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Rachael Hull

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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 reading lesson? Get Your Close Reading Tools Together? When I first started teaching close reading to my students, it was a disaster. I didn’t know how to take these higher

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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 what we learned with a fun activity or, dare I say it… watch a movie! Fun Fridays have gone by the wayside, but I’m going to show you how to

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close read activities

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 activities to extend the life of your lessons. When you’re teaching close reading, vocabulary and key text components like reading comprehension skills are the most important things to focus on.

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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 a fun beginning of the year activity. Your kiddos are going to be nervous as they enter your room, so you need activities to get to know your students right

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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. Enter Covid-19. All of a sudden, I knew I’d better come up with a plan and quick! Here is the fifth post on the best classroom apps you can use

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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 more words and phrases a child knows by the age of two helps them to develop the language skills they need to be successful readers. As a mom, I tried

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You Can’t Find Close Read Passages? Here’s How To Write Your Own!

So you’ve been spending your planning period looking for the right close read passages. Sometimes it’s hard to find the right passage for close reading, especially if you have little readers. They might be too hard/easy and you’re left feeling like Goldilocks looking for the perfect chair. Ever been there? When you can’t find the

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