Reading

Teaching Theme (Grades 3, 4, 5)

           Key Question: What evidence of theme did you see in the text? Materials:  Student Copies of any novel (I used Rules by Cynthia Lord) Student copies of 1 excerpt from the novel (Find a page with excellent evidence that supports theme...

How Novel Study Turned My Students Into Readers

I discovered The Giver by Lois Lowry at my school library when I was in fifth grade and fell in love. My first year teaching, I made it a point to read it to my class. One of the things I discovered when I was reading The Giver to my class the first...

Creating Independent Learners Using Interactive Notebooks

Interactive notebooks are a powerful tool when used correctly. My main goal with them is to get students to actually use them to complete work. I love seeing my interactive math and reading notebooks enter a discussion between two students about a...