Franki Sibberson works to expand her views of spelling and word work, redefining routines in her grades 3 and 4 classroom.
Who is a “drive-thru” reader? One who zips through the start of a book and discards it before finishing, moving ever more quickly through random books. Aimee Buckner has some minilesson suggestions for dealing with those students who can’t or won’t finish any books they start.
Tammy Mulligan finds shared writing is her go-to strategy for teaching young learners online.
Matt Renwick shares creative ways teachers in his school celebrate authors.
Bitsy Parks shares the way a series study enriches the reading lives of students and serves as an intervention to help readers grow.
Helping students learn to choose books and develop stamina are important to developing independent readers. Ruth Ayres designed a field experience with opportunities to see minilessons, small group instruction, team meetings and a share session that support independence in readers.
Melanie Meehan shares activities that help students talk about their characters before writing about them in a realistic fiction unit.
In this installment of Book Matchmaker, Franki Sibberson shares her favorite books for 3rd graders who are not at grade level, but don’t want to read texts that will embarrass them in front of their peers.
Mandy Robek continues her series on picture books for understanding emotional turmoil in students. In this installment, she shares a list of books that can help children name emotions.
Julie Johnson learns some important lessons about connecting with students remotely, and few of them are about technology.
Ruth Ayres confers with third grader Jade about the importance of the “collecting” phase for writers.
Dana Murphy explains how her small-group planner is an essential tool for organizing groups in her fourth-grade classroom.
In this minilesson from Franki Sibberson’s grades 3 and 4 classroom, Franki takes students through the process of selecting and revising titles. She uses the poem “Confessions of a Reader” by Carol Wilcox as a mentor text.
Katherine Sokolowski has suggestions for Skype use in classrooms, covering everything from student etiquette to special events.
Melissa Styger finds she needs to make changes to her just-right book lesson to meet the needs of her third-grade students.
Ann Marie Corgill shares how she organizes materials for literacy learning in the third installment of her design series.
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