My Students Are Begging for More Guided Reading With Snap Learning

Guided reading has never been so engaging. For the past month my students have been enjoying improving their reading skills with Snap Learning’s guided reading program. The program is so user friendly and intuitive for both teachers and students. SnapLearning has thought of everything. As a teacher who has 5 iPads and 27 students I appreciate the little things that Snap Learning did to make it work for everyone! I most appreciate the individual student log in because it makes sharing iPads and the using the program simple! In the past my students participated in small guided reading groups with me, but they have never begged to be in the first group to go until now. My students can’t wait for their turn to be in a guided reading group because each lesson is full of engaging, relevant content that they actually enjoy reading about.

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The lessons are packed with interactive content that draw the students in and make them want to read and comprehend. The lessons contain videos and other interactive media that build up their background knowledge and get them excited about reading the passages. The vocabulary instruction is explicit and students go through each word at their own pace, moving on when they are ready, just like the rest of the lesson. Each lesson contains a section for a written response too. My students are writing details and using text evidence in these responses. Writing about what they are reading is such an important skill in the era of CCSS. They are writing with details because they are engaged and motivated to share what they are learning. Speaking of CCSS, the lessons are aligned with CCSS and the informational texts are of very high quality. Students can pick out vocabulary controlled text easily and feel insulted by it in traditional guided reading materials, but that is not a worry with SnapLearning’s guided reading program. My students not only enjoy reading with SnapLeaning’s guided reading program, but they are showing signs of reading improvement in their daily work and progress monitoring! What more could a teacher ask for? I have engaged students who are loving reading and showing improvement in their reading ability thanks to Snap Learning.

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HEIDI MORGAN is a 6th grade Reading and Language Arts teacher. She is passionate about technology integration and is always looking for new and innovative ways to create the best 21st century learning environment for her students.

Visit her blog: http://cornerofteachandtech.blogspot.com/

5 Entertaining Ways to Read Aloud this March

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Another international event, another great excuse to snuggle down with a book! Snap Learning is thrilled to partner with LitWorld and help readers around the world celebrate Read Aloud Day.

As publishers of leveled readers, we truly believe in the impact that reading aloud (and along) can have on a young reader’s literacy skills.

So in order to encourage readers both young and old to read aloud this March 5th, we’ve listed out ways in which you can have fun doing so:

  1. Sing aloud! Take your favorite poem, verse or child’s book and read to a song tune you already know. It won’t take more than a few tries to find to the right tune to fit your new words, but it can be remarkably exciting when it does!
  2. Give a speech. Find a famous speech, new or old, politician or pop-star and read it aloud for your friends, class or family. Points for dressing up.
  3. It’s the sound of love: Choose a romantic paragraph or love letter from a period book, place one hand on your heart, locate the nearest person of the opposite sex and start reading. Don’t forget to sigh and pause for dramatic emphasis and if you are really committed, pull a long soulful face, flutter your eyelashes or get down on one knee.
  4. Do the accent: Y’all ever eyeball a para or two that looks like English, but just ain’t? Mebbe that feller just got an accent, y’know? Learn the accent and then see if you can give that dialogue a whirl!
  5. Sound/Act the Word: Pick a section you are going to read and then choose a frequently occurring word or person in that passage.  For example, if you are reading about Elephants in Africa, you could choose the word ‘safari’ or ‘elephant’. Then you decide what action you will make to accompany the word. The elephants (trumpet like an elephant) walked slowly across the dusty plains. Most of the elephants (trumpeting noise) would stay together till they reached the watering hole, but Josey elephant (trumpeting noise) was different.

We hope you have a great Read Aloud Day, and to help you spread the reading fun, you can download a free copy of a published Snap Learning Fiction Book here.