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Quick Take: Starting an Anchor Chart in Kindergarten

Mandy Robek begins an anchor chart with her kindergartners and explains the value of shared writing for creating charts about reading strategies and behaviors.

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.

Shared Writing in Kindergarten

Mandy Robek leads a shared writing session in kindergarten.

Teaching Search Skill Basics to Students

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

Small-Group Writing: Steps for Success

Cathy Mere provides grouping guidelines for primary teachers.

Frog and Toad and Tina and Maya: A Precocious Kindergarten Reading Group

Suzy Kaback ponders the precociousness of two kindergarten readers.

Science Observations in Kindergarten

Mandy Robek helps her kindergarten students complete science observations.

Kindergarten Small Group: Concepts of Print

Clare Landrigan leads a "quick and frequent" small group that integrates phonemic awareness activities with assessment.

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.

Reading Workshop in Kindergarten: When and How to Launch

Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan share wise advice about launching workshops in kindergarten.

Word Work Basics

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

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.

Books for Brain Breaks

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

Effective Organization

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

Room Tour: Mandy Robek’s Kindergarten Classroom

Mandy Robek gives a tour of her kindergarten classroom, highlighting literacy spaces that build relationships and independence for her young learners.

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.

Book Choice Conference in Kindergarten

Mandy Robek has a book choice conference with Drew. This is the first installment in her kindergarten conferring series.
 

Animal Backpacks and Literacy Joy

Kelly Petrin finds animal backpacks are a wonderful tool for building literacy skills in young learners, as well as the home/school connection.

Conferring About Illustration in Kindergarten

Ruth Ayres confers with five-year-old Abby about her apple illustration early in the school year.

Kindergarten Moments Count: Morning Message

Keri Archer writes about the importance of morning message for kindergartners.

A Booklist for Memorial Day

Sarah Klim’s latest booklist includes titles for honoring those who serve on Memorial Day.

The Data Wall Debacle

Shari Frost has a suggestion for what shouldn’t be on classroom walls: student assessment scores. She explains why this practice can be harmful to students.

Understanding the Summer Slide: Sharing Data with Parents and Students

Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan explain why it is important to share data with parents while school is still in session in order to avoid the summer slide. This is another installment in their summer reading series.

The Gifts of Literacy

Kelly Petrin reflects on what she values most in the final days with children in her preschool program, and what she shares with parents.

Reading Through Spring

Gigi McAllister has many suggestions for a strong reading finish to the school year.

Celebrating Screen-Free Week (BOOKLIST)

Screen-Free Week is scheduled for May 5-11 this year. Here are some book suggestions to help you explore the issue with students.

A Booklist for Earth Day

Earth Day is celebrated on April 22. Sarah Klim presents some favorite titles to share with students and build awareness in this booklist.

Word Observations

Max Brand describes how word observations can work as powerful minilessons in elementary classrooms.

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