In addition to hosting Women’s History Month, March is also National Reading Month! Reading skills are vital for students and core to every curriculum, no matter what grade you’re teaching. National Reading Month has been celebrated since 2008 and was originally started by the Women’s National Book Association. We’ve looked through Edmodo Spotlight and selected a few resources that you can use to celebrate National Reading Month in your own classroom!
This collection of resources is great for parents and teachers, covering the definition of reading skills, literacy skills and how the definitions of both terms are broader than most people think. There are also helpful infographics, introductory lessons, and frameworks for reading comprehension lessons. If you’re looking for a broad collection and an introduction to reading skills in the classroom, this is a great place to start.
If you’re looking for something a bit more narrow, try this Close Reading Guide. It’s a one-page handout that pulls close reading techniques into a 5-step process that can work with any piece of fiction you want to teach in your class.
This Pinterest board has dozens of helpful infographics and posters that distill reading skills into graphic explanations that your students can understand. You will need a Pinterest account to explore this board, but there are a ton of visuals here that can help students who are struggling with reading.
Common Lit is a site that allows you to find books, texts and passages for your class by walking you through a 3-step process involving the theme, discussion, and reading level you want to for your classroom. Rather than making you pull a theme and discussion question from a specific book, Common Lit allows you to invert the process and find the right text for the lesson you want to teach.
What kind of reading activities do you use in your classroom? Have you found any tools that help foster reading skills in your students? Feel free to share in the comments!