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Growth Mindset in Reading

Fostering Growth Mindset in Readers

Growth mindset is generally known as developing your abilities through dedication and hard work.  I like to say its persevering even when the job is difficult.  Learning not to just give up; try something else.  And growth mindset is a great way for fostering this kind of thinking in our readers.  Learning to work hard and try different strategies when reading gets tough.

If you have not read the book Wolf! by Becky Bloom, you are going to want to get this book!  I don't know if Becky Bloom had growth mindset in mind when she wrote it, but it is perfect for teaching lessons on how to stick with reading even if it's hard.

Wolf meets 3 other animals at the farm who are reading.  They do not give him any attention as they are really interested in their books.  Wolf decides he too will learn to read.  But he soon finds out, reading isn't always easy.

Fostering Growth Mindset in Readers

Creating an anchor chart helps students see the difficulties Wolf comes up against, but that he NEVER gives up.  He tries something new and works hard.  Notice how the words in red on the left side of the chart are mostly negative.  But Wolf uses actions to DO something to improve his reading.  I love how the author shows how Wolf takes a difficult task, works hard and shows how he improves.  And he doesn't become great right away.  It happened over time with hard work and not giving up!  Isn't that just what we want our students to do?  LOVE IT!

Fostering Growth Mindset in Readers Freebie

If you are teaching Growth Mindset, you might want to check out this freebie!  

Fostering Growth Mindset in Readers by setting reading goals freebie

Print the banner and have students fill out their reading goals.  Then the students write what actions they will take to word towards their goals!  Just like Wolf!

Fostering Growth Mindset in Readers Freebie

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Reading Intervention Fluency Binders


If you have students who need to work on fluency as part of their reading goals,  try teaching them to scoop words into meaningful phrases.  These reading intervention binders are perfect for this goal and are no prep- just print and go!  Each binder is for a different reading level and are available as a bundle or individually.  If you want to check them out, click here.


Fostering Growth Mindset in Readers

Some of my friends have got some awesome Growth Mindset ideas for you too!!  Be sure to read through these ideas below!


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It's All in the Name and a Freebie

Fun Name and Letter Activities for Kindergarten

Name activities for kindergarteners are fun!  Kids just love their names and any activity that includes their name is going to be engaging for them.  Once you get your class list, it would be a good idea to type them all up on colored paper and laminate them.  You can use these names in so many ways to teach ABC letters and print concepts.

Fun Name and Letter Activities for Kindergarten

These names and a pocket chart can be used in a variety of ways.  Recognize your own name, sort by color, sort boys and girls, place in ABC order, order by number of letters in the names, etc...

Fun Name and Letter Activities for Kindergarten

When teaching syllables, names are a great way to do it!  Students love to see how many claps they each get and who has the most.

Fun Name and Letter Activities for Kindergarten

Student names can be used to teach beginning letter and ending letters in a word.  You can have students find capital letters and notice they come first in names.

Fun Name and Letter Activities for Kindergarten

Building charts with easy sight words and student names are great for beginning readers.  They can circle each word and count them.  Have them use a pointer to touch and read each word for one to one matching.

Other ideas for charts using student names:
*  take pictures of each individual student, use pictures to match in a center with student names
*  search names for specific letters
*  draw a letter card- can you find a name that begins with this letter?
*  using a pointer- touch and read the name chart
 A lot of the charts can be placed into centers after learning the activities in whole groups.

Fun Name Activities for Kindergarten

But what do you do about the students who come to school not knowing the letters of their name or not able to recognize and write their name?  Send home this free It's All in the Name activity!  

Fun Name Activities for Kindergarten

It's All in the Name includes a parent letter with directions and activities to do with the letter cards with their child to help them learn the letters in their name.  It even includes an assessment for later!  You can get this free resource by clicking here!


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Reading Anchor Charts Just Right Books and Shoes

Just Right Books Activity comparing books to shoes

It's that time of year of teaching procedures and expectations.  One of those for my class is how to find a just right book.  This is difficult for many of my little readers.  I use the analogy of trying on shoes to help!  A just right book should fit like a good pair of shoes!

I brought in one of my flip flops, high heels, tennis shoe, and my youngest son's boot- size 16!  I also ask for one of my student's shoes to put on the table too.  

We talk about what happens when they go shoe shopping.  All of them are familiar with this process so it is easy to make the comparison to shoes.

Just Right Books should Fit Like a good pair of shoes

First, you find a shoe or book you are interested in.  No one wants an ugly shoe or a book that is boring to us.  Then the shoe must fit us.  It can't be too little like the volunteer's shoe would be on me.  And it can't be my son's boot!  They love this one!  It must fit JUST RIGHT.  I try on the shoes to demonstrate this.

Then the shoe must fit the job- who would wear a pair of purple high heels to run in PE?  No, I would choose the tennis shoe.  So you need to choose the right book to fit the purpose you are reading for.  

3 Ways to Read Books Activities

Another day, we learn about 3 ways to read books.  After discussing these 3 ways and demonstrating them, off we go to read and practice.  After we read, we gather on the carpet to talk about what ways we chose to read.  I passed out Post It notes for them to write their names and then stick them on the ways they practiced.  Great visual!  You can check out these great posters from The Teachable Teacher by clicking here.  And they are free!!

Reading Anchor Charts What is an avid reader?

Another great chart is the Avid Reader Chart!  Talk about what an Avid Reader is and what they do.  This makes for a great discussion!  

Reading Anchor Charts What is an Avid Reader?

You can match up remade speech bubbles to your student's answers to create your chart in different ways or you can use the editable speech bubbles to type in their answers.  Printing them on colored paper makes a colorful, stand out chart!  You can see this chart here.


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