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Anchor Charts Make Sense

Several months ago, I came across the book, Chart Sense by Rozlyn Linder, and I have decided that these resource books are a must have for every teacher of reading.  They are books that you can flip through over and over again and find a new, fresh idea you can take and run with to the classroom. Dr. Roz gives lesson ideas to go with each chart, and nearly all of the charts are set up to be used over and over again to offer high student engagement, higher level thinking skills, visual modeling, written response opportunity, and frequent reference after.

How Making Books in the Classroom Can Make Learning Stick

Research shows that hands-on learning helps increase student engagment and improves retention of the information learned. Kids love making things, and if you haven't made books with your students, then read on to learn tips to make them easy and fun. You can use student made books in all subjects to teach concepts and to make learning memorable.

Prevent Summer Slide with Summer Reading Camp: Bats and Birds Week

Summer slide is a real concern for schools these days, and to help prevent it, our team came up with running a reading camp in conjunction with a local college.  The beauty of the program is that we've been able to run a bus to pick up the children, provide them with three hours of fun and learning, and shhhh!...keep them reading!  Another added perk is that the teachers can plan it how they want.  We have no pacing guide, no intensive assessments, and no deadlines.  In fact, the kids can share in the planning!

Preventing Summer Slide with Summer Reading Camp: Weather Week

Looking for a summer intervention option for your students? This post explains how one school used a camp atmosphere to keep students reading and learning
Kids find learning about the weather pretty fascinating. From thunderstorms to hurricanes to tornadoes, there is no shortage of books and resources teachers can use to tap into their students' interest. When we planned out our summer reading camp, my students were quick to tell me that they thought it'd be fun to get "wild with weather", so that's what we did. In this post, I'll share some of the resources I used as well as information about the kids' activities.

Preventing Summer Slide with Summer Reading Camp: Ocean Week

Summer reading slide is a big concern for many teachers. You've worked hard all year, and then summer hits! How can you keep students learning? In this post, I share our first week of a summer reading camp my school hosted for grades 1-4. We worked with small groups of students who might not have camp opportunities and those who needed a reading boost. Summer reading camp is lots of fun.

Preventing Summer Slide with Wild Readers Camp

As educators, we all know the value of independent reading and continued learning. During the summer, some of our most fragile learners suffer from what has become known as summer slide or summer learning loss. Kids in poverty lack quality books in their homes, lack access to public and school libraries during the summer, and typically have to drive miles to get to the nearest bookstore. Therefore, all access to reading materials is lost. No books means no reading unless they are lucky enough to have an electronic reader such as a Kindle or iPad. So what can be done to prevent this problem? My school came up with a very successful solution. 


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