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7 Tips to Read Faster (and Still Understand What You Read) | Mental Floss - 0 views

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    The seven tips here offer some advice if you want to read faster while maintaining reading comprehension. "Whether you skim a blog post, peruse files for work, or browse through a book, you most likely do some type of reading every day. But slogging through dense passages of text can be time-consuming, mentally exhausting, and hard on your eyes."
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NAPLAN 'meaningless' as a test of creative writing skill, says 65-Storey Treehouse auth... - 0 views

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    Two of Australia's best-selling children's book authors Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton question the value of the NAPLAN testing. They wonder why attributes such as creativity are not considered. They doubt the NAPLAN testing can offer any offer valuable insights into kids' reading and writing skills. They also make a final statement about the importance and value of teacher librarians.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Teach Your Monster to Read - 1 views

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    Teach Your Monster to Read is a great series of online games designed to help students improve the speed and accuracy with which they recognize letters and sounds. The website gets its name from the friendly monster avatars that students help learn to read through the course of the games.
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Upper Elementary Snapshots: Reading Strategies that Work! - 0 views

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    "6 simple strategies that we can teach our students to drastically improve reading comprehension." Link to downloadable posters
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Teaching literacy is more than teaching simple reading skills: it can't be done in five... - 0 views

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    A good article about developing literacy skills. "All Australian children and young people becoming literate I believe it is vital we understand and define the complexity of literacy. Literacy encompasses the knowledge and skills students need to access, understand, analyse and evaluate information, make meaning, express thoughts and emotions, present ideas and opinions, interact with others and participate in activities at school and in their lives beyond school. "
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Make a Book Map with Google Maps - Reading By Example - 0 views

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    "A nice class activity when the books being read by the students have specific locations for the settings. You can create a book map using My Maps from Google to highlight the settings in which these texts took place."
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TEEN ZONE - Book Lists - 0 views

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    Some useful loists for YA literature. Grouped under various topics and each book given a short description.
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The Best Places To Get The "Same" Text Written For Different "Levels" | Larry... - 0 views

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    Having the "same" text written for different levels of English comprehension can be a life-saver for a multi-level class of English Language Learners or for a teacher with a mainstream class that includes some students that are facing other challenges. They can be an important tool for differentiation.
    Listed here are a few sources where you can get these different versions other than creating them yourself.
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Crafting Connections: Four-Star Reading Responses - 0 views

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    "An anchor chart that shows the progression from a 1-star Post-it note to a 4-star Post-it note for upper elementary students based on the Say Something Post-it Note reading strategy."
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Learn2Earn | Whooos Reading - 0 views

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    This online, gamified reading log rewards kids for reading and motivates them to read more. After logging their most recent reading, they answer a CCSS-aligned comprehension question. They earn Wisdom Coins for logging their reading and answering the questions, which can be spent in the Owl Store where they buy virtual accessories for their Owlvatar. The reward system motivates kids to read more every day and gives teachers a chance to monitor what students are reading outside of the classroom.
    different priciing options
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Studio Pango | Funny apps for smart kids - 0 views

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    Young reader are in control with this reading app. It allows them to be directly involved in the story. They are encouraged to explore what's going on, find hidden objects, move characters from one place to another, and more. The reading levels progress as the student improves so the app allows kids to move onto more complex texts when they are ready.
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PlayTales Kids apps | iPhone, iPad, Android Interactive books for kids | Apps for child... - 0 views

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    This app, available on IOS and Android, gives students unlimited access to classic, new, and educational stories (for a low monthly fee). Because it's interactive, students are encouraged to dive deeper into the text, whether they're simultaneously drawing or watching the words come to life with animation.
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What Should I Read Next? Book recommendations from readers like you - 0 views

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    This simple website does one thing: tells you what books to read based on the book you input in the search field. Students can get frustrated when selecting their own reading material, making reading more stressful than it needs to be. Give your students access to this website when choosing a new book; they'll be excited to see what comes up and feel more confident with their choices.
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7 Fun (And Effective!) Reading Websites That Engage Students - 0 views

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    "A collection of a number of websites that teachers, parents and students can use to help guide student reading selections. The aim : to assist students to find books to that they really like, then they'll be more inclined to make time in their busy schedules for reading."
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Libraries Lend Record Numbers of Ebooks and Audiobooks in 2015 | Digital Book World - 0 views

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    "2015 was a big year for libraries' digital efforts, with a record number of readers borrowing ebooks and digital audiobooks. Overdrive, the leading supplier of digital content to libraries and schools, reported Tuesday that, in 2015, readers borrowed more than 169 million ebooks. This marked a 24-percent increase over 2014. There was also a notable spike in audiobook usage, which saw a faster growth rate than ebook library borrowing"
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