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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

Literacy

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...

Erin Lynch

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...

Erin Lynch

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...

Erin Lynch

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

Literacy

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.”...

Erin Lynch

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...

Erin Lynch

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...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Close Reading Worksheets for Elementary Students [8 Printable Resources]

I've compiled printable worksheets that will assist educators in teaching close reading strategies to elementary students. In this article, you'll...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Baseball Lesson Plans – Interactive Read Alouds, Revision Practice, Word Games, and More!

The use of sports in the classroom is a great way to engage young people. Celebrate the Major League Baseball season with these baseball-themed lesson...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Reading Lesson: Comparing & Contrasting Firsthand & Secondhand Texts, Grades 4–5

As a literacy specialist, I believe one of the most important things I can do for my students is to teach them a myriad of strategies to interpret...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Disney Songs Close Reading Lesson for Grades 1–8

Asking students to read a text a second or third time can be a daunting task. Many of your struggling readers probably did not want to read the text...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

How To Teach Reading Comprehension Strategies In Your School [Free Worksheets]

Education is a field that seems to be constantly changing and progressing through advances in technology, professional publications, and research...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Teaching Students How To Choose A Just-Right Book

To foster reading independence, students need to be exposed to various reading strategies and tools to boost their confidence. This includes teaching...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

6 Fun Classroom Icebreakers for Elementary Students [Free Printables]

During the first few weeks of school, dissipate feelings of nervousness and begin to foster new relationships with fun classroom icebreakers! In this...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

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

Research demonstrates the value of reading aloud to students of all ages; it also shows that students benefit from being read to several times...

Erin Lynch

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