Performing in Education: SNAP Close Reading Portfolio Reviewed

My sixth grade students have been using the Snap! learning close reading portfolio for the last few weeks, and they LOVE it. I’m not sure if I can get them to close read using paper or pencil again after using such a fun, interactive program.
Setup for teachers is super easy. I copied & pasted my student’s names into an Excel spreadsheet from my roster, and then I assigned them the same username we use for our school Google accounts. Many programs assign usernames to the students, or make the students sign up individually, but I much prefer this system!
Once you have the students setup, you can assign them one or more books based on their individual reading level. I assigned several at a time so that I don’t have to reassign every time a student is finished.

Ways to Improve Reading Comprehension

This Reading Mama lists 5 simple ways to improve reading comprehension and  her experience in using SNAP Learning to meet comprehension goals.

For children who struggle as readers (and even for those who don’t), comprehension is a big deal. And it starts from the very beginning. Before kids even open the book, we need to encourage them to think about what they are going to read. We can ask them to read the title or look at the cover, maybe even the Table of Contents. What is the topic? What do they already know about the topic? What do they think will happen in the story, based off what they know?

Using background knowledge is also vital as the child reads the text. What would I do in that situation? Has that happened to me before? I remember the time that… These thought patterns rely on what the child already knows to help them comprehend and make sense of the text.

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Say hello to our new website and Common Core Reading products!

Last month was National Reading Month, and to celebrate we released two more Common Core aligned, reading products for districts and educators to help students with their ELA programs!

Our NEW ‘Close Reading Portfolio’ provides a series of reading  material and interactive exercises that gives students practice in deriving central ideas and key supporting points in their reading material.

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And the NEW ‘Books & Collections’ library comprises nearly 500 English and Spanish titles, and was developed to provide supplemental, grade specific, reading material in History/Social Science and Science topics.

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In addition to the above, our popular ‘Guided Reading Program’ is still available on our redesigned website and provides over 130 engaging books and lesson plans, covering comprehension strategies, oral fluency skills, and content in history, science, and language arts.

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Free Published Books Released for National Reading Month

But that’s not all… we are also releasing 3 free books in digital format to share with your students!

Just click on the links below to download your free books:

The Golden State, by Susanne Herfurth & Sue Byers, Illustrations by J.R.Craig & Sou Saetern

Ideal for 4th grade, readers can learn about California from this informational text, which includes interesting facts and features about the state.

American Immigrants, by Tony Losongco, Illustrations by Paul Klepac

Written for 5th graders, this non-fiction compares and contrasts the experiences of new Americans during two historical periods of immigration.

Weather, by Michael Contreras, Illustrations by Rae Mendiola

6th graders will love the graphic features in this book that will help them interpret maps and other weather graphics.

Enjoy your classroom reading and don’t forget to share this post with your friends!

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.