reading

3 Ways to Celebrate Veterans Day in the Classroom

How to Celebrate Veterans Day in the Classroom Veterans Day is a time to honor and remember the men and women who have served in the military to protect our freedom. In the classroom, it presents a unique opportunity to educate children about the sacrifices made by our veterans and

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How to Use One Page Phonics Intervention

You need a simple solution to target your students’ reading needs. With One Page Phonics Intervention, students will work on their phonological awareness, encoding, and decoding. This is a helpful tool for identifying the breakdown while practicing these foundational reading skills. Let’s chat about how to use this no-prep intervention

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10 Different Ways to Use Virtual Libraries

Virtual Libraries can have so many uses in the classroom. The changes to the way we deliver instruction this year required a lot of new technologies and tools for keeping students engaged. My two passions are having fun while learning and reading every day. I always made it a goal

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Teaching Guided Reading in a Virtual Classroom

 I started this post back in July but I had to stop. I knew I wanted to help teachers plan for virtual reading groups. But, honestly, I still wasn’t sure exactly how it would all work. Now that I am teaching (both in person and virtually), I feel a little

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How to Teach Reading Effectively using Comprehension Kits

I am so excited to share with you “A Look Inside” Comprehension kits today.  These resources have transformed my teaching of reading. It has allowed me to effectively teach reading consistentl across my whole group and small group lessons.  With the flexibility of the materials and options for differentiating, I

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10 of the Best Read Aloud Books for 2nd Grade

One of my daily goals is to read a quality picture book and a chapter from a chapter book to my 2nd graders.  It doesn’t always happen but I am successful about 80% of the time. I firmly believe reading to our students needs to happen every day (along with

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First Three Reading Lessons of the School Year

I am really excited to wrap up my “First Three” blog series with my first three reading lessons of the school year. If you missed my other posts, you can check them outhere. While I love teaching math and I definitely identify as a writer, teaching reading is also a

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Activities and Books for Teaching Fact and Opinion

Facts and Opinions I love having activities and books for teaching fact and opinion prepared and ready to teach! In this post, I’m sharing with you how I teach fact and opinion using mini-lessons and mentor texts. Out of all of the comprehension skills, I have found that teaching facts

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Ways To Teach Author’s Purpose: Activities And Books

 Comprehension is often ranked as the last in the progression of skills when learning to read but I think it is crucial to weave comprehension into every step of the reading journey. In this post, I will Author’s Purpose activities including how to introduce the topic and texts, and why

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How to Teach Story Elements using Mentor Texts

The first comprehension skill for the school year I teach is how to identify story elements. I love using Mentor Texts to support my shared reading lessons. I pick this skill for a few reasons; but, primarily because in order to effectively retell or summarize a fiction story, students need

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