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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

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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March 30, 2017

Earth Day Project: Growing Grassy Heads in the Elementary Classroom

Spring is a wonderful time to teach students about plants and what they need to survive. Use the Growing Grassy Heads Activity to explore plants in your classroom. This fun Earth Day project not only teaches the steps to planting, but can also start a classroom discussion on our responsibility to take care of our earth!

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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 to Promote STEAM in the Classroom

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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Close Reading Faithful Elephants, Grades 4–5

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