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Close Reading... What an awesome way to show students why reading over again is SO IMPORTANT!! And using Oreos!


Who's Who and Who's New: Close Reading with Oreos


Taking the Rocket Science out of Close Reading


Taking the Rocket Science out of Close Reading - The Classroom Key

Word Work Menu for the Daily 5 using Words Their Way- like this for the last unit in kindergarten... then again it's a good enrichment too for those fast friends...


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from Teachers Pay Teachers

Word Work for Big Kids: Vocabulary Activities

Word Work activities that work for any vocabulary words. Perfect for use with Daily 5 or in literacy centers for upper elementary students. Just print, laminate, and place in your Word Work center for easy student instructions! Includes 15 activities!


Word Work for Big Kids

from Minds in Bloom

5 Hands-on Strategies to Teach Reading Comprehension for ESL Students

Graphic organizers like this can help English Language Learners because it helps to break down definitions in an easier way, rather than looking at a complicated note page. It also compares what a summary is and what it is not. These are helpful because it gives examples of both, which is helpful for ELL students. Also, in this organizer, key words are underlined!

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Writing Summaries

Year after year my students struggled with summaries, and then I started using this method for teaching summary writing. Eureka! I will never again teach this skill without this summary anchor chart.

Writing Summaries

from Cassie Dahl: Teaching & Technology

Maximizing Scholastic Reading Club Orders

Do you use Scholastic Reading Club in your classroom? Are you maximizing your orders and getting free books for your students? This blog post has tons of ideas on how you can become a Scholastic Ninja and make the most of your monthly book orders.

Maximizing Scholastic Reading Club Orders

I always tell my students not to interrupt conferences unless they are bleeding, have a broken limb, or are on fire. Might have to make a funny chart for the wall...maybe let them help make this one for fun during the first week!

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Lyndsey Gayle