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Gingerbread Phonics

"Run, run, as fast as you can." Students use this refrain from The Gingerbread Man to learn letter-sound correspondence. Students use their new skills to write an online story.

 

Student Interactives

 

Timeline

Timeline

Students generate descriptive timelines and can include images in the description.

 

 

Fact or Fiction: Learning About Worms Using Diary of a Worm

Students often believe that fiction writers make everything up, seldom realizing how research worms its way into entertaining writing. In this lesson, students read Diary of a Worm to find out how fact merges with fiction.

 

 

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.

 
 

 

Writing Poetry with Rebus and Rhyme

This lesson encourages students to use rhyming words to write rebus poetry modeled on rebus books, which substitute pictures for the words that young students cannot yet identify or decode.

 

 

Stapleless Book

Stapleless Book

The Stapleless Book can be used for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating vocabulary booklets . . . the possibilities are endless!

 
 

 

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.

 

 

Printing Press

Printing Press

The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Literacy + Math = Creative Connections in the Elementary Classroom

Literacy + Math = Creative Connections in the Elementary Classroom

This book details the importance of establishing a literacy-mathematics connection for students and offers suggestions and ideas for improving math skills while fostering literacy growth.

 

Nonfiction Inquiry: Using Real Reading and Writing to Explore the World

Nonfiction Inquiry: Using Real Reading and Writing to Explore the World

Nonfiction is the genre most likely to spur children’s passion and wonder for learning. This article discusses way to motivate children to read nonfiction.

 

 

Community Stories  

Marci McGowan

Poetry Writing: Try Partnerships!

Marci McGowan | First-Grade Teacher | Spring Lake, NJ

When I read Traci Gardner's Composing Cinquain Poems: A Quick-Writing Activity, I knew I had found just the right culminating activity for our unit on poetry and pattern writing