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Helping Students Set Nonfiction Reading Goals

For years, no matter how hard I tried, fiction seemed to take over my students' reading workshop time. I realized that with only one block of time to read, students...

Managing Book Boxes

In this first video in our “Organizing Book Boxes” series, Joan Moser (of “The Sisters”) explains three strategies she uses to help students pick books for their book boxes.  

Book Choice and Planning Lesson

Book choice is something that we talk about all year long. Years ago, I did several minilessons on book choice early in the year and assumed that once my students...

Differentiating Book Boxes

In this second video in our "Organizing Book Boxes" series, Joan Moser (of "The Sisters") explains how she differentiates the content of book boxes for students with different skills and...

Nonfiction Word Hunt Part I

Nonfiction word hunts are a routine that I recently discovered. It immediately had an impact with my students' interest in words and their meanings. Knowing the meanings of words is...

Book Boxes Nuts and Bolts

In this final video in our "Organizing Book Boxes" series, Joan Moser (of "The Sisters") tackles the issue of what types of books and what levels are appropriate for student...

Nonfiction Word Hunt Part II

Finding new words to follow is always a fun part of our word wall routine. Students love to go back into texts to find words that they are curious about....

Main Ideas in Nonfiction

In this whole-class lesson, 5th grade teacher Karen Terlecky and her students consider how main ideas work in nonfiction texts. The lesson includes reading and discussion of a short text...

Conferring Close-Up: Test-Taking Strategies Part II

Samantha Bennett’s energizing book, That Workshop Book: New Systems and Structures for Classrooms That Read, Write, and Think, asks teachers to reflect on their classroom environments and teaching practices. Bennett...

Student Reading Interview: Assessing Ana

Principal Karen Szymusiak interviews Ana, a second grader, to learn more about her strengths and needs as a reader.   Here are some sample reading interview questions: How would you...

Test-Taking Strategies Part III: Whole Class Debrief

I am captivated by teachers’ abilities to maximize time with students. Only an elementary teacher can check students’ understanding of multiplication facts, conduct a class survey based on a student-created...

Inferring Read Aloud Part I

Using picture books to teach strategy instruction is not only popular, but works. When my sixth graders see me pull out a picture book during the first week of school...

Supporting Thoughtful Book Choice

In this video filmed in the spring, Franki Sibberson helps her 3rd and 4th grade students think through what books they might select for independent reading. The discussion ranges from...

Teaching Inferring with Picture Books Part II: Partner Shares

When my sixth-grade students are given the opportunity to share their thinking after a read aloud, it does several things for their learning. First and foremost, kids listen to each...

5th Grade Strategy Group on Summarizing

In this strategy group, Karen Terlecky brings together three of her 5th graders to reread a nonfiction article shared with the whole class. They discuss main ideas, and do a...

Teaching Inferring with Picture Books Part III: Whole-Class Debrief

Following a read-aloud and small group discussion, I like to debrief with the class about each group's conversation. There is a level of accountability here. My students know they are...

Teaching Rereading During Class Read Alouds

I teach my 4th graders the power of rereading using the mentor text Goblins in the Castle by Bruce Coville. In this video, you can see we use rereading as...

Keeping the M

In an age of standardization, when even preschoolers are expected to perform flawlessly on literacy tests such as letter naming and recognition, it is important for early childhood teachers to...

Teaching Rereading Strategies Through Read Aloud Day 2

I teach my 4th graders the power of rereading using the mentor text Goblins in the Castle by Bruce Coville. In this video, you can see how we build on...

5th Grade Sentence Observation

This past summer, I spent a lot of time thinking about all the components of my writing workshop. I intended to make it a focus of study for myself throughout...

Picture Reading in First Grade

In this read-aloud lesson from Katie DiCesare's first-grade classroom, Katie demonstrates the importance of picture reading using the wordless picture book The Zoo by Suzy Lee.