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How Self-monitoring Strategies Support Students When Reading Closely

That sense of independence and belief in one's ability to comprehend a text independently often leads to students challenging themselves and taking...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

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 have students...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

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....

Erin Lynch

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Classroom Debate Lesson Plan Inspired by March Madness, Grades 5+

Debates are a fun activity that demand students use a variety of literacy skills. In this article, you'll find a classroom debate lesson plan that is...

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Printable Reading Activities for Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, I wanted to highlight previous posts and printable reading activities that you may want to try with your students. In...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Free Presidents' Day Worksheets for Comparing and Contrasting Texts, Grades 3–5

One skill my students seem to struggle with across grade levels is comparing and contrasting texts. In honor of Presidents' Day, I use the following...

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Printable Valentine Worksheets- 'Love Is An Open Door' Writing for K–5

With Valentine's Day approaching you may be looking for fun activities to incorporate into your literacy block. In this article, you'll find free...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Teaching Point of View; An Overview for Grades 3–5

Most state standards for English Language Arts require that students analyze the impact the point of view has on a text. Download a Point of View ...

Erin Lynch

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13 Ideas for Differentiated Reading Instruction in the Elementary Classroom

Differentiation has been a buzzword in education for years. As a literacy specialist, it is a critical part of my job. Differentiation is how a teacher...

Erin Lynch

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Teacher New Year’s Resolutions You'll Actually Keep! [Free Printable Worksheet]

As an educator, I’ve always appreciated that the second semester of school kicks off right after the New Year’s celebrations. It inspires me to reflect...

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Literacy

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...

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Literacy

Model Close Reading Annotation Using "I Have a Dream" by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Every year in January, I take time to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with students by: reading about his life, listening to his speeches, and...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Cinderella Stories Compare and Contrast Lesson Plan, Grades 3–5

Did you know there are hundreds of different Cinderella stories around the world? Use my compare and contrast lesson plan to take your students on an...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Winter Holidays Around the World– Lesson Plans for Elementary Students

The holiday season is a great time to incorporate cultural awareness into instruction! With the "Winter Holidays Around the World" lesson plans...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Holiday Close Reading Lessons, Grades 3–8

The holidays can be a challenging time to keep students focused. They are usually thinking about anything other than school. This is why I embrace the...

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Literacy

Annotating Text Strategies That Will Enhance Close Reading [Printable Resources]

One of the most important skills I teach my students as we begin to work on close reading is how to annotate texts. Teaching annotation strategies will...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Interactive Read Aloud of Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

This Critical Thinking Interactive Read Aloud of Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson provides the thought-provoking questions essential to every...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Symbolism Lesson Plan Using Multiple Texts, Grades 3+

Symbolism can be a difficult concept for students to grasp! In this article, we'll explore teaching elementary students to identify and interpret...

Erin Lynch

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10 Ways Teachers/Principals Can Celebrate Student Success

Most education professionals would agree that the job of “teacher” includes many other roles and responsibilities in addition to that of “instructor.”...

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Literacy

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...

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Literacy

How to Assess Reading Levels of Elementary Students Throughout the Year

In this article, you'll find free resources that will assist you in assessing the reading levels of elementary students at the beginning of the school...

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