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ideas for teaching story elements

5 Great Ideas for Teaching Story Elements

Helping our upper elementary students develop comprehension skills is a complex task. One step in this task is teaching story elements. Find ideas for teaching story elements with your upper elementary students. On the basic level, students must be able to identify key story elements when they read: character, setting,

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3 simple ideas for teaching poetry in upper elementary

3 Great Ideas for Teaching Poetry in Upper Elementary

Spark creativity in your classroom and help inspire your students to write poetry with these 3 great ideas for teaching poetry in upper elementary. Reasons for Teaching Poetry Immersing our students in poetry can open their minds to the beauty of language. Teaching poetry can improve vocabulary and introduce your

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4 Simple Independent Reading Support Strategies

4 Simple Independent Reading Support Strategies

I love independent reading time, but what are some simple and easy independent reading support strategies to use with our students? I firmly believe that independent reading time is beneficial to students. When students are engaged in independent reading throughout the year, it can help increase vocabulary, fluency, and overall

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winter poetry ideas and activities

6 Great Winter Poetry Ideas and Activities

Why save poetry writing until spring? Here are 6 great winter poetry ideas and activities that you should try in your classroom ASAP! Yes, April is poetry month, but poetry, in my opinion, should be scattered and used throughout the entire school year. Winter is a great time to share

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types of graphic organizers

7 Excellent Types of Graphic Organizers for Reading

There are many types of graphic organizers that can be very beneficial to your students. Here are 7 great types of graphic organizers that you should incorporate into your classroom reading instruction. Graphic organizers are visual learning tools. They help students organize information and ideas in ways that help students

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expository nonfiction anchor chart

Great Expository Nonfiction Anchor Chart

Expository or informational text can be challenging for students if they are unfamiliar with nonfiction text features. Therefore, it is important to help students understand these text features when teaching nonfiction texts. Using an expository nonfiction anchor chart can be very beneficial to your students. Creating an anchor chart does

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Fun Friday Reading Activities

10 Fun Friday Reading Activities

Fun Friday activities are a great motivational tool, and many classroom teachers use Fun Friday in a wide variety of ways. Why not dedicate time on your Fridays to use some of these creative Fun Friday Reading Activities to help motivate and encourage your students to read? Fun Friday Reading

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