Sunday, February 2, 2014

Bright Idea for Reading Instruction

If you are like me, all of this change with common core has kinda thrown me for a loop in reading. Close reading, finding evidence, and all of that jazz can be confusing for even an experienced teacher and finding great resources to use can be even trickier. My district also has a new reading series this year and that makes teaching even more challenging.

Enter ReadWorks. This site was introduce to me last year but I never really took much time to explore it. It's amazing and totally free. New materials are constantly being added too. All you need to do is to create a free account. 

Readworks is one of the first places, besides TPT, where I go when I need something to teach reading. 

They have skill units (for most grade levels) on each of the comprehension skills below.

They have comprehension units on different trade books and more being developed. These are just the ones for 1st grade and 2nd grade.

They even have novel studies for the higher grades. I wish there were some of the younger set.

They have over 1,800 comprehension passages that you can use to teach close reading and finding evidence. I like to use them and have my kiddos highlight and answer questions. They even have question sets for many of the passages that you can use. I sometimes make some of my own to tie in with a skill my students are struggling with or the skill we are learning for the week. And, yes, they do have answer keys.

One of my favorite things about ReadWorks is that I can find passages that meet the reading level of each of my reading groups. It can be hard to find materials when you have students who are above grade level or below grade level but this is the perfect solution. I also love that I can find passages on things that we are studying in the classroom. For example, we read a passage about Martin Luther King when we were learning about him.

I hope this post encourages you to try out this free site. By the way, this post is not sponsored by ReadWorks in any way. I just wanted to share an awesome free resource with you.

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  1. Thanks for the reminder Courtney! I ventured over to Read Works two years ago and have to say I haven't been back lately, but its exactly what I need:)

    The Resourceful Apple

  2. Read Works has saved me this year with their reading passages! Thank you for the reminder about the comprehension skills feature, I've never taken the time to look through that, but now I see what I'm missing!

  3. I love ReadWorks! Their site is easy to navigate and their reading passages are awesome!

  4. ReadWorks is great - I can almost always find something short & to the point to help my kids practice a specific strategy or skill! Great post!

    Buzzing with Ms. B

  5. Thanks for sharing! I just checked out the site and I've been missing out! :)


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