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A Picture Walk in Kindergarten

Mandy Robek takes her kindergartners through a picture walk using Mrs. Wishy Washy as the text.

Shared Reading and Annotation in Sixth Grade

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.

Adding to a Word Wall in Kindergarten

Mandy Robek prepares students for adding to the word wall in kindergarten.

Poetry and Fluency Minilesson in Second Grade

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.

Stuck on a Thesis

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.

Book Talks in 4th Grade

Tony Keefer previews Infinity Ring with his fourth graders, and talks about the value of book talks for building a reading community.

Shared Writing in Kindergarten

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.

Science Challenge

Franki Sibberson’s students share results from the science challenge homework. The class discussion is a collaborative reflective process.

Using Wonderopolis in Classrooms

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.

Literacy Through Illustration in Kindergarten

Max Brand describes how he uses images to build reading and writing skills among his kindergartners.

Teaching Rereading Strategies: Backing Up and the Bossy E

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.

The Lunch Lady and Gender in Reading

Franki Sibberson’s students discuss an opinion/argumentative article that suggests boy readers should also read books with female protagonists.

Nonfiction Reading Group in First Grade

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.

Owl Research: Marking Up Text

Andrea Smith explains a close reading activity her fourth-grade students will complete as part of an owl research project.

Kindergarten I-Pick Lesson

Mandy Robek presents a two-minute reminder minilesson to her kindergartners on the "I-Pick" strategy for selecting books during independent reading time.

The Sponge Summary Lesson: Understanding Summaries

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.”

The Sponge Summary Lesson: Introduction

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.”

5th Grade Sentence Observation

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

Listen In: Writing Reviews

In this video, Kincaid shares a complex system of recording beloved fantasy books and characters. Even though it wasn’t planned, Heather and Kincaid end up discussing reviews as a potential way to inform and explain the fantasy reading.

Using Comics in Literacy Workshops

Franki Sibberson works with her 3rd and 4th graders to use comics in the literacy workshop. Students study a variety of comics and list common attributes in small- and whole-group settings.

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 picture book The Zoo by Suzy Lee. Because the students need the pictures to help understand the characters, setting and events, they are able to see how pictures help us “think in the story” and “figure out the words.”

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