Shifting the Balance, Grades 3–5

  • Title:Shifting the Balance, Grades 3–5: 6 Ways to Bring the Science of Reading Into the Upper Elementary Classroom
  • Author:Katie Cunningham, Jan Burkins, Kari Yates
  • Publication Date:September 2023
  • Grade Level:3-5
  • ISBN:9781625315977
  • Publisher:Stenhouse

In this much anticipated follow-up to their groundbreaking book, Shifting the Balance: 6 Ways to Bring the Science of Reading into the Balanced Literacy Classroom, authors Jan Burkins and Kari Yates, together with co-author Katie Cunningham, extend the conversation in Shifting the Balance, Grades 3-5: 6 Ways to Bring the Science of Reading into the Upper Elementary Classroom. This new text is built in mind specifically for grades 3-5 teachers around best practices for the intermediate classroom. 

Shifting the Balance, Grades 3-5 introduces six more shifts across individual chapters that:

  • Zoom in on a common (but not-as helpful-as-we-had-hoped) practice to reconsider
  • Untangle a number of “misunderstandings” that have likely contributed to the use of the common practice
  • Propose a more science-aligned shift to the current practice
  • Provide solid scientific research to support the revised practice
  • Offer a collection of high-leverage, easy-to-implement instructional routines to support the shift to more brain-friendly instruction

The authors offer a refreshing approach that is respectful, accessible, and practical – grounded in an earnest commitment to building a bridge between research and classroom practice. As with the first Shifting the Balance, they aim to keep students at the forefront of reading instruction. 

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