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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

December 27, 2017

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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November 28, 2017

Winter Holidays Around the World– Lesson Plans for Elementary Students

Early in my teaching career, I taught third grade in Maryland for two years. The teachers I taught with were fantastic! In those two short years I received many great ideas that I use to this very day. One favorite team activity I got from my Maryland colleagues is the "Winter Holidays Around the World" lesson plans rotation.

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CL Seasonal Activities Winter, CL Lesson Plans

November 15, 2017

Thanksgiving Reading Comprehension Lesson Guide– Milly and the Macy's Parade

If you have visited my blog before you know that I try to incorporate my students' current interests into my lesson plans. I believe students learn best and retain the information being taught when they are engaged in the content being studied. Working with elementary school level students, I find that it is always a hit when I tie in the holiday of the month into my lessons.

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July 24, 2017

First Day of School Icebreakers for the K–5 Classroom

The start of a new school year stirs up many emotions within teachers and students often including excitement, anticipation and nervousness. My number one goal on that first day (and weeks) is to melt away my students' fears. By the end of each day, I want them confident that they are going to have a great school year filled with lots of new friendships. I find the best way to dissipate those feelings of nervousness and begin to foster those new relationships is with a few fun icebreakers.

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June 22, 2017

Elementary STEM Unit Your Students Will Love– Includes Shared Reading

Cross-curriculum work is an area that often receives a big push in school districts. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and it is essential to integrate it into your units or lesson plans. I like to do what I call “STEMS,” with the last S standing for “shared reading.” Because I’m a literacy teacher, reading is always an integral part of my instruction.

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April 12, 2017

How To Teach Reading Comprehension Strategies In Your School

Hanging on the door in my classroom is a hand-written poster that I made over 10 years ago. It reads, “Reading Comprehension Strategies will help you → to understand texts more deeply → which will lead to a greater enjoyment and appreciation of reading.”

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Annotating a text helps students identify questions, confusing language, and important ideas or words that support their deepened understanding. As they keep track of their thinking, students will make connections with what they are reading.  Help students learn how to annotate a text and master this close reading element with the Annotating a Text Practice Sheet.

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