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The Reading Puzzle: Vocabulary, Grades K-3

Instill the joy of reading and give students the skills they need to succeed!

Based on Elaine K. McEwan's best-selling book Teach Them ALL to Read: Catching the Kids Who Fall Through the Cracks, The Reading Puzzle series makes it easy to use the author's research-based strategies to help students master the skills critical to reading success as recommended by the National Reading Panel. Offering grade-level activities and creative reproducibles for teaching children to read fluently, independently, and with comprehension, these ten books for Grades K–8 contain standards-based, ready-to-use activities to strengthen students' development in:

  • Phonemic awareness and phonics
  • Comprehension and fluency
  • Vocabulary
  • Spelling and word analysis

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781412958226
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2008
  • Page Count: 96
  • Publication date: February 28, 2008

Price: $18.95



A Corwin Press Classroom Activity Book Download a Sample Lesson Plan and Student Activity
Download a Sample Lesson Plan
and Student Activity

Give students the reading skills they need to succeed!

Can all your students read fluently, independently, and with understanding? As puzzle pieces fit together to complete a picture, reading skills are dependent upon one another to make reading meaningful for students. The Reading Puzzle series helps you organize instruction to better develop students' core reading skills—including phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension—to make them successful readers.

Derived from the research-based strategies in Elaine K. McEwan's bestseller Teach Them ALL to Read: Catching the Kids Who Fall Through the Cracks, these standards-based, easy-to-use activities will set students on the course to reading success. This book offers practical techniques that include teacher modeling, guided practice, and independent application, and provides creative reproducibles and ready-to-use tools such as graphic organizers and visual prompts.

Focus your vocabulary instruction for all proficiency levels, including at-risk students, and integrate vocabulary effectively into a complete reading curriculum. Targeted vocabulary instruction includes:

  • Choosing appropriate read-alouds
  • Word selection and planned instruction
  • "Take Five" presentation techniques
  • Extensive reading
  • Direct instruction lessons
  • Word awareness and word-learning strategies

Use these engaging strategies to inspire students, expand their reading proficiency, and deepen every reading experience!



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Elaine K. McEwan-Adkins

Elaine K. McEwan is an educational consultant with The McEwan-Adkins Group, offering professional development for educators to assist them in meeting the challenges of literacy learning in Grades Pre K-6. A former teacher, librarian, principal, and assistant superintendent for instruction in several suburban Chicago school districts, Elaine is the award-winning and best-selling author of more than three dozen books for educators. Her Corwin Press titles include Raising Reading Achievement in Middle and High Schools: Five Simple-to-Follow Strategies for Principals, Second Edition (2006), Seven Strategies of Highly Effective Readers: Using Cognitive Research to Boost K-8 Achievement (2004), Ten Traits of Highly Effective Principals: From Good to Great Performance (2003), Making Sense of Research: What’s Good, What’s Not, and How to Tell the Difference (2003), Seven Steps to Effective Instructional Leadership, Second Edition (2003), Teach Them ALL to Read: Catching the Kids Who Fall through the Cracks (2002), and Ten Traits of Highly Effective Teachers: How to Hire, Mentor, and Coach Successful Teachers (2001).

McEwan was honored by the Illinois Principals Association as an outstanding instructional leader, by the Illinois State Board of Education with an Award of Excellence in the Those Who Excel Program, and by the National Association of Elementary School Principals as the National Distinguished Principal from Illinois for 1991. She received her undergraduate degree in education from Wheaton College and advanced degrees in library science (MA) and educational administration (EdD) from Northern Illinois University.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Put It Into Practice

Appropriate Read-Alouds

Word Selection and Definition

Extensive Reading Lessons

Vocabulary Instruction Lessons

Strategy Lessons

Word Awareness Lessons


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