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Building Background Knowledge with Doughnuts

Doughnuts! Who doesn't love them? Most of us can find at least one type of doughnut we love to eat, and our children love them even more! But what is the true story behind these tasty treats? This elementary Virginia Readers' Choice selection will give you just that!
Doughnuts are a favorite with so many of us. The Hole Story of the Doughnut is a great book to help us all gain background knowledge.

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The Hole Story of the Doughnut by Pat Miller tells the story of how our modern day doughnuts came to be. You and your students won't want to miss this one!

A New Twist on Little Red Riding Hood

I love reading those classic fairy tales with my students and children. They have such great stories that teach our children some important lessons, but I am always amazed at home many children have not heard so many of these classic fairy tales. Today's Book Talk Thursday focuses on one of my favorites with a little bit of a twist.
Classic fairy tales are great way to help children understand various comprehension skills. Little Red is a new twist on the classic tale that will help children with so many comprehension skills.

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Little Red by Bethan Woollvin, a Virginia Readers' Choice selection, tells the story of Little Red Riding Hood in a new and updated way.

Getting Tidy While Drawing Conclusions

One of the toughest comprehension skills to teach and help students understand is drawing conclusions. So many times students struggle with this not so easy skill. We call it all kinds of things, like reading between the lines, author and me questions, and figuring it out. Yet, we need to find a way to make it easier for our students to understand.
Drawing conclusions isn't always easy, but Tidy is a great book for helping children understand this important concept.

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Using picture books leads students of all ages to new concepts they may not have understood before. The Virginia Readers' Choice selection, Tidy by Emily Gravett is perfect for helping children draw conclusions about what happens in the story.

Blooming Young Readers Using Elkonin Boxes

Working with students in younger grades can be tricky. So many times my kindergarten and first grade students lack the phonological awareness and phonics skills needed for success in reading. I spend a lot of time helping those students acquire those skills. One way to do that is through blending and segmenting words with phoneme sound mats, sometimes called Elknonin Boxes.
Blending and segmenting sounds has proven to be helpful as children begin to hear individual sounds in words. These sound boxes will help them as they manipulate those sounds.

I am excited to join in with my friends in The Reading Crew as we bring you a ton of literacy ideas and freebies to help you in your classroom. And stay tuned until the end for an amazing giveaway you don't want to miss.

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