Lindsay Aaron
Re: Online Reading
Wed Jul 17, 2013 16:48

As we discussed in our Tech Group Conversation the finding between online reading and print-based reading in relation to comprehension was shocking. We just knew that online reading would show a drop in comprehension. However, the results proved that there is no damper on comprehension with either print-based or online reading. When I was looking through one of my articles, a mother of a young child felt differently. She felt that online reading calls for so many distractions because of the ads, images, videos and more. That when one is engaged in an article and all of these distractions pop up our focus is gone. I completely agree with her because it definitely happens to me. However, our kids these days interact with so many video games and are continually online it is as if they know nothing different. In my own classroom I have seen that my students preform better when reading print-based material. We teach them to write in the margins and underline when their purpose for reading is to gain content, especially with Non Fiction. When they go to take their Benchmark Tests every quarter the test is online. The highlighting tool never works and there is no way to write in the margins. I immediately see their reading behaviors change because they don't know how to go through the test when it is on a computer. It all boils down to our purpose for reading. When we are reading for fun or pleasure we can seem to do ok with online reading. When we are reading to learn content or reading on a topic we have little knowledge about or one we know we will have to answer questions on later, we want it in our hands.

Vocabulary is becoming a big part of the Common Core. I struggle with ways to implement vocabulary so that it is meaningful for students and reaches those struggling learners. I like the idea of a vocabulary field trip where pictures are posted throughout and students look for images that go with their word. Most of our students need a visual, especially our ESL learners. Vocabulary is essential to understanding a text. We need to look for ways in which students can remember these terms as they become embedded into memory. When talking with our Tech Group Bre read a great article that had 10 Strategies for integrating technology with Vocabulary.

  • Online Reading - koppenhaverd, Mon Jul 15 23:28
    Here's the place to discuss online reading issues like: What are the major differences between print-based and online reading comprehension (instruction)? What are reasons and methods to support... more
    • Flat Stanley - lohrmk, Thu Jul 18 09:23
      I had heard of Flat Stanley previously. In fact I have a few of the books in my classroom library, however, I have never participated in the Flat Stanley project. I found it really fascinating (but... more
      • flat stanley - Heather Fisher, Thu Jul 18 10:42
        In first grade we did a "kind of" Flat Stanley at Christmas time with gingerbread men. They decorated them and sent them all over the country. My uncle made a video in Atlanta for the kids to see, it ... more
        • Re: flat stanley - Morgan Williams, Thu Jul 18 15:00
          Heather- That is an awesome idea! I taught second grade before moving to first and I really miss Flat Stanley. I elected not to do it with my first graders, because I didn't want to take something... more
          • Re:Morgan - Heather Fisher, Fri Jul 19 13:07
            Also, you can compare all of the gingerbread stories including:characters, plot, setting, beg, mid, end, problem and solution. It really is just great all around!
            • Re:Morgan - Morgan Williams, Fri Jul 19 16:39
              Yeah we already do the ginger bread stories, so this would be great to add! Thank you so much!
        • RE: Flat Stanley - lohrmk, Thu Jul 18 13:26
          I like the idea of creating an Animoto or some other digital presentation with the images or videos you get back from the project. Kids could even write a journal or diary of his travels based on... more
          • Re:lohrmk - Heather Fisher, Fri Jul 19 13:08
            The possibilities really are endless and it's a fun thing to do right at Christmas time when they are all getting antsy!
