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Embracing Meaning Making in Guided Reading Groups

Katie DiCesare finds her guided reading practices are rusty, so she develops some new strategies to improve her work.

Second-Grade Reading Group

Heather Rader demonstrates the importance of a varied reading diet to a second-grade group, sharing her own stack of books.

Doodlebug

What makes a teacher memorable? Recognizing a child's passions from the very first day of school. Jennifer Schwanke recounts how her second-grade teacher did just that.

Using a Strategy Card in a Reading Conference

Deb Gaby confers with second grader Reagan early in the school year. She is reading her first chapter book, and using a reading strategies "toolkit" for support.

Anchoring Language

Katie DiCesare thinks about what language supports student independence early in the year and how to share this in an anchor chart with her first graders.

Quick Writing Conferences in Second Grade

In these brief writing conferences with second graders, Sean Moore reinforces an earlier minilesson on using descriptive language.

Time for English Language Learners

Stella Villalba finds what English language learners need more than almost anything else is patience with silence and time to formulate responses.

Provoking Young Readers

Melanie Meehan finds read aloud is a great time for children to connect opinions and experiences.

Second-Grade Minilesson on Paragraphs

Ruth Ayres uses a student text to demonstrate the importance of paragraph breaks in this second-grade minilesson.

Supporting Readers with Nonfiction Text

Cathy Mere finds that criteria for “just-rightness” varies with genre.

Using Picture Books to Foster Resilience

Gigi McAllister uses picture books to strengthen her fourth grade classroom community.

Teaching Search Skill Basics to Students

Bill Bass has advice for teaching web-based search skills to students.

The Power of Written Blind Word Sorts

Max Brand uses written blind word sorts to build student word learning skills.

Small-Group Writing: Steps for Success

Cathy Mere provides grouping guidelines for primary teachers.

Picture Books or Beginning Readers?

Many beloved characters from picture books are showing up in beginning readers, and in the process can lose a lot of their appeal. Shari Frost provides teachers with criteria for choosing between picture books or beginning readers.

Choosing the Right Tool for Your Message

Julie Johnson has advice on classroom uses of tech resources.

Second-Grade Nonfiction Writing Share

Sean Moore leads his second graders in a whole-class discussion of nonfiction writing, including a partner share.

Word Work Basics

Max Brand explains the basics of word work, including a list of reflective questions teachers can ask themselves and students.

Introducing Onomatopoeia Minilesson

Christi Overman teaches her second graders about onomatopoeia in a brief minilesson.

Can Books Harm Children? Support and Censorship

Shari Frost asks a provocative question: Can books harm children? She explores practical ways for teachers to walk the fine line between support and censorship in matching books to students.

Reader Response: Keeping It Real

Cathy Mere finds many authentic ways for her first graders to share reading insights.

Books for Brain Breaks

Mandy Robek compiles a list of her favorite books for brain breaks with young learners.

Quick Transitions in Second Grade

Sean Moore demonstrates two different quick kinesthetic movements to help his second-grade students focus and transition between whole-class instruction segments.

A Classroom for Elementary English Language Learners

Stella Villalba gives a tour of her classroom library and publishing corner designed to support the grades 1-5 English language learners she works with daily.

A Strong Foundation: Books and Media for Launching Literacy Workshops

Help students transition back to school with minilessons that give children a strong sense of the purpose of literacy workshops.

Effective Organization

 Ruth Ayres has tips for organizing desks, tables, chairs, and materials to support literacy learning.

Second-Grade Reading Share

Sean Moore leads a second-grade whole-class reading share early in the year. This quick video shows that this instruction time is as much about establishing social norms as talking about reading.

Launching a Sort

Launching a sort with primary students early in the year begins not with words, but with leaves for Max Brand.

Launching Reading Workshop: Mentor Texts

Mandy Robek shares her favorite texts to use early in the year with young students to introduce them to everything from places to read to how to handle books.

Sticky Notes Small Group

Sean Moore meets with a group of second graders to remind them how to use sticky notes strategically while they are reading.

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