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Sharing Our Blessings

It's time to do a little celebrating. The first quarter is complete, and we're halfway through quarter number two. Your kids have learned your routines, and they're into the learning groove. Breathe, relax, and kick back! You've earned it, and to help honor the hard work you've put in and to say thank you for your support, I'm teaming up with a group of bloggers for a Sharing Our Blessings Blog Hop. Each of us has a paid teaching resource that we're sharing with you, and we're hoping that during this Thanksgiving week that you'll save on planning time and instead, have more to spend with your family and friends. 

Analyzing Author's Craft with In November by Cynthia Rylant

Need teaching ideas to spice up your fall comprehension lessons? This post features the book In November and how it's used for author's craft and writing.

Here in Virginia, the leaves are falling quickly. Signs of fall are all around Virginia as well as in my book.  Cynthia Rylant describes fall so eloquently in her book, In November.  Here's one example. Can you picture this?
In November, the trees are standing all sticks and bones.
Without their leaves, how lovely they are, spreading 
their arms like dancers.  They know it is time to be still.

Why Cynthia Rylant is the PERFECT Author for Right NOW!

Cynthia Rylant is one of the best descriptive writers. This post includes ten of her best books and how one teacher uses them as mentor texts for reading and writing.

Of all the authors I love, there is one who has published a great collection of titles that I find work well from fall into winter. With themes of scarecrows, changes in the weather, life in the mountains, the Christmas holidays, and winter, you can weave in so many skills and writing options.

Cynthia Rylant's writing style works well for teaching author's craft, visualizing, point of view, imagery, drawing conclusions, making inferences, and finding text evidence to support thinking. Of course, her works also provide an excellent example for writing ideas, voice, and word choice, so they lend themselves well to persuasive, descriptive, and narrative writing. Today, I'd like to share the titles I like best and how I've used them.

Strategies for Helping Readers Visualize

For some readers, visualizing seems to be done automatically. But for many, it's a challenge. This post includes tips, teaching ideas, and resources for helping kids visualize. FREEBIE INCLUDED.

For some readers, visualizing seems to be done automatically. As I reflect on my reading instruction, I think I must have been one of those kids. I don't recall any of my teachers explicitly teaching me to visualize or even discussing the term, but rather I think I just did it.  For children that struggle with reading, this truly is a skill that needs to be taught.  

10 Tips for Building a Strong Reading Program

Quality reading programs start with Tier 1 instruction in the classroom. Sound insructional practices build a love of reading and make the reading-writing connection. Check out this post for ten practices each teacher needs for building lifelong readers.

Building a strong reading program isn't just a task for your school administrator. Strong reading programs start where the action is, right in your classroom! What happens (or doesn't happen) in your classroom directly leads to the reading strengths of each individual on your language arts roster. It's a huge responsibility we have, and because we know the importance of reading achievement to academic success, we must be thoughtful practitioners.

Today, I'd like to share ten important tips for reflection. If you have these practices in place, you are likely building strong readers.

Celebrating the Work of Mem Fox

Who are your favorite children's book authors? If you have a concept to teach, do you have go-to authors or books you use? I definitely do, and today, I'd like to share one of my favorites with you. Mem Fox's books offer extensions to study Australia, Koalas, family relationships, connecting with the elderly, and more.


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