Teaching Reading Pre-K to Grade 3 w/CD-ROM

Author(s): Jerry Johns, Susan Lenski, Laurie Elish-Piper

Edition: 3

Copyright: 2006

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This book broadens the scope of teaching and assessment strategies critical for addressing a wide range of abilities of children in Pre-K to Grade 3. This edition provides teachers with research-based, practical teaching and assessment strategies to support the reading development of all children in their classrooms.  The book has a Question & Answer approach. Chapters 1-7 begin with a series of questions a in-service or pre-service teacher might ask. These questions are answered with research and expert opinion to help establish the importance of the major areas presented in the chapters.

Unique Features:  

  • "Differentiating Reading Instruction" helps teachers to implement ideas into daily classroom instruction.
  • Special emphasis on vocabulary, information text and strategic reading.
  • Expanded teaching strategies for core area reading.
  • Strategies, activities, and assessments. A series of teaching strategies and activities are provided for each of the major area. Assessment and teaching strategies are linked within the chapters.
  • "Tips for English Language Learners" offers ideas throughout every chapter.
  • Content Area Examples
  • "Home School Connections" are 20 prepared letters in English and Spanish to link and reinforce important skills and strategies you teach at school with home.


Includes a CD with each book that features:

    • Bonus Chapter for Writing and Spelling
    • Over 120 reproducible pages in PDF format. Including: Activity Record Sheets, Activity Pages, Home-School Connections Letters.

    About the Authors


    1.1 Desire to Read 

    Teaching Strategy 1: Morning Message 
    Teaching Strategy 2: Shared Reading 
    Teaching Strategy 3: Favorite Book Show and Tell
    Teaching Strategy 4: Poems, Songs, and Rhymes
    Activities, Tips, and Center Ideas
    Home-School Connections

    1.2 Background Knowledge

    Teaching Strategy 1: Object Exploration
    Teaching Strategy 2: Book Boxes
    Teaching Strategy 3: Knowledge Chart
    Teaching Strategy 4: Brainstorming
    Teaching Strategy 5: Predicting with Pictures
    Teaching Strategy 6: K-W-L
    Activities, Tips, and Center Ideas
    Home-School Connections

    1.3 Assessments of Interests and Attitudes Toward Reading

    Assessment Strategy 1: Interviews about Reading
    Assessment Strategy 2: News about Me
    Assessment Strategy 3: Elementary Reading Attitude


    2.1 Oral Language 

    Teaching Strategy 1: Show and Tell-Question-Connection
    Teaching Strategy 2: Expand-a-Sentence
    Teaching Strategy 3: Progressive Storytelling
    Teaching Strategy 4: Picture Talk
    Activities, Tips, and Center Ideas
    Home-School Connections

    2.2 Print Concepts 

    Teaching Strategy 1: Shared Reading
    Teaching Strategy 2: Language Experience Approach (LEA)
    Teaching Strategy 3: Learning About Print Through Writing
    Teaching Strategy 4: What Can You Show Us?
    Teaching Strategy 5: Fingerpoint Reading
    Activities, Tips, and Center Ideas
    Home-School Connections

    2.3 Sense of Story

    Teaching Strategy 1: Simple Story Elements
    Teaching Strategy 2: Plot Relationships Chart
    Teaching Strategy 3: Story Star 
    Teaching Strategy 4: Story Faces
    Teaching Strategy 5: Independent Reading
    Activities, Tips, and Center Ideas
    Home-School Connections

    2.4 Assessments of Literacy Knowledge

    Assessment Strategy 1: Print Concepts


    3.1 Alphabet Knowledge

    Teaching Strategy 1: Alphabet Song 
    Teaching Strategy 2: Using Alphabet Books
    Teaching Strategy 3: Letter Actions 
    Teaching Strategy 4: Identifying Letters 
    Teaching Strategy 5: Alphabet Scrapbooks 
    Activities, Tips, and Center Ideas 
    Home-School Connections

