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Guided Reading

Teaching main idea and details.

Teaching students how to answer short answer questions....this is a big challenge in 4th grade.

Life in 4B...: sentence fluency

Literature Circles are the way to go with the new common core!! Teaching Fashionista: literature circles

Teaching Fashionista: literature circles

This fun, interactive simulation of Memory Transmissions in Lois Lowry’s novel The Giver will allow students to empathize with Jonas, and also play the role of The Giver #TheGiver #LoisLowry #Teach

The Giver - 9 Teaching Activities. FREE. A list of potential teaching activities to support the study of Lois Lowry's The Giver.

The Giver - 9 Teaching Activities

Blog post about classroom libraries and FREE Genre Posters

Having Class: Classroom Libraries - Freebie Alert!

End of the Year FUN Unit (SAMPLE PAGE) Students are challenged to read 100 books over the summer or anytime of the year. Book log is included.

Teaching students about fractured fairy tales? Here's a list to get you started.

14 Fractured Fairy Tales - No Time For Flash Cards

Using Sticky Notes to Increase Reading Comprehension...I used to do this when I taught reading - great strategy!

Using Sticky Notes to Increase Reading Comprehension

Active Thinking Strategies (upper elementary +)

Amazing blog about guided reading groups

Middle school bulletin board. Students can write a 140-character tweet from their character's POV. Can change every week.

The Middle School Mouth: Textmapping Nonfiction reading strategy :)

Inferences - teacher's bag. This is an engaging lesson and can be modified for all grades! My students loved this.

Character Traits or use to describe Historical person. Student to draw what they think person looks like and write sentences to describe and explain.

Pictures of staff holding their favorite book in front of their faces. Kids have to guess who's behind the book! I love this idea!!

Literary techniques explained via Disney movies. Handy article from Buzzfeed that will give you some excellent vocab to use when discussing your favorite stories : )

Love this idea to teach kids giving a book a chance. "Blind Date with a Book" Activity for independent reading. Wrap up books and decorate with key words that relate to each. Students pick a book, unwrap it, record it and read for 30 pages. Good date=keep it, finish it, review it. Bad date=return it, and write about why it wasn't the book for you. Great "get to know yourself as a reader" activity!

vocab on the move.pdf

Parent-Friendly PRINTABLE Common Core Standards. This is what your children will be tested on starting in the 2014-2015 school year in 45 participating states (so far). Checklists for grades kindergarten - 5th grade. Simple to understand. Also available in Spanish.