Books I'm Reading Now

Friday, January 4, 2013
It's been a while since I've posted anything, wow! I just finished my master's and am in the process of looking for a job here in San Diego. I have a few leads on subbing/volunteering/etc., but I still have a lot of time on my hands! Therefore, I've been reading some books to help prepare me for my classroom and I wanted to share them with you.

I first heard about the Daily 5 in Salt Lake where some of the first grade teachers were using it in their classrooms. Ever since, I've been hooked! The idea is that students become independent (after lots of structured practice) and rotate through 5 key literacy centers throughout the day. They have recently also come out with a math version of the daily 5. I love the idea of the Daily 5 and think that it is feasible in any classroom setting. 

The Continuum of Literacy Learning

This book was recommended to me by a teacher in San Diego. It has great ideas for students at all levels of reading/writing and gives suggestions for where to go next. I haven't looked too far into it yet, but I am sure I will be relying on it a lot! 

This series of books was recommended to me by teachers in Salt Lake as well as San Diego so I knew I had to get my own copy! I realized that I had a lot of literacy books but very few math books and these seemed perfect to add to my growing collection! I'm excited to start looking into them and finding new ideas on how to teach math. 

This is one of my most favorite books and I have used it in student teaching extensively! The book breaks students down into different spelling/reading levels and from there gives suggestions on what to do next. With new copies of the book, you have access to the online database where you can create your own sorts, worksheets, etc. 

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