Author Archives: Alison

How to Group K-2 Students for Guided Reading

How to Group K-2 Students for Guided Reading

Figuring out how to group students for guided reading is no small task. What data should you use to group students? What’s a good assessment tool for getting that data? Can you put students at different reading levels into one group? In this post, I’ll tackle all of these questions and more!Gathering Data Assessments Before we can…Continue Reading

5 Great Picture Books for Teaching Primary Students to Infer (and Comprehension Questions to Go with Them!)

5 Great Picture Books for Teaching Primary Students to Infer (and Comprehension Questions to Go with Them!)

Looking for some great picture books for teaching inference in kindergarten, first, or second grade? In this post, I’m sharing 5 of my favorite books for teaching students to make inferences! Photo Credit: SpeedKingz, Shutterstock Disclosure: Affiliate links are included in this post. 1. Officer Buckle and Gloria (Peggy Rathmann) This book tells the story of Officer Buckle…Continue Reading

5 Great Picture Books For Teaching Character Traits (and Comprehension Questions To Go With Them!)

5 Great Picture Books For Teaching Character Traits (and Comprehension Questions To Go With Them!)

Looking for some great picture books for teaching character traits in Kindergarten, first, or second grade? In this post, I’m sharing 5 of my favorites! Photo Credit: Monkey Business Images, Shutterstock Disclosure: Affiliate links are included in this post. 1. Ada Twist, Scientist (Andrea Beaty) I was lucky enough to receive this book from GiftLit! They…Continue Reading

3 Reasons Why It’s Okay to Do a Readaloud (Just for the Sake of Doing a Readaloud)

3 Reasons Why It’s Okay to Do a Readaloud (Just for the Sake of Doing a Readaloud)

Recently, I’ve been working on creating lists of great picture books for the primary grades. I’m expanding my book lists for teaching different reading comprehension strategies. And I’m looking forward to sharing those lists in future blog posts! But first…I want to talk about something that I feel strongly about: the importance of the readaloud. Every day, we use books for a variety…Continue Reading

Help! My Students Don’t Write Enough!

Help! My Students Don’t Write Enough!

You’ve heard the phrase, “less is more,” right? Well, there are definitely situations where that doesn’t apply. Ice cream is one of those situations :), and another one is students’ writing! In today’s post, I’m sharing the strategies that I use when some of my students just aren’t writing enough.   Photo Credit: racom, Shutterstock The Problem…Continue Reading

How To Help Primary Students Take Risks With Invented Spelling

How To Help Primary Students Take Risks With Invented Spelling

If you teach the primary grades, you are likely no stranger to invented spelling! I love that meme! 🙂 Anyway, if you’re not familiar with the term, invented spelling is just “kid spelling” – kids’ attempts to spell words by using what they know about our language’s sound system and other words they know. Invented spelling…Continue Reading