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Read-Aloud Books for Launching Reading Workshop

By Beth Newingham on July 20, 2012
  • Grades: 3–5

You set the tone of Reading Workshop in your classroom during your launching unit. For this reason, it is important to choose read-aloud books like the following that both reinforce the behaviors you are teaching during your mini-lessons and promote a love of reading.

Comments (5)

Kentucky Teacher,

Our district spent a great deal of time creating units of study for each grade level to help guide teachers as they conduct a reading workshop in their classrooms. It was our goal to make sure that the concepts and skills we are teaching in reading workshop are aligned with our state curriculum so that our students are well-prepared for the state test. Some teachers also do a mini "test-taking skills" unit in their classroom, but we have found that our students are doing very well on the standardized tests when immersed in a successful reading workshop on a daily basis.

-Beth Newingham

You know you can talk to your school librarian for recommendations too. That is if you still have one!

Interesting titles, could you say something about what each of the books is supposed to model or teach?
Thanks suezette at aol dot com

Hi this is so great that you have titles and ideas for teachers! I have been teaching for 24 years and I am always looking for new ideas and stories to share with my class. I Love this idea of the reading workshop and think it will make a big difference in this years reading class!
Thanks so much!
Florida Teacher

Beth, I am teaching third grade for the first time in my sixteen year teaching career. Coming from teaching kindergarten and first all these years, I have spent most of the summer trying to choose the right reading program for the 60 kids that I will be teaching this year. I found your reading workshop and fell in love with it. I feel that I can get the best results using your reading workshop. My question is: Has it improve your reading scores on the state assessment.
Kentucky Teacher

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