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Close Reading

What Close Reading Tools Are The Best For My Students?

We’ve been talking about HOW to teach close reading. But WHAT close reading tools do you need in your classroom to effectively teach a close …

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Close Reading

I Taught A Great Close Reading Lesson. Now What?

Do you remember Fun Fridays? Or am I showing how old I am? This is the day at the end of the week to celebrate …

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How to Turn First Grade Close Read Questions Into Interactive Writing Activities

During writer’s workshop, especially at the beginning of the year, my students biggest problem was getting started. No matter how many close read questions I …

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5 Exciting Student Of the Week Ideas For Building Relationships With Students

You know you need to build relationships with students, but how do you get to know each one of your kiddos with such little time? …

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Close Reading

Need Some Close Read Activities? Here Are Some You Haven’t Considered.

You want to teach close reading, but you’re stuck on what to do after you introduce the text passage. Let’s add some fun close read …

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How To Build Classroom Community With A Fun Time Capsule

It’s back to school time and you have a million things to do. You know you need to build classroom community, but you also want …

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How To Plan An Easy Review Activity On The Seesaw App From Start To Finish

Do you want to know how to make an easy review activity using the Seesaw app that you can use for years to come? I’m …

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Yes! You Can Use Google Classroom In First Grade!

To me, Google Classroom was something that my teenagers used for their classwork, and not something I’d dream of using with my first grade students. …

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Close Reading

Five Steps For Close Reading To Boost Your Student’s Vocabulary

I’m continuing this blog series on the steps of close reading. Today’s topic? Vocabulary development! We’ve all seen studies about vocabulary development in children. The …

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Year-Long Passages For Close Reading

Save time and money by purchasing this bundle of YEAR-LONG PASSAGES FOR CLOSE READING! These fun and engaging passages and activities have everything your students need to practice independent reading and comprehension. You can prep all of your reading lessons or centers for the whole year now and save time and money!  Learn more…

Reader’s Theater Scripts For Fairy Tale Classics

If you like reader’s theater, you’ll love these reader’s theater scripts for fairy tale classics!

You’ll get two versions of scripts for the popular fairy tales. This is great for beginning readers, or to challenge your advanced readers. The reader’s theater activities are also fully digital on Google Slides!  Learn more…

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