Category: Reading

Character Change Cards for First and Second Grade

How do you teach character change within a story? By this time of the year, my first graders are easily able to identify the main character. They are also able to give a few character traits (with text evidence) to describe that main character. Now, is when I really want students to focus on how […]

Reader’s Workshop in the First Grade Classroom

Do you use Reader’s Workshop in your first grade classroom?!   It was an absolute game-changer for me when I started researching and implementing Reader’s Workshop and its benefits in a primary classroom. I really wanted to get away from the overwhelming prep of literacy centers and I had my “aha!” moment when I walked […]

5 Ways to Promote Reading Fluency in your Classroom

Reading something fluently is the ability to read it at an appropriate rate with the correct intonation. It is when you read as though you are speaking conversationally, without any struggle. Fluency is essential to reading comprehension. A few weeks ago, I shared this image on my instagram page: Go ahead and read that. I bet […]

Black History Month!

Black history month is right around the corner and there are SO many important people and topics to cover for my primary students to get even a partial grasp of the civil rights movement. After teaching about Martin Luther King Jr.’s mission and journey to my first graders over the years, I know that they […]