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Teaching Literacy in Third Grade (Tools for Teaching Literacy)by Janice F. Almasi
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Bringing to life the rewards and challenges of teaching third grade, Almasi (literacy education, University of Kentucky) helps teachers differentiate instructions for diverse learners. Through a portrayal of a week in a third-grade classroom, she presents ideas and activities for building fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing, and provides planning tips and reproducibles for classroom use. A chapter on resources discusses and lists books for the classroom and instructional resources, gives advice on using technology as a resource, and offers suggestions on contacting local, state, and national reading councils and attending conferences and workshops. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The third-grade classroom is a beehive of activity, in which young readers transition between emergent and more advanced levels of literacy. This expertly written guide brings to life the rewards and challenges of teaching third graders and helps teachers differentiate instruction for diverse learners. Vividly portraying a week in a highly motivating classroom, the authors present easy-to-use ideas and activities for building fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, and more. Illustrations, reproducibles, grade-specific resources, and planning tips will make this handy book a boon to third-grade teachers every day of the year.
About the Author
Janice F. Almasi, PhD, is the Carol Lee Robertson Endowed Professor of Literacy Education at the University of Kentucky, where she teaches courses in research and theory in literacy. She earned her PhD and MEd in reading education from the University of Maryland and her BS in elementary education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Before becoming a university educator, Dr. Almasi was an elementary classroom teacher and a reading specialist in Maryland.
Keli Garas-York, PhD, is currently an assistant professor at Buffalo State College, Buffalo, New York, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate literacy courses. She was a reading specialist in the West Seneca Central School District, where she worked with students in kindergarten through grade 6 for 2 years. She also taught third graders in the Buffalo Public School System for 7 years. Dr. Garas-York earned her BS in elementary education from the State University of New York College at Oswego, her masters degree in special education from St. Bonaventure University, and her PhD in reading education from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Leigh-Ann Hildreth, MEd, is a third-grade teacher in the Sweet Home Central School District, Amherst, New York. She earned her BS in elementary education from the State University of New York at Geneseo and her masters degree in elementary education from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is a trained Reading Recovery teacher. Mrs. Hildreth successfully taught first graders for 8 years in the Sweet Home Central School District before changing grade levels 2 years ago, when she found herself teaching third graders for the first time in her career.
Table of Contents
1. What Is the Third-Grade Learner Like?
2. What Are Appropriate Goals for Literacy Learners in Third Grade?
3. Setting Up the Environment for Literacy
4. Getting to Know Your Students via Classroom Assessment
5. A Week in Mrs. Hildreth's Third-Grade Classroom
6. Meeting the Needs of Individual Literacy Learners in Third Grade
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