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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