          • Tweets from Stanley! - lohrmk, Thu Jul 18 16:02
            How fun would it be to set up a twitter account for Flat Stanley (or the gingerbread man) and then have people post tweets of the adventures and things that were seen? I thought of that earlier and I ... more
    • Vocabulary is Key - Hannah Andrews, Thu Jul 18 07:03
      The biggest thing that spoke to me as I read the reading for today was that vocabulary is essential. I have always known that but I don't think that I put as much emphasis on it as I need to.... more
      • vocabulary - Cindi, Sat Jul 20 11:42
        Hannah, I agree with you on the vocabulary. I have been looking into Apps for vocabulary and have found 2 that I really like; one is by Monkey in the Middle and the other one is my McGraw Hill... more
    • Vocabulary Flood - Karie Steelman, Thu Jul 18 01:08
      I loved the way the teachers said this helped kids "recycle" words. My favorite part of this activity is when the teacher gives 4 true or false statements using the vocabulary words. It makes the... more
    • response to online reading - rebecca bond, Wed Jul 17 23:33
      Some of the major differences between print and online reading are the genres of writing, mostly narrative versus informational; reading print is completed in more of a whole or small group setting... more
      • RE: Response to Online Reading - lohrmk, Thu Jul 18 18:24
        I think you brought up some really great points in your post. I especially like what you pointed out about the major differences between print and online reading. I guess in some respects there are... more
    • Online Reading - Brittany McDaniel, Wed Jul 17 22:04
      The differences between print and online reading comprehension were pretty interesting. After reading, I came to the conclusion that there really is no difference between the two, although before... more
      • Dictionaries - lohrmk, Thu Jul 18 09:52
        I think it's funny that when I tell my kids to look up a word their first instinct is to use the computer. The actual physical dictionary is a second-thought for them. They're like, oh yeah, that set ... more
      • Online Reading - Hannah Andrews, Thu Jul 18 07:06
        I had some of the same concerns that you have about online reading. It's important as teachers that we teach strategies that the students can use if they are reading online.
    • Online reading - hobsonkd 127, Wed Jul 17 21:58
      There are so many reasons that online reading and print-based reading can be comprehended differently. As pointed out by the LearnNC article, print-based reading is typically in narrative format... more
    • Internet workshop - Ashley Dezern, Wed Jul 17 21:54
      I did an internet workshop with my students last year and they loved it. I modeled it for them first and we made a class book together and researched together. So, when I let them start on their own... more
      • Internet Workshops - Hannah Andrews, Thu Jul 18 07:09
        I couldn't agree with you more. We used Internet workshops for animal research projects. After I had modeled this for my class and we created a class book, they flew when it was their turn. They... more
      • Re: Internet workshop - Karie Steelman, Thu Jul 18 01:15
        I'm going to use them more this year too! My kids loved it because it made them feel like a grown up, searching for information on the internet! All of my kids were engaged too, from the very top to... more
      • Re: Internet Workshops - lohrmk, Thu Jul 18 00:11
        I'm going to be honest, I had never heard of an internet workshop (except I had seen it mentioned on the boards) before reading the article about it today. I thought it was such a great idea. I do a... more
      • IW - hobsonkd 127, Wed Jul 17 22:04
        I also did an internet workshop last year while completing our informational texts. With kinders I chose to complete our class book WHILE they were completing their individual books. For example,... more
        • good suggestion - rebecca bond, Wed Jul 17 23:36
          This is a direct and clear way to model doing their workshop. While you are modeling, you and the class are produce a whole book! Good way to handle it for K-2.
