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    We Are Readers

    • We can look.
    • We can think.
    • We can read.
    • We can learn. 

    May be photocopied for classroom use. © 2015 by Lucy Calkins and Colleagues from the Teachers College Reading and Writing Pro

    TCRWP Units of Study 

    First Grade:

    Building Good Reading Habits

    • Take a sneak peek at the beginning.
    • Check your sneak peek.
    • Do something at the end.
    • Read more and more and keep track.
    • Set goals.
    • Reread to smooth out your voice.
    • Scoop up words in phrases
    • Reread to see MORE

    *TCRWP Units of Study 


    Second Grade:  

    Readers Grow Like Beanstalks

    • Decide HOW to read.
    • Give the book a sneak peek.
    • Read more and MORE!
    • Read in BIGGER scoops.
    • Stop, Think, Retell.
    • Use stop & jots to remember ideas. 
    *TCRWP Units of Study 
    Third Grade:
    To Make Reading the Best It Can Be, I will...
    • Find a good reading spot.
    • Talk about books.
    • Choose books I love!
    • Read books like they're gold!
    • Check that books are just right- within reach.
    • Study my reading patterns and set new goals.
    • Set up systems for finding/sharing great books.
     *TCRWP Units of Study
    Fourth Grade:
    • Find a book you WANT to read.
    • Read as if you are IN the book.
    • Figure out confusing parts.
    • Note important things to talk about later.
    • Do the work the book is requesting.
    • Find the flow of the book.
    • Make movies in your mind.
     *TCRWP Units of Study
    Fifth Grade:
    Writing Well About Reading
    • Reread knowing you'll write, seeing more.
    • Read upcoming text with the ideas you wrote about in mind.
    • Aim to notice more elements of the story.
    • Push yourself to grow new ideas.
    • Use your own thinking, exploring voices.
    • Ratchet up the level of your writing-REVISE! 
     *TCRWP Units of Study
     Magnetic Letter Fun!
     Here is a list of some activities to try with magnetic letters:


    25 Ways to Use Magnetic Letters  (Full list)

    1. MAKING WORDS Have children make as many different words as they can. Each time they make a word have them write it on a sheet of paper. You may want to challenge them to make as many two-, three- and four-letter words as they can.

    2. MAKING NEW WORDS Build several words and show the children how to change, add, or take away a letter or letters to make a new word. Examples are: cat, can, man, men, met, tap, clap, claps, flaps, flips, flipped, slipped.

    3. RHYMING PAIRS Use a magnetic cookie sheet. With magnetic letters, make a word such as cut. Say the word and have the child say a rhyming word and make it with magnetic letters below it. Sometimes rhyming words will be spelled differently so you may need to show the child the new spellings (new, blue, hope, soap)

    4. ADDING ENDINGS Make an action word such as read, sew, plant. Invite the child to add as many different endings as possible (reads, reading, reader; sew, sewing, sews; plant, plants, planted, planting, planter).

    5. CHANGING VOWELS Make a sample three-letter word. Ask the child to change the vowel to make a new word (for example, cat, cut, cot; hop, hip; hat, hit, hot, hut).

    6. SYLLABLE GAME Say a word and then make it with magnetic letters. Have the child say another word with the same number of syllables and make it with magnetic letters (dog, play; cabin, rocket).

    7. HIGH FREQUENCY WORD PRACTICE There are some words that children use many times when they read or write. Request a list of high frequency words your child needs to know. Have the child make the word, mix up the letters, and make the word again three times each.

    8. BUILDING WORDS Give your child a pile of letters and tell him to make and write as many words as he can.

    9. MISSING LETTERS Make the last part of a word such as __ick, __air, __ell and have the child put one or two letters in the beginning to make a real word (chick, chair, spell). Repeat the process with one or two missing letters at the end of words.

    10. HAVE FUN!


    Think about your reading life!

    What do you like to read?

    When do you read?

    Where do you read?

    What is your favorite book?