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Teaching Main Idea Vs. Theme Task Cards- this is SUCH a hard thing to teach! I love that these cards include a thinking guide to walk students through the thought process.

Teaching With a Mountain View: Teaching Main Idea Vs. Theme

The Wild Rumpus: Teacher Freebie Redux

The Wild Rumpus: Teacher Freebie Redux

Organizing EVERYTHING you need for successful guided reading groups

A day in first grade: Guided Reading Made Easy

Finding the reading levels is as easy as scanning the ISBN on the back of your book. Within seconds, you will be viewing the Guided Reading (GR), DRA, Grade Level Equivalent (GLE), and/or Lexile levels for your books.

Time For Kids: a great collection of nonfiction articles for students.

Conversations in Literacy: Informational Text Resource

Author's purpose. Read a new story everyday for a week. Could be done with any author, theme or topic.

Picasa Web Albums - Jennifer Jones - Classroom Wal...

Context Clues My Life as a Third Grade Teacher

Sticky Note for nonfiction

  • Dawn Renee

    We could even use this in first grade. Great idea!

  • Ana Amad

    Hay esta bien este ejemplo, yo soy un desastre en esta área,gracias.

Vocabulary Journals - use them for any academic area! Giveaway and a sale

The Teachers' Cauldron: Wishlist Wednesday - Vocabulary Journals

FREE! Long and Short Vowel Sorts. Create frog and toad containers, or use the sorting mats.

Differentiation Station Creations: Frog and Toad Freebie!

Free 7 syllable types handout and classroom poster set.

Classroom Freebies: 7 Syllable Types Posters

Close reading annotations- I love the idea of boxing important vocabulary! Perfect for content, too.

SECRET CODES~ Every little spy needs a way to send secret messages to their partner. Use this DIY printable decoder to write cryptic messages

Context Clue Strategies - Useful for any student that may have trouble with vocabulary while reading.

Context Clue Strategies - Polka Pics

- Students select two unfamiliar and interesting words from their own reading. After becoming "expert" or "master" of these words students design a card which provides a series of clues so that a partner (who does not know the secret words) can guess the words.

BALANCEDLITERACYDIET :: Balanced Literacy Diet

I thought this would be a fun thing to encourage reading, etc. Sentence fragments are colored coded and interchangeable. Add pictures? Kids love making silly things.

Aussie Pumpkin Patch: Silly Sentence Game

Character Map - Includes list of character traits on the back!

Totally Terrific in Texas: Character Map

FREE! Help your students be more reflective about where they are as readers and set realistic goals to prevent the summer slide.