Teachers That Give ~ Over $500 in Gift Cards & Holiday Freebies!



  1.      Enter the Rafflecopter below to win a $25 Tpt gift card! (There are 4 chances to win.) Our contest runs from 11/26/2016 – 12/3/2016.
  2.   Then, click through the links below to stop by a few of my blogging buddies’ sites. Each teacher is offering up a unique gift card & freebies. Our giveaway exceeds $500! Best of luck & happy holidays!


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Good luck! Our winner will be choosen at random, but everyone can take home the Holiday Main Idea Freebie below! (Just click on the picture of the main idea worksheet.)


Tips on Structured Student Conversations

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Welcome! I’m joining up with a few of my favorite teacher bloggers for a book study of Jennifer Serravallo’s book, The Reading Strategies Book. Join us as we focus in on a few of our favorite reading strategies.kids-talking

When our principal walks through our rooms she leaves a little note with a few compliments and a suggestion. The last suggestion she left me was to increase student talk. Knowing that this is an area I need to work on, I’m excited to take a deeper look at a few of the ideas presented in “The Reading Strategies Book”. Deepening comprehension through speaking & listening is part of the 12th goal. Here are 3 “gold nuggets” I especially liked from this chapter: Continue reading

How to Teach Main Idea



+++Understanding the what a reading passage or book is mostly about is at the core of reading comprehension.  As the complexity of the text increases, the task of determining importance becomes more challenging. Students at all grade levels need support in this process. They need strategies and practice to hone this skill as texts get longer. Reading research quaterly states that even expert readers follow a process and apply strategies while constructing the main idea. Continue reading