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Three Mini-Lessons for Teaching Students to Make Inferences with Pictures

As your readers continue to dig deep into text, making inferences is an important skill for them to practice.  We make inferences every day without…

I Need A Hug: 5 Meaningful Activities About Friendship

“I Need a Hug” by Aaron Blabey is a sweet story of a porcupine that just needs a hug but all of the other animals…

5 Mini-Lessons to Teach Procedural Writing

Teaching procedural writing is such a fun writing genre to teach.  Kids come in contact with procedural texts all the time, they just may not…

Why is Reading Aloud Important?

There is something so special about reading with students, hearing their excitement, listening to their questions, and having discussions.  Reading aloud provides a connection between…

A Guide to Meaningful Reading Conferences

Reading conferences are one the best parts of reading workshop.  I know it may not always feel that way; you may feel unsure of how…

A Flicker of Hope: Activities of Hope & Resilience

“A Flicker of Hope” is a beautiful book about a little candle whose flame is not as bright as it once was.  The story is…

Close Reading: Giving Students a Purpose for Repeated Reading

For teachers, close reading can sometimes feel intimidating.  With limited time, how can students complete meaningful readings AND respond?  To students, close reading can seem…

5 Ways to Teach Poetry in Upper Elementary Classrooms

When poetry is mentioned, it’s usually met with a few groans…from the students and maybe even the teacher! But there are so many benefits to…

April Activities & Ideas for Upper Elementary

There are so many fun activities to do during the month of April! The weather is (hopefully) getting warmer and you’re able to get outside,…

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