Schema Maps are AWESOME because they help students identify and correct misconceptions! I definitely prefer using them to KWL Charts. This post shares exactly how you can implement this strategy in your classroom to improve student learning and deepen their understanding!

Schema Maps - An Alternative to the KWL Chart

An alternative to KWL Charts - Schema maps require students to distinguish between information that is expanding upon something they already knew and information that is brand new learning.

5 Tips for Successful Research Projects - Overwhelmed by the thought of doing a research project with your elementary students? These tips will help streamline the process so that ALL of your students will be successful, including students that struggle to write complete sentences. Use these tips to make your elementary research projects engaging, motivating, and enjoyable again! (Adventures of a Schoolmarm on Classroom Tested Resources)

5 Tips for Successful Research Projects

5 Tips for Successful Research Projects - Overwhelmed by the thought of doing a research project with your elementary students? These tips will help streamline the process so that ALL of your students will be successful, including students that struggle t

24 task cards. Use these effective and engaging common core aligned task cards with ANY novel or short story to teach your students how to closely analyze literature. This product includes 24 post reading task cards that require students to analyze character, theme, setting, conflict, plot, author's tone, word choice, and much more.  These task cards work perfectly for individual, small group, or whole class assignments, as assessments, or as interactive notebook pages.

Task Cards - Literary Analysis (use with ANY novel or short story)

24 task cards. Use these effective and engaging common core aligned task cards with ANY novel or short story to teach your students how to closely analyze literature. This product includes 24 post reading task cards that require students to analyze character, theme, setting, conflict, plot, author's tone, word choice, and much more. These task cards work perfectly for individual, small group, or whole class assignments, as assessments, or as interactive notebook pages.

This KWL chart can be used for any age of student that can read and write. I have used it as young as first grade, but also with college students. ...

FREE KWL Chart~ This visual chart helps bring home the point behind this common exercise. Love the lines for writing and the easy-to-understand design! I like this one a lot better than 3 columns

20 Things for Students to Do with Informational Text [infographic]

The most common request I have received this year as a literacy coach is to cover a teacher’s class. Just kidding. That’s the second-most common request. Seriously, the practice that most of the …

Are you teaching your students about making inferences?  This inferencing product is FREE and includes various printables to help students understand how to infer using a variety of strategies.  Teacher friendly and engaging for students, you're sure to love it!

Are you teaching your students about making inferences? This inferencing product is FREE and includes various printables to help students understand how to infer using a variety of strategies. Teacher friendly and engaging for students, you're sure to l

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Schema maps are an alternative to the KWL chart!  These interactive charts help students organize their learning on a topic!

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Schema maps are an alternative to the KWL chart! These interactive charts help students organize their learning on a topic!

Schema- I like how this one includes misconceptions

Penguins Schema Chart-activate prior knowledge and built on it. A child friendly version of the KWL chart.

Select Two and Reflect (STAR) is another one of my favorite content area reading strategies to boost vocabulary! It really makes students think about which words are important and how they are connected. I love that it encourages diverse thinking because there isn't just one "right" answer!

The Select Two And Reflect Strategy

These mini anchor charts are a great addition to your interactive reader's notebook. Each anchor chart gives an explanation of a reading strategy or skill. Students can glue them in their journal for quick and easy reference while they are independently reading.

Reading Mini Anchor Charts

These mini anchor charts are a great addition to your interactive reader's notebook. Each anchor chart gives an explanation of a reading strategy or skill. Students can glue them in their journal for quick and easy reference while they are independently r

List-Group-Label is one of my favorite strategies for increasing students' vocabulary. It really helps them activate critical thinking skills and connect their prior knowledge to new learning. I especially love that it encourages divergent thinking!

The List-Group-Label Strategy

Students can use this strategy to group together ideas learned from the lesson, or activity. This is a good strategy for students to group together topics that relate from a reading.

Free poetry book and posters to help you students learn important terms.  Great for learning centers.

How to Teach Poetry (Even if You Hate it

Love these poetry anchor charts! They were perfect for my language arts bulletin board. I also made copies for my writing workshop folders. This was a great poetry vocabulary resource!

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Close Reading FREEBIE helps keep track of where you are while Close Reading! GREAT to hang up in your room for the students to get a visual reminder of where you are!

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