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Spelling Cheerleading: Integrating Movement and Spelling Generalizations

"2-4-6-8, students will be spelling great" in this lesson that teaches the y rule for adding suffixes through cheering the spelling of words aloud, word sorts, and writing stories.


Student Interactives


Fact Fragment Frenzy

Fact Fragment Frenzy

Fact Fragment Frenzy provides elementary students with an online model for finding facts in nonfiction text, then invites students to find facts in five sample passages.



Combining Read-Alouds With Economics in the Primary Grades

Students learn that what you read in books can really add up when they analyze literary texts for economic concepts.



Story Map

Story Map

The Story Map interactive is designed to assist students in prewriting and postreading activities by focusing on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution.



Choosing One Word: Summarizing Shel Silverstein’s “Sick”

Students select what they believe to be the most important word in a text that they have read and justify their choice using examples from the text.



ABC Match

ABC Match

ABC Match is a game that has students practice letter-recognition fluency while honing their memories. Students match initial letters with pictures, playing either with a timer or without.



Literacy Centers: Getting Started

This lesson gives teachers resources and guidance to create reading, listening, computer, and poetry Literacy Centers in their own classrooms.



Acrostic Poems

Acrostic Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write acrostic poems. Elements of the writing process are also included.



Professional Development  

What Research Has to Say About Reading Instruction

What Research Has to Say About Reading Instruction

This respected volume presents a range of research and instructional perspectives in the area of reading.


Teaching Synthesis with Interactive Read-Alouds of Informational Texts

In this Web seminar, we will discuss how to explicitly introduce synthesis of nonfiction texts as well as how to plan for reading aloud a text so as to promote understanding of the author’s central ideas.



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