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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

Add some spooktacular elements to your classroom curriculum with my free Halloween reading comprehension worksheets, book suggestions, and interactive read aloud.

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October 5, 2017

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

As a literacy specialist, I'm often asked for advice on how teachers and parents can get students to read more. Although I have a number of activities and incentives that can inspire students to increase their reading, I've found that once the excitement of the activity or incentive wears off many students lose interest in curling up with a good book. Luckily, I've found one way to guarantee students will read more...

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August 8, 2017

How to Assess Reading Levels of Elementary Students Throughout the Year

Balanced Literacy is a curricular methodology that integrates various modalities of literacy instruction, which are aimed at guiding students towards proficient and lifelong reading. To successfully integrate the balanced literacy approach into instruction and set students up to become lifelong readers, teachers must assess and confer with students at the start of the school year.

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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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November 2, 2016

Free Thanksgiving Reading Activities Elementary Students Will Love

In case you missed them last year, I will be sharing some of my favorite holiday reading activities with you throughout this school year. The downloads that are available with this post are a few of my favorite Thanksgiving reading activities.

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October 24, 2016

Thanksgiving Reading Comprehension FREEBIE– 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. In November of last year, I stumbled upon the book Milly and the Macy's Parade by Shana Corey—and my students just adored it. It was a great book to use before the Thanksgiving holiday.

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