A lot of people have asked me about Dive Into Reading and WHY I decided too create this awesome product. Well, I had a goal to expose my students to as many genres as I possibly could. This has been two years in the making and my scores show it. However, I don’t want this to be a scores post. I want this to be a post that tells you how to step out of your comfort zone and give your students what they need!
First of all, fairy tales is such a fantastic way to start the year. It not only is a great topic but it also allows the kids to remember great memories that they had with their parents or growing up. Albert Einstein said “If you want your child to be in intelligent, read them fairy tales.” This is one of the reasons why I decided to make the first units all about Fairy Tales.
Fairy tales are a fantastic way to open a door to so many different books. One thing I learned about 5th graders is that they want to read fairy tales but may be embarrassed. Setting this up in the beginning of the year allows the kids to read some AMAZING fairy tale books like The Wishing Spell. Note: This post contains affiliate links. I receive a small commission if you choose to make a purchase through one of the links, which helps keeps my blog running effectively.”
When the students reread fairy tales- they are able to read fractured fairy tales that are more on their level. I am all for picture books and I am all for opening their eyes to new books and new genres. Other books that you may want to add to your classroom library during the “fairy tale” unit are listed in my Amazon Store!
Now I bet you are all wondering how do I incorporate more of this in my reading block? Well to start off I know what I want to teach and then I search for the books. I focus on the skill that is going to be targeted and then I search. The search process takes HOURS. Lucky for you- you don’t have to search very hard for the books. You can just purchase them at the link and then use the Dive into Reading Units to guide your lessons.
In this Dive Into Reading Unit you will get so much help in your reading block. In the Unit 1 – Dive Into Reading you will get 20 days worth of reading lessons along with 20 days of read aloud questions. The lessons are already done for you and all you have to do is purchase the book that correlates with the lesson. The lessons are progressive and you will move through all the standards over the year.
Not only do you get 20 lessons for a month but you also get 20 days worth of questions for the read aloud. You will be provided with questions to ask to the class, turn and talk questions, and even read aloud questions. The read aloud questions can be put onto Avery labels and printed for the kids. **helpful hint- tell the kids to put their finger in the air when you are passing it out to save some time for you!** I also put in there a template that you can use to print on post it notes so you can have all of the questions at your finger tips. These questions go from lower to higher order questions.
The Dive Into Reading has saved my life. When I am stressed or worried or have an impromptu observation- you know what I do? I rely on my questions. I rely on Dive Into Reading lesson plans and questions. These lessons and questions have saved my life and my time more than you will ever know. I no longer stay late after school because all of the questions are done for me. I no longer worry what I am going to have to teach the next week because it is done for me! If you are looking for a way to reduce your stress and have effective reading lessons you can go to my TeachersPayTeachers Store.
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