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  1. Professional Development | Grades   3 – 5  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Acting Out: Literature, Drama, and Connecting With History
    The article includes recommendations for teachers interested in integrating literature, drama, and history.
  2. Professional Development | Grades   K – 5  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Close reading in elementary schools
    Close reading is a recommended instructional approach to meet the challenges of teaching complex texts. But close readings are more common in high school and college than in elementary schools. In this article, we identify the components of close reading that were developed after a group of elementary school teachers observed their colleges in high school. In addition, we focus on the modifications necessary to implement close reading in elementary schools.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    Guided Comprehension: Evaluating Using the Meeting of the Minds Technique
    Based on the Guided Comprehension Model developed by Maureen McLaughlin and Mary Beth Allen, this lesson introduces students to the strategy of evaluating, using the Meeting of the Minds technique.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 6  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    Guided Comprehension: Knowing How Words Work Using Semantic Feature Analysis
    Based on the Guided Comprehension Model developed by Maureen McLaughlin and Mary Beth Allen, this lesson introduces students to the comprehension strategy of knowing how words work.
  5. Professional Development | Grades   K – 5  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Looking Inside Classrooms: Reflecting on the "How" as Well as the "What" in Effective Reading Instruction
    This article presents the classroom practices that were the most useful for improving students' reading ability.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    My World of Words: Building Vocabulary Lists
    Working in small groups, students select vocabulary words and research their meanings. In a culminating activity that uses text and illustration, each student creates a "My World of Words Journal."
  7. Professional Development | Grades   3 – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Overlapping Vocabulary and Comprehension: Context Clues Complement Semantic Gradients
    This teaching technique combines two strategies, context clues and semantic gradients, to help students make vocabulary-to-comprehension connections.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 5  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 3
    Stellaluna author Janell Cannon was born in 1957.
    After reading Stellaluna, students discuss themes in the story and do a unit on bats or a creative writing activity based on the book.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Using Historical Fiction to Learn About the Civil War
    Students in grades 4 and 5 discuss inferential comprehension and visualization as they use a think-aloud questioning strategy to develop a deeper understanding of a historical novel.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Wartime Poetry: Working With Similes
    Students analyze a photograph, brainstorm words to describe the characters' senses and feelings, work in pairs to describe a character's experience, and create a poem using their ideas and similes.

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