This is a list of books teachers should read from Debbie, a second grade teacher.
Literacy Work Stations: Making Centers Work by Debbie Diller. (ISBN 1 57110 353 8). This book gives you detailed instructions on how to set up work stations that promote reading growth—not just busy work! This book provides excellent help to solve the problem of what to do with students when the teacher is working with a small group or trying to take a running record.
Mosaic of Thought: Teaching Comprehension in a Reader’s Workshop by Ellin Keene and Susan Zimmerman. (ISBN 0 435 07237 4). This book is an excellent starting point for any teacher who wants to see his/her student’s comprehension skills become stronger. Connections are made to self, world, and other texts as a basis for the beginning reader to begin making meaningful connections to help understand what he is reading. Developing author schema charts and learning how to pick out what is important in a non-fiction article are also thoroughly covered. This book is a quick read with many helpful insights.
Reading with Meaning: Teaching Comprehension in the Primary Grades by Debbie Miller. (ISBN 1 571 10307 4). This book takes you step by step through the year as you learn how to teach comprehension skills more effectively. This book begins in September showing how to set up a climate for thinking and trust between student and teacher. Topics covered are building schema, visualization, inferring, asking and answering questions, determining importance in nonfiction, and synthesizing information.
Strategies That Work by Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis. (ISBN 1 57110 310 4). This book gives lessons and ideas which support the growth of comprehension while reading. This book is more for teachers of grades 3 – 8. This is an excellent resource.
Oklahoma State Department of Education. The state department has two resources from Reading First and one about PocketPASS which are musts for elementary teachers.
Reading First: (2004). A Closer Look at the Five Essential Components of Effective Reading Instruction: A Review of Scientifically Based Reading Research for Teachers.
This 56 page pamphlet explains the five essential components of effective reading instruction (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension), and gives an examp0le of effective instruction for each of the components.
The newsletter, Reading First Notebook, provides information, pertinent articles which address the special issues which are found in the classroom.
The first issue (Winter 2004) shared information about the three "must-haves"
for early reading instruciton and information about developmentally appropriate instruction.
The next issue (Spring 2005) focused on instructional leadership and why it is so important.
Another issue (Summer 2005) shared information on the important area of professional development.
PocketPASS: The Standards and Curriculum section at the State Department of Education collects requests for PocketPASS, portable little booklets categorized into curriculum and grade level.
Call 405.521.3361 to request PocketPASS for the school.