Improve reading comprehension skills - Making this a routine to ask students "What are you thinking?" and, in the beginning, they must respond with one of these prompts

The Teaching Thief - Metacognition Stems - Teach student to use these sentence starters when responding in online discussions.

Accelerated Reader Lexile Conversion Chart | Conversion Chart

Reading Level Conversion Chart - Accelerated Reader, Lexile, DRA, Fountas and Pinnel and more!

Main Idea Gangnam style

Video for teaching Main Idea Gangnam style OMG are going to love this! They certainly will NEVER forget what the main idea is!

A large digital library of books. Can watch on computer or project onto smartboard.

Jan Brett is one of my five (grown) childrens' favorite authors. The Hat is a variation on the classic "mitten" tale. She also retold that as The Mitten (of course)

23 Great Picture Books for 5th Grade :: PragmaticMom

23 Great Picture Books for 5th Grade

The Pragmatic Mom has it right . These are 23 GREAT picture books for kids in fourth and fifth grade! Picture books are such a powerful way to teach language in bite size portion

vocab on the move - students have the word on their head and need to get clues from others to figure out their word

Vocab on the Move--Students all have a sentence strip with a vocab word on it and do not know what the word is. They travel around the room to find a synonym, antonym, example, sentence, etc. The clues are used to determine the word on their heads.

This mini book may be used to map any book. Students fill in story elements including characters, setting, point of view, mood, story plot, symbolism, conflict, theme, and important quotes.

describe incidents that advance the story or novel, explaining how each incident gives rise to or foreshadows future events;

Questions to use with Paired Reading Discussion Strategy - free

Questions to use with Paired Reading Discussion Strategy - free - cut in half and fold to create bookmark. Directions on one side and questions on the other.

Watch a 5th grade class in action as they use close reading strategies to determine the main idea and important details from a newspaper article about the Seneca people! #closereading

Pinner said: Holly Cow Batman! Great video modeling close reading in the elementary grades! Common Core Literacy: Close Reading Strategies with Informational Text on Vimeo

This 20 page Wax Museum Project will help your students create an amazing biography research report on a famous American. The culminating part of the project is an amazing Wax Museum, where students dress up as the person they have learned about and stand “still”, like a Wax Museum, until someone walks up to them and presses the “button” on their backdrop. Then students give a short 3 - 4 sentence speech about that person's life. Great learning experience for kids and good P.R. $

Wax Museum: Biography Research Report for 3rd - 6th Grade | Biography Project