12 Unique Must-Haves If You Teach Reading

If you teach reading, you need these unique finds in your life! I love discovering functional and inexpensive resources that support learning AND encourage reading. Increasing efficiency and saving time is also a welcomed bonus! The ideas featured below do just that. I hope you think so too!

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Clear Book Buddy Pouches

Take book preservation to the next level with these clear zipper pouches! They are the perfect size for storing and transporting independent reading books. They are also large enough to hold a reading log or writing journal too! If anything else, it’s a nice way to keep all the individual reading supplies (or any other classroom supplies) together in one place.

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Guided Reading Tracker

A guided reading tracker allows students to focus on one section of text at a time, helping to alleviate distractions and increase reading speed. This particular style of tracker is thicker than the one line trackers you may have seen before.  The thicker style highlights more of the page, but there is still a thin reading line that helps increase focus on individual words and sentences.

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One Minute Reading Timers

These one minute reading timers are perfect for fluency reading practice. Students work in pairs to complete a 1 minute fluency reading. While one student is reading, the other is keeping track of the time and fluency errors (pronunciation, skipped words, grammar, etc.).  When the minute is up, the words per minute are calculated and partners switch jobs. With enough practice, students will start to look forward to fluency practice.

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Reading Comprehension Cubes

One of my favorite Amazon finds for the classroom are these reading comprehension cubes.  They are available for a variety of text types, and they are a hit with students. Each side of the cube poses a different question or activity, keeping students engaged and on task. I like to use them as a reading comprehension station or literacy center. To read more about reading comprehension centers click here.

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Multi-Colored Highlighters

Multi-colored highlighters work wonders for reading and writing instruction. Color-coding is an effective way to provide scaffolding when teaching students reading comprehension strategies. For more on color-coding and differentiation, click here.

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3×3 Inch Sticky Notes

Like highlighters, sticky notes are a teacher’s best friend. I have found that the 3×3 inch size works best. Any smaller and students don’t have enough room to write. Any bigger and it takes up too much space. Sticky notes work especially well for recording textual evidence. Click here to download a free text-based evidence sticky note template. Each full-page template includes examples for introducing three different pieces of evidence from the text.

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Dry Erase Pockets

These dry erase pockets will allow you to use a class-sets of texts for close reading! The text is instantly turned into a reusable piece of paper, allowing students to make annotations while keeping the text free and clear for the next reader. This process works really well for small group instruction or when multiple class periods are analyzing the same piece of text.

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Assorted Colors Expo Markers

If you use the clear dry erase pockets for reading instruction, it’s likely you will need extra dry erase markers. Look for sets of dry erase markers with multiple colors so you can use color-coding strategies with your students.

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Post-It Removable Tabs

These tabs are perfect for supporting metacognition while reading, especially when students can’t write in the text. Each colored tab can be used to represent a different metacognitive marker. For example, students can use a specific colored tab to mark portions of text or words they don’t understand, while using another color to mark something they enjoyed.  With enough practice, students will internalize the process, which will allow you to drop the scaffolding.

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Mini-Flashlights

Flashlight reading is a fun way to get students excited about reading. It can be used as a whole class reward or as simply as a way to do something different during reading time.  You can get creative and add ambience to your flashlight reading time by hanging  multi-colored string lights (I like these because they are battery-powered) and/or projecting a cozy fireplace on your classroom wall.  Adding the sound of falling rain would really take it over the top!

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Fun Sticky Bookmarks

These deserve a mention because they are just plain fun! Your students will be lining up at your desk to get their favorite sticky bookmark. What’s even better is that one set will last you years!

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Color-Your-Own Bookmarks

Encourage creativity AND reading with these color-your-own bookmarks! They will work really well as part of your classroom reward system or as students gifts.  The clever graphics and sayings on each bookmark make them a hit for kids of all ages.

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