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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 19, 2017

Free Thanksgiving Reading Activities Elementary Students Will Love

The downloads that are available with this post are a few of my favorite Thanksgiving reading activities. Print these free worksheets for your elementary classroom!

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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 31, 2017

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

I love to share books that get even the most reluctant reader to start reading. Outside of sharing my recommendations with colleagues, I've also dedicated numerous blog articles to books that will inspire young readers.

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July 31, 2017

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

Every pair of eyes in your classroom is looking in your direction, there is almost no restless movement, because almost all of your students are focused and engaged. The room is silent until you ask your first thought-provoking question and then immediately there is a hum of excited whispering as students share their thoughts and ideas with each other. This is what can happen during a well-planned Interactive Read Aloud (IRA).

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April 27, 2017

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

If you are familiar with my blog, you know I am always on the lookout for books that get reluctant readers (you know, those kids that would rather be doing anything else than read) to pick up a book of their own accord. Well, I have found a series that actually makes students want to read!

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April 18, 2017

How to Get Struggling Readers to Fall in Love with Reading

After 17 years of teaching and more than 20 years of having been a student, one thing that never seems to change is that students love to get their teachers off-topic and talking about themselves.

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Literacy tips from our fabulous expert Erin!

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Close Reading Faithful Elephants, Grades 4–5

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Comparing & Contrasting Texts: Ruby Bridges, Grades 4–5

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