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Category: LITERACY

HOW TO SET UP A CLASSROOM LIBRARY

It is essential that students have access to a full and diverse classroom library at their fingertips. Access to quality literature is Prior to the start of the year, we as teachers need to think about how to create a space in our classroom that nurtures student curiosity regarding our

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How to Create an Ideal Class Meeting Area for Read Alouds

It is incredibly important to create a space in your classroom that is specifically designed for read-alouds, whole group instruction and class meetings.  How will you set up a class meeting area in your classroom? There are so many different ideas on Pinterest and educational blogs. It can be overwhelming!

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HOW TO FIND TIME FOR READ ALOUDS

As teachers, we know how valuable time with our students is: Pull outs for special education services, state testing, assemblies, and the days leading up to the holidays and vacations – forget about it! Additionally, we have mandates set by the federal, state, and local governments. We have expectations set

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How to Get FREE Books for Your Classroom Library

As classroom teachers, we know how important it is to have a fully-stocked classroom library that includes a variety of genres, topics, plot lines, characters, settings, cultures, reading levels, etc. It is important for students to easily access texts that are interesting to them, show characters, plots, and settings that

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10 READ ALOUD TIPS FOR PARENTS

Parents reading aloud to their child or children every day is one of the most important things they can do. As teachers, we know that it supports students in growing into proficient readers and learners. One of my favorite quotes is from Emilie Buchwald who said, “Children are made readers

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HOW TO ORGANIZE READ ALOUD BOOKS in the CLASSROOM

Books! Glorious books! While we want our kids reading a variety of great literature to themselves, there are also books we hoard to use as read alouds and mentor texts. How do we keep these books separate but also accessible? Read below to learn how to organize read aloud books

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HOW TO PICK A GOOD READ ALOUD BOOK

There are so many books available at our fingertips now more than ever. With the help of Amazon, Barnes and Noble, small bookstores, and local libraries, thousands of children’s books are a click or just a short drive away. There are so many books to choose from that it can

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What Teachers Need to Know About Read Alouds

Children love to be read to. Whether it is on the laps of their parents or on a rug listening to their teacher, it is a special time when they can listen and enjoy literature that they may not be able to access independently. Read alouds are an incredibly valuable

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How to Teach Main Idea

Raise your hand if you struggle with teaching kids how to find the main idea in a text? I think it’s one of the trickiest things for kids to grasp. Last week the main selection in our reading curriculum (Treasures in case you were wondering) was a non-fiction article and

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