Professional Development

What is an Interactive Read Aloud?

When you hear the words “interactive read aloud”, what comes to mind? Many teachers think it’s just a great read aloud that students enjoy and have conversations about. While this is correct, there is so much more to an interactive read aloud! This powerful time of day allows us to not only connect with students […]

6 Books to Teach Making Inferences {with a FREEBIE}

One of the reading comprehension strategies that I love teaching is making inferences. What I’ve learned from being in the classroom (and from my own kiddos) is that kids already make inferences all day long. We just have to bring this abstract idea into a more concrete concept that they can practice in reading. For […]

How to Introduce the Visualization Reading Strategy

Have you ever read a book, turned the page and saw the picture, and thought “That’s not at all what I was picturing in my mind?” This has happened to me so many times! That’s visualizing. When you use the words in a story or book to make a picture in your mind, you are […]

How to Create Interactive Read Aloud Lesson Plans in 3 Simple Steps

One of my favorite times of the day in the classroom was when we had our interactive read aloud! I loved having my students close to me on the carpet, their eyes and minds focused on the book we were reading. I loved picking out a book with vivid pictures and characters I thought they […]

8 Christmas Read Alouds Your Class Will Love

With the holidays near, I always found myself enjoying read alouds in the classroom more than ever. Even now, I find myself enjoying Christmas read alouds with my kids at home more often. There is just something warm, cozy, and inviting about enjoying a book together. Not to mention, all of the benefits and power […]

12 Thanksgiving Read Alouds Your Class Will Love

One thing that is sure to bring a smile to a kid’s face is an enjoyable read aloud. No matter the season and topic there are always great books we can use to build background knowledge, set the stage, and model attributes of good readers. During the fall, I always pull out my favorite Thanksgiving […]

6 Favorite Books to Help You Teach Making Predictions

Think about one of your favorite books – what kept you engaged to keep reading? If you’re like me, it’s likely that you wanted to find out what was going to happen next. I get invested in the characters, come up with what’s going to happen, and keep reading to find out. Sometimes I can’t […]

How To Teach Making Connections {Books and Activities}

I search my students’ faces until I see it – that lightbulb moment when they’ve grasped another reading comprehension strategy. That moment when sweet “Jane” understood why making connections to our books help her grow as a reader. Simple making connections activities and strong read alouds helped her blossom as a reader. These are the […]

How to Make Virtual Read Alouds Interactive For Distance Learning

One of my favorite parts of the day in the classroom was interactive read alouds. When it comes to interactive virtual read alouds during distance learning, the benefits will still be the same. Students get to experience an engaging, rich text that is age-appropriate on their listening level. You get to model how to think […]

6 Excellent Back to School Read Alouds for Distance Learning

One of my favorite parts of the back to school season is picking out my interactive read alouds for the beginning of the year. I love getting to spend quality time modeling how to read and sharing how a good reader thinks. But most of all, I love the bits I learn about my students […]

The Best Books for Questioning {+ Teaching Tips}

Do you have students who struggle with reading comprehension? We know our young readers need a toolbox of reading strategies to help them comprehend texts, but it’s hard to not get lost in the seemingly complicated lessons to teach them. One great strategy to help students become better readers is questioning. But, there are so […]

Balanced Literacy in Kindergarten and First Grade

Balanced literacy in kindergarten and first grade is a crucial part of the day. See how this teacher explains each element and teaches it in her classroom.

Balanced literacy is truly a passion of mine.  I was lucky enough to be surrounded by amazing teachers who took me under their wings my first few years of teaching and really taught me how balanced literacy in kindergarten and first grade should look.  I have had several questions about when to do guided reading and […]

I Survived Week 1!

I think that as teachers we spend from October to mid-August forgetting how exhausting the first week of school usually is.  All last week I would come home and be in my pajamas on the couch by 8 o’clock.  As a matter of fact, my husband even said to me last week as we were […]

Back to School Read Alouds and a Gift Card Giveaway!

I have been working like a crazy woman to get this product completed not only for my planning sake, but for YOU, too! It just feels good to have worked ahead a little bit! Here is what I have been up to. Creating and printing out this… to put together this! We all have our […]

Comparing and Contrasting Freebie and Spring Fun!

This week was seriously the longest…………..week…………..EVER! With hour long meetings 3 days after school and morning duty the week back from spring break, I just felt like I was swimming all week.  My kids were chatty Cathy’s ALL week long!! It was crazy! Despite this craziness, we were super busy this week! We focused on […]

CSCOPE vs. Textbook vs. GOOD Teaching

It’s all a little strange for us as far as what we teach and when we teach it.  We have CSCOPE that we have to follow. {If you want to know what that’s all about, just type CSCOPE into google.  Read about all of the craziness!} We also have a state textbook adoption, too.  Then, […]

If You Take a Mouse to the Movies FREE Activity

I have a love/hate relationship with this week of school.  It’s this way every year for me.  I LOVE it because we get to do some more fun activities, but I hate it because the kids are just as ready for the break as me, which makes for a bunch of crazies in the classroom! […]

Christmas Retells!

I’m a little late in posting about this, but I still wanted to share what we did a couple of weeks ago.  We are definitely in a great routine with our reading block of time and I finally feel like my friends are moving and grooving with what I’m teaching!  I just wanted to show […]

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