I am reposting this for Udo who had questions about SSR:
Here is a strategy that eats up minutes; I should say gobbles them up. I would call it a bail out move but there is nothing about reading that could be put in that category. Read and Tell is a solid instructional strategy that holds kids’ feet to the fire while bring them great gains in the area that matters most in CI – reading.
What you do is this:
Take all the novels that you have for a certain grade level that are below the level of the kids’ reading ability. (In my opinion the term “novels” should be “chapter books” as per Robert Harrell but the term seems to have taken hold.)