Partners confer over revision in fifth grade in this second installment of a three-part video series.
Katherine Sokolowski describes a wall display with guidelines to ensure students are respectful and aware of the pitfalls of posting online.
Katherine Sokolowski finds that electronic charting of learning with Padlet has almost endless possibilities for use in her fifth-grade classroom.
Katherine Sokolowski helps a fifth grader add more "girly" books to her next-read stack.
Ruth Ayres shares some of her favorite mentors and mentor texts for developing good writing processes and habits.
Andrea Smith shares a sequence of lessons she uses to introduce the classroom library to her fourth-grade students.
Katherine Sokolowski shares a wall display from her fifth graders that students build to celebrate who they are and people they love from home.
Katherine Sokolowski helps fifth grader Ben brainstorm ideas for writing, and in the process encourages him to try a new genre.
Melanie Meehan explains how helping students deepen their questioning strategies leads to more thoughtful research projects.
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.
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.
Katherine Sokolowski helps one of her fifth-grade students compose a tweet to a favorite author.
Katherine Sokolowski revises the weekly reflection form her fifth graders use to ensure everyone is tracking goals, progress, and expectations.
Melanie Meehan works with fifth graders who are struggling to elaborate on themes in their opinion writing.
Melanie Meehan works with fifth graders to help them create their own set of indicators of success in a writing unit.
Maria Caplin explains how read alouds do double duty in her fifth-grade classroom, as they help build a love for story and help students master key literacy and content area standards.
Mary Lee Hahn considers how the success of any day has to integrate observations from conferring, lessons, and share sessions.
Mary Lee Hahn realizes how much a workshop approach has changed her planning process and comfort level with the unexpected.
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.
Jennifer Richard Jacobson chats with a group of fifth graders about how to generate ideas for writing independently each day.
Mary Lee Hahn rethinks her math workshop structure to more closely align with the choice and problem solving in her reading and writing workshops.
Ruth Ayres challenges Grant to add paragraphs to his “finished” piece.
Katherine Sokolowski explains why picture books are useful for teaching inference to intermediate students, and shares some of her favorites.
A daunting task for teachers is to help students learn to use new tech tools, as well as understand community standards for each one. Katherine Sokolowski finds tech anchor charts are a great way to provide ongoing support to students as they navigate new software and apps.
Katherine Sokolowski describes some Ways into Personal Narratives that use visual tools to build the home/school connection and stronger prewriting skills.
Katherine Sokolowski shares some of her favorite resources to jumpstart student interest in writing.
Katherine Sokolowski explains why she uses webcomics in her literacy workshops, and shares an extensive list of her favorite online sources.
Katherine Sokolowski uses a fascinating picture book to build close reading skills with her fifth graders. The key is selecting a text that holds up well through multiple readings.
Karen Terlecky confers with fifth-grade Connor about his writing, demonstrating the routine of celebrating strengths first, and then making suggestions of new techniques to try.
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is coming up in November, and it’s a wonderful opportunity for sustained writing and linking students with writers across the web. Katherine Sokolowski shares how it works, as well as tips for getting started.
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