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How to Support Dual Language Students with Writing

How to Support Dual Language Students with Writing

Getting primary students to write can be quite challenging at times. If you teach students who are learning another language, it becomes even more challenging! Before I became a literacy specialist, I was a classroom teacher. And one of my years in the classroom was spent in a two-way dual language program. The goal of…Continue Reading

5 Ways To Have K-2 Students Practice Breaking Apart Words

5 Ways To Have K-2 Students Practice Breaking Apart Words

Teaching students to break apart words is essential! Readers break apart words to… Segment the sounds in a CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) word Read the onset and rime of a word (i.e. sh-ip) Recognize and read word families Read “smaller” words inside compound words Derive meaning from root words, prefixes, and suffixes I’m sure I’ve forgotten some things from…Continue Reading

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