        • Re: IW - Ashley Dezern, Wed Jul 17 22:11
          Kassy I thought about doing it that way and I may try it like that this year. The way I did it was to do our class book together and model for them how to reseach and write the book together. Then... more
          • IW - hobsonkd 127, Wed Jul 17 22:17
            That is wonderful!!! It's amazing how independent they can be if we just LET them be and trust them! They are capable of so much more than we'd expect! I am so excited to teach informational writing... more
    • Online reading - Ashley Dezern, Wed Jul 17 21:49
      I read the article by Dalton and Grisham about 10 ways to use technology to help teach vocabulary. With vocabulary playing a significant role in common core I thought it was great to see how to... more
      • vocabulary app - Cindi, Sat Jul 20 11:49
        Ashley, I thought I would share my favorite and most recommended vocabulary App with you following your post. It is The Free Dictionary by Farlex; the thing that makes it so great is that they have a ... more
    • Re: Online Reading - Morgan Williams, Wed Jul 17 17:48
      The major difference between print and online reading are how they are displayed. In the Kretzschmar article it said that although most of the candidates preferred text on paper, there is no evidence ... more
      • Re: Online Reading - Brittany McDaniel, Wed Jul 17 20:34
        You make a good point. There are many times that I just pull something up online because I don't want to run copies. I think that is one reason kids are use to online text. Some kids seem to do good... more
      • Re: Online Reading - Breanna Hooks, Wed Jul 17 18:24
        It is important to note where the study took place but it is also important to note the difference in generations and experiences. Some kids are very familiar with online reading while some are not.... more
        • Re: Online Reading - Morgan Williams, Wed Jul 17 20:34
          My students do pretty well with online reading. My students get really excited about reading on a Kindle, because most of them don't have this type of technology at home. As far as if the skills are... more
          • Re: Online Reading - Breanna Hooks, Thu Jul 18 05:30
            I have seen the same trends in my school. My students who don't have a lot of access to technology at home enjoy using it at school more. I can also see students compressing both just the same, it's... more
    • Re: Online Reading - Morgan Williams, Wed Jul 17 17:21
      I have to say I really liked splitting up the reading with our tech groups then discussing it. Saved soooooooo much time, and instead of just reading I got to interact with my peers.
      • Re: Re: Online Reading - lohrmk, Thu Jul 18 09:36
        I think it is a helpful strategy too. It reminds me of doing jigsaw groups. Where you have a "home team" of maybe four students (or however many depending on readings and class numbers) and then each ... more
      • Re: Online Reading - Karie Steelman, Thu Jul 18 01:10
        I liked it too! It was definitely easier and more fun. Looks like we'll be doing it again tomorrow! :)
        • Re: Online Reading - Morgan Williams, Thu Jul 18 14:56
          haha yay! I look forward to you talking to my awesome group!
      • Re: Morgan - Ashley Dezern, Wed Jul 17 18:33
        I loved that we got to split it up and instead of spending all that time reading those articles I got a further understanding of all articles and we got to discuss the articles together.
        • Re: Morgan - Karie Steelman, Thu Jul 18 01:11
          They always say you learn things better when you have to teach it to someone. I felt like I had a better understanding of my own article when I had to explain it back to you guys.
        • Re: Morgan - Morgan Williams, Wed Jul 17 20:35
          Yeah and a lot of good ideas.
          • Tech Group - Hannah Andrews, Thu Jul 18 07:16
            I enjoyed reading a sharing with you girls today. You all gave a lot of useful information!
    • Re: Online Reading - Debby Wyant, Wed Jul 17 17:15
      Online reading engages students during independent work. It allows more access to resources such as informational text and can be followed with research. Online vocabulary tools enhance learning and... more
      • Monitoring - Robyn Pickering, Wed Jul 17 20:26
        Does your computer have computer monitoring software where the teacher can see what the students are working on from one computer? I've found that to be particularly helpful during internet searches. ... more
        • Re: Monitoring - lohrmk, Thu Jul 18 00:40
          What is this software called? I know that the computers at my school do not have this but that would be so helpful. Whenever my students are working on computers I'm always circulating but when you... more
    • Rosenbaum Handouts - Robyn Pickering, Wed Jul 17 17:04
      Hey everyone, I created copies of the handout from the Rosenbaun Article. I changed the note taking guide by one column so student's would have enough room. Feel free to use. Word Map... more
      • RE: Handouts - lohrmk, Thu Jul 18 09:04
        I really like the word map! Thanks for sharing!
      • Re: Rosenbaum Handouts - Breanna Hooks, Wed Jul 17 18:17
        Thank you for sharing!
      • Re:Robyn - Heather Fisher, Wed Jul 17 17:46
        Those are great Robyn, thank you for doing that! I will surely use those!
