University of Iowa

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Book vs. Movie - Compare and Contrast

This graphic organizer helps children organize their thoughts about the similarities and differences between a book and a movie telling the same story. Comparing books and their movie adaptations can help motivate students to read and dig deeper into some elements of the text.

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Creating a Book Recommendation Video

This guide provides sentence starters for students in fourth grade and older to formulate thoughts and opinions about a book which they can convey verbally for a book recommendation video. Filming tips for teachers are also provided. Videos can be posted for friends to see. Videos like these can be a way to motivate students to read and create something meaningful and useful.

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Varied Practice Passages for Improving Reading Fluency

PDF icon Varied Practice Passages for Improving Reading Fluency

These Varied Practice passages provide an alternative to Repeated Reading for fluency practice. Rather than reading the same assigned practice three times in succession, as would be done in Repeated Reading, students read three different passages that use similar words.

Linguistic Context Questionnaire

A supplemental resource from the Early Literacy Blueprint Initiative, teachers can use this questionnaire to plan appropriate instruction for English learners by gathering information about the student's linguistic background, the language(s) used in the home, and the literacy practices of the family.

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Reading Racetrack Sight Word Activity

Teach students how to recognize sight words, which helps students read effortlessly and focus on decoding difficult words, using this exercise that involves multiple rounds of instruction and practice.

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