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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

October 11, 2017

Halloween Reading Comprehension Worksheets and Graphic Organizers

October 5, 2017

Top 10 Halloween Series Books for Kids in Grades 1–4 (Graphic Organizers Included)

September 25, 2017

How to Use the Circle of Viewpoints Routine with Students

August 31, 2017

Explore Emerging Themes with Pax by Sara Pennypacker, Grades 3–6

August 22, 2017

Elements of a Literacy-Rich 21st Century Classroom

August 8, 2017

How to Assess Reading Levels of Elementary Students Throughout the Year

July 31, 2017

Interactive Read Aloud Strategies—23 Lessons to Get You Started!

July 24, 2017

First Day of School Icebreakers for the K–5 Classroom

June 26, 2017

3 Summertime Professional Development Topics for Teachers & Principals

June 22, 2017

Elementary STEM Unit Your Students Will Love– Includes Shared Reading

June 14, 2017

8 Ways to Become a Literacy-Savvy Principal

May 16, 2017

How Principals and Specialists Can Get Feedback from Teachers

May 11, 2017

A Guide to Getting Feedback from Students and Using It to Improve Your Teaching

May 2, 2017

How to Use the Generate-Sort-Connect-Elaborate Thinking Routine

April 27, 2017

Analyze the Setting with the I Survived Collection by Lauren Tarshis, Grades 3–6

April 18, 2017

How to Get Struggling Readers to Fall in Love with Reading

April 12, 2017

How To Teach Reading Comprehension Strategies In Your School

March 30, 2017

Earth Day Project: Growing Grassy Heads in the Elementary Classroom

March 21, 2017

How to Pair Books for Comparing and Contrasting Practice

March 9, 2017

How To Effectively Use Picture Books In Literacy Centers

March 2, 2017

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

February 28, 2017

How to Use a Dr. Seuss Book to Promote STEAM in the Classroom

February 22, 2017

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

February 14, 2017

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

February 3, 2017

Prepare for Standardized Tests Using Books about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 25, 2017

CSI– Color, Symbol, Image Thinking Routine; A Professional Development Series

January 23, 2017

Free Sequencing Worksheets for Kindergarten and Grade 1 Students

January 17, 2017

Super Bowl Advertising Activity; A Persuasive Writing Lesson Students Love

January 10, 2017

Literature Awards and Book Clubs, Grades 1–8

January 6, 2017

My New Year’s Resolution Worksheet for Educators

December 21, 2016

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

December 12, 2016

Teaching Point of View; An Overview for Grades 3–5

December 7, 2016

Fun Winter Holiday Writing Activities Elementary Students Will Love

December 5, 2016

"Winter Holidays Around the World" Lesson Plans

November 30, 2016

Inspiring Young Readers; Download Your Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library PDF

November 21, 2016

Headlines Thinking Routine; A Professional Development Series

November 9, 2016

Standardized Test Preparation; 4 Printables to Help Students Succeed On ELA Sections

November 2, 2016

Free Thanksgiving Reading Activities Elementary Students Will Love

October 31, 2016

Interactive Read Aloud Template: Miracle Mud By David A. Kelly

October 24, 2016

Thanksgiving Reading Comprehension FREEBIE– Milly and the Macy's Parade

October 19, 2016

Compass Points Thinking Routine; A Professional Development Series

October 4, 2016

Portfolios in the Classroom: Digital and Traditional

September 22, 2016

How to Successfully Select CCSS Literacy Strands to Focus On

September 20, 2016

The Brain and Learning– What Educators Need to Know

September 12, 2016

Focus on a Standard; Describing Characters in a Story (RL.3.3)

September 8, 2016

Sticking to a Plan: Planning and Preparing for Literacy and Learning Centers

September 7, 2016

Teacher Goal Setting and Professional Planning for the New Year

September 1, 2016

The Explanation Game Visible Thinking Routine; A Professional Development Series

August 25, 2016

A Reading Activity to Include in Disability Units—Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

August 18, 2016

Back-to-School Elementary Activity: Book Jacket & Table of Contents

August 17, 2016

Interactive Read Aloud Template: Emmanuel's Dream– The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah

August 11, 2016

Reading Survey for Students; Getting to Know your New Class of Readers

August 2, 2016

Encourage More Students to Read with Movie-Inspired Book Clubs!