    • Online Reading - Robyn Pickering, Wed Jul 17 16:58
      One good thing about online reading is the wide availability of material. An important part of fluency is practice in reading. By providing students with high quality digital reading, we can increase ... more
      • RE: Online Reading - lohrmk, Thu Jul 18 10:02
        Yes, we have to get kids to make connections to previous understandings and words that they already have. I know I have mentioned on here the book Bringing Words to Life but there were several... more
      • fluency practice - rebecca bond, Wed Jul 17 23:48
        Reading the words in text, practicing with the words and creating a network which the word fits into, are ways the digital world can assist us in helping students learn new vocabulary. The most... more
      • Re:Robyn - Heather Fisher, Wed Jul 17 19:23
        We have learned so many tools from this class, I am excited to use them in my own classroom. You have great resources Robyn. I have enjoyed hearing your feedback.
        • Thanks - Robyn Pickering, Wed Jul 17 20:31
          Thanks Heather. I appreciate hearing that :)
    • Re: Online Reading - Lindsay Aaron, Wed Jul 17 16:48
      • Re: Online Reading - Breanna Hooks, Wed Jul 17 18:17
        Lindsay, could the reason they get frustrated with the benchmarks while reading online because that is the only time they are exposed to them in that way? Is there a way to use those tools in a... more
        • Re: Online Reading - Lindsay Aaron, Wed Jul 17 19:42
          Yes, I think so Bre. The test are harder and of different quality than what we use in class as you know. However, I definitely think exposure is a factor. It is hard to give them enough exposure with ... more
    • Online Reading - Natalie Kabel, Wed Jul 17 16:11
      After meeting with my group about the online reading articles a couple of things stuck out to me. In regards to print based and online reading instruction, I didn't find much of a difference, the... more
      • Webquests - Robyn Pickering , Wed Jul 17 20:34
        Webquests are a staple in my classroom for building background knowledge on a topic. Some of my advice, don't ask too many questions. The webquest needs to be something they can manage in one or two... more
        • Wednesday Webinars - Cindi, Sat Jul 20 12:01
          In response to your message about webquests I have a link for all those interested in learning how to build/create their own: Web Tool Wednesday Webinar Email my work email more
        • Re: Webquests - Natalie Kabel, Wed Jul 17 21:31
          Robyn, Thank you so much for your thoughts. I had never thought about using them as building background knowledge but I can see how that would work well. I think I'm going to create a worksheet or... more
          • Wenquests - Robyn Pickering , Thu Jul 18 09:19
            Check out from some premade webquests.
      • Re:Natalie - Heather Fisher, Wed Jul 17 19:25
        I like the idea of having a powerpoint to go with the vocab. You could also have them create their own, act it out, make an animoto of the new terms, or create a book. This puts more power in their... more
        • Re: Natalie - Natalie Kabel, Wed Jul 17 21:28
          Heather, I have never actually thought about having them make their own, but that's definitely something that you could have them do. I think then they will really have to internalize what they are... more
      • Re: Online Reading - Debby Wyant, Wed Jul 17 17:24
        Natalie, when setting up internet workshops, look up specific animals, for instance. One site that works for all of the animals we study is . This site can be ... more
        • Re: Online Reading - Natalie Kabel, Wed Jul 17 21:29
          Debby, Thank you for your information, that will really help me!! I am really looking forward to doing this. How long does it normally take your class to complete an activity like this?
