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Close Reading for Summer

I have shared before about the importance of establishing a close reading routine in your teaching. You can check out THIS blog and THIS blog to learn more. Now that

ALT Text: Do you need fun summer writing prompts for your Kindergarten, first, or second grade students? Think, Draw, Write is an engaging way to keep students writing, all the way until the last day of school!

The end of the year is approaching, fast! One of the best ways to keep the end of the year ‘chaos’ from creeping in too soon, is to keep your


It’s officially Spring time! It feels strange to talk about activities for the end of the year…but we are officially there! For some of you, April is your last full

When we think about using nonfiction texts with students, there are a few things that usually give us pause.  First, nonfiction texts can be full of complex vocabulary and concepts,

Spring is here, and so is a new ‘I Am a Reader’ set! I shared about the inside look of I Am a Reader in the winter. You can take

Pre-Reading Skills Phonics passages allow early readers to focus on decoding words. It is important to provide students with frequent opportunities to develop their skills as word decoders. Prior to

Some of the first words our students learn to read are CVC words. CVC words are easy to segment and blend. They follow predictable vowel patterns, so they are perfect

spring close reading

It’s no secret that close reading is near and dear to my heart. Really, any topic and literacy is near and dear to my heart! I love seasonal reading even

spring lesson plans

It is so hard to believe that we are about to turn the corner into spring! This school year has thrown many ups and downs at us all, but we’ve


One of my favorite center activities of all time is Think, Draw, Write. I’ve shared about this activity in the past here and here. Today I want to show you how to use