July 31, 2016

Beyond the Foundational Four: Additional Content-Focused Centers for Mathematics and Science

July 13, 2016

Using Webb's DOK and Bloom's Taxonomy During Teacher/Student Conferences and Small Group Work

July 5, 2016

Classroom Library Organization Tips for K–5 Teachers

June 27, 2016

Beyond the Foundational Four: Additional Content-Focused Centers for English Language Arts and Social Studies

June 23, 2016

5th Grade Summer Reading List

June 20, 2016

4th Grade Summer Reading List

June 15, 2016

3rd Grade Summer Reading List

June 13, 2016

2nd Grade Summer Reading List

June 8, 2016

1st Grade Summer Reading List

June 6, 2016

How Parents Can Help Kids Fight Summer Reading Loss

May 31, 2016

Four Books Effective Principals and Teachers Should Read this Summer

May 30, 2016

The Four Foundational Centers: Teacher Led, Vocabulary, Read Together & Writer’s Craft

May 26, 2016

3-2-1 Bridge Thinking Routine; A Professional Development Series

May 18, 2016

Connecting Reading and Math with Greg Tang Books

May 12, 2016

Effective Feedback for Students—A Powerful Tool to Enhance Performance!

May 10, 2016

Memorial Day Worksheets for the K–5 Classroom

May 4, 2016

Note Taking Strategy — Teaching Students to Take Notes from a Video

April 28, 2016

Chalk Talk Thinking Routine; A Professional Development Series

April 26, 2016

Interactive Read Aloud Lesson Plan Template: Brothers at Bat by Audrey Vernick

April 22, 2016

Mother's Day-Inspired Compare and Contrast Lesson, Grades 3+

April 18, 2016

Hold a Student Showcase to Celebrate Their Writing, Grades K–8

April 13, 2016

A Creative Writing Activity for National Tell A Story Day (April 27th)

April 11, 2016

Learning and Literacy Centers: An Effective Instructional Model for Meeting the Needs of All Students

March 29, 2016

“The Isle of the Lost” – Compare and Contrast Characters Activity

March 22, 2016

Think–Puzzle–Explore Visible Thinking Routine; A Professional Development Series

March 17, 2016

SBAC Sample Questions for the English Language Arts/Literacy Sections

March 15, 2016

Interactive Read Aloud Lesson Plan Template: Separate Is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh

March 8, 2016

Leprechaun Activities to Improve Student Writing, Grades 1–5

March 2, 2016

Teaching Historical Fiction: Using Time Periods to Support Understanding, Grades 3–8 [Graphic Organizer]

March 1, 2016

A Debate Lesson Plan Inspired by March Madness, Grades 5+

February 26, 2016

Symbolism Lesson Plan Using Multiple Texts, Grades 3+

February 19, 2016

Make Thinking Visible with the Zoom In Thinking Routine; A Professional Development Series

February 16, 2016

Interactive Read Aloud of Little Melba and Her Big Trombone By Katheryn Russell-Brown

February 10, 2016

Character Development Activity: Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood, Grades 4–6

February 3, 2016

Presidents' Day Compare and Contrast Activity, Grades 3–5

February 2, 2016

The Year of the Dog; A Coming of Age Novel, Grades 4–6

January 26, 2016

"Do a Good Deed" Summarizing Activities, Grades 4+

January 21, 2016

Chinese New Year Activities for Elementary Students

January 20, 2016

Using Visible Thinking Strategies in the Classroom; A Professional Development Series

January 5, 2016

Snowman Story Map: Show the Connection Between Reading and Writing

December 10, 2015

Interactive Read Aloud Lesson Plan of Beatrice's Goat by Page McBrier

November 19, 2015

Interactive Read Aloud Lesson Template of Sweet Tooth by Margie Palatini & Jack E. Davis

November 13, 2015

Reading Engagement Inventory, Grades 1–8

November 9, 2015

Molly's Pilgrim Mini-Unit: On, Between, & Beyond the Lines

November 4, 2015

Book Talk Placemat: An Interactive Book Discussion for Kids

October 7, 2015

Celebrate the World Series with Baseball Printables, Books, & Read Alouds

October 5, 2015

Give Me Five! Reading Strategy for Grades K–2

September 30, 2015

Part 4: Using the Text Rain Reign in a Disability Awareness Unit

September 29, 2015

Part 3: Teaching Students About Disabilities Using The Book Out of My Mind

September 28, 2015

Part 2: Wonder Lesson Plans That Teach Students About Acceptance

September 27, 2015

Part 1: Disability Awareness Activities Unit for Grades 4–8

September 17, 2015

Printable Reading Comprehension Lesson Plans for Grades 3–6

September 9, 2015

Patricia Polacco Continued... The Keeping Quilt Activities

September 8, 2015

Interactive Read Aloud of The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco

