Strategies that Work & My New Blog Design

I love the book Strategies that Work by Harvey & Goudvis.  I have so many tabs on the side of the book so I can access my favorite strategies quickly.  Chapter 1 is titled Reading is Thinking and that is a great way to start out a book on reading strategies.  There are strategies to monitor comprehension, as well as strategies to teach students how to make connections, ask questions, visualize, determine important information and make inferences!  There is also a section on determining important information and summarizing.  This is one of my go-to books when working with teachers and we are lesson planning.

Most of my experience with this book has been with students in 3rd-5th grade. Just last week, I was working with a group of 4th grade boys and I was using David Shannon's The Rain Came Down to teach a mini-lesson on cause and effect. 

The students were using sticky notes to write down cause and effects that they read about. They loved the book and it was a great way to practice finding cause and effects when reading!

On an exciting note, I got my new blog design put in yesterday!  I LOVE IT!!! Thank you so much Honey Bunch Blog Design!!!!

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  1. I love your new blog design! I got mine not too long ago and it was soooo exciting! :)

    I also love Strategies That Work! We got it in a county staff development session I attended and I am like you with my tabs and stickies- it's a GREAT resource!!

    ideas by jivey

  2. Sweet design! I love the authors of the strategies that work book and David Shannon is one of my absolute favorites too!

    My Teacher Friend

  3. I found you through the Honey Bunch Design blog. Love the idea of Literacy without worksheets. I definitely try not to do the least I can in my classroom. Thanks for sharing the book The Rain Came Down for Cause and Effect. I've never heard of the book and can't wait to check it out. My library has it and I have it reserved. I am a new follower!!


    1. Thank you for commenting :) It makes me happy to hear that you reserved the book from your library. Your students will love it!

  4. Your blog design is absolutely gorgeous! I LOVE it!

    Primary Inspired

  5. Great post! love the blog design


  6. Loving the new blog design! I'm your newest follower, drop by . =)

    Just Wild About Teaching

  7. I LOVE your blog design...just fabulous!! I am your newest follower!!

    Kathy O.
    Third Grade Doodles

  8. Bridget,
    Your book fav is also one of mine! We had that a few years back as a district book study for the year! Now we are onto The Daily 5, CAFE, and Reciprocal Teaching by Lori Oczkus.
    Your blog design is adorable! I just had a makeover too!
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

    1. Psst...I am your newest follower too! YAY!

  9. Love your new blog design! Looks great! I like to use sticky notes with reading strategies too. :)
    Conversations in Literacy

  10. I love that book too! Our district bought it for all of our K-2 teachers. Comprehension strategies are part of our integrated curriculum. Do you have the book Comprehension Connections? I reeeeeeaaaaaallllyyyyyy love that one! =)

    Your new blog design is adorable! I am a newish follower to your blog and love it. I would love for you to hop over and visit me when you get the chance. =)

    Heather's Heart

  11. Your blog is fabulous! Love the polka dots. Love the books too:-)

    Chickadee Jubilee

  12. Wouldn't I love the tpt gift card?
    Love the literacy ideas you have. I'm your newest follower!



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