    3.2 Phonemic Awareness

    Teaching Strategy 1: I Spy Rhymes
    Teaching Strategy 2: First Sounds 
    Teaching Strategy 3: Sound Boxes
    Teaching Strategy 4: Put It Together 
    Teaching Strategy 5: Add a Sound 
    Teaching Strategy 6: Sound Bites 
    Teaching Strategy 7: Break and Make 
    Activities, Tips, and Center Ideas 
    Home-School Connections 

    3.3 Phonics 

    Teaching Strategy 1: Explicit Phonics 
    Teaching Strategy 2: Whole-Part-Whole Phonics 
    Teaching Strategy 3: Phonics in Context 
    Teaching Strategy 4:Word Sorts 
    Teaching Strategy 5:Word Families 
    Teaching Strategy 6: Making Words 
    Activities, Tips, and Center Ideas 
    Home-School Connections 

    3.4 Assessments of Alphabet Knowledge, Phonemic Awareness, and Phonics

    Assessment Strategy 1: Alphabet Knowledge 
    Assessment Strategy 2: Rhyme Detection 
    Assessment Strategy 3: Phoneme Segmentation
    Assessment Strategy 4: Phoneme Deletion and Substitution 
    Assessment Strategy 5: Auditory Discrimination
    Assessment Strategy 6: Phonics: Consonants 
    Assessment Strategy 7: Decoding 


    4.1 High-Frequency Words 

    Teaching Strategy 1: Explicit Instruction 
    Teaching Strategy 2: Word Wall 
    Teaching Strategy 3: Associative Learning 
    Teaching Strategy 4: Creating Phrases and Sentences 
    Teaching Strategy 5: Pattern Books 
    Activities, Tips, and Center Ideas 
    Home-School Connections

    4.2 Fluency 

    Teaching Strategy 1: Echo Reading 
    Teaching Strategy 2: Choral Reading 
    Teaching Strategy 3: Phrase-Cued Text 
    Teaching Strategy 4: Reading with Expression and Emotion 
    Teaching Strategy 5: Radio Reading 
    Teaching Strategy 6: Multipaired Simultaneous Oral Reading 
    Teaching Strategy 7: Teacher-Assisted Reading (Neurological Impress Method) 
    Teaching Strategy 8: Repeated Readings 
    Activities, Tips, and Center Ideas 
    Home-School Connections 

    4.3 Assessments of Fluency and High-Frequency Words 

    Assessment Strategy 1: High-Frequency Words 
    Assessment Strategy 2: Common Nouns 
    Assessment Strategy 3: Words per Minute 
    Assessment Strategy 4: Fluency Scale Checklist 


    5.1 Word Consciousness and Word Play

    Teaching Strategy 1: Text Talk 
    Teaching Strategy 2: IN/OUT 
    Teaching Strategy 3: Old Teacher 
    Teaching Strategy 4: Word Storming 
    Teaching Strategy 5: Vocabulary Sorts 
    Teaching Strategy 6: Word Riddles 
    Activities, Tips, and Center Ideas 
    Home-School Connections 

    5.2 Context 

    Teaching Strategy 1: Teaching About Context 
    Teaching Strategy 2: Preview in Context 
    Teaching Strategy 3: Contextual Redefinition 
    Teaching Strategy 4: Maze 
    Teaching Strategy 5: Hidden Word 
    Teaching Strategy 6: C(2)QU 
    Activities, Tips, and Center Ideas 
    Home-School Connections 

    5.3 Word Parts 

    Teaching Strategy 1: Keyword Method 
    Teaching Strategy 2: Compound Word Cut-Apart 
    Teaching Strategy 3: Prefix Removal and Replacement 
    Teaching Strategy 4: Adding Up Words 
    Teaching Strategy 5: Word Families 
    Activities, Tips, and Center Ideas 
    Home-School Connections

