Today we’ll answer the questions: What is an argumentative text? And how do I teach it to my third graders? (And fourth graders) You’ve spent hours scouring the internet and are about to pull your hair out and/or break your computer. You’re not alone. Searching for resources to teach argumentative text can drive you crazy. […]
I’ll never forget the worried little faces of the first 24 nosy little students I answered my phone in front of. It was so unlike me. I never even look at my phone during class. Once they got over the shock of me answering my phone, their eyes darted around at one another as the […]
Why should we use an interactive reading notebook and how do we get the most out of it without the mess and the wasted time?
Forty percent of my students failed the plot assessment. I stared wide-eyed at the grade book with a lump in my throat, fighting back the tears. I had taught the story elements to these 3rd graders all week. What happened? After some reflection, I realized I had made a fatal mistake. I had taught the […]
Visualizing can be difficult to explain and measure with our third graders since it all happens inside the brain. Often, we try to get these thoughts on paper by having students draw what they “see” while reading, but visualizing is much more than that. It’s a form of inferring. Readers must identify and use the […]
Distance learning/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. […]
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 […]
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 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.
Why you should stop saying that author’s purpose is as easy as PIE and what to do instead.