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Engage Your Writers with Think, Draw, Write!

Engaging Writing for Primary Grades It is important to find ways to make writing engaging in any grade level. But, those formative years of early independent writing may be the *most* important time to engage your students in the writing process! I have a writing routine that I have found to be highly engaging for

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Digital Guided Reading for Fall!

Digital Fall Guided Reading I recently wrote all about how excited the Fall weather makes me! The season inspires me to plan all things fall-themed, including guided reading groups. In this post I describe my printable Fall Guided Reading passages. I explain how the passages are the perfect way to build anticipation of a new

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Guided Reading in the Spring

Preparing for Benchmark Testing By the spring, typically you’re feeling pretty good about your Guided Reading groups. They are usually running smoothly, following a good flow. Even with that being the case, you still want to ensure that your readers are progressing at a good pace.  Using Running Records Most likely you have benchmark testing

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February Literacy Engagement Ideas

A Short, but Sweet Month February may be a short month, but it still can be difficult to keep readers engaged. They begin thinking of warmer weather…even if it isn’t actually near. Students are also antsy from being inside so much for the last few months. As a teacher, it’s important to keep the excitement

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Winter Literacy Activities

Winter Themed Activities In the winter months, students can have a lot of energy because they’re not able to play outside as much. Between indoor recess and it getting dark so early, there leaves little time to be outside. As teachers, it helps to try and make the entire day a little more engaging for

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Winter Word Work

Literacy Ideas for Winter The weeks leading up to, and following, winter break can be tough. Kids are all very excited about the holidays and are typically more cooped up inside. One way to keep their engagement up is to use your same main literacy materials, in new ways. “Snow” Center I love these white

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Books for October

Your Not So Typical Titles For many students, October is all about Halloween. Are you looking for some new books to add into your rotation for the month? I came up with a list of books that aren’t totally related to Halloween, but still perfect for the weeks leading up to it. These books are

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Halloween Freebies

Literacy Resources for October In order to keep readers engaged month after month, it’s important to switch out materials being used. In this post, you’ll find some freebies to help readers share their excitement for Halloween. At the same time, readers will be learning. Yay! Beginning Sounds Literacy Center Early readers need a lot of

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