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Conversations in Literacy · 2d ago

Tips for Games in the Classroom

Games are such a fun way for students to get in extra practice with word work and other reading skills that they need to strengthen.  One of my students favorite games is Candy Land.  They love those picture cards!  Except when they get sent to the b...
Conversations in Literacy · 3W ago

Roll It! Differentiation Cubes

We are using these differentiation cubes ALL the time!  Kids love rolling them and I love that they are quiet when students are using them.  I ordered mine from Amazon.  They are great for literacy and for math activities.  Sometimes each small group...
Conversations in Literacy · 1M ago

Tips for Making RTI Meetings Work

You and your team have done all the hard work.  You've spent weeks teaching interventions to your small groups of students.  Now what?  It's time to have an RTI Team Meeting to make those important decisions about what tier each student should now be...
Conversations in Literacy · 1M ago

Book Room Make Over

Our Book Room recently went through a make over!  We dismantled our old room due to construction in our school.  But that was okay, because it was needing a make over anyway!I had a system in mind as we went through this make over process.  
Conversations in Literacy · 1M ago

Keeping Your Sanity During Assessment Time!

End of the year testing, state testing, reading and benchmark assessments, grade card skills....it's enough to make a teacher lose her mind!  We all have to do testing so we might as well make it as easy and painless as we can.1.  Go Digital 
Conversations in Literacy · 2M ago

Prove It To Me!

We've been reading folktales and learning how to prove our answers.  Since it is spring I decided to use Easter eggs to teach this skill.  My students just love these stories!  There is something about them that appeals to kids over the years.  
Conversations in Literacy · 3M ago

Game Night for Family Literacy

Candy Land Game Night!  This was the theme of our recent Family Literacy Night.  I think Game Night has been one of my favorite themes that we have done!  The Candy Land colors were great for spring time and our families had a lot of fun.There was a ...
Conversations in Literacy · 3M ago

Book Tasting

Have you been to or hosted a book tasting party?  They are a lot of fun and a great way to build up enthusiasm and engagement with all kinds of different books!My second graders were starting informational books, so I used non-fiction books for this ...
Conversations in Literacy · 3M ago

Do The Chunky Monkey Chop!

We've been doing the Chunky Monkey Chop a lot recently during guided reading.  It's catchy and easy for the kids to remember!  This reading strategy helps my little readers break apart words as they are reading.We started with a blank chart and stude...
Conversations in Literacy · 4M ago

Brain Warm Ups and Key Word Summaries

It's time for guided reading groups.  The students come to the table, find their seats and get ready to begin.  It's time for a warm up.  A brain warm up!We get settled in and warm up our brains to get ourselves ready to read.  A quick review helps g...