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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

January 30, 2017

Printable Reading Activities for Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, coming up in February, I wanted to highlight seven previous posts and printables that you may want to try with your students.

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January 23, 2017

Free Sequencing Worksheets for Kindergarten and Grade 1 Students

Sequencing is the skill that is used when a reader lists the events of a story in the order that they occurred in, from first to last. For a student to fully comprehend a story he or she must be able to organize the events of the story in sequential order. Sequencing of events allows a reader to properly retell a story, which in turn enables a listener to visualize what happened in the text.

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January 17, 2017

Super Bowl Advertising Activity; A Persuasive Writing Lesson Students Love

The day after the Super Bowl, many of my students are tired from staying up to watch the big game, so I try to make my lessons for that day to be as interesting as possible in order to keep them engaged. One lesson plan that has always been a winner is a lesson on “Persuasive Writing Techniques in Advertising.” I created this lesson plan for grade 5 students, but you can adapt it for other grade levels!                                       

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January 6, 2017

My New Year’s Resolution Worksheet for Educators

As an educator, I’ve always appreciated that the second semester of school kicks off right after the New Year’s celebrations. It inspires me to reflect on the first semester and to look to the future with renewed excitement — and a list of resolutions.

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December 21, 2016

Free Printable New Year Activities for Students, Grades 1–5

The beginning of a New Year is a great time for reflecting and goal setting. Taking time to “reflect” on their experiences of the previous year gives students one way for students to learn from the past, as well as an opportunity to move forward and plan for the future. I have also found “goal setting” to be a good way to motivate my students to take ownership of their learning. Below are three printable New Year activities for students in grades 1–5.

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December 7, 2016

Fun Winter Holiday Writing Activities Elementary Students Will Love

 Two of my favorite books to read in December are The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg and The Gingerbread Man by Jim Aylesworth. I love to use these books not only because children adore them, but also because my students are usually familiar with both of them. This familiarity allows me to do more extension activities, rather than focusing only on comprehension. When children are already comfortable with a book’s storyline and have a good understanding of it, I like to focus on writing activities that use the text. Both of these books are great mentor texts for creative writing.

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