Understanding Word Study in the Primary Classroom: Understanding the Three Language Systems

Understanding the Three Language Systems: As It Relates to Word Study

If you are looking for information that will support word study instruction in your classroom, you may find this blog post helpful. I personally find that word study instruction, when done consistently and systematically, can be key in strengthening the young readers in your classroom. In this particular post, and a few that will follow, I want to highlight tools, strategies, and resources for word study instruction that are instrumental for effective word study instruction during your literacy block. Keep in mind that word study is researched based and has been used in my classroom for many years. Read More … “Understanding Word Study in the Primary Classroom: Understanding the Three Language Systems”

Helpful Tips When Teaching Using Nonfiction Text (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.2)

I purchased a Scholastic News subscription for each of my students in October to supplement my social studies curriculum and it was probably one of the best investments I’ve made this school year. Read More … “Helpful Tips When Teaching Using Nonfiction Text (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.2)”

Imagination Station: Writing Picture Prompts

My students can always use extra help and/or time with writing. Unfortunately, I don’t think we get to write enough. Sometimes, it just feels like there isn’t enough hours in the day to get to it all. I usually go through the writing process every week and have the majority of students publish weekly. When I am not teaching writing, I have my students reinforce important writing skills during reading workshop. During reading workshop, I rotate my students through 4-5 groups: guided reading, independent reading, working with words, writing, and research (Scholastic News or inquiry activities using designated sites online). Read More … “Imagination Station: Writing Picture Prompts”

Teaching with YouTube: Making Inferences

I LOVE teaching students how to make inferences! I think it is because this is a difficult concept for them to grasp and once they get it, you can actually see the light bulb blinking above their head! I taught a lesson on making inferences last week and want to share a few resources that may be helpful in your classroom. Read More … “Teaching with YouTube: Making Inferences”