Why save all the most enjoyable literacy activities for May or June? Gigi McAllister spreads out the fun all year long with literacy events and activities to break up routines.
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.
Are you ready to ditch your reading logs? Not so fast. Franki Sibberson explains why she still uses them in her third-grade classroom.
Andrea Smith discovers the value of more creative nonfiction book tub titles after listening to ideas from her students.
Ruth Ayres encourages a young writer to emulate a favorite illustrator.
Franki Sibberson has suggestions for moving to more digital response options with students.
Katharine Hale has moved much of her reading response to digital boards, which are also a useful tool for formative assessment.
Beth Lawson uses an LCD, whiteboard, and magnetic clips in a clever way during the transition from minilessons to independent writing in writing workshop. Students tag whether they will be working on drafts or conferring with peers as Beth completes her status of the class on the board.
Students transition between home and school with the Community Board in Andrea Smith’s classroom. It’s a lively bulletin board that is updated and discussed daily in her fourth-grade classroom.
Andrea Smith shares her best advice for library design that celebrates nonfiction as much as fiction.
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.
Franki Sibberson finds an “I Used to and Now I” format helps her third-grade students understand how technology is changing reading habits.
Launching a sort with primary students early in the year begins not with words, but with leaves for Max Brand.
Karen Terlecky has advice for using summer reading for launching and closing the school year to build community and enduring connections with students.
Max works with Esther, a third grader who takes pride in being a rapid reader and rarely pauses to make sense of the text.
Andrea Smith builds interest in nonfiction in her fourth-grade classroom community through her constantly changing Information Board.
Sarah Klim’s latest booklist includes titles for honoring those who serve on Memorial Day.
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.
Gigi McAllister has many suggestions for a strong reading finish to the school year.
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.
Max Brand describes how word observations can work as powerful minilessons in elementary classrooms.
Heather Rader has strategies for using sentence combining in literacy workshops.
Heather Rader begins a new series on sentence combining, an alternative to traditional drill and kill grammar instruction.
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