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Ch 1: Teaching Children to Read

About This Chapter

Developing a strong and effective method for teaching children how to read helps both you and your students. Map out your plan of instruction by using the strategies and proven advice offered in this chapter.

Teaching Children to Read - Chapter Summary

Careful planning and thoughtful techniques for teaching children how to read is crucial. Reading is needed not only in the classroom, but outside of the classroom as well. It is a foundational skill that all children need to learn. Our lessons help you review the different strategies that are used to teach children how to read. The lessons cover the following:

  • Steps for learning how to read
  • Techniques that are used to develop learning and reading habits
  • Alphabetic principle and guided reading
  • Benefits of read-alouds
  • 3-minute pause and think-alouds
  • Whole-to-part and the whole language approaches to reading
  • Balanced literacy
  • Scaffolding reading

The fact that this study guide is easily accessible to you is helpful to your busy schedule as a teacher. You have access to these resources from any device and from any location that offers you reliable internet connection. Our lessons are also available in text and video format for your convenience.

How It Helps

  • Provides essential foundational skills: This chapter will help you learn how to give your students the essential reading skills they will need in your classroom and beyond.
  • Utilize different approaches: By going over each lesson, you will learn several different techniques that can be used depending on the student's abilities and learning style.
  • Boosts confidence: When you utilize the strategies in this chapter, your students will produce results, which will in turn boost their confidence and enhance learning.

Skills Covered

Once you have completed these lessons, you will enhance your ability to:

  • Understand the importance of having a detailed plan to teach reading
  • Carry out the necessary steps that are needed to be completed when teaching children how to read
  • Take a look at different techniques and strategies that have been proven to produce positive results and when it is appropriate to use those techniques and strategies

14 Lessons in Chapter 1: Teaching Children to Read
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How to Teach Reading: Planning and Execution

1. How to Teach Reading: Planning and Execution

Feeling overwhelmed with the immensity of teaching reading comprehension? Watch this video lesson to learn four easy steps to plan and execute reading lessons.

Teaching Kids to Read: Strategies

2. Teaching Kids to Read: Strategies

In this lesson you will be introduced to teaching ideas and strategies you can use to help teach students how to read. The lesson focuses on sight word and phonics strategies that can be applied to new and struggling readers.

Steps in Learning to Read

3. Steps in Learning to Read

Learning to read is a multifaceted process. This lesson will explore the steps necessary to learn how to read and will end with a short quiz to test what you have learned.

Strategies for Developing Students' Learning & Reading Habits

4. Strategies for Developing Students' Learning & Reading Habits

Ever finished reading and couldn't remember what you had just read? Many students experience this, too. Watch this video lesson to learn strategies to help your students develop healthy reading habits.

The Alphabetic Principle & Learning to Read

5. The Alphabetic Principle & Learning to Read

Learning to read can often be a complex process for children, especially bilingual and other language learners. How does the alphabetic principle come into play? This lesson will explain how all children use the principle to develop reading.

What is Guided Reading? - Definition & Levels

6. What is Guided Reading? - Definition & Levels

This lesson will highlight the practice of guided reading by providing a definition of the term and explaining the levels associated with it. A short quiz will follow to test your knowledge.

How Read Alouds Support Emergent Literacy

7. How Read Alouds Support Emergent Literacy

There are so many different reasons to read aloud to children of all ages. In this lesson, you will begin to understand how reading to younger children helps support their emergent literacy and put them on the path to being lifelong readers.

Teaching Reading: 3-Minute Pause & Think-Alouds

8. Teaching Reading: 3-Minute Pause & Think-Alouds

The three minute pause and think-alouds are reading strategies that help students become better readers. This lesson outlines what they are, how they work and how to use these techniques in classrooms.

Whole-to-Part, Reader-Based & Psycholinguistic Instructional Approaches

9. Whole-to-Part, Reader-Based & Psycholinguistic Instructional Approaches

In this lesson, we'll examine how to teach reading using whole-to-part strategies, including what psycholinguistics says about the ways words differ from each other.

The Whole Language Approach to Reading

10. The Whole Language Approach to Reading

The whole language approach is a term we hear batted around in the educational field, but does anyone really know what it means? This lesson will define the whole language approach and look at the practice.

Balanced Literacy: Activities & Examples

11. Balanced Literacy: Activities & Examples

With all the different ways to teach reading and writing, things can feel overwhelming. In this lesson, we'll look at one way to combine disparate ideas about literacy instruction and how to apply it in the classroom.

Strategies for Scaffolding Reading Instruction

12. Strategies for Scaffolding Reading Instruction

Ever heard the phrase 'reading is the gateway to all learning'? Reading is one of the areas targeted by most states for assessment because it not only is a critical area in academics, but also an area where most students were not showing gains. This lesson will highlight strategies to help struggling readers develop skills to be successful in the classroom.

Multisensory Learning Activities

13. Multisensory Learning Activities

One of the best ways to meet the needs of your students who do not learn in traditional ways is to make use of all five senses. This lesson offers multisensory activities that help with literacy instruction.

Multisensory Approach to Teaching Reading

14. Multisensory Approach to Teaching Reading

In this lesson, we'll be exploring a multisensory approach to teaching reading. By the end of this lesson you'll understand why this method is so successful, especially with students with disabilities, and how to incorporate the multiple senses into your reading lessons.

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