Same Literacy Centers Every Day…But Easily Differentiated!

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Wanna hear my #1 tip for how to rely on the same literacy centers every day….yet still easily differentiate at each center? You don’t have to search…find…purchase…print….copy….laminate…cut….sort….for every day’s lesson for the rest of your life! Watch the above video discover an easy-peasey way of keeping those kiddos engaged. We’re in Week #3 of the […]

Kids Aren’t Widgets–Differentiation for Engagement

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“What do you do with the rest of the class during guided reading?” It’s the #1 question I get asked about small group reading instruction. The secret is differentiation for engagement. In the above video, I lay the foundation for ensuring that the rest of the class is engaged while we teach for guided reading. […]

Marry Sight Words and Phonics Knowledge with a Game

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A trick to get students to learn phonics & high frequency sight words: The game Steal It! This fun game inspires kids to read more words than they would with routine activities because they want to win the game. Not only that, but because the words they’re reading focus on 2 essential early reading skills […]

The Antidote to the Letter of the Week

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The Antidote to the Letter of the Week! Discover how 1 simple activity will solve all of your Letter of the Week woes! This 1 easy activity will SIMULTANEOUSLY teach… >> left-to-right tracking, >> the concept of the alphabetic principle (that our written language is a code for sounds), >> consonant letter-sound knowledge, >> short […]

A 3-Part Guided Reading Lesson with a Rising 1st Grader

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Watch this simple 3-part guided reading lesson as I work with a rising 1st grader. With this simplified structure, you don’t have to create new activities each lesson. AND yet, you still get a balanced lesson. Here is the 3-part guided reading lesson format that I used with the 1st grader (and I recommend for […]

A 3-Part Guided Reading Format to Save YOU Time

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Does planning guided reading instruction irk you? Wish it could be simpler? Watch this recorded Facebook live to learn about a 3-part guided reading format that’s simple, repeatable, easy-to-plan, and effective. I use this same structure with every beginning or struggling reader of any age. Teaching reading doesn’t have to be so hard. If you […]

How to Teach a Kinder with No Sound Knowledge

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[Flashback Facebook episode on letter-sound correspondences instruction] Hello! I’m Marnie Ginsberg from Reading Simplified, where we help classroom teachers and homeschool parents streamline their instruction in reading so they can see their students accelerate their achievement. I am here today with a short little answer to one of our reader’s questions about letter-sound correspondences instruction. […]

Quick Help for Blending Challenges

Got blending problems? It’s a classic new-reader challenge. Even if your students can blend CVC (3-sound) words, they may not be able to blend CVCC or CCVC words. Watch a rising 1st grader get better and better at her blending using a simple technique–Blend As You Read. AND, you are invited to learn more about […]

Quickest Way to Teach the Main Decoding Strategy

[Transcript of the Quickest Way to Teach the Main Decoding Strategy] Marnie: Hello, I’m Marnie Ginsberg of Reading Simplified, where it’s our mission to help classroom teachers streamline their reading instruction and accelerate their students’ reading achievement. So today we’re going to show you “Blend As You Read.” This is a super-simple activity that is […]

Reading Tests That Inform Instruction

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“Houston, we have a problem.” Beyond the 2nd grade, most classroom teachers do not have access to specific assessment information about reading that can inform instruction. This is a big problem. In the U.S., for instance, nearly 65% of 4th grade readers are NOT proficient in reading. Teachers of these struggling readers are likely aware […]