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First Grade Blue Skies: Close Reading in Elementary School Book Study Ch 3 {FREEBIE}.....Follow for Free 'too-neat-not-to-keep' literacy tools other fun teaching stuff :)

character traits and how characters change: providing evidence for common core

Conversations in Literacy: Compare & Contrast with 3 Little Pigs

Organizing literacy centers.

The Brown-Bag Teacher: Creating a Reader's Workshop Schedule

I use reader's notebooks (composition notebooks) every year with my third graders, as part of reading workshop. I LOOOOOVE how this teacher organizes the materials! Great idea!

My favorite book to read to my class - they love seeing me get in trouble for reading a book!!

Great Interactive Reader's Notebook- requires very little cutting and gluing during small group reading time- 4 sections- great way to keep students organized and accountable for their reading

This post is full of great ideas about Close Reading based on the book "Falling in Love with Close Reading".

Close Reading in a first grade classroom! What it looks like and a freebie to try it out.

Sight Word Practice - Lots of great ideas for teaching sight words and writing sentences!

Dr. Clements' Kindergarten : Sight Word Practice

Struggling Readers Series: 10 Things Struggling Readers Need ~ from phonics instruction, fluency, and comprehension strategies to kinds of texts we should choose for them | This Reading Mama

Phrases for Homework BUNDLE: includes Pre-Primer, Primer and first grade sight words! Great unit to use with beginning readers as well as struggling readers in higher classes!

One Stop Teacher Shop Blog: A post about Reading Strategy Cards! Just LOVE these!!!

Whisper phones: student and teacher sizes! Differentiation Station Creations: Fluency Phones With No Prep

TEACHERS! This is a great video explaining different parts of a non-fiction book: headings, sub-headings, captions, diagrams, glossary, the difference between fiction and non-fiction etc. The video is 6:32 long.

Text features for non-fiction, somewhat color-coded (tee-hee). First grade anchor chart.

One of the handouts detailing the Close Reading process in two of The Teacher Next Door's resources: Close Reading Using Informational Text and Task Cards: Close Reading Questions for Teachers.