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Close Reading For Elementary Students [8 Printable Resources]

I've compiled printable resources 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

Literacy

Elements of a Literacy-Rich 21st Century Classroom

Do you want to bring a 21st century classroom design into your classroom? This article will assist you in setting up a literacy-rich environment in a...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Components of Balanced Literacy and Strategies for the Classroom

The methodology that I use to teach reading is "Balanced Literacy." Many of my blog posts refer to "Balanced Literacy" as I share units, lessons, and...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Using the Six Signposts from Notice and Note in Your Classroom

In this article, I'm sharing resources for introducing or reviewing the Notice & Note signposts in the classroom. Although I now use the close reading...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

The Principal's Role in Effective Literacy Instruction

Principals are the pillars of schools. Teachers, students, parents, custodians, paraprofessionals, and the lunch staff turn to principals for guidance...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Summer Professional Growth Plan for Teachers and Principals

The summer is a great time to enhance skills, improve units and add to professional knowledge. During the school year, teachers and principals are...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Summer Reading Strategies Bookmark for Elementary Students, Grades 2–5

I am a huge fan of bookmarks because they can be a great tool for students to use during independent reading. Every June, I share a special bookmark...

Erin Lynch

Text-Dependent Questions for Close Reading of Paired Texts – 5 Day Lesson Plan

In close reading, it is important to compare texts with similar purpose, point of view, or other specific aspects. The more specific the comparison...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Printable Reading Comprehension Lesson Plans for Grades 3–6

Reading comprehension skills and strategies help students stay engaged and think about what they are reading. By explicitly teaching reading...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

How Principals and Specialists Can Get Feedback from Teachers

This post explores what effective feedback in education looks like and why principals and specialists should seek it out rather than be afraid of...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Memorial Day Worksheets for the K–5 Classroom

The week before Memorial Day, I always spend some time discussing this symbolic holiday with my students. My mini Memorial Day lesson is simple and yet...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Printable End of Year Activities for Elementary Students!

As the school year comes to a close, it is important to honor our students' hard work and accomplishments. Here are a few of the end of year activities...

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

Literacy

Mother's Day-Inspired Compare and Contrast Lesson, Grades 3–5

Review reading comprehension strategies with my Mother's Day-inspired compare and contrast lesson. Although this compare and contrast lesson was...

Erin Lynch

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