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Posted by Andrea Barnes on November 24 2018 at 11:08 AM
Teaching READ 180 allows educators to be creative. The following lesson can be applied to Universal Stage C ReaL Book Workshop #2. This paired reading helps to answer the question "What Makes Us Who We Are?" To extend opportunities for the exploration and to go further into the text within the Workshop, I wanted to share the following successful activities that can be used with an excerpt from Untwine by Edwidge Danticat. On the first day, of the Workshop, play a few minutes of…
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Posted by Debbie Lee on February 28 2012 at 7:26 PM
The Independent Reading Rotation is probably the most difficult rotation for teachers to manage.  Students tend to not take it seriously – after all, they have made it this far in school without having to really read. Why should they change now?  Right?  Wrong. For the past few years, I have required my students to read a certain number of book points per marking period.  (Points can be found in SAM’s Book tab and are assigned based on the book’s number of words and…
Posted by Community Manager on February 24 2012 at 10:24 AM
Scholastic Makes an Appearance at the Oscars! This year’s nominees at the 2012 Academy Awards include two movies based on Scholastic titles: The Invention of Hugo Cabret and War Horse. Hugo, based on the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick leads all nominees with eleven nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. • Watch the Movie Trailer for Hugo War Horse, written by Michael Morpurgo and directed by Steven Spielberg, has been nominated for…
Posted by Community Manager on February 22 2012 at 5:27 PM
Welcome to Community in the Classroom, READ 180’s exciting online forum designed to share information about READ 180. Our blog is a place for discovery, insight, and fun! Visit us often to browse our photos and videos, hear about the latest success stories, and keep up with what’s new with READ 180! And of course, we want to hear from you about what’s happening in your READ 180 classroom, implementation tips, favorite lesson plans and extension activities, and more! We hope you enjoy our new…
Posted by Scholastic Admin on February 22 2012 at 4:53 PM
It’s more than halfway through the school year and, if you’re like me, your room is just starting to run as smoothly as you designed it to run. You spent nearly a month at the beginning of the year teaching routines and the past several months reinforcing them.  The kids finally seem to have everything down.  They know where everything is and they’re following the procedures you’ve ground into them.  And now you’re getting a new student! You can’t go back to those first three…
Posted by Community Manager on February 22 2012 at 4:34 PM
There are few prouder moments for the READ 180 teacher than when one of our struggling readers is ready to rejoin the regular classroom. But how do you know when its time to exit a student from READ 180?  How do you know when the student is ready? Here are some things to look for: Lexile Score: Should be within the proficiency range designated by your district and state.For me that means...3rd Grade: 500 – 7004th Grade: 600 – 8005th Grade: 700 – 900 FluencyExpression, accuracy, and…
Posted by Community Manager on February 17 2012 at 1:59 PM
Have you ever had a day as a READ 180/System 44 teacher where you have felt quite alone? When you realize what you’re teaching is completely different from the other teachers at your school? Well my friends, you are not alone. I’m here to offer you a couple of tips to help you connect with your colleagues and the resources that are available for READ 180 and System 44.  If you are willing to write occasional sub plans, meet with people after school and look in places many of us don’t…
Posted by Community Manager on January 24 2012 at 7:22 PM
Have you added non READ 180 books to your library?  Do you have books spread out everywhere?  Are your crates difficult to keep organized?  RETIRE YOUR CRATESOnce you start adding additional books to your library, either with additional  READ 180 book collections or  other books,  the traditional READ 180 Crates become inefficient.  Having a way to organize all your books together is helpful.   I use regular bookcases purchased on the cheap and…
Posted by Community Manager on January 24 2012 at 3:35 PM
  Hi, I’m Francie Alexander, Chief Academic Officer at Scholastic.  We may have met at NSI or you may have read one of my quarterly columns.  I’m so excited to engage with our community more frequently as we launch new blogs. I’ve had the opportunity to teach students from kindergarten to college and like all of you, learned a lot from my experiences. At Scholastic, I’ve been part of the READ 180 story from the very beginning.  As part of the research team, I do my best to…
Posted by Community Manager on January 24 2012 at 3:29 PM
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Posted by Community Manager on January 24 2012 at 3:01 PM
The long Winter break has ended and now you have a classroom full of students who may be disappointed that Santa didn’t bring them what they wanted for Christmas, or the break was not long enough for them to truly rest or they are too tired from all the fun they had on their break or they just aren’t ready to be back in the classroom.  Whatever the reason you now have a classroom of low readers who really don’t want to be there.  They are dragging and unmotivated.  Your job now…