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Phonic Generalizations in Chrysanthemum

Students learn about word families by reading Kevin Henkes's book Chrysanthemum, identifying words with certain vowel pair endings, and reading words with similar endings.

 

Student Interactives

 

Theme Poems

Theme Poems

Formerly known as Shape Poems, this online tool allows elementary students to write poems in various shapes.

 

 

Protecting Our Precious Planet: Sharing the Message of Earth Day

Students discover that they can make a world of difference when they participate in the online Earth Day bag program.

 

 

Timeline

Timeline

Students generate descriptive timelines and can include images in the description.

 
 

 

Literacy Centers: Getting Started

This lesson gives teachers resources and guidance to create reading, listening, computer, and poetry Literacy Centers in their own classrooms.

 

 

ABC Match

ABC Match

ABC Match is a game that has students practice letter-recognition fluency while honing their memories. Students match initial letters with pictures, playing either with a timer or without.

 
 

 

Acrostic Poems: All About Me and My Favorite Things

Students create acrostic poems using their names and the names of things that are important to them.

 

 

Stapleless Book

Stapleless Book

The Stapleless Book can be used for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating vocabulary booklets . . . the possibilities are endless!

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Teaching Literacy Across the Gradual Release of Responsibility

Teaching Literacy Across the Gradual Release of Responsibility

This series of strategy guides considers the ways that reading instruction in various contexts works together to help students develop independence as readers. Each strategy guide presents a strategy or instructional context in isolation, but this series of strategy guides is designed to support teachers as they explore the ways reading aloud, shared reading, guided reading, and independent reading all work together.

 

On Demand Web Seminar Package: Best Elementary Web Seminars

On Demand Web Seminar Package: Best Elementary Web Seminars

Take the guesswork out of choosing the best on demand Web seminars while building your professional library on elementary literacy instruction.

 

 

Community Stories  

Marci McGowan

Poetry Writing: Try Partnerships!

Marci McGowan | First-Grade Teacher | Spring Lake, NJ

When I read Traci Gardner's Composing Cinquain Poems: A Quick-Writing Activity, I knew I had found just the right culminating activity for our unit on poetry and pattern writing