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Injecting Writing into Everything: Bringing the Outside In

Heather Rader helps a 3rd grade teacher break through the resistance of some student writers.  The magic tool?  A dirty onion from the garden.

Family History Inquiry Project: Integrating Technology with Social Studies in First Grade

Julie Johnson explains how a family history inquiry project in her 1st grade classroom built technology, literacy, and research skills as students explored many cultures.

The Nuts and Bolts of the Family Inquiry Project

Julie Johnson explains how a family history inquiry project in her first-grade classroom builds technology, literacy, and research skills as students explored many cultures.  This article is the second in a two-part series.

Social Justice Picture Books

If you’re looking for a read aloud to spark some discussions about making a difference in the world, you might enjoy Ruth Shagoury’s new booklist of children’s literature with a  social justice theme.

Young Learners and Martin Luther King Day (BOOKLIST)

Teachers of young learners face special challenges in honoring Martin Luther King and dealing with the violent nature of his death at the same time. Mandy Robek offers some insights into how to celebrate King's life with even the youngest students.

Math, Writing, and Coaching to Learn

Heather Rader works with a 5th grade teacher to infuse more writing into her math curriculum.

Procedural Writing in Math

Heather Rader explains how mentor texts for math instruction need some specific attributes.

Science Writing Workshop Part 1

How can teachers connect the principles of writer’s workshop with science explorations? In this first of a three-part video series, Jennifer Morgan leads her 3rd and 4th students through the process of observing, talking, and writing in their science journals as they perform an experiment. In Part I, she presents the task to students and connects it with previous learning.

Science Writing: Small Groups

In this second video in a three-part series, Jennifer Morgan leads her grades 3 and 4 students as they work together in small groups on a science and writing task.

Books to Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day in April is a great time to get outdoors with a good book! Franki Sibberson shares some of her favorite texts linked to Earth Day.

Science Workshop Whole Class Debrief

In this final video in a three-part series, Jennifer Morgan discusses what was learned during a science observation and writing activity in her grades 3 and 4 classroom.

Content Connections in Reading Workshop

In this four-minute video, Andrea Smith confers with a 4th grade student interested in immigration, helping her set up an independent reading and learning plan.

What Velcro Can Do: Science, Literacy and Coaching Connections

No time for science? Don’t like messes? Heather Rader works with a teacher and helps her find a way to fit science neatly into her full teaching day.

Making Connections as a Reader and a Scientist

Heather Rader finds reading is at the heart of the work of scientists.

Rethinking the Study of Nonfiction in the 21st Century

Franki Sibberson reflects on her nonfiction writing unit, and realizes she emphasizes research skills at the expense of the craft of nonfiction writing. She explains how she revamps the unit to help students focus more on writer's craft in nonfiction texts, including some new mentor texts and different ways of using writer's notebooks.

Infographics and Lists in Science Notebooks

Science notebooks are a wonderful tool for building outdoor observation and writing skills.  Andrea Smith explains how writing in the notebooks leads students to explore different nonfiction text features like infographics and lists.

The Power of Wonder Questions

Andrea Smith writes about how she uses wonder questions in her science curiculum.

Living Words: Integrating Word Study, Technology, and Content Literacy (Part 1)

Living Words is a quick routine from Andrea Smith that helps students see the power of rich vocabulary for describing the natural world around them.

Writing Like a Scientist: Launching a Scientist’s Notebook

Andrea Smith explains how she launches a unit on science writing with logs, writing samples from scientists, and mentor texts.

Great Books to Share When Studying the Ecosystem (BOOKLIST)

Karen Terlecky shares books for studying the ecosystem in our this booklist.

A Sponge is a Summary

Heather Rader shares a concrete analogy that students (and teachers) love for understanding how summaries work.

Great Nonfiction for Elementary Students

As the quality of nonfiction for students has grown, so have our expectations for using these books with students.  Franki Sibberson's presents texts that can help students move beyond "skimming and scanning," and into more in-depth reading.

Our Living Minute: Integrating Nonfiction Study into Morning Meetings

Teachers can accomplish plenty in a minute if they want to add more nonfiction to their day. Learn how from Andrea Smith.

Expedition Mondays: Launching the Week with Nonfiction

Expedition Mondays launch every week in Andrea Smith's classroom with a healthy dose of nonfiction.

Literacy Learning on Presidents Day (BOOKLIST)

Here are some books to spice up your teaching in February on Presidents Day, or any time U.S. presidents come up in your curriculum.

Rethinking a Study of Nonfiction Writing

Franki Sibberson reflects on her nonfiction writing unit, and realizes she emphasizes research skills at the expense of the craft of nonfiction writing.

Teaching Economics with Children’s Literature

Mandy Robek shares some of her favorite children’s books for teaching economics.

Making Time for Nonfiction Read Alouds

Franki Sibberson considers the issue of selecting nonfiction books for read-aloud time, and in doing so creates one of her popular booklists.

Step by Step: Integrating Nonfiction into Primary Classroom Instruction

Nonfiction texts require different reading skills than fiction, and you can’t introduce nonfiction genres to children too early. Katie DiCesare shares how she moves between whole-class, small-group, and individual instruction to help all her first graders master the text features in nonfiction.

Nonfiction Books for Independent Reading: Moving Beyond Content Connections (BOOKLIST)

Franki Sibberson explains how she boosted the amount of nonfiction texts her grades 4 and 5 students were choosing for independent reading by focusing more on interest than on content connections.

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