        • Re: Online Reading - Breanna Hooks, Wed Jul 17 18:15
          I love this idea of doing internet workshops. I have never thought about it before but after reading these articles I feel like they could be implemented in the classroom very easily. The fact that... more
          • Re: Online Reading - Natalie Kabel, Wed Jul 17 21:33
            That's what I'm thinking Breanna! Using these internet workshops have become so interesting to me because they are controlled and the students are control of their own learning and it makes them be... more
          • Open surf - Robyn Pickering, Wed Jul 17 20:23
            Students really need to have a lot of training before they start open surfing. Even my high school students are overwhelmed by the amount of material out there. I like the idea of the controlled... more
            • Re: Open Surfing - lohrmk, Thu Jul 18 13:31
              You are right about how overwhelming it can be to search for information on the internet. Sometimes I get overwhelmed looking for information about a topic. I also sometimes feel frustrated when I... more
      • Re: Online Reading - Lindsay Aaron, Wed Jul 17 16:32
        Natalie, I read the article from Learn NC. It talked a lot about how students are distracted by popups, videos, images and etc that come along with online reading. There was an interesting site... more
        • Training students - Robyn Pickering, Wed Jul 17 20:30
          It's probably a good idea to work with students on good internet researching skills before doing an internet workshop. Sort of like doing a nonfiction text components scavenger hunt but the internet... more
          • RE: Training - lohrmk, Thu Jul 18 09:44
            That was actually mentioned in the Internet Workshop article. It said that they trained students how to do an internet workshop and use the internet for research before they ever started the... more
          • Training - hobsonkd 127, Wed Jul 17 22:19
            I think training is a great idea. If we model for them on the smartboard (or any other projector)...they will have a better understanding of our expectations.
          • Re: Training students - Lindsay Aaron , Wed Jul 17 20:55
            I agree Robyn. It's great to provide that support so that they are successful in researching and such.
        • Re: Online Reading - Natalie Kabel, Wed Jul 17 16:50
          I read about that readability. I think that if you have a child who needs to do research online to use that readability because it will help them! But those strategies are so important as well!! I... more
          • Re: Online Reading - Lindsay Aaron, Wed Jul 17 17:03
            I would like to try it for myself as well. I think it seems very neat!
        • Re: Online Reading - Brittany McDaniel, Wed Jul 17 16:34
          I really liked those tools. I find myself being just like that kid. I tend to go from page to page when researching and eventually realize that I have gotten off track and wasted so much time. I may... more
          • Re: Online Reading - Lindsay Aaron, Wed Jul 17 17:04
            Yes, I think it is the natural ADD in all of us. It is human nature to become distracted. I have to distance myself from distractions. We have to learn behaviors and how to get around them. That is... more
    • Online Reading - Breanna Hooks, Wed Jul 17 15:40
      Learning about the differences between print based and online reading comprehension surprised me. There was no difference in comprehension between the two. I know I often think it is difficult to... more
      • Pics and Vocab - hobsonkd 127, Wed Jul 17 22:14
        I also loved the idea of taking pictures and letting students label them -- this would allow them to take ownership of whatever it was they were labeling!
      • Re: Breanna - Ashley Dezern, Wed Jul 17 22:03
        I'm like you in that I feel like I better comprehend what I have read if I print it out. I tend to not read everything if it's online I do a lot of skimming through. If I really need to be... more
        • RE: Ashley - lohrmk, Thu Jul 18 18:39
          In our tech group that was one of the things we talked about, that we enjoyed being able to physically write on printed materials, especially for learning purposes. Dr. K shared with us something... more
          • Re: lohrmk - Ashley Dezern, Thu Jul 18 20:04
            Thanks so much for sharing about that site because I have never heard of it but would enjoy using it.
        • Re: Breanna - Breanna Hooks, Thu Jul 18 05:26
          I was also surprised by the young adults wanting paper to read on. I would think they would enjoy digital.
      • Re: Online Reading - Lindsay Aaron, Wed Jul 17 16:35
        Breanna, It is like we talked about in our Tech Group meeting, depending on our purpose for reading determines whether we should read online or have a hard copy. If I am reading for pleasure I don't... more
        • Re: Online Reading - Breanna Hooks, Wed Jul 17 18:09
          The purpose of what we are reading does change how we would want to read it. Our ESL learners do need way more visual clues to understand vocabulary. I enjoyed reading the idea in Dalton's article... more
          • Re: Online Reading - Lindsay Aaron, Wed Jul 17 19:43
            I appreciate you sharing the article. I look forward to looking further into the article as I prepare for next year.
