How to Group Students for Reading

rsbsadmin Bethany Robinson, Book Clubs, C.I.A. Approach, Classroom Setup & Routines, Independent Reading, Reading, reading groups Leave a Comment

  FAQ: I have a question about how to group students for reading. Currently we are using a walk-to-read structure but will be switching curriculums to the Read Side By Side Reading Program. Is it okay if we keep our walk-to-read model with this program?   The Read Side By Side Reading Program is a core program designed to be …

Tips for Better Book Club Discussions

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How do you get your students to talk during book club discussions? Sarah Collinge, author of the C. I. A. Book Club Teacher’s Guides, gives some helpful suggestions! You have started your first book club unit, students have read the first quadrant of their assigned novels, and they have diligently taken notes while reading. Now the day is here when …

The Conflict Between Differentiation and Scaffolding

rsbsadmin C.I.A. Approach, Classroom Setup & Routines, Comprehension, ELL, Peter Dewitz, Reading, Research, Scaffolding 1 Comment

What is the difference between differentiation and scaffolding?  While educators have long defined these strategies as being almost identical, they are, in fact, in sharp contrast to one another.  Differentiation adjusts the text to the child, while scaffolding enables the child to read and comprehend at a higher level.   The concept of differentiating instruction is close to celebrating its …

Esperanza Rising—A New Unit of Study in the Read Side by Side Reading Program!

rsbsadmin 6.3 Esperanza Rising, Background Knowledge, C.I.A. Approach, Reading, Sarah Collinge, Text structure 1 Comment

Get a sneak peak at C. I. A. Unit of Study, Historical Fiction—Esperanza Rising, 6.3 and download tools to help you prepare to teach this unit of study! Coming soon to the Read Side by Side store! Teachers, Thank you for waiting so patiently for the release of my last unit of study for sixth grade, Historical Fiction—Esperanza Rising! I …

How Research Explains the Design of the Read Side by Side Reading Program

rsbsadmin C.I.A. Approach, Comprehension, Comprehension strategies, Motivation, Peter Dewitz, Reading, Research, Text structure Leave a Comment

What should you be looking for in a research based reading program?  In this blog, learn about how motivation, comprehension strategies, text structure, and transfer of training make the Read Side by Side Reading Program the perfect choice for your next reading adoption! Once a reader has developed fluent word recognition skills and begins to encounter harder and longer pieces …

Using Turn and Talk Stems Across the Globe

rsbsadmin C.I.A. Approach, ELL, Sarah Collinge, Turn and Talk 2 Comments

Earlier this month, Bethany and I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Macau near Hong Kong to work with teachers and English Language Learners in Hou Kong Premier School to learn many of the strategies of our C. I. A. curriculum. While there, we learned the power of turn and talk stems—a major part of the Read Side by Side …

Reading Test Prep: 6 Things You Are Already Doing

rsbsadmin Additional Activities, C.I.A. Approach, Sarah Collinge, Testing 1 Comment

  This is the time of year when teachers start to feel anxious about reading test prep for the upcoming high-stakes state assessments. No matter how effective your teaching has been all school year long, testing season raises doubts in teachers’ minds about whether or not they have done enough to prepare their students for state tests. So first, let …

Reading Stamina: The Wrong Goal

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  I recently received an email from ReadWorks with the subject line, “Build Reading Stamina With Longer Passages.” My next email was from the Fantastic Mr. Fox advertising newly designed chicken coops. This blog is not a specific attack on the website ReadWorks, or other sites offering passages for reading instruction, but an examination of reading stamina and its place …

Hooked on CIA: Reflections on the Year

rsbsadmin 4th Grade, Ryan Painter, Year End Review Leave a Comment

My CIA experience this year was AMAZING!  My students are hooked on the CIA reading program!  Here are our teacher and student reflections on the year: Teacher Reflection One of the biggest things I have noticed from my students this year is their confidence in reading and writing.  They have all made huge strides in my classroom this year.  I …

Sarah’s Year End Review

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The students and I know our classroom would have been a very different place without CIA this year. I know: CIA determined our reading block structures (we missed it when we had breaks between). CIA set a social studies theme that helped us with our actual social studies big ideas. CIA helped me facilitate student independent work habits in a …

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Writing for Glory Be

rsbsadmin 3.4 Glory Be, Dawn Smith, Writing Leave a Comment

My class has just finished reading our final CIA book of the year, Glory Be. As always, it is always bittersweet when we finish a book, but even more so with this book as it is the last time I was going to listen to the great discussions and ideas that my students have about a wonderful book. Spring seems …

Dawn’s Year End Review – Looking Forward

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It is hard to believe that another school year is going to be over in just a few days! It seems like it was just yesterday that started. With all the craziness that come with closing up a classroom for the year, and the fun activities that are scheduled, I find myself reflecting and thinking about what I plan to …

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Glory Be: Charts and Vocabulary

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“But it was so much fun!” This was in response (from my most busy girl) to a very long catch-up reading session, after which I drooped and said, “Thank you for sticking with it today. That was a lot of work!” When she said that, I perked back up. She was right—it was fun! We co-created charts (we’re old hands …

City of Ember Writing

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The last 5th grade CIA unit is the City of Ember written by Jeanne DuPrau.  It is about a futuristic society that was built underground to save the human race from extinction. The people who live in Ember do not know any of this.  All they know is that everything in their environment relies on electricity.  But, the generator that …

Teaching Genre with Glory Be

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Glory Be Has Begun! After we came back from Spring Break, we started our final CIA unit of the school year, Glory Be. I was afraid that my students would have forgotten some of the important ideas that we had learned about segregation and the Civil Rights movement from our Martin Luther King Jr CIA unit. My class proved me …

4th Grade Writers

rsbsadmin 4th Grade, Ryan Painter, Writing Leave a Comment

Writing is a big part of the CIA program as it gives students a chance to think deeper about a text.  I love how the quadrants all end in a writing assignment.  After reading multiple units students know what to expect when they reach the end of a quadrant.  This year I will complete three units whole class with one …

CIA and the Common Core State Standards

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Recently I’ve had several opportunities for professional development on the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts. What I kept realizing, over and over, is that I am teaching to these learning targets everyday as I use the C.I.A. Approach. I kept thinking, “Oh, I do that with my students… Hey, my kids do that… That’s part of our …

Kids at Work

rsbsadmin 5.4 Kids at Work, Lynn Boze, Writing 1 Comment

My students are reading the fourth unit of study, Kids at Work by Russell Freedman.  Like the other Units of Study Sarah Collinge has written, Sarah has chosen a book that speaks to kids and gives them important issues to think and talk about.  Many of my students said they knew nothing about child labor and are glad they know …

MLK and Writing

rsbsadmin 3.3 Martin Luther King Jr., Sarah Linington, Writing Leave a Comment

Making Connections Well, we are finally halfway through Martin Luther King Jr.’s biography! It feels like we’ve been reading this short book forever…and yet the students are not bored or in need of extra entertainment to stay engaged. They have taken the big ideas and the details to heart, searching each week in library for connecting texts and noticing protests …

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Independent Reading and Free Reading

rsbsadmin 3rd Grade, Dawn Smith, Independent Reading Leave a Comment

When I’m meeting with small groups, my students are get this….. READING!!!! It is so great! All my students are reading books of their choice at their level. Some of my students are reading books such as Biscuit all the way to one of the books from the Goosebumps series. Making this happen in my classroom has been a long …