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Conferring Close-Up: Test-Taking Strategies (Part 2)

Andrea Smith leads her fourth-grade class during word study time as they analyze a math word problem. In this video, she chats with two girls who are considering the word problem. This is the second video in a three-part series.

Reading Word Problems: Test-Taking Skills (Part 1)

Andrea Smith leads her 4th grade class during word study time as they analyze a math word problem. She uses an anchor chart developed by the class that lists math skills and strategies that are essential for success.

Class Discussion: Test-Taking Strategies (Part 3)

Andrea Smith leads her 4th grade class during word study time as they analyze a math word problem. In this video, she debriefs with the whole class after partner work. This is the final video in a three-part series.

Fonts: Small Group and Conferring with Intermediate Writers

In this follow-up to a whole class lesson and discussion of fonts, Franki Sibberson pulls together a group of 3rd and 4th graders from her class who have asked to be a part of a small group on fonts.

Working on Accuracy and Fluency: Conferring with Colin

Joan Moser confers with Colin, a first grader who is working on the skills of fluency and accuracy.

Drawing to Learn: Conferring with Luis

In this four-minute video, Andie Cunningham confers with Luis during writing workshop. Luis is a six-year-old English language learner whose passion is drawing.

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. For young students having trouble understanding that writing revision involves more than just adding text, a minilesson on revising titles is a quick and easy way to show the power of making small changes to drafts.

Crafting Characters in Writer’s Workshop

In this lesson from writer's workshop, Franki Sibberson shows how shared text can be used to help young writers understand character traits and development.

Fonts Lesson: A Revision Strategy for Transitional Writers

Franki Sibberson teaches a minilesson on fonts as a revision strategy for her grades 3 and 4 students.

Conferring with Anna

Anna is a five-year-old student in an Oregon kindergarten classroom who speaks Vietnamese at home. In this conference with Ruth Shagoury, she shares writing about her classmates and a snake, testing out her growing knowledge of the alphabet, sounds, and the purposes of writing.

Conferring with Emily

In this conference with six-year-old Emily, Ruth Shagoury looks for a way into a conversation by using Emily's drawings, previous writing, and interests. Emily's first language is Hmong, and she is experimenting with Chinese characters in her writing.

Conferring with Eddie

Eddie is a six-year-old student who speaks Cantonese as his first language. In this conference with Ruth Shagoury, there is little English spoken, and yet there is much communication through gestures and shared history.

Conferring with Vita

Andie Cunningham confers with Vita, an English language learner whose first language is Russian. Vita is in the silent period. Notice how Andie coaxes communication from Vita, and manages to convey a sense of delight at her work, an acknowledgment of Vita's importance in the classroom community, and some guidance for future writing.

Setting Nonfiction Goals

Franki Sibberson facilitates a discussion with her class of third and fourth graders about their nonfiction reading. They are setting goals during Nonfiction Reading Time.

Supporting Thoughtful Book Choice in Grades 3-4

In this video filmed in the spring, Franki Sibberson helps her third and fourth grade students think through what books they might select for independent reading. The discussion ranges from new books available in the class library, to individual quirks and preferences.

Conferring About Stamina in 3rd Grade

In this conference with third-grade student Jeffrey, Beth Lawson helps this young reader think through the importance of developing stamina to get through the first 50 pages of a book. Beth connects the conference to a wall chart the class developed earlier in the year.

Reorganizing Guided Reading Supplies

In this video from a first-grade classroom, Joan Moser and Gail Boushey ("The Sisters") help Kelly Yahr reorganize the books and materials in her guided reading instruction area.

Book Clubs in 3rd Grade

At the beginning of this book club, Beth Lawson checks in with three students about their character studies in the book Because of Winn Dixie. As they prepare to have an independent conversation, she offers them a suggestion to get started.

Nonfiction Read Aloud (Part 2)

Sean Moore is reading Plants That Eat Animals to his second graders. He asks students to listen for short periods of time, and then has them remember two facts and do a think pair share quickly.

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