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How to Add to a Digital Reading Interactive Notebook

Distance learmomg/virtual teaching means bringing your reading interactive notebook to the digital realm. I have been getting a lot of questions about how to gradually build their notebooks with you throughout the year rather than assigning the entire reading interactive notebook at once. Luckily, Google Slides™ has an add-on feature that makes this super easy.… Continue reading How to Add to a Digital Reading Interactive Notebook

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16 Back to School Books Third Graders Will Love

Starting the year with rich and engaging read alouds sets the tone for the rest of the year. These incredible back to school books will help you ease nerves, ignite excitement, build community, and promote a growth mindset. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Back to School Books for the First Day First… Continue reading 16 Back to School Books Third Graders Will Love

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7 Ways to Provide Differentiation During Distance Learning

You’ve been thrown into the deep end of distance learning and have been doing an excellent job of learning how to swim, even if you feel like you’re still drowning. Out of all the challenges presented by distance learning, I think differentiation may be the biggest beast. Nevertheless, it’s an important part of what you… Continue reading 7 Ways to Provide Differentiation During Distance Learning

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6 Reading Test Taking Strategies That Work

Why Teach Test Taking Strategies? Teaching your students test taking strategies equips them with the tools necessary to be successful in the testing environment.  By no means should you “drill and kill” or focus your teaching solely on the test, but you still have the responsibility of preparing them for test day.  Students feel most… Continue reading 6 Reading Test Taking Strategies That Work

Context Clues, Literacy Stations, vocabulary

How to Easily Fit Vocabulary Instruction and Practice into Each Day

Vocabulary instruction is crucial to helping our students increase their reading comprehension and become better writers. That’s why I think it’s so important to make time for vocabulary instruction every day. Here’s an easy to follow weekly schedule of ideas to help you fit quick, simple, and meaningful vocabulary instruction and practice into each day.

Context Clues

5 Kid Approved Context Clues Activities for Upper Elementary

Context clues has always been something that I've needed to spiral throughout the entire year with my third graders, so finding fun and engaging activities has been a huge priority. I figure a lot of you are in the same boat so I've decided to share some of my best go-to context clues activities with you.

Interactive Notebooks, Plot Structure

6 Easy Ways to Help Your Students Understand Plot Structure

How to teach your students to identify the plot’s main events, sequence main events in the story, and understand how events influence future events and help develop the plot. These tips will ensure a deeper level of understanding of plot structure. Great read for second grade, third grade, and fourth grade reading teachers!