Hello Friends! August is only two days away and my thoughts have turned to back-to-school preparation!  While my reading intervention classroom will be in a new space with a new decor theme this year, the materials I use to help my striving readers develop confidence and fluency while having fun will not change! BACK TO SCHOOL MADE EASY FOR ELEMENTARY EDUCATORS USE POETRY TO ENGAGE READERS AND BUILD FLUENCY SKILLS Thematic original poems and songs that piggyback off of familiar folk tunes are two of my favorite types of texts to use with my students at the beginning of the school year.  They are short, rhymed, rhythmic, and repetitive.  They are also full of sight words and a variety of vowel patterns!  In short, they help us practice a variety of important reading skills while having fun! The FREE resource that I created exclusively for this blog hop sponsored by The Reading Crew features four poems about one of my favorite subjects......GNOMES!  They are formatted into a  mini-bookle...
This blog post was previously published over at Minds in Bloom as a guest feature about five years ago.  It is no longer active on the site, so I thought I would re-share it here!  It highlights one of my favorite lessons that integrates S.T.E.A.M. and literacy learning!  Enjoy! CASTLES UNDER CONSTRUCTION:   FULL  S.T.E.A.M.  AHEAD! ...
Welcome to the Winter Mentor Text Blog Hop! I am so glad you are here to gather great literacy lesson plans and fabulous free resources as you read through the variety of winter mentor text posts.  The posts in this link-up were written by some of my favorite teacher-authors from The Reading Crew . In this post, I will be sharing ideas about how to use Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett to teach theme. This Caldecott Honor book is simply and beautifully illustrated by Jon Klassen.  It tells the story of how one little girl and her thoughtful, generous actions change the landscape and disposition of her entire town.  Annabelle is the main character in Extra Yarn , and the quietly powerful story of how she shares her talent of knitting with others is a great springboard for classroom discussions about the themes of kindness and the importance of doing good deeds for others....
My love for poetry is no secret in my classroom, and my students know that I will always find time to rhyme during our reading lessons. Reading poetry aloud builds student phonemic awareness and rhyming skills by helping them hear the repetitive, familiar vowel sound patterns. It also builds their syllabication skills by allowing them to hear the rhythm and pattern of the poetry sentences or stanzas. Reading fluency and accuracy improves every time they re-read a poem either with the whole class, in a small group, with a partner, or at home for practice with a family member. This post will guide you on how to host weekly poetry studies in your classroom, and provide mentor texts, ideas, and additional resources to help you do it well!...
RING IN 2021 WITH   DOLLAR DEALS AND STORE SALE! Hello Friends! It is time to bid goodbye to the old and ring in the new with a Teachers Pay Teachers Dollar Deal Sale sponsored by Shelly Rhees and her Focused TpT Sellers group!  Cheers to helping you purchase what you need for the months ahead!...