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Life in Fifth Grade: Increasing Students' Thinking! Moving Past "Right There" Questions

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4th grade read alouds. I read The BFG for summer school and the kids loved it much more than I thought they would! :)

Fourth grade and first grade read aloud book suggestions from This Lunch Rox. Also included on this page is a list of first grade read aloud books. Great titles for both grade levels!

Assignments for any novel or short story

Creating Structure to "Turn and Talk" Gives students ways to begin statements and guides their listening.

When students are in book buddies, here's some ideas for helping them discuss their books. Partners talk about books.

The more I become experienced in my craft, the more I realize that most teachers are thrown a manual and told to teach. For me, there have been big Aha’s and I actually have realized why the reading programs are putting these components into their program. I would like to express that I am not...Read More »

10 Things You Have To Know When You Teach Reading

The more I become experienced in my craft, the more I realize that most teachers are thrown a manual and told to teach. For me, there have been big Aha’s and I actually have realized why the reading programs are putting these components into their p

Great post about read alouds and book talks! Fabulous freebie, as well. Reading in the Wild: Self-Selecting Reading

Reading in the Wild: Self-Selecting Reading-promote students sharing books with each other during book talks.

Looking From Third to Fourth: Must Read Mentor Text - Recess Queen & Point of View

Mean Jean is the biggest bully on the school playground until a new girl arrives and challenges Jean's status as the Recess Queen. By Alexis O'Neill

Looking From Third to Fourth: Must Read Mentor Text - A Bad Case of Stripes - Making Connections

A Bad Case Of Stripes, by David Shannon. An inspiring Children’s Book with a Positive Message. Camilla Cream is very, very worried about what other people think of her. In fact, she”s so worried that she”s about to break out in… a bad case of stripes!

Ralph Tells a Story: A good story to teach reluctant writers that everyone has a story to tell. Just talk about what you're comfortable with and what you know. Appropriate for first/second grade and up.

Ralph Tells a Story By Abby Hanlon Summery: “ Nothing ever happens to Ralph. So every day when it’s time to write stories, Ralph thinks really hard. He stares at his paper. He stares at the ceiling.

The story is about a boy who gets punished and has a spell put on him. The boy needs to collect special words to break the spell. The book discusses puns, oxymorons, anagrams, palindromes and onomatopoeia. It is a short chapter book, a very quick read. http://www.sturgeon.k12.mo.us/elementary/numphrey/subjectpages/reading/punished!.html

Great book to read aloud to class when studying figurative language--puns, palindromes, anagrams.about a boy that is punished and can only speak in puns. The cure can only be found when he is sent out in search of other types of words. I love puns!

Life in 4B...: We're Baaaack! For book reports.

Conversational Moves Great Anchor Chart for Read Aloud discussions. I called it Read a Loud Sentence starters--and all my students loved it on Day It helps them so much with the "complete sentence" mantra we have been pushing them towards.


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Conversational Moves Great Anchor Chart for Read Aloud discussions. I called it Read a Loud Sentence starters--and all my students loved it on Day It helps them so much with the "complete sentence" mantra we have been pushing them towards.

talking about books anchor chart

When students are in book buddies, here's some ideas for helping them discuss their books. Partners talk about books.

Great book to read aloud to class when studying figurative language--puns ...about a boy that is punished and can only speak in puns. The cure can only be found when he is sent out in search of other types of words...Awesome!

Great book to read aloud to class when studying figurative language--puns, palindromes, anagrams.about a boy that is punished and can only speak in puns. The cure can only be found when he is sent out in search of other types of words. I love puns!

"Wonder" what it's like to have kids stare at you?  RJ Palacio's inspiration for writing "Wonder."

'Wonder' What It's Like To Have Kids Stare At You?

Wonder: Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates.

Ralph Tells a Story is a must-have picture book to inspire young writers. Teachers who teach writing workshop shouldn't be without it!

Ralph Tells a Story By Abby Hanlon Summery: “ Nothing ever happens to Ralph. So every day when it’s time to write stories, Ralph thinks really hard. He stares at his paper. He stares at the ceiling.

Teach the character trait RESPECT! This book is a hoot, and every kid relates with it!

Mean Jean is the biggest bully on the school playground until a new girl arrives and challenges Jean's status as the Recess Queen. By Alexis O'Neill

Do you think you can fit inside a 3x5 index card? No? Science experiments for kids don't have to be difficult. So what is the trick to doing this?

Science Experiments for Kids - Index Card Chain

Read, Rhyme and Sing blog

Ellen Stoll Walsh Mouse Count others--Balancing Act; science math in storytime

Mrs. Beattie's Classroom: Word Work Centers - GO!

How to Differentiate Word Work and Engage Your Students

Beattie's Classroom: Word Work Centers - GO!

The Counting Cookies activity builds vocabulary and early math skills. You can have as many or as few cookies as you want. Count the chocolate chips and the number of cookies in the jar.

I made this Counting Cookies activity for the Early Literacy Fair. My kids also love playing with the cookies, especially when I play with t.