Reading and writing across the curriculum is sparking more interest than ever among teachers and school leaders. Here are the resources you need to build more writing into your math curriculum, more reading and talk into your science program, and especially, how to infuse more nonfiction texts into your teaching throughout the school day.
At a time of escalating violence throughout the world, children need peaceful spaces. Katie DiCesare creates a "peace table" in her first-grade classroom as a safe place for working through everything from playground squabbles to emotional distress.
Katherine Sokolowski meets with a group of fifth graders who are all researching the use of nets in fishing and the environmental effects of the process. She works to build connections among classmates as well as research skills.
Melanie Meehan explains how helping students deepen their questioning strategies leads to more thoughtful research projects.
Jennifer Schwanke remembers the days when mimeographed nonfiction pieces were rare and not welcome additions to elementary classrooms, and reflects on how much has changed.
Justin Stygles uses a daily nonfiction article activity as a way to build interest in nonfiction short texts, especially among reluctant readers in his classroom.
Stella Villaba models nonfiction writing for her first- and second-grade English language learners, and in the process integrates vocabulary instruction into her lesson. This is the final video in a three-part series.
Melanie Meehan works with fifth graders who are struggling to elaborate on themes in their opinion writing.
How do you scaffold students for independent work? Melanie Meehan finds Wonder and React is a great strategy to use with fifth graders during an information writing unit.
Gretchen Schroeder finds the article of the week activity is an excellent vehicle for learning about content literacy gaps in student background knowledge and how to fill them.
Mary Lee Hahn rethinks her math workshop structure to more closely align with the choice and problem solving in her reading and writing workshops.
Melanie Meehan writes about how teachers in her state are dealing with the time-crunch issue in social studies instruction by naturally integrating more social studies into the language arts program.
Andrea Smith’s fourth graders are working on an Owl Research project that integrates reading, writing, talking, listening, and content literacy.
Franki Sibberson shares some of her favorite nonfiction books with more than one entry point.
Justin Stygles finds Nonfiction Scrapbooks are a fun way for his fifth-grade students to explore their reading interests and artistic talents with the classroom community.
This podcast with Kassia Omohundro Wedekind explores connections between literacy and math instruction, particularly in the areas of strategies, problem-solving, and narrative abilities.
In this podcast, author Louise Borden talks about writing from a historical viewpoint.
Katherine Sokolowski helps her fifth graders build notetaking skills for research.
Andrea Smith helps a group of boys take notes during an owl research project.
Cathy Mere finds that criteria for “just-rightness” varies with genre.
Danielle French's first graders continue to test out new math concepts and language in the conclusion of this lesson series.
Andrea Smith explains why infographics are more useful than ever in the age of the Common Core, and provides many links to free infographic resources on the web.
Students practice creating equations and using new vocabulary in the second installment of a math lesson from Danielle French’s first-grade classroom.
Andrea Smith shares some of her favorite nonfiction classroom displays.
Holly Mueller and her middle school students have fun exploring the creative aspects of literary nonfiction.
Mandy Robek helps her kindergarten students complete science observations.
Andrea Smith uses Explore Time with her fourth graders to build interest in nonfiction.
Beth Honeycutt and Rita Schaeffer introduce a reading and writing activity to their eighth-grade students designed to help them understand philanthropy, using a video to enhance the lesson.
Katherine Sokolowski is assigning shorter research projects in her fifth-grade classroom as a way to help students acquire notetaking skills and understand the boundaries of plagiarism.
Andrea Smith explains two routines, Daily News and Fact of the Day, which are key components of her morning meetings.
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