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Scaffolding Research with Text Sets

Sometimes students have a difficult time learning to research in efficient ways. Text sets are one way to scaffold the research process for students who are preparing to write informative...

Supporting Sophisticated Book Club Conversations

Support sophisticated Book Club Conversations by pairing a minilesson about building on conversation by Dana Murphy with an article about fostering cultural awareness by Gretchen Schroeder.

Response to Read Aloud

Tammy Mulligan enhances the quality of the class read aloud and student discussions with the use of a whole-class response notebook.  Franki Sibberson shares how she integrates student choice and...

“Who I Am” Early in the Year

ARTICLE: Tara Barnett and Kate Mills start with the poem “Where I’m From” to build community through literacy at the start of the year. VIDEO: Katie Doherty leads her sixth-grade...

Short Research Projects in the Intermediate Grades

VIDEO: Katherine Sokolowski meets briefly with a group of fifth-grade girls to go through the notes they are taking for their environmental studies project and talk through next steps. ARTICLE:...

More Thoughtful Read Alouds

Franki Sibberson shares strategies for deeper reflection from students during read aloud to help them move beyond “like/don’t like” responses to books. The strategies include pausing for written reflection, partner...

Assessing in the Midst: Using Charts and Exit Slips

Melanie Meehan shares some ways teachers can press the pause button in the midst of teaching to assess whether they are teaching the right lesson at the right time. The...

Better Family Communication

Gigi McAllister gives a brief explanation of how her thinking on goal setting has changed, as well as the ways in which she uses student goals to connect with parents. Max Brand shares strategies for helping parents talk with students.

Building Identity and Community

Katherine Sokolowski shares a wall display from her fifth graders that students build to celebrate who they are and people they love from home. The reading is from Suzy Kaback, explaining the value of an "All About Us" board in classrooms.

Scaffolding Partner Work

Katherine Sokolowski scaffolds fifth graders Liam and Caden through the process of learning to recommend books to each other. The workshop includes reading from Tara Barnett and Kate Mills with suggestions for fostering better partnerships through student-created "want ads."

5th Grade Writing Revision Conference

Karen Terlecky coaxes Richard to cut extraneous material from his writing by highlighting the strengths of his writing in this video from her fifth-grade classroom.

Conferring About Independent Reading

Karen Terlecky confers with fifth grader Alex about making wise choices during independent reading time.

5th Grade Sentence Observation

Karen Terlecky leads students through a sentence study routine in her 5th grade classroom.

Inferring and Word Learning in a Small Group

While demonstrating this lesson in front of teachers, Clare Landrigan uses the students’ previous work with inferring about author’s message to have them infer with unknown words they encounter in text.

5th Grade Word Study Homework

Fifth-grade teacher Karen Terlecky leads a debrief of the previous night’s homework. The students share derivatives they found of the root word cycle. Click here to download the workshop guide....

Making Predictions and Finding Evidence in Text

In this video from a 5th grade small group, Clare Landrigan talks with students about making predictions and finding evidence in text. The text used is Jean Little's Hey World, Here I Am! Poems and short essays are excellent choices for small-group comprehension work, because the text can be read, reread, and discussed in just a few minutes.

Narrative Nonfiction in 5th Grade Part 1

In this lesson from a 5th grade classroom, Aimee Buckner guides students in a notetaking process to help understand the qualities of nonfiction narrative writing.

Narrative Nonfiction in 5th Grade Part 2

In this lesson from a 5th grade classroom, Aimee Buckner guides students in a notetaking process to help understand the qualities of nonfiction narrative writing. Students use their notetaking to lead them deeper into questioning as critical readers.

Point of View: Conferring with a 5th Grade Reader

In this conference with a fifth grader, Aimee Buckner shares two strategies -- one to use when putting a book away between readings, and another to help keep track of characters in a complex narrative where the point of view is constantly shifting.

Point of View in Historical Fiction: 5th Grade Minilesson

In this demonstration lesson from a fifth-grade classroom, Aimee Buckner works with students to construct an anchor chart for understanding the genre of historical fiction.

Digital Reading Strategies

As we encounter more digital texts, we must consider the reading strategies needed to understand them. In this session, participants will reflect on their own reading lives and identities as...

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