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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.
Katie DiCesare works with a first grader on the strategy of rereading one’s writing to address conventions and revise the title and ending.
Franki Sibberson shares a range of books that include compelling female characters with a group of fourth-grade girls.
Karen Terlecky confers with fifth grader Alex about making wise choices during independent reading time.
Katie DiCesare confers with first grader Ava about crafting beginnings and endings in nonfiction writing.
Mandy Robek takes her kindergartners through a picture walk using Mrs. Wishy Washy as the text.
Gretchen Taylor meets with three sixth graders for a small-group conference. She begins with information that she gathered from a Google Doc about their annotation process and supports their development of strategies to better understand the book, The Outsiders.
Mandy Robek prepares students for adding to the word wall in kindergarten.
Sean Moore uses poetry for a short minilesson on fluency, and then follows with a partner share and vocabulary discussion. The poem Sean reads with the children is "The Busy Ant" by Mary Ann Hoberman.
In this conference with a 4th grader, Beth Lawson works with a student who has chosen a challenging essay topic and is struggling to develop his thesis.
Tony Keefer previews Infinity Ring with his fourth graders, and talks about the value of book talks for building a reading community.
Mandy Robek guides her kindergartners through a shared writing activity to note super readers’ tools. Several students contribute to a discussion about sounds, known words and letter formation.
Franki Sibberson’s students share results from the science challenge homework. The class discussion is a collaborative reflective process.
Franki Sibberson uses the website Wonderopolis with her fourth-grade students. By modeling how to navigate the site, she encourages her students to use the web in more thoughtful ways.
Max Brand describes how he uses images to build reading and writing skills among his kindergartners.
In this conference with second grader TJ from Sean Moore's classroom, the strategies of backing up and rereading as well as attending to the "bossy e" are discussed.
Franki Sibberson’s students discuss an opinion/argumentative article that suggests boy readers should also read books with female protagonists.
Katie DiCesare brings together a group of her first-grade students who are reading nonfiction, helping them to expand the ways they share what they are learning with classmates.
Andrea Smith explains a close reading activity her fourth-grade students will complete as part of an owl research project.
Mandy Robek presents a two-minute reminder minilesson to her kindergartners on the "I-Pick" strategy for selecting books during independent reading time.
Heather Rader teaches a fourth-grade class, using the analogy of a sponge to explain how summaries work. In this video, the students review the four rules used for nonfiction summaries and corresponding kinesthetic movements and brainstorm a list of “what’s important to know about summaries.”
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