This non fiction text feature scavenger hunt is the perfect resource to practice and engage!

Text Feature Scavenger Hunt (Informational Text)

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You’re going to enjoy this new product line – Nonfiction Text Feature Scavenger Hunts! In this post, you will see: How the Scavenger Hunt Increases Learning. When to Use the Scavenger Hunt. What’s in the Text Feature Scavenger Hunt? Here’s a quick overview video, and then we’ll get into the details.   Text Feature Scavenger […]

This lesson plan has 2 days of activities to teach about Todd Beamer 9-11

Todd Beamer and 9/11 (September 11th Hero Lesson)

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SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSeptember 11, 2001 was a tragic day in American history. The terror attacks remain a horrific memory for who were alive on 9/11.However, there were many stories of heroism that deserve to be told. Todd Beamer was an American hero on Flight 93 on September 11th. Todd Beamer Lesson Plan BundleThis Todd Beamer lesson plan […]

Fluency Warm-Ups for Word Study

Fluency Warm-Ups for Grades 3-6

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  Fluency Warm-Ups for Word Study Fluency Warm-Ups are rolling out! The unit Fluency 2, is in the free Word Study Warm-Ups course and is uploading as I type this sentence. In these fluency warm-ups, students will: Build word recognition skills. Increase automaticity with decoding skills. Discover vowel digraphs. Sort words. Meet the new Professor Pike!     […]

What does the research say about word study in upper elementary school?

Research Review for Word Study

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A quick research review for word study can answer very important questions about literacy curriculum and instruction in our schools.What does the research say about the use of word study?What type of word study instruction is effective in upper elementary and middle school?What are the purposes and effects of teaching word knowledge to transitional readers?In […]

Spiral Warmups for Word Study, Vocabulary, Spelling Patterns.

NEWS: Spiral Warmups for Word Study

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We are excited to give to you our newest FREE teaching resource to help engage your students and increase learning! Spiralwarmups.com. It’s word study bundled into 3-6 minutes of no-prep, just turn on and learn warm-ups. The warm-ups are designed to spiral the essential reading and writing skills.   >>Tap Here to Sign Up<<   Daily Word […]

Why Shared Reading is the Most Effective Instructional Activity in the Reading Classroom

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  If you could choose only one Instructional Activity for Reading what would it be? What one strategy would you use to increase reading levels? Would you choose guided reading, reading mini-lessons, read-alouds, or test prep? Well, okay… I know you wouldn’t choose test prep, but what about: leveled texts? reading stations? independent reading with […]

Find fresh strategies and questions for close reading with elementary students.

Close Reading for Elementary Students

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What is Close Reading for Elementary Students? Take note, young readers need close reading too! More than anything they need reading strategies to build comprehension. Close reading for elementary students is: thinking about the text, critical analysis of a text, focusing on details that repeat, finding patterns in the text, and raising questions about the text. […]

Enhance reading comprehension with these strategies!

Reading Strategies for Transitional Readers

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Transitional Readers Need Reading Strategies Transitional readers need reading strategies to increase reading levels. Transitional readers have passed the early stages of reading (Levels B-H) and are ready to start reading short chapter books and nonfiction with longer paragraphs. Difficult picture books are great as students are learning to read with phrasing and rely less […]

Teaching Summaries, Getting Detailed Part 1

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SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSummarizing is one of the greatest skills of good reading, but teaching students how to summarize is a great challenge. I have found one way that makes it simple: get detailed and get specific. That’s what this post is about. What do you need to detail for students? What specifically do you need to explain […]