August 31, 2015

Effective Classroom Management Strategies for the K–5 Classroom

August 25, 2015

Open House Presentation On Balanced Literacy, Grades K–5

August 17, 2015

3 Different Books: A Simple Reading Level Assessment for Teachers

August 12, 2015

Reading Response Journal Organization Tips for the K–5 Classroom

August 7, 2015

Back-To-School Interactive Read Aloud Lesson Plan Bundle

August 4, 2015

Teaching Students How To Choose A Just-Right Book

July 21, 2015

Components of Balanced Literacy and Strategies for the Classroom

July 13, 2015

3 Supplemental Programs That Support Language Arts Curriculum

July 10, 2015

Interactive Read Aloud Template of The Quilt Makers Gift by Jeff Brumbeau & Gail de Marcken

June 9, 2015

8 Books Educators & Students Should Add to Their Summer Reading Lists

May 21, 2015

Summer Reading Strategies Bookmark and Parent Handout, Grades 2–5

May 18, 2015

Three End of the School Activities for Elementary Students!

May 1, 2015

Tea-riffic Mother's Day Classroom Craft

April 30, 2015

Interactive Read Aloud: Meteor! by Patricia Polacco

April 23, 2015

Wish Upon a Meteor Writing Activity Inspired by Patricia Polacco

April 21, 2015

Compare and Contrast Lesson Plan Using Cinderella Stories, Grades 3+

April 17, 2015

5 Ways to Celebrate Student Success in the Classroom

April 9, 2015

Interactive Read Aloud: The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson

March 31, 2015

Art Mouse Project: Combine Art & Writing to Discuss Bullying in the Classroom

March 26, 2015

Reading Practice Prompts for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)

March 16, 2015

Historical Fiction Reading & Writing Activity: Nory Ryan's Song, Grades 5+

March 12, 2015

3 Test-Taking Strategies for Elementary Students

March 9, 2015

Leprechaun Writing Activities for Students Grades 2–5

February 24, 2015

Teach Literary Elements with a Plot Boat Narrative Poster

February 20, 2015

Interactive Read Aloud: Freedom on the Menu, The Greensboro Sit-Ins

February 13, 2015

Interactive Read Aloud: Officer Buckle & Gloria

February 11, 2015

Reading Strategy Lesson: Questioning, Grades 3 & 4

February 5, 2015

Love Is an Open Door Writing Activity to Display, Grades 2–5

January 20, 2015

Interactive Read Aloud: White Socks Only

January 7, 2015

Three Writing Activities to Start the New Year Right: Reflecting and Goal Setting, Grades K–5

December 23, 2014

Interactive Read Aloud of The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

December 8, 2014

Reading Lesson Plan: Winter Holiday Rotation

November 25, 2014

Interactive Read Aloud of Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts

November 19, 2014

Cooking the Perfect Turkey Sequence Writing Activity, Grades 1–3

November 18, 2014

Thanksgiving-Themed Reading Resources, K–5

November 14, 2014

Mr. Turkey 5W's and 1H Graphic Organizer

November 11, 2014

Interactive Read Aloud of Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

November 5, 2014

5 Tips for Selecting Nonfiction Texts (to help you comply with the Common Core State Standards requirements)

October 27, 2014

Activating Prior Knowledge Lesson Plans, Grades 3 & 4

October 20, 2014

Halloween Reading Graphic Organizers

October 17, 2014

Top 10 Halloween Picture Books & Spooktacular Reading Resources

October 15, 2014

Community Reading... A Home Run Idea!

October 13, 2014

Interactive Read Aloud of How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman by Kathleen Krull

October 7, 2014

Strategies for Helping Readers: Activating Prior Knowledge

September 30, 2014

Interactive Read Aloud of Harvesting Hope by Kathleen Krull

September 24, 2014

Using the Six Signposts from Notice and Note in Your Classroom

September 16, 2014

Interactive Read Aloud of Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

September 9, 2014

Teaching with the Signposts from Notice and Note

September 3, 2014

Reading Strategies: Walk Into a "Just-Right" Book Lesson

August 12, 2014

Using Webb's DOK and Bloom's Taxonomy within Shared Reading & Reading Units

August 6, 2014

Reading Strategy Lesson: Comparing & Contrasting Firsthand & Secondhand Texts, Grades 4–5

August 1, 2014

Interactive Read Aloud of Faithful Elephants by Yukio Tsuchiya

July 28, 2014

Interactive Read Aloud of The Memory String by Eve Bunting

July 25, 2014

Connecting the Common Core Standards with Webb’s Depth of Knowledge & Bloom’s Taxonomy

July 21, 2014

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