How to “Jump” Into Guided Reading

By |November 20th, 2017|

Guided Reading helps teachers meet students’ varying needs. Through this framework, students are provided with supportive literacy experiences to help them develop the skills and strategies for independent reading success. Books for Guided Reading are leveled, giving teachers the opportunity to match students to appropriate texts and help them advance to more challenging texts as […]

Balderdash: A Picture Book Biography for Mock Newbery Units

By |November 14th, 2017|

I’ve been bending, shaping, and experimenting with nonfiction since I was 10 years old. That’s when I had the good fortune of being in Mrs. Weber’s class for gifted 5th and 6th graders. Mrs. Weber was an old woman who was young at heart, and loved unleashing our creativity. Instead of assigning traditional Social Studies […]

Teaching Media Literacy: 9 Strategies for Integrating Diverse Media Into Balanced Literacy Instruction

By |November 10th, 2017|

With the continuous advancements in technological communications, images and sound are consistently inundating our students. Students today need to be literate in more than reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students need to be taught to critique video, images, graphics and sound delivered through multiple modalities—and teaching media literacy is up to us.  
Teaching Media Literacy Through […]

10 Clever Classroom Library Hacks To Help Teachers Get Students Excited About Reading

By |November 3rd, 2017|

These clever and creative classroom library hacks can help you save time, stay organized and get students excited about reading all of the amazing books you have to offer. 
1. Build a Book Hospital

When you put so many classroom library books into the hands of students, some of them are going to come back in less […]

3 Reasons Wonder Makes a Wonderful Classroom Read Aloud

By |October 26th, 2017|

WONDER-ing what to read next…?

It’s nearly time for Auggie Pullman to grace the silver screen, and in the spirit of “the movie’s coming out so hurry up and read the book,” here are a few of my favorite things about Wonder that I hope will compel you to pick up a copy, and perhaps read it […]

Redefining Hi/Lo Books for the Digital Age

By |October 20th, 2017|

There is no doubt we live in a visual world. Our activities are driven by tablets and phones. Our students are growing up with unlimited content at their fingertips. Clearly, we are educating students for a future that will be much different than ours.
Literacy Skills for the 21st Century
Much of the content students get each […]

Nonfiction That Reads Like Fiction: Q&A with Doreen Rappaport

By |October 10th, 2017|

We recently had the opportunity to speak with award-winning author Doreen Rappaport, whose books are known for celebrating multiculturalism, retelling folktales and myths, combining historical facts with intimate storytelling and finding new ways to present the lives of world leaders. We asked specifically about her newest nonfiction title, 42 is Not Just a Number, as well as her research process […]

17 Books for Readers Who Love Diary of a Wimpy Kid

By |October 6th, 2017|

Keep scrolling to the bottom of this post to enter for a chance to bring another popular middle grade series, the Dork Diaries, to your classroom!

With a total of eleven (soon to be twelve!) books in the series, four Hollywood film adaptations and millions of loyal fans, Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid books […]

5 Compelling Reasons to Say Yes to Book Candy

By |September 29th, 2017|

My favorite candy is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I love everything about them: the small size cups, peeling off the paper and the perfect mix of the soft peanut butter with the hard chocolate. There is nothing I don’t like. But if I ate them all the time, I’d probably get really tired of them. […]

Comics in the Classroom: Making a Place for Graphic Novels

By |September 22nd, 2017|

Just a few short years ago, graphic novels were welcomed into the classroom. Long gone are the days when they were not considered “real” reading. While there may still be some curmudgeonly hold-outs that shun this format, numerous studies have proven their place in the classroom is well-deserved. Graphic novels can increase reading comprehension, support […]