Category Archives: Mentor Texts and Other Books

5 Of My Favorite Books About Literacy Instruction

5 Of My Favorite Books About Literacy Instruction

As I’m writing this post, winter break is rapidly approaching. Yay! If you’re looking for a good literacy-related read for your time off (or any old time!), I’m sharing five of my favorites in today’s post!   Note: This post includes Amazon affiliate links. Okay. So honestly, it was hard to pick just five. I…Continue Reading

The Best Gift For Teachers To Give (Or Get!)

The Best Gift For Teachers To Give (Or Get!)

If you’re a teacher like me, you probably have mixed feelings about the weeks between Thanksgiving and the winter holidays. It’s such a beautiful time of the year – but the kids also get a little bit rowdy, you’re scrambling to put together student gifts or holiday projects…..and then there’s your OWN holiday baking and shopping.…Continue Reading

How To Build Reading Confidence in Pre-Readers

How To Build Reading Confidence in Pre-Readers

If you teach Kindergarten or first grade, you probably spend time working with students who are pre-readers – who can’t yet read traditionally. We spend a lot of time teaching letter sounds, simple sight words, and basic skills to those kiddos. All of this is good, but they also need to have experiences reading real…Continue Reading

Writing Mentor Texts for Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade

Writing Mentor Texts for Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade

A while back, I compiled a list of narrative, opinion/persuasive, and informational mentor texts for primary students. A bit of time has passed, so I’ve decided to update that list and include additional awesome books that I’ve found! In today’s post, I’ll share a list of outstanding mentor texts, grouped by genre. I’ll also share five…Continue Reading

One Word from Sophia: A Fantastic New Readaloud and Mentor Text for K-2

One Word from Sophia: A Fantastic New Readaloud and Mentor Text for K-2

When I was “college shopping” toward the end of high school, I visited a university with my parents. We went to the College of Education and were asked to wait for a professor in her office. As I sank down into the soft chair, I noticed something spectacular. Every single wall of the professor’s office was completely covered with books. There…Continue Reading

3 Ways to Use Classroom Photos to Teach Literacy in K-2

3 Ways to Use Classroom Photos to Teach Literacy in K-2

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Right? Well, this isn’t entirely true. Not for primary students, anyway. Here’s why: primary kiddos LOVE seeing photos of themselves and their friends. So a picture is worth far more than a thousand words in the classroom – it’s worth a thousand words + engagement…Continue Reading

Where To Find Books in Spanish For Primary Students

Where To Find Books in Spanish For Primary Students

If you’re a bilingual teacher like me, you know just how difficult it is to find quality books written in Spanish! Since I’ve always taught the primary grades, I feel like I see the same books over and over again. So where are all the Spanish books?! The answer, unfortunately, is that there just aren’t a…Continue Reading