5 Compelling Reasons to Say Yes to Book Candy

My favorite candy is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I love everything about them: the small size cups, peeling off the paper and the perfect mix of the soft peanut butter with the hard chocolate. There is nothing I don’t like. But if I ate them all the time, I’d probably get really tired of them. […]

By |September 29th, 2017|Independent Reading|0 Comments

Telling History’s Story through Primary Sources

By Emily R. Smith, Teacher Created Materials

Every year, I tell my students that by the end of the year they will all love social studies. One year, David, my natural-born scientist, rolled his eyes and looked at me like I was crazy. (This is the student whose history museum exhibit included mummifying a teddy bear.) […]

By |September 12th, 2017|Content Areas|1 Comment

From Reluctant to Engaged: 4 Secrets to End Fake Reading

A few months ago, I went to Michigan Reading Association’s annual conference to learn—and to share what I’ve learned throughout my career with Michigan teachers. I attended two sessions on engaging readers and combating fake readers, and one of my presentations was titled “From Reluctant to Engaged: Secrets to End Fake Reading.” All three sessions […]

By |August 15th, 2017|Independent Reading|8 Comments

Middle Grade Giveaway! The Harlem Charade Book Club 6-Pack

Every month, the Booksource Book Club meets to discuss a different classroom library title. It’s always interesting to share our (often diverse) opinions on a given book, and debate the many ways it might be used to engage students as readers. Recently, we read The Harlem Charade—and now we’re giving away a Book Club 6-pack […]

By |July 14th, 2017|Book Clubs + Lit Circles|0 Comments

Choose, Check and Champion Student Reading

When I was asked by my principal to create a skills class for my developing readers nearly 10 years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate a choice reading program that was structured, but loose enough where students could choose, check and champion their own reading without the risk of an assessment or using reading […]

By |July 11th, 2017|Independent Reading|0 Comments

8 Alternatives to Reading Logs for Holding Students Accountable During Independent Reading

Research validates what we already know, that time spent reading improves reading achievement (Anderson, 1985; Anderson, Wilson, & Fielding, 1988; Fielding & Pearson, 1994; Taylor, Frye, & Maruyama, 1990). It sounds simple, but I’ve never had a class in twenty-four years where students would just go get a book and read on the first day […]

By |June 30th, 2017|Independent Reading|6 Comments

Spring (Book) Love: Popular High School Books That Are Transforming My Students into Readers

Driving home from school at this time of year, Missouri is beautiful. My favorite stretch of road dips down into a shallow valley and then swings back up revealing the soft purple flowers of a Rosebud tree, a white Dogwood in full bloom and the new green of Maples and Oaks. Everyday my eyes want […]

By |May 19th, 2017|Independent Reading|0 Comments

Things to Do in the Classroom with a Picture Poetry Book

By Elaine Magliaro
Author of Things to Do, a picture poetry book

I was an elementary school teacher for more than thirty years. I loved sharing poetry with my students! I also loved teaching them how to write poetry. One kind of poem my students enjoyed writing was a “things to do” list poem.

When I write my […]

By |April 11th, 2017|Reading/Writing Workshop|0 Comments

Just Right Books and Shoes: Helping Students Find the Right Fit

Do you remember when you were a kid, and every phase of your life seemed to last forever? You couldn’t imagine that your current situation would ever come to an end. This can be wonderful if it’s summer vacation, but can be a real trial for a struggling reader.

Many of our students who have reading […]

By |March 28th, 2017|Independent Reading|0 Comments

Top 10 Reasons to Love Booksource’s NEW Interactive Reading Level Chart

At Booksource, we know that reading levels can serve as a helpful tool for educators. Reading levels—including Guided Reading Level, Lexile Level, DRA Level and Reading Recovery Level—can make it easy to identify characteristics of reading proficiency at each grade level and match students to texts that can be read with success.
A Quick and Easy […]

By |March 13th, 2017|Guided Reading|0 Comments