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Hello! I’m Carla, and welcome to my site! My goal with this site is to share teaching tips for all areas of literacy including phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing for grades K-8. I love sharing resources with teachers, and it makes me happy to help take a little off the overflowing platters of teacher duties. I hope you’ll find my site helpful and my resources worthy of using with your students.

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Visualizing improves reading comprehension and helps students gain a deeper understanding of the material they are reading. Visualizing means the student is using the words to create mental images. Students need explicit instruction and practice with this skill until the act of visualizing text becomes automatic. Modeling with Someday a Tree Since it's Earth Day tomorrow, I chose to use the book, Someday a Tree by Eve Bunting as the mentor…

Teaching Author's Craft with A River Ran Wild

As Earth Day approaches, I thought I'd focus my language arts mentor text post on A River Ran Wild by author, Lynn Cherry. The author's descriptive language about the pollution caused by the industrial revolution makes it a great choice for a mentor text discussing environmental studies, Earth Day, and certainly, reading comprehension and writing. Book Descriptions Here's how Amazon describes A River Ran Wild From the author of the…

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