Saturday, January 25, 2014

Close Reading for Little Learners

Here in Texas we don't have Common Core Standards...but we do have our TEKS...and let me tell 'ya they're not that much different from CC. The high expectations and rigor are present in both sets of standards...our students are required to learn so much...and not only that...they need to be able to think critically, analyze, and evaluate...even our little ones! 

In the primary grades our focus is teaching our students how to read...but not just how to decode and read fluently...they also need to be able to comprehend and think critically about the text they read. 

In comes close reading.
Close reading is a reading strategy in which readers critically examine a text through repeated readings. Close reading allows students to dig deeper into the text and answer the who, what, when, where, why, and how. It helps our little learners to look for story structure patterns, new vocabulary, key details, author’s purpose and inferential meanings.
Close reading is engaging and has a defined purpose. It teaches our students to become analytical readers and pay attention to the details in the text.

How do you close read with our tiniest readers you ask?
One way to do it is through nursery rhymes! 
They're rich in vocabulary and build both fluency and comprehension skills. 
Love them!

To help some of my struggling students...I have created 
Here's what you can find inside the unit: 
What do you think?
Will you be able to use it with your little learners? 
I hope so!

If you'd like...leave a comment below for a chance to win this unit...I'll select a winner sometime tomorrow evening. 

Good luck! ;)

42 comments:

Liz said...

This looks great for younger kids! A perfect way to have them dig deeper into a text, but still be interested in what they are reading.
Liz
Teaching in the Valley
teachinginthevalley@gmail.com

Suzy Q said...

I have found that over the years, fewer students are familiar with nursery rhymes. Not sure if they are getting more technology than good old-fashioned reading to by their parents, or what? Ditto fairy tales. (Unless Disney made a version of it.)

Would love the chance to win!

tokyoshoes at hotmail dot com

Stacy M. said...

I love it! This is perfect for my class. Thank you for all of your hard work!

1stgradefireworks said...

YES! I would LOVE this for my firsties! Thanks! wendy 1stgradefireworks@gmail.com 1stgradefireworks

Carrie G. said...

I never thought to do close reading with nursery rhymes - great idea!
THANK YOU FOR THE CHANCE TO WIN.
cjgeorge5@msn.com

Kristi S. said...

I love the idea of using nursery rhymes! Brilliant! My students would really enjoy this. :) kristiscott345@gmail.com

Cherie said...

Oh wow! I would love to win this!

cheriemae@gmail.com

Hardlyable Farm said...

This packet is AMAZING~would so love to use this in my guided reading groups with some of my strugglers. aprilrfun@juno.com

Rachel said...

Just love your work! Amazing!

rachelmd93@gmail.com

Rene said...

Oh I would love this unit! Cool idea to use the nursery rhymes! Renetowens@sbcglobal.net

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First Grade Carousel said...

I am just beginning close reading with my class. Would love to use these! Maria
firstgradecarousel@gmail.com

Rachel Lamb said...

looks awesome Gladys! We always discuss how our kids do not know nursery rhymes!
Rachel

Yvonnee said...

Looks Amazing, I would love a copy.
Thanks,
yvonneeyrg@gmail.com

Lauren said...

What a great way to get little learners interested and engaged in comprehension activities in a non-threatening way. I love these activities!

Tracy Rawles said...

So many of mine don't know these. I would love to have this! tfrteach@aol.com

jr said...

Great ideas... would love to try it out in my classroom.

manakans said...

I love the idea of using Nursery Rhymes to close read! Thanks for the chance to win.
Maria
manakans@hotmail.com

2nd Grade Teach said...

I would love to use this with my struggling readers! teachnkick@gmail.com

Courtney said...

What an awesome pack. I would love to win. This would really help some of my struggling readers.

Melissa Castellanos said...

I would love to win!!! melissac2263@hotmail.com

Stacy M. said...

I forgot to put my email address... Empressmu@yahoo.com. Thank you :). Stacy M.

Maureen Els said...

Such a need for this as they get older. They don't realize what they're learning now is invaluable for later. Fantastic and a great idea!

Mrs. T. said...

Would love to use this in my classroom!

Abby
aetuckner@gmail.com

Vicki Bergeron said...

I would very much like a chance to win this and use it with my Kindergarten Guided Reading Groups. Using close reading with Nursery Rhymes is an excellent, developmentally appropriate activity.

Vicki in Maine

Christine said...

Wow!! I love this! croesler1587@yahoo.com

Glindathgd said...

Using nursery rhymes for close reads is a wonderful idea. Your unit looks terrific! Thanks for the opportunity to win it!
Lisa
Schmidlj@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

Ashlie Sebert said...

This looks awesome. ashlieksebert@Gmail.com

Jen Cullen//Sparkling in Second said...

I need to step it up in the close reading area! This looks great!
jendcullen@gmail.com

Ashley Zinchuk said...

Looks awesome- I'm already trying to decide how I can use your ideas with my older (5th grade) students, too! Thank you for posting thig!

Mrs Diane said...

These look great. Hope I'm not to late to be considered! Thanks.

Connie Jensen said...

This looks fabulous! I'm just beginning with close reading and being able to use it with nursery rhymes is inspired! Hope I'm the winner.
jensenkinder@gmail.com

Baby Boy Braxton said...

I would love this! I have some students who would really benefit from this packet. Sarah Jarmon srhv21@yahoo.com

Baby Boy Braxton said...

I would love this! I have some students who would really benefit from this packet. Sarah Jarmon srhv21@yahoo.com

bluesasha said...

Wow, this would be perfect for my small groups. It has everything for close reading!

Debora Weaver said...

I like it a lot! teachweaver@sbcglobal.net

Diane said...

Nursery rhymes are packed with great skills for little ones. I would love to win! diane.byrd@cityschools.net

Tonya Baldwin said...

Love it. I too am in Texas and I have the kiddos with special needs. This a perfect unit for them. culookin@hotmail.com

suthner said...

This would be awesome! mollievanhorn@att.net

suthner said...

This would be awesome! mollievanhorn@att.net

amber said...

Please oh please, pick me!! I would love this! We are just starting close reads and this would be a great start!

campbella@scsk12.org

Bevvy said...

Here in Alberta, Canada, we find the same thing! Nursery Rhymes are unfamiliar to far too many of our children!!! So sad!!! This resource is a fun way to get kids "closer" to such an important part of our oral and written history!