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Text Talk: Julius, the Baby of the World

Students are asked to "talk" with Kevin Henkes' Julius, the Baby of the World by using open-ended questions to help them interpret the language, plot, and characters of the story.

 

Student Interactives

 

Word Family Sort

Word Family Sort

This online activity helps students recognize word patterns by having them sort a series of words into short-vowel word families.

 

 

Choosing the Right Book: Strategies for Beginning Readers

Students make purposeful choices for their reading materials, thinking about their reasons for reading a book and using strategies to match books to their abilities.

 

 

Timeline

Timeline

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

 
 

 

Writing Poetry with Rebus and Rhyme

This lesson encourages students to use rhyming words to write rebus poetry modeled on rebus books, which substitute pictures for the words that young students cannot yet identify or decode.

 

 

Diamante Poems

Diamante Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write diamante poems.

 
 

 

A Bear of a Poem: Composing and Performing Found Poetry

Children find favorite words, phrases, and sentences from familiar stories. Working together, they combine their words and phrases to create a poem. The poem is then shared as performance poetry.

 

 

Puzzle Me Words

Puzzle Me Words

Puzzle Me Words is a fun, educational game for primary students that reinforces letter sounds and how sounds combine to form words.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Powerful Content Connections

Powerful Content Connections

The implementation of Common Core Standards means we have to rethink what we are teaching and how we teach it. Children are expected to dive deeper into more challenging texts, especially informational texts, right from the start of their school years. This book shows you how to create powerful connections that can strengthen primary-grade students' literacy skills while deepening their content knowledge.

 

The Literacy Coach's Desk Reference: Processes and Perspectives for Effective Coaching

The Literacy Coach's Desk Reference: Processes and Perspectives for Effective Coaching

Cathy Toll offers practical information for pre-K12 literacy coaches on conferencing with individual teachers and groups, as well as on providing demonstration lessons, services to entire schools, and services to students.

 

 

Community Stories  

Julie Blair

Curious in Kindergarten

Julie Blair | Student Teacher | McMinnville, TN

During my student teaching, I planned a lesson based on Taking Photos of Curious George: Exploring Character Through Images from ReadWriteThink.org