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Close Reading Lesson: Faithful Elephants by Yukio Tsuchiya

Close reading is when a reader analyzes the details of a text to make interpretations and develop a deep understanding of the passage. Often the reader uses a short text and rereads the passage several times focusing on a different literary element with each read... Continue Reading

March 21, 2017

How to Pair Books for Comparing and Contrasting Practice

I can feel the enthusiasm among my students when I am sharing a book with them that I love. I guess my passion and excitement are that contagious!

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March 9, 2017

How To Effectively Use Picture Books In Literacy Centers

Students love choice and variety! A great way to incorporate both into your literacy instruction is with centers.

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March 2, 2017

Women's History Month Research Activity, Grades 3–8

Every March, I make it a point to celebrate Women's History Month with my students. Instead of assigning a typical biography report, I make it a point to try a new activity instead.

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February 28, 2017

How to Use a Dr. Seuss Book in a STEM Lesson

STEM units and lessons are gaining popularity in many districts across the country. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. This approach to education is designed to transform the teaching of subject areas such as mathematics and science by incorporating technology and engineering into regualr curriculum.  Although I love STEM, as a literacy coach I prefer to do what I call STEMS.

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February 22, 2017

Content-Rich Curriculum is the Best Preparation for High-Stakes Reading Tests

High-stakes testing puts an incredible amount of pressure on teachers and students. Teachers are evaluated based on their students' performance on these tests, which can have a direct impact on their job status. Students' scores on standardized tests can affect placement in school and level of instruction, but do not always measure a student's true ability. With so much riding on these scores it should not be a surprise that teachers are always looking for instructional strategies to give their students an “edge.”

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February 14, 2017

How to Use a Picture Book Across Subject Areas to Deepen Learning

Most school districts are pushing to have a topic that is covered across the curriculum. When you are able to work on a topic in reading, writing, math, science, or social studies, that concept often becomes more meaningful for students. I know that at my school we try to incorporate cross-curricular work whenever possible.

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Close Reading Faithful Elephants, Grades 4–5

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