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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,…

Close Reading Strategies: How to Help Students Take a Closer …

Having students tackle challenging texts can feel like an overwhelming task, but close reading is the perfect way to get students to dive into texts…

The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do: Discussing a Growth Mindset

“The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do” by Ashely Spires is a very accurate depiction of what kids go through when they are confronted with something that…

5 Must-Have Anchor Charts to Teach Personal Narratives

Teaching personal narratives is always fun.  Kids love to tell stories and putting their stories to paper is exciting, but it can also be challenging.…

Tomorrow Most Likely: Activities That Activate Students’ Imaginations

“Tomorrow Most Likely” by Dave Eggers is an unexpected favorite read-aloud with whimsical pictures and just the right spark of imagination.  This book starts with…

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