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Guided Reading in First Grade: Blends

Melissa Atwood leads a first-grade guided reading group.  The focus at the start of the lesson is on blends in words. This is the first video in a two-part series.

Book Series Joy

Years ago I was inspired by Katie DeCesare’s article “Primary Series Study” to introduce my first graders to book series.  I used her article to guide this mini unit of...

Photo Booth and Young Readers

How many times have I seen that Photo Booth icon on my laptop but didn’t really give it much thought? How many times did I think of Photo Booth as...

Book Matchmaker: Read Alouds That Invite Young Readers to Participate

There is nothing like a great story that naturally invites readers to join in. Our youngest students love those repeated phrases, and don’t need a prompt to jump right into...

Field Experience: Supporting Independent Reading, Choice and Stamina

Helping students learn to choose books and develop stamina are important to developing independent readers. This field experience offers opportunities to see minilessons, small group instruction, team meetings and a...

Field Experience: Book Talks to Empower Independent Reading

Helping students find books they want to read is the heart of powerful independent reading. This field experience chronicles the way book talks put books in adolescents’ hands that have...

Book Matchmaker: 3rd Graders Reading Below Grade Level

    Ellen is a tutor and works with 3rd grade students who are reading below grade level. Although these students are reading below grade level, they want to read...

Activities Linking Books and Visual Learners for Early in the Year

By late August I wake two or three times every night, thinking about that first day of school. I love the early days of school. I love meeting new students...

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...

Revising Titles Minilesson

In this minilesson from Franki Sibberson’s grades 3 and 4 classroom, Franki takes students through the process of selecting and revising titles. She uses the poem “Confessions of a Reader”...

Integrating Vocabulary and Retelling Strategies into Read-Aloud

Stella Villalba scaffolds the language development of her first- and second-grade English language learners during read-aloud by highlighting vocabulary and providing a tool to assist with a partner retelling activity....

Field Experience: Kindergarten Writers

Spend time with the youngest writers and you will be mesmerized by their writing processes. This field experience focuses on kindergarten writers. Topic: Writing Instruction Grade Level: Elementary Shared Writing...

Teaching Punctuation Through Shared Reading in Kindergarten

The first purpose of shared reading is to provide children with an enjoyable reading experience, to introduce them to a variety of authors and illustrators and the ways these communicators...

Prompting and Support: Understanding the Language of the Common Core in Kindergarten

Gradually releasing responsibility to children as they gain expertise, teaching a few strategies of great consequence in-depth over time, and giving children the gifts of time, choice, response, community, and...

First Day of School Read-Alouds with Global and Multicultural Perspectives

Grades K-3 Ada, Alma Flor. 1993. My Name is María Isabel. Illustrated by K. Dyble Thompson. New York: Aladdin. María Isabel is the new girl in school and instead of being called...