    5.4 Connecting and Extending Word Meaning 

    Teaching Strategy 1: Vocabulary Connections 
    Teaching Strategy 2: Word Frames 
    Teaching Strategy 3: Four-Square Vocabulary 
    Teaching Strategy 4: Vocabulary Mapping 
    Teaching Strategy 5: Vocabulary Anchors 
    Teaching Strategy 6: Concept of Definition Map (CD Map) 
    Activities, Tips, and Center Ideas 
    Home-School Connections

    5.5 Resources for Vocabulary Learning 

    Teaching Strategy 1: Making a Picture Dictionary 
    Teaching Strategy 2: Word Ring 
    Teaching Strategy 3: Using a Dictionary 
    Teaching Strategy 4: The Dictionary Game 
    Teaching Strategy 5: PAVE 
    Activities, Tips, and Center Ideas 
    Home-School Connections 
    5.6 Assessments of Vocabulary 

    Assessment Strategy 1: Three-Minute Conferences
    Assessment Strategy 2: Teacher Checklist of Vocabulary Use


    6.1 Comprehension of Narrative Texts 

    Teaching Strategy 1: Story Boards 
    Teaching Strategy 2: Story Frame 
    Teaching Strategy 3: Story Map 
    Teaching Strategy 4: Character Web 
    Teaching Strategy 5: Story Quilt 
    Activities, Tips, and Center Ideas 
    Home-School Connections 

    6.2 Responding to Literature 

    Teaching Strategy 1: Language Charts 
    Teaching Strategy 2: Getting the Feeling 
    Teaching Strategy 3: Literary Letters 
    Teaching Strategy 4: Responding to Plot 
    Teaching Strategy 5: Discovering the Message 
    Activities, Tips, and Center Ideas
    Home-School Connections

    6.3 Comprehension of Informational Texts 

    Teaching Strategy 1: Graphic Organizers 
    Teaching Strategy 2: Expository Frames  
    Teaching Strategy 3: Scrambled Text 
    Teaching Strategy 4: Book Tour Previewing Guide 
    Teaching Strategy 5: What¿s the Point? 
    Activities, Tips, and Center Ideas 
    Home-School Connections 

    6.4 Assessments of Comprehension 

    Assessment Strategy 1: Retelling a Story 
    Assessment Strategy 2: Informational Text Retelling 
    Assessment Strategy 3: Story Retelling 
    Assessment Strategy 4: Caption Reading 
    Assessment Strategy 5: Passage Reading 

    7.1 Cross-Checking 

    Teaching Strategy 1: Making Sense 
    Teaching Strategy 2: Predict-Sample-Confirm 
    Teaching Strategy 3: Word Detective 
    Teaching Strategy 4: Cue Questioning 
    Activities, Tips, and Center Ideas 
    Home-School Connections 

    7.2 Monitoring Reading 

    Teaching Strategy 1: Critter 
    Teaching Strategy 2: Monitoring Think-Along 
    Teaching Strategy 3: Pause-Think-Retell 
    Teaching Strategy 4: Monitoring Logs 
    Activities, Tips, and Center Ideas 
    Home-School Connections 

    7.3 Engaging with Texts 

    Teaching Strategy 1: Directed Reading-Thinking Activity (DR-TA) 
    Teaching Strategy 2: Think Aloud 
    Teaching Strategy 3: Prove-It Prompts 
    Teaching Strategy 4: Talking Drawing
    Teaching Strategy 5: Making Connections 
    Activities, Tips, and Center Ideas 
    Home-School Connections 

    7.4 Assessments of Strategic Reading

    Assessment Strategy 1: Oral Reading Miscue Analysis 
    Assessment Strategy 2: Monitoring Reading 


    Physical Space in a Differentiated Classroom 
    Getting to Know Your Children 
    Creating a Positive Classroom Climate 
    Differentiation During the Literacy Block
    Designing the Daily Schedule 
    Differentiation for Struggling Children 
    Differentiation for High-Ability Children 
    Differentiation in Pre-K and Kindergarten 
    Differentiation for English Language Learners 
    The Path Ahead

