Sean Moore leads his second graders in a whole-class discussion of nonfiction writing, including a partner share.
Max Brand explains the basics of word work, including a list of reflective questions teachers can ask themselves and students.
Christi Overman teaches her second graders about onomatopoeia in a brief minilesson.
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.
Cathy Mere finds many authentic ways for her first graders to share reading insights.
Mandy Robek compiles a list of her favorite books for brain breaks with young learners.
Sean Moore demonstrates two different quick kinesthetic movements to help his second-grade students focus and transition between whole-class instruction segments.
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.
Help students transition back to school with minilessons that give children a strong sense of the purpose of literacy workshops.
Ruth Ayres has tips for organizing desks, tables, chairs, and materials to support literacy learning.
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 with primary students early in the year begins not with words, but with leaves for Max Brand.
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.
Sean Moore meets with a group of second graders to remind them how to use sticky notes strategically while they are reading.
Sarah Klim’s latest booklist includes titles for honoring those who serve on Memorial Day.
Cathy Laker uses her own writing as a mentor text with her second-grade students to demonstrate options for endings.
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.
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.
Franki Sibberson designs a lesson cycle to prepare students for summer reading.
Sean Moore confers with second grader Teague, masterfully demonstrating how to move between instruction and celebration when conferring with a child who struggles with reading.
Gigi McAllister has many suggestions for a strong reading finish to the school year.
Stella Villalba confers with Hermione, a first grader who is also an English language learner. Hermione is combining research and writing as she writes a nonfiction report.
Screen-Free Week is scheduled for May 5-11 this year. Here are some book suggestions to help you explore the issue with students.
Earth Day is celebrated on April 22. Sarah Klim presents some favorite titles to share with students and build awareness in this booklist.
Sean Moore teaches second grader Mikhail some strategies for learning words in a conference.
Max Brand describes how word observations can work as powerful minilessons in elementary classrooms.
Deb Gaby uses a bridge metaphor in a comprehension minilesson for second graders.
Ruth Ayres confers with second grader Max about the drama of losing his dog, and the value of using two-page spreads to tell a story.
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