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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.

A Booklist for Memorial Day

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

Endings Minilesson with Second Graders

Cathy Laker uses her own writing as a mentor text with her second-grade students to demonstrate options for endings.

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.

Getting Ready for Summer Reading: A Lesson Cycle

Franki Sibberson designs a lesson cycle to prepare students for summer reading.

Mental Images: Connecting Reading and Sketching

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.

Reading Through Spring

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

Connecting Nonfiction Reading and Writing: Conferring with Hermione

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.

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.

Conferring About Word Learning

Sean Moore teaches second grader Mikhail some strategies for learning words in a conference.

Word Observations

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

Bridge to Comprehension Minilesson

Deb Gaby uses a bridge metaphor in a comprehension minilesson for second graders.

Simplifying Word Study

Max Brand has suggestions for simplifying word study.

Drama and Two-Page Spreads: Conferring with Max

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.

Sentence Combining in Workshops

Heather Rader has strategies for using sentence combining in literacy workshops.

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