Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge – An Important Mentor and Mentor Text

  Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People, Monica Brown and Julie Paschkis We love this picture book biography and are looking forward to using it across many units of study in writing workshop.   Here are some

Slice of Life: I Just Guess…

Slice of Life:  I Just Guess…

“So tell me, how is it going with your reading goals?” “Not so good.” “Hmmm. Why is that?” “Well, I’m supposed to use my strategies when I come to a word I don’t know, but I don’t.” “Okay.

It’s Monday! We are Reading Some Series

Series books are a staple in elementary classrooms and we are always on the lookout for new series students will love.  Series books provide important scaffolding for transitional readers. Since the characters and the

Slice of Life — Thinking about Grit

“I did it!” I look in the rearview mirror to see Joey holding a Rubik’s Cube in his hand. “Wow! That’s incredible. I spent months trying to solve that when I was little and I could

It’s Monday! Here is What We Have Been Reading!

Mr.Wayne’s Masterpiece, Patricia Polacco Wow! Once again Patricia Polacco creates a powerful story of inspiration. This book reminds us of her other insightful texts about teachers who changed the lives of their students: Dear Mr.

People Who Changed the World – Powerful Texts to Share During an Opinion Unit of Study

Here Come the Girl Scouts, Shana Corey and Hadley Hooper Readers will love this picture book biography about Juliette Gordon Low (Nickname: Daisy) and how she founded the Girl Scouts.   Daisy believed girls should be

Slice of Life: A CVS Text Set…

“That book is just like a CVS book.” I have absolutely no idea what this student is referring to, but I decide to trust the process and ask, “Tell me why you think that.” “You know

It’s Monday – Here are Some Great Read Alouds for Kindergarten and First Grade

Here are a few books that we are excited to share with Kindergarten and First Grade Students during interactive read aloud. These books are engaging and great for helping students learn to retell, predict

Talking with Parents about Text Choice

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#t4tchat – Assessments Are Done… Now What?! Twitter Chat Archive

#t4tchat – Assessments Are Done… Now What?! Twitter Chat Archive

        Thank you to everyone who joined us and shared how they organize, use and triangulate data to understand the stories of our readers!  We learned so much in an hour.  We look forward to