      • Re: Online Reading - Natalie Kabel, Wed Jul 17 16:18
        Breanna, I really liked the idea as well of taking the pictures of kids and having them label them. Where do you think you would put these pictures after you took them? Would you start a class album? ... more
        • Re: Online Reading - Breanna Hooks, Wed Jul 17 18:12
          The class album is a great idea. I know that at my old school (I'm not sure if we have it at my new school) we had a chart printer. You could take a regular sized document and make charts out of it.... more
    • Online Reading - Heather Fisher, Wed Jul 17 15:11
      I was surprised that reading on an e-reader, tablet or paper did not make much difference in younger readers. I think this generation is used to reading on this type of technology, however; based on... more
      • Kindles - hobsonkd 127, Wed Jul 17 22:07
        I find it interesting that older adults read better on e-reader and tablets, too. I have read books on my iPad before, but nothing's better than a "good ole" book. personally, I'm much happier... more
        • Electronic Reading - Hannah Andrews, Thu Jul 18 07:14
          I love my kindle and I haven't bought an actual book in a long time. I love the availability when using my kindle. I can find a buy a book and have it right then and there is so much available. I do... more
        • RE: Kindles - lohrmk, Thu Jul 18 00:44
          That's funny because I have a kindle (and the app downloaded onto my iPhone and iPad and I enjoy the convenience of it) but I also really prefer actual physical books. I think that's neat that we are ... more
          • Kindles & Eyeballs, lol - hobsonkd 127, Thu Jul 18 00:49
            AHHH!!! Yes, after reading on my iPad for a while my eyes start hurting and eventually I get a headache...NO FUN! Looks like we are both "Team Real Books!!" :-)
            • E-readers for reluctant readers - Cindi, Sat Jul 20 12:09
              Okay Team-Real Books, I am going to pose a thought for you... Sometimes reluctant/resistant readers are hesitant to read because a whole 'real' book is over whelming. I mean, all those pages to read, ... more
            • Team Real Books - lohrmk, Thu Jul 18 09:11
              Haha! I like the catchy title you came up with! Yes, it doesn't matter if I turn the brightness level up or down I still can only read on it for a short period of time before the eye-pain and... more
              • Team Real Books - hobsonkd 127, Thu Jul 18 11:15
                I wonder, too, if this upcoming generation will be more adapted to digital books as opposed to "real" books. I wonder which they'll enjoy reading more. It is so amazing how everything is evolving... more
                • Re: Team Real Books - lohrmk, Thu Jul 18 13:42
                  I internally groan when I think about the EOG's being on-line but then I realize that the MAT, which I had to take to get into grad school was an on-line assessment. I do wonder how that transition... more
                  • EOGs - hobsonkd 127, Thu Jul 18 14:45
                    True---Hmmm who knows how they'll dodge that bullet...
                    • RE: EOGs - lohrmk, Thu Jul 18 15:59
                      There truly are some practicality issues that I'm not sure how they'll work it out. I'm sure they will come up with something though. But instead of testing being "two days"-ish. It is going to take... more
      • Vocabulary Journals - Robyn Pickering, Wed Jul 17 20:29
        I've never done vocabulary journals, but I have done a tech version of the Rosenbaum organizer on Glogster. Students are able to illustrate their word that way. I've also done a paper version where... more
        • Vocabulary-Interactive Notebook - Cindi, Sat Jul 20 12:14
          I helped my daughter create an interactive notebook for learning vocabulary this past year. It was a wonderful learning tool for her. We will be doing it again this year, for sure. Interactive... more
        • Re:Robyn - Heather Fisher, Thu Jul 18 09:42
          I love it! Thanks for the ideas and for making vocabulary fun!
