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Category: literacy

Repeated Readings and Why Your Students Need To Do Them

If you want to help developing readers improve reading fluency skills, using repeated readings is one of the most impactful strategies out there. You really can’t get more bang for your fluency instruction buck than with repeated readings! But there are a few key components needed for a successful repeated

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Pictivities Review

We were recently contacted by Meg and Corbin Frost about their new children's activity book series Pictivities. After watching the video for their Kickstarter campaign I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy. This book is right up Adelaide's alley. It's silly and funny and interactive. She thought

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Top 5 The Night Before Christmas Reads

It’s a classic poem.  We’ve all heard it.  We can probably recite it.  But how can you not love it?? And with such beautifully illustrated versions available, you’ll want to make it part of your Christmas library.  Of course, it’ll be hard to narrow it down to just one.  Every

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Jargon Journal Thanksgiving Bundle

We are so excited about the great feedback we're getting from you about our new interactive vocabulary notebook, the Jargon Journal! If you were wondering, we WILL be releasing more units going forward so you should always have plenty to choose from if you decide to implement this program. Be

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Acquiring Vocabulary with an Interactive Vocabulary Notebook

  Words are not just words. They are the nexus—the interface—between communication and thought.  When we read, it is through words that we build, refine, and modify our knowledge. What makes vocabulary valuable and important is not the words themselves so much as the understandings they afford. –Marilyn Jager Adams

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Vital Vocabulary

Above vocabulary foldable courtesy of Laura Candler Why teach vocabulary? There’s no hyperbole in saying: Vocabulary is the best single indicator of intellectual ability and an accurate predictor of success at school. — W.B. Elley Vocabulary matters.  It really, really matters.  In a recent study, researchers took a look at

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2nd Grade Common Core Morning Work

(See 1st Grade Morning Work here.) **We made a HUGE update to this product. Read about it in this post.** In my classroom, students begin the day by working independently in their morning work books for 10-15 minutes. Trying to design the original version of the morning work book in

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Very Pinteresting…

Do you Pin? I'm like a Pinterest fiend. Clicking that "show more pins" button is like getting a little fix. Ok, I'm not really that bad. 🙂 But I do la-la-love Pinterest! Love it to the point that I'm finding it difficult to get to sleep at a reasonable hour.

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It’s Summertime…

It's the middle of July! How did that happen? I hope you're enjoying lazy days by the pool, sipping cool drinks, and losing yourself in breezy romance novels. Yeah. Me neither. People keep asking me if I'm enjoying my summer and I tell them no. Then I mention something about

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Words Their Way–Word Study

Edited to add: Please see the NEWER POST about WTW that has all this information + much, much more! After all that prep work it’s finally time for the kids to do some learning! With Words Their Way, the focus is on sorting the words. It’s a great way for the

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Words Their Way–Organization

Edited to add: Please see the NEWER POST about WTW that has all this information + much, much more! One of the most helpful bits of WTW advice is something I heard in a workshop: do what you can. If you feel like you can manage 8 different groups with weekly

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Words Their Way–Assessment

Edited to add: Please see the NEWER POST about WTW that has all this information + much, much more! On the last Words Their Way post, Mrs. Ibarra commented: I have a copy of this book, but our Reading program does word sorts and uses them as spelling words too. It

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