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Strategies Teachers Can Use to Build a Love of Literacy

Strategies Teachers Can Use to Build a Love of Literacy


Building a love of literacy is one task each teacher is challenged to do. But how do we reach and more importantly build a love of literacy in all kids? In this post, you'll learn about a collection of strategies that you might try.
How do we build a love of literacy in our classrooms? Do our students know how important it is to us that all of our children love reading? We all have our favorite subjects to teach, and we may even say or think, "Well, I'm not really a reader," or, "I'm a math person." As hard as we try, we may pass these messages on to our students. Gasp! Having preferences is natural, but it's important as teachers that we do all we can to help children find books they love and build lifelong reader habits.
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Building Character in the Classroom with Meaningful Literature

Building Character in the Classroom with Meaningful Literature



Having a positive character in the classroom is more important now than ever before. With so many demands on instructional time, it can be challenging to work in community building, problem solving, work on building self esteem, and the many keys to healthy living and socialization. Our counselors are stretched thin, but there are ways that we can all work on these topics. In our reading lessons, we can try to get more from our teaching "buck" by building on these themes through literature and writing. Today, I want to share with you a few titles and ideas I've come across that you could include within your lessons.
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Carla
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Presidents' Day Teaching Ideas Your Kids Won't Hate

Presidents' Day Teaching Ideas Your Kids Won't Hate


Presidents' Day is just around the corner and this great collection of ideas will help you celebrate and educate! Check out the book collections and teaching ideas.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, 
a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition 
that all men are created equal.
~Abraham Lincoln
Just think how Abraham Lincoln's words and leadership impacted our country and the path that it would take. Knowing our history and understanding the contributions each of our leaders has made starting with Washington is so important for ourselves as well as it is for our students. To help you out, today's Thematic Thursday post will include a collection of ideas for you to use as we approach and celebrate Presidents' Day.
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Carla
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Structuring Your ELA Block

Structuring Your ELA Block


This post includes framework ideas for structuring your ELA block and  includes ideas for fitting in all of the key components.
It's the first day of the work week, and you receive your class schedule and class list. First, you glance down the list of new family members you'll be meeting and teaching hoping that the magic number stays below 20. (in a perfect teaching world, right?). Then comes the schedule. Eek! You have a two hour literacy block and you have to fit in...whole group, small group, word study, grammar, and writing. Say what? Can it be done? Well, let's look at  making the most of a very tight schedule.
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Carla
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10 Fun Ways to Use a Poem of the Week

10 Fun Ways to Use a Poem of the Week


This jam-packed blog post includes 10+ ideas you can use with a poem of the week all year long. Poetry's not just for April. Plan ahead and work poetry into your daily routine.

No matter what grade you teach, poetry can be used to support all levels of readers. Poems can be read in a short amount of time and used simply for enjoyment or for deeper literacy skills. For most of our little people, the poetry we share in the classroom may be the only exposure to poetry too, and how sad is that? So, let's change that up and talk about how we can make poetry a part of every day.
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Carla
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Using the Six Traits for Writing Instruction: Mentor Texts for Teaching Voice

Using the Six Traits for Writing Instruction: Mentor Texts for Teaching Voice


Looking for ideas to help your students build voice in their writing? Check out this post for three great suggestions and links to many more.
With writing, we all have to find our own voice. To me, voice is demonstrated by a writer's style, phrasing, use of words, and the way he/she guides the reader to visualize and understand the central message of a piece. When I am working with kids on finding their voice, I often use mentor texts that are unique. Author studies are very useful when teaching voice because you can "hear" the author's voice across the texts you use. In this post, I'll share my favorite authors for working on voice and what makes them great choices for teachers.
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