Novel studies are important for many reasons for upper elementary and beyond. Check out the 5 benefits of novel studies for 4th grade + recommended books!
Teachers love novel studies. Students LOVE novel studies. However, novel studies can be a struggle for several reasons. As a teacher, I want to talk about EVERY. SINGLE. THING. That’s obviously not always the best option. Because, well, the novel study would take 2ish years. Still, I wanted my students to dig into the richness… Continue reading Novel Study for Any Novel
The Winter Olympics are here again and my kiddos and I have been enjoying not only reading, but watching the Olympics and gearing up for our own version of 6th Grade Winter Olympic Games in a few weeks! As well as reading and writing and reading and writing and reading and writing like the gold… Continue reading Text Analysis Carousel Activity
Lemme just tell you. This lesson is amazing for lots of reasons. It gets your kids up and moving. They want to move. Hence, fidget spinner mania. It gets your kids collaborating with one another. It forces your students to "out smart" one another, in the friendly spirit of academic excellence of course. (Duh.) It forces your… Continue reading Text Analysis Lesson
The first topic of conversation is close reading. Close reading is a "hot topic" across the education spectrum and can sometimes be used as a "buzz word" instead of an actual strategy. Let's just jump right in. Close reading is reading with intention and purpose. It's a relationship between the reader, the text and the author as the reader gets to know the text. It is looking… Continue reading Close Reading