The Reading Strategies Book Study: Goal 4

Hey y’all!  I hope your year is happily, or almost happily, underway.  I had kiddos last Friday and this will be our first full week together.  I am elated to be in second grade so I can get my hands dirty using this amazing book with the rest of the #ReadingStrategiesCrew.  I am co-responsible (not a word) for Goal #4 – FLUENCY.  My girl, Jennie, at Open Mind Literacy will be sharing her thoughts on this goal as well.

*Quick story – Jennie and I were college and sorority friends back in the day at Miami University… HOLLA!  We have since reconnected over our love of #TpT and all things LITERACY.

Goal 4: Teaching Fluency – Reading with phrasing, intonation, and automaticity


Two of my favorite bits from Goal 4:

Page 104, “It’s important that in our attempts to teach children to read fluently, we don’t send the message that reading is just about performing.”

Page 105, “In most cases, if phrasing is appropriate, the pace will be too.”

Fluency, like many of the magic moving parts in reading, when we see it “click” for kids, it clicks.  It is interesting to watch students “know what to do” but the actual act of reading in such a way, with fluency, is a challenge and requires practice.  This is where I shamelessly plug the read aloud and the importance for babes to hear us modeling the appropriate parts of fluent reading.  But I will also plug the importance of the act of reading aloud… over and over and over so they have time to make it work for them.

Goal #4 has the following strategies…


Can I just say the organization of this book is just so easy, y’all!  You can narrow in on the specific genre, text level/type, skill and strategy.  This book was made to be used by teachers, for readers!  I picked three of my favorites for you…


4.4 Make the Bumpy Smooth — Y’all, the power of reading and re-reading is real!  This strategy helps students understand phrasing.  It is critical for young readers to practice phrasing because they have the opportunity to say and hear the words the way they were supposed to be read.  I like to have students read choppy “on purpose” and then read smoothly.  I give them the visual of a chef chopping a veggie.  The chef can chop-chop-chop and then they smoothly swipe the pits into the dish.  Readers read-each-word, and then “read each word” in a smooth phrase.


4.7 Warm Up and Transfer – Use an independent level text to ramp up fluency.  Transfer the voice from the independent text to an instructional level text.  Simple connection for kids: warming up is good for your body before sports and for your brain while reading.  This is a clear, concrete example for kids!


4.21 Read It How the Author Tells You (Tags) – This is a big one because it causes students to consider what Fountas and Pinnell call “about” the text features.  Students are challenged think about the author’s craft in writing text.  Students have to think about the author’s word choice and to interpret and execute them while reading.

Things to consider and points for reflection:

How do you explicitly support fluency in your classroom and WHY?  Do you use certain texts or anchor examples for fluency practice?  How do you monitor fluency?  Do you allow students the opportunity to hear themselves reading fluently?

Check out the rest of the #ReadingStrategiesCrew as we make our way through this bomb-diggity book.  Love to Teach A Latte is up next on August 17.  If you missed any of the previous chapters, check them our here:  Goal 1: Literacy Loving Gals, Goal 2: My First Grade Happy Place, Goal 3: The Literacy Spot.



Book Study Schedule REVEALED

The book study schedule for Jennifer Serravallo’s The Reading Strategies Book: Your Everything Guide to Developing Skilled Readers is ready to be revealed! The #ReadingStrategiesCrew is thrilled to get the book study underway. It starts August 3rd on Literacy Loving Gals and will continue every Monday and Wednesday through September 14th.

Grab your copy of Serravallo’s book to follow along with us. If you don’t already own a copy, the #ReadingStrategiesCrew will be offering a giveaway for a chance to win a copy of your own!

Stay tuned for details, y’all!  -eduKateDawson

TpT Seller Challenge: Make Your Masterpiece

Hope this blog-o finds y’all well!

Per the #TpTsellerchallenge I have partnered up with Kayla from The Chalkboard Garden for Make Your Masterpiece.  She will be reviewing some of my Close Reading comprehensions prompts.  I have geared these particular items towards a 2-4 grade band of learners.  I was hoping to get Kayla’s input as to bettering these products as well as tweaking them for younger readers.

More to come, but check what I’ve got so far…  I have been working on Close Reading prompts that can be used in guided strategy groups, or in an interactive notebook, to track student thinking.

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I created the prompts on cell phones and made the questions to look like a text message.  You can print and laminate these to reuse them, or you can make copies for interactive notebooks.  Find them at my TpT Store under eduKateDawon.

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BOOK STUDY COMING SOON: Reading Comprehension by Jennifer Serravallo

Get on our level, y’all!

It is book study time and I can hardly wait to join forces with 13 other education peeps.   This book is FILLED with amazingly organized, explicit, simple, effective strategies that you can use with your kiddos YESTERDAY.


Stay tuned for more info end of July, because this business is happening August 3rd.  We will be blogging about the book twice a week and discussing great ideas to help you get your school year started off great!

Some of the fun we have planned includes freebies and challenges, based on the strategies from the book.

Love, EduKateDawson

PS – Get excited to #HASTAG your faces off!  #ReadingStrategyCrew  #teacherbloggers #teachersoftpt #teachersfollowteachers #tptsummersnapshot

Tell All Tuesday

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Shout out to the ladies at Teach Talk Inspire and My Day in K for this Tell-All-Tuesday!

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My personal bucket list encompasses many areas…

1. I would love to grow my TpT store with products that are high quality and provide excellent formative feedback for teachers.  I place high value on items that are engaging for my students and also provide me with information that shows their abilities.

2. Presenting is scary for me… but I feel like there is too much to share and to learn with other educators.  I would like to push myself to get “out there” and share my knowledge and learn from others.

3. I have an itch for administration… For now, that is all I have to say about that!  Ha!

#tptsellerchallenge is Gettin’ Me


Welcome to my blog… which I NEVER planned to blog on!  Isn’t that the way?!  Truthfully, I set up this space as a way to connect to principals as I was interviewing for jobs in Nashville, while finishing up the school year as a Reading Specialist in Chicago.

I accepted a position in May.  I am all kinds of excited to teach SECOND grade (whoop!) in Williamson County.  I was stoked to get back to Nashville, my husband, and sweet Golden Doodle, Nash.

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The day after moving back to Nashville, I decided to go to the #nashteacherbash where I met great peeps.

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I got (happily/willingly) sucked into the awesome world of teacher social media.  You can follow me on Instagram @eduKateDawson, or on Facebook and Pinterest!

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So here we are!  I am jumping in to the #tptsellerchallenge .  I was pumped to see all the cool makeovers everyone did!  Here are some that I did…

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I enjoyed the first week of the challenge so much that I decided to try my hand at this week’s challenge, which meant I had to get the blog movin’.

Stay tuned for my THINK BIG, DREAM BIG goals.

See y’all soon!