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Watch & Learn (Reading Rockets)

Teaching reading is a hugely complicated task. So much so that researcher Louisa Moats ended up entitling her influential article "Teaching Reading IS Rocket Science." Watch and learn as Reading Rockets goes inside the classroom and captures effective techniques for teaching all aspects of Reading 101. The video clips are from Reading Rockets' PBS television series Launching Young Readers. Launching Young Readers is designed for teachers, parents, caregivers, and anyone else interested in helping children learn to read. The programs feature the country's top reading experts, look at different reading strategies, provide practical advice for parents, and interweave the personal stories of children, families, and teachers. The following podcasts are available on ReadingRockets.org. For more information visit Reading Rockets' Reading 101 section, where you'll find related videos, articles, and techniques for teaching reading effectively!

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Text Comprehesion: Students Take Charge

This video clip, from Reading Rockets' PBS television series Launching Young Readers, shows a Seattle school using a technique called Reciprocal Teaching to help students improve their reading comprehension. For more information about teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle, visit www.readingrockets.org. Reading Rockets is a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

2mins

30 Jun 2010

Rank #1

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Letters and Sounds

Phonemic awareness is an important part of reading, and developing this understanding takes constant practice at school and home. Watch as this teacher helps to develop phonemic awareness through word games while carefully monitoring progress. His multilingual kindergartners may not come from English-speaking homes, but they are sure to develop into readers with the careful steps he takes to ensure success. For more information about teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle, visit www.readingrockets.org. Reading Rockets is a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

5mins

30 Jun 2010

Rank #2

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Print Awareness: Becoming Aware of Print

This clip, from Reading Rockets' PBS television series Launching Young Readers, shows how 32-month-old Mira's parents help her become aware of print. For more information about teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle, visit www.readingrockets.org. Reading Rockets is a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

4mins

30 Jun 2010

Rank #3

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Spelling Patterns

The Johnson School in Charlottesville, VA, has its own homegrown reading program called RISE (Reading Initiative for Student Excellence). For more information about teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle, visit www.readingrockets.org. Reading Rockets is a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

4mins

30 Jun 2010

Rank #4

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Spelling: Word Families

At Sudduth Elementary School in Starkville, Mississippi, Tina Scholtes teaches first graders a handy spelling pattern that helps them recognize word clusters. For more information about teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle, visit www.readingrockets.org. Reading Rockets is a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

3mins

30 Jun 2010

Rank #5