        • RE: Vocab Journals - lohrmk, Thu Jul 18 00:52
          I do something similar to your vocabulary four square. I call it a word web (the original idea I got it from it looked like a web but it is easier and more roomie to split or fold the paper into... more
        • Re: Vocabulary Journals - Brittany McDaniel, Wed Jul 17 20:45
          Those are good ideas. I have been looking for some good vocabulary activities to use with my 5th graders.
      • Re: Online Reading - Debby Wyant, Wed Jul 17 17:07
        Heather, great input..You mentioned drawing of vocabulary words. All research points to this being a strong factor in acquiring understanding and full use of words. Anything visual is needed, along... more
        • Re: Online Reading - Breanna Hooks, Wed Jul 17 18:07
          Great idea to put all the character words together. Do they do anything else with the words or is it just a few students working on them and then put in the book after they are shared?
        • Re: Debby - Heather Fisher, Wed Jul 17 17:48
          I like the idea of putting all of the words together into a big book and then having a big project/dictionary at the end of the year to refer to. Great idea!
        • Re: Online Reading - Natalie Kabel, Wed Jul 17 17:42
          Debby, What a neat idea. How do you pick those character words? Are these words that you have come across while you have been reading or somewhere else? I'd love to hear more!
      • Re: Online Reading - Lindsay Aaron, Wed Jul 17 16:39
        Heather, I do think this generation of learners is so wrapped up in technology that they are more apt to success when engaging in these materials. However, when I had my students on the program... more
        • RE: Lindsay Aaron - Heather Fisher, Wed Jul 17 17:52
          Lindsay, You are right! Hopefully we have instilled so much of comprehension as a reading piece that they just do it automatically. Mine tend to rush through LEXIA (A word study program) so that they ... more
          • RE: Lindsay Aaron - Lindsay Aaron, Wed Jul 17 19:45
            Yes, that is true. Many tablets don't have the popups and tool bars like reading online. So therefore there is not as much distraction with those devices.
            • RE: RE: - lohrmk, Thu Jul 18 18:31
              That is one of the great things about mobile devices. They do strip away all of the extra things that can steal your focus. I was also surprised by the findings of that study. I would have thought... more
      • Re: Online Reading - Breanna Hooks, Wed Jul 17 15:46
        Heather, I really enjoyed the vocabulary articles also. There were a TON of resources to use. I like the collaborating to find definitions. I like to have kids talk them out before they look up the... more
        • Talking and Vocabulary - lohrmk, Thu Jul 18 09:29
          I really like to get kids discussing new vocabulary as well. I think it is so important, especially when they are encountering new words that they discuss it with each other. We did a book study as a ... more
        • Re: Online Reading - Anonymous, Wed Jul 17 23:53
          I like the idea of having them complete the graphic organizer with a partner, then more ideas of how to interpret the word are discussed. Does anyone have a site that has good online graphic... more
        • Re: Breanna - Heather Fisher, Wed Jul 17 17:54
          I like the organizers, I will surely do this and maybe just have them have a binder to keep them in and that way they have their own dictionary.Great ideas!
          • Re: Breanna - Breanna Hooks, Wed Jul 17 18:06
            I like that idea. Using what they have created to refer to. Awesome, I'm stealing the idea! I hope you don't mind! :)
        • Re: Online Reading - Natalie Kabel, Wed Jul 17 16:14
          Breanna, That seems like a really neat way to do vocabulary. What kind of graphic organizer do you complete with your kids? I would love to know more about how to do this so they can really... more
          • Re: Online Reading - Breanna Hooks, Wed Jul 17 18:34
            When we do our text complexity units we pick out a couple words to discuss through the week. For example with the word poverty the students would first discuss it then they would use context clues... more
            • Re: Online Reading - Natalie Kabel, Wed Jul 17 21:34
              Thank you for the clarification, that really helps!! I am going to try that with my kids this year!
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