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    By bamateach

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    Chalkdusty has given some good sound advice. I too would recommend a mentor and looking at your state course of study. I am not sure about the skills that you would teach as I am a second grade teacher, but I am sure that they would include things such as main idea, character analysis, drawing conclusions, creating mental images, etc... I generally use a good piece of literature to introduce the skill that we are focusing on. During center time I may have a game at a center on main ideas, at independent reading they may use sticky notes to write the main ideas of paragraphs on and stick it to the page, they may match main idea to the story on the overhead at another center.

    I made a file for each reading skill that I am to teach and when I come across an idea or page or activity that covers the skills I just put it in the folder. That is where I get my center ideas. Internet is a good resource for this as well.

    I usually focus on one skill per couple of weeks. Depends on the skill. Main idea would take about a month. I would start with non fiction since it is easier and then move to fiction which is much more difficult.

    My advice to you is to not be embarrased about this. Even after 9 yrs of teaching I am learning new things and trying to perfect my reading instruction. Keep us posted and good luck.

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