Finding the right series for a transitional reader is a gift. Franki Sibberson shares her favorite finds.
Max Brand considers how rereading helps students understand and enjoy texts.
In this video from her fourth-grade classroom, Aimee Buckner teaches the “listing” strategy, using the book This Is the Tree: A Story of the Baobab as a mentor text. Aimee talks about mentor texts, using her own writing as a model, and the needs of intermediate readers and writers during the lesson and interview.
Teachers continue to puzzle over and sort through the terminology in the Common Core related to opinion and persuasive writing. Amanda Adrian and Heather Rader consider terms and teaching strategies.
Interviews early in the year are a potent tool for building a class community.
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.
Tara Barnett and Kate Mills continue their series on independent projects with nuts and bolts advice on management.
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.
Tony Keefer discovers that his fourth-grade students need focused instruction and support to strengthen their peer conferring skills. Tony shares tips and two video examples from his classroom.
Julie Johnson learns some important lessons about connecting with students remotely, and few of them are about technology.
Dana Murphy explains how her small-group planner is an essential tool for organizing groups in her fourth-grade classroom.
Aimee Buckner teaches her 4th graders the power of rereading using the mentor text Goblins in the Castle by Bruce Coville.
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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