Category Archives: Reading

Literature Circles Video by Fifth Grade Students

My fifth graders decided to direct and produce their own information video on literature circles. We were inspired by a video we watched regarding quality commenting from Langwitches Blog that you can view here. The class made up of 18 … Continue reading

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How do you spell….?

I have heard it in Grades 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1; I have even asked the question myself, “How do you spell….?” From day one in the classroom, whether they are asking their teachers or their neighbors, students develop … Continue reading

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If students ran Teacher Training….

During a Literature Circle Discussion, a group of students were discussing the teacher, Mr. Maxwell, in the novel, A Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements. As I was making my way around the room to the different circles going … Continue reading

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I want to be Discussion Director this time!

Literature Circles: A group of students reading a novel and engaging in discussion as they respond to the novel with critical and reflective thought. I have used Literature Circles for a few years now and really enjoy the way students … Continue reading

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The Power of Choice

I have heard many teachers say if they could go back in time and and redo their first year of teaching, they would change a number of things. I think student choice is something I would focus more on if … Continue reading

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A Day in Grade 5

I wanted to share a day’s worth of pictures/videos as a glimpse into my classroom. We start everyday with a student produced wordle for our version of ‘Guess the Wordle”. The students have recently started dedicating them to each other. … Continue reading

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Read Aloud

After teaching grades 2, 3, 4, and 5 I have found that there are a couple of things that don’t change, and reading aloud is one of them. The benefits of reading aloud to students of all ages have been … Continue reading

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