonetheless, like you mentioned above, digging deeper into the text? Errr..not so much. I am ordering the book right now. Thank you for recommending this resource!

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