        Appendix A: Professional Organizations and Agencies 
        Appendix B: Word Families 



    WS.1 Writing

    Teaching Strategy 1: Shared Writing
    Teaching Strategy 2: Text Tapping
    Teaching Strategy 3: Writing from Songs
    Teaching Strategy 4: Family-Recommended Topics
    Teaching Strategy 5: Let Me Tell You About . . .
    Activities, Tips, and Center Ideas
    Home School Connections

    WS.2 Spelling

    Teaching Strategy 1: Have-a-Go
    Teaching Strategy 2: Directed Spelling-Thinking Activity (DS-TA)
    Teaching Strategy 3: Spelling Workshop
    Teaching Strategy 4: That Reminds Me . . .
    Activities, Tips, and Center Ideas
    Home-School Connections

    WS.3 Assessments of Writing and Spelling

    Assessment Strategy 1: Writing
    Assessment Strategy 2: Writing Rubrics
    Assessment Strategy 3: Writing Observational Checklist
    Assessment Strategy 4: Developmental Spelling

    Jerry Johns

    Jerry L. Johns has been recognized as a distinguished teacher, writer, outstanding teacher educator, and popular professional development speaker for schools, school districts, and conferences. He has taught students from kindergarten through graduate school and also served as a reading teacher. Professor Johns spent his career at Northern Illinois University. He served in leadership positions at the local, state, national, and international levels. He has been president of the International Literacy Association, the Illinois Reading Council, the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers, and the Northern Illinois Reading Council. He also served on the Board of Directors for each of these organizations as well as the American Reading Forum. Dr. Johns has authored or coauthored nearly 300 articles, monographs, and research studies as well as over 40 professional books. His Basic Reading Inventory, now in the 12th edition, is widely used in undergraduate and graduate classes as well as by practicing teachers.

    Susan Lenski

    Susan Davis Lenski is a Professor at Portland State University (PSU) in Oregon.  Before joining the faculty at PSU, Dr. Lenski taught in public schools for 20 years and at Illinois State University for 11 years. Her teaching experiences include working with children from kindergarten through high school. Dr. Lenski currently teaches graduate reading and language arts courses.

    Dr. Lenski has been recognized by several organizations for her commitment to education. Among her numerous awards, are the Nila Banton Smith Award from the International Reading Association; she was instrumental in her school receiving an Exemplary Reading program Award from the International Reading Association; and she was inducted into the Illinois Reading Hall of Fame. She is currently on the International Reading Association's Board of Directors.

    Dr. Lenski's research interests focus on strategic reading and writing and adolescent literacy. She also conducts research on preparing teacher candidates. Dr. Lenski has conducted numerous inservice presentations in the United States, Canada, Guatemala, the Philippines, and Panama and has presented at many state and national conferences. Dr. Lenski has published more than 60 articles and twelve books.

    Laurie Elish-Piper

    Laurie Elish-Piper is a Professor of Reading in the Department of Literacy Education at Northern Illinois University. She directs the NIU Literacy Clinic and teaches reading courses for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students, including practicums in reading assessment and instruction. Prior to her current position, Dr. Elish-Piper worked as an elementary and middle school teacher and an educational therapist in a clinical setting. She has also developed, implemented, and evaluated family literacy programs for inner-city families and their young children.

    Dr. Elish-Piper is active in many professional organizations. She is the vice-president of the College Reading Association, an area co-chair for the National Reading Conference, and a member of the Early Literacy Committee of the International Reading Association. She is co-editor of Exploring Adult Literacy and serves on the Editorial Board of The Reading Teacher and several other publications.

    Dr. Elish-Piper consults with schools and family literacy programs across the Midwest. She also regularly presents at international, national, state, and local professional conferences. Her research, publications, and presentations focus on literacy coaching, family literacy, parent involvement, reading strategy instruction, and literacy teacher education. She has authored or co-authored more than 40 publications including books, chapters, articles, videos, and instructional materials.

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