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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

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

Reading Practice Prompts for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)

Like many of you, my students will be taking the SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) for the first time this spring. In my reading and...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

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...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

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...

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

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

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...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

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...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Analyze the Setting with the I Survived Collection by Lauren Tarshis, Grades 3–6

If you are familiar with my blog, you know I am always on the lookout for books that get reluctant readers (you know, those kids that would rather be...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

How to Get Struggling Readers to Fall in Love with Reading

After 17 years of teaching and more than 20 years of having been a student, one thing that never seems to change is that students love to get their...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

How to Pair Books for Comparing and Contrasting Practice

I can feel the enthusiasm among my students when I am sharing a book with them that I love. I guess my passion and excitement are that contagious!

Erin Lynch

Literacy

How Literacy Coaches Can Help Teachers Use Picture Books Across Subject Areas

Most school districts are pushing to have a topic that is covered across the curriculum. When you are able to work on a topic in reading, writing,...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Prepare for Standardized Tests Using Books about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

With the second half of the school year in full-swing, many educators are starting to think about preparing their students for standardized testing.

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Literature Awards and School Book Clubs, Grades 1–8

Recently some of the mothers at the preschool where my own children attend started a book club. Our first book was Pulitzer Prize winner, The Goldfinch...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Inspiring Young Readers; Download Your Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library PDF

I mentioned in a previous post that through my blog I would be sharing with you 'inspiring reads.' These are books that 'inspire' my students that...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Portfolios in the Classroom: Digital and Traditional

One constant for me—no matter what grade level I am teaching—is having my students create portfolios for themselves. There is nothing more rewarding...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

A Reading Activity to Include in Disability Units—Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

The New York Times Best Seller Fish in a Tree, by Lynda Mullaly Hunt, is a book that students love, but every teacher should read also to remind us why...

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

Encourage More Students to Read with Movie-Inspired Book Clubs!

The buttery popcorn, the delicious candy, the big screen... who doesn't love a movie? The answer used to be, “I don’t!”, when one of my favorite...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

5th Grade Summer Reading List

While it may be tempting to spend all summer at the beach or by the pool, it's important that emerging readers practice their reading skills over the...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

4th Grade Summer Reading List

While it may be tempting to spend all summer at the beach or by the pool, it's important that emerging readers practice their reading skills over the...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

3rd Grade Summer Reading List

While it may be tempting to spend all summer at the beach or by the pool, it's important that emerging readers practice their reading skills over the...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

2nd Grade Summer Reading List

While it may be tempting to spend all summer at the beach or by the pool, it's important that emerging readers practice their reading skills over the...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

1st Grade Summer Reading List

While it may be tempting to spend the summer at the beach or by the pool, it's important that emerging readers practice their reading skills over the...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Connecting Reading and Math with Greg Tang Books

When I was a classroom teacher, I tried to make my lesson plans and units cross-curricular whenever possible. I found that my students were able to...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

“The Isle of the Lost” – Compare and Contrast Characters Activity

A unit that focuses on studying characters is one of my favorites. I enjoying teaching characters because it always seems to build my students’ love...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Teaching Historical Fiction: Using Time Periods to Support Understanding, Grades 3–8 [Graphic Organizer]

As I have mentioned in several posts last month, one of my favorite genres to use with my students is historical fiction. There are many interesting...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Symbolism Lesson Plan Using Multiple Texts, Grades 3+

One of the benefits of being a literacy specialist is that I am able to work with several different grade levels. This gives me the opportunity to see...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

The Year of the Dog; A Coming of Age Novel, Grades 4–6

The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin is a great book to use with upper elementary grade-level students. The main character, Pacy, is trying to "find...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Reading Engagement Inventory, Grades 1–8

If you have never completed a reading engagement inventory on your students, do it... I bet you will find the results fascinating! An engagement...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Celebrate the World Series with Baseball Printables, Books, & Read Alouds

A student staring out the window, imagining being anywhere else other than in your classroom... What a terrible feeling it is when you are in the...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Give Me Five! Reading Strategy for Grades K–2

A top priority in reading for my primary grade-level readers is to be able to retell a story and state its most important details. The details that I...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Patricia Polacco Continued... The Keeping Quilt Activities

You may have read a previous post of mine when I mentioned how much I enjoyed when Patricia Polacco came to visit my school. She spoke with grades K-1,...

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

Reading Response Journal Organization Tips for the K–5 Classroom

Every year I try to find the best way for my students to organize their reading material. I have tried folders, binders, multiple journals for...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Back-To-School Interactive Read Aloud Lesson Plan Bundle

If you are familiar with my blog, you already know that I am a big proponent of Interactive Read Alouds (IRAs). If you are new to my blog, here is why...

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

Historical Fiction Reading & Writing Activity: Nory Ryan's Song, Grades 5+

If you are looking for a good historical fiction novel, set in Ireland, to use during the month of March, Nory Ryan’s Song, by Patricia Reilly Giff is...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Teach Literary Elements with a Plot Boat Narrative Poster

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) require upper elementary grade students to have a clear understanding of literary elements and text structures.

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

5 Tips for Selecting Nonfiction Texts (to help you comply with the Common Core State Standards requirements)

For many of us one of the greatest challenges the Common Core State Standards poses is the amount of nonfiction texts we need to now use with our...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Activating Prior Knowledge Lesson Plans, Grades 3 & 4

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

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

Literacy

Strategies for Helping Readers: Activating Prior Knowledge

I'll never forget reading Mosaic of Thought by Ellin Oliver Keene & Susan Zimmerman in college. While studying the benefits of strategy-based...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Using the Six Signposts from Notice and Note in Your Classroom

My school’s 4th and 5th grade students participate in book clubs each week. The signposts from Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading by Kylene...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Teaching with the Signposts from Notice and Note

I love when I pick up a professional book and it is so good that I just can put it down! When I am so inspired, I immediately grab my latest lesson...

Erin Lynch

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