For those of you who are not familiar with this site, once you are logged in, you click on “All Books” which will open up a page that lists each book title by reading level. As you click on the title of your choice, the next page will show the cover of the book. You can preview the book by clicking on any of the print options. On this same page will be the correlation chart. Under the book’s cover, there are options for the printed versions and lesson resources. The lesson resources range from fill in the blank to venn diagrams and comprehension work.
Initially, the purpose of the website was for teachers to print out books at a student’s individual reading level that the student could take home; quick and easy access to leveled readers that children could keep at home and reread for practice. This was a great idea that led to a fabulous idea. Reading A-Z made their books projectable.
In the Smart Board era this was pretty smart of them! Next to the links for the printable versions is the projectable option. By clicking “projectable” you will open the projectable version of the book.
Typically, I begin using the projectable version with the whole group. I want the students to be comfortable using the pen and highlighter. We do this by identifying words that have a digraph and underlining the digraph (digraph could be substituted for another word structure, like suffix, vowel, blend, etc). I also ask students to highlight sight words we have learned. Another reason for introducing this to the whole group is the add-ons the teacher can include. I want my students to be able to recognize the text I can add to each page. I want them to know that when they notice my text, it is a direction to do something. For instance, I may write, “Find the word with the suffix S and mark it,” or “Can you think of another animal that hibernates?” or “Find the two syllable word and scoop the syllables.” The student reads my instruction and uses the pen or highlighter tools to complete the task.
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