Easy Ways to Teach Perspective with Mentor Texts

Mentor texts are great for helping our students better understand reading and writing. I use mentor texts quite a bit to teach my students new comprehension skills, and teaching perspective has several great texts to help children see how this important skill works in every day life. Virginia Readers' Choice picture book Alfie: (The Turtle That Disappeared) is the perfect book for helping students see that there are two sides to every story.
Different perspectives make stories more interesting and help readers see the entire story. Alfie: (The Turtle That Disappeared) is the perfect mentor text for seeing both sides of the story.

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Simple Ways to Incorporate Phonics Into Small Groups

Finally! A professional book that helps teachers incorporate phonics skills in guided reading lessons. I wish I would have had this book when I was first trying to figure reading and word study groups out. Jan Richardson and Michele Dufresne have made it simple in their newest book, The Next Step Forward in Word Study and Phonics.
Phonics instruction should be tied to the books students read in class. Finding easy ways to do that are made simple with this new book by Jan Richardson and Michele Dufresne.

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Fabulous Books and Looks for Fall

Fall is here, even though it still feels like summer here in Virginia. This time of year always makes me long to wear all of my fall clothes and other fashions. I also enjoy reading fun fall books with my students as we focus on different comprehension and writing skills. It's more than pumpkin spice time; it's time for all things fall!
Fall is the perfect time for great books and fun fashion statements. The books all have a common theme of fall and the earrings make fall more fun!

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Showcasing the Elementary Virginia Readers' Choice Books

I'm over on Virginia is for Teachers today with a post all about the elementary Virginia Readers' Choice chapter books! You don't want to miss the opportunity to find out more about these 8 chapter books you don't want to miss out on! Click {here} or on the picture below to check it out!
The Virginia Readers' Choice elementary chapter books are always a bit hit. These 8 books make reading fun for all ages!