Distance Learning, Reading

Distance Learning: Communication Tools

Making the transition to distance learning? I have been compiling some resources to help you continue teaching the standards you were planning. Before we get to those, let's discuss some of the ways to present and send these lessons and materials to your students and how they can send completed work back to you.


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!

Test Prep

Do Your Students Know the Language of the Test?

Academic vocabulary is huge. A student who understands the development of the plot in a passage can still miss a plot question on test day if he/she isn’t familiar with tier II and III vocabulary such as contribute, develop, conflict, or rising action. We need to make sure we are repeatedly exposing our students to academic vocabulary and teaching them use it in context during discussions.