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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

January 4, 2018

Teach Sequence of Events– Free Sequencing Worksheets for Kindergarten and Grade 1

Sequencing is the skill that is used when a reader lists the events of a story in the order that they occurred in, from first to last. For a student to fully comprehend a story he or she must be able to organize the events of the story in sequential order. Sequencing of events allows a reader to properly retell a story, which in turn enables a listener to visualize what happened in the text.

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December 9, 2017

Fun Winter Holiday Writing Activities Elementary Students Will Love

 Two of my favorite books to read in December are The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg and The Gingerbread Man by Jim Aylesworth. I love to use these books not only because children adore them, but also because my students are usually familiar with both of them. This familiarity allows me to do more extension activities, rather than focusing only on comprehension. When children are already comfortable with a book’s storyline and have a good understanding of it, I like to focus on writing activities that use the text. Both of these books are great mentor texts for creative writing.

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

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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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