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Thanksgiving Reading Comprehension Lesson Guide– Milly and the Macy's Parade

If you have visited my blog before you know that I try to incorporate my students' current interests into my lesson plans. I believe students learn...

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

Halloween Reading Comprehension Worksheets and Graphic Organizers

Add some spooktacular elements to your classroom curriculum with my free Halloween reading comprehension worksheets, book suggestions, and interactive...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

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...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

How to Assess Reading Levels of Elementary Students Throughout the Year

Balanced Literacy is a curricular methodology that integrates various modalities of literacy instruction, which are aimed at guiding students towards...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

First Day of School Icebreakers for the K–5 Classroom

The start of a new school year stirs up many emotions within teachers and students often including excitement, anticipation and nervousness. My number...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Teacher Goal Setting and Professional Planning for the New Year

The start of the school year in most school districts means it is that time of year to set teacher professional goals again. Ugh! I used to find this a...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Back-to-School Elementary Activity: Book Jacket & Table of Contents

A fun way for you to get to know your elementary students better and help them get to know each other is by having them create a book jacket cover and...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Reading Survey for Students; Getting to Know your New Class of Readers

The start of a new school year brings excitement and anticipation to teachers and students alike. Each party to the relationship is wondering about the...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Effective Classroom Management Strategies for the K–5 Classroom

Most teachers agree that the first few weeks of school set the tone for the rest of the school year. Having effective classroom management strategies...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Open House Presentation On Balanced Literacy, Grades K–5

The start of the school year means 'Open House' is right around the corner. For me, that 45 minute time period always flew by as I tried to summarize...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

3 Different Books: A Simple Reading Level Assessment for Teachers

As a reading teacher, each year I am excited to get to know my new group of reading students. I can't wait to see their unique personalities and get to...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Three Writing Activities to Start the New Year Right: Reflecting and Goal Setting, Grades K–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 is one...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Cooking the Perfect Turkey Sequence Writing Activity, Grades 1–3

One of my all time favorite Thanksgiving activities to do with my students is a sequence writing lesson entitled, 'Recipe for Cooking the Perfect...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Thanksgiving-Themed Reading Resources, K–5

Keeping reading activities fun, yet meaningful, can be a daunting task. I usually look to the holiday of the current month (provided there is one) for...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Mr. Turkey 5W's and 1H Graphic Organizer

Bring some holiday fun into the classroom with a simple Thanksgiving-inspired reading exercise! Below is a Thankgiving book and a 5W's & 1H reading...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Halloween Reading Graphic Organizers

The Halloween graphic organizers I use for reading comprehension are some of my favorites. Having a seasonal version of all my graphic organizers is a...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Top 10 Halloween Picture Books & Spooktacular Reading Resources

Having been a classroom teacher in 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades, I have acquired quite a varied library. What a daunting task it is to build a...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Community Reading... A Home Run Idea!

The town that I work in promotes a community-wide reading program during the month of October. Every year an adult book is selected with three...

Keighley Fleming

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