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What's your favorite comprehension question? You've never thought about it, have you?! Get your students thinking with this great comprehension question!

My Favorite Comprehension Question

Welcome back to Minds In Bloom! Today’s guest blogger is Carrie of My Book Boost, and she’s sharing her favorite comprehension question to ask her class. Read on to find out what it is and why it’s her favorite! What’s my favorite comprehension question to ask kids after reading? Let me give you a hint. It requires kids to use more than their brains to

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Socratic seminars are a tricky instructional tool to implement, but they are completely worth the time you invest in preparing for it and in teaching your students how to participate in one. Our guest blogger shares five steps to help you run a successful Socratic seminar in your classroom in this thoughtful post.

5 Steps to a Successful Socratic Seminar

Minds in Bloom is pleased to welcome Erin from Creative Teacher’s Classroom to the blog today! Erin is sharing an excellent post that outlines five steps to running a successful Socratic seminar in your classroom.     As a gifted intervention specialist, I began experimenting with Socratic seminars as a way to get my students deeper into the novel we were reading. However, I never

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Teaching students to use text evidence while answering reading comprehension questions is no easy feat. Our guest blogger shares five steps to teaching this important comprehension skill in this post. You can also download a free resource to help you start teaching how to use text evidence in your own classroom!

Text Evidence for Beginners

Hey all! My name is Kadeen, and I am so excited to be sharing this topic with you. As a teacher of several years, I never thought “text evidence” would become one of my main instructional focus topics until I started tutoring 5th grade. I especially did not see the importance until I realized that many of my students were not passing their weekly reading

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Poetry shouldn't be limited to National Poetry Month in April. Our guest blogger shares lots of ideas for how to teach poems all year, so click through to read all of her suggestions! She's got some ideas that students are sure to love!

Got Poetry? How to Teach Poems All Year

Hi! I’m Marypat from Just Add Students. I’m thrilled to be a guest blogger on Minds in Bloom today. Thank you, Rachel, for giving me a forum to write about my favorite topic: poetry!   Most of us teach poetry in April. We pull out fun lessons with figurative language, haiku, couplets, and limericks. And why not? After all, it is National Poetry Month. But

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Guided reading is an important instructional tool, but guided reading for ELLs is possibly even more critical. This guest post dives into the ways a teacher can create a modified guided reading plan for ELLs in order to set them up for success.

Modified Guided Reading for ELLs

Kristen is our guest blogger today, joining us from A Walk in the Chalk. She’s sharing her strategies for reaching ELLs in the classroom by incorporating modified guided reading strategies. Guided reading is an important component of a balanced literacy program. It is when individualized reading instruction is provided to a small group of students. The group size is typically between four to six students, and each

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Although they often tend to be taught separately, for some reason, phonics and phonemic awareness actually go hand-in-hand. Our guest blogger shares a list of fun activity ideas for teaching phonics and phonemic awareness in primary classrooms, so click through to read more.

Fun Phonics and Phonemic Awareness Ideas

Please welcome Miss W, a teacher-author from Australia. She’s sharing with us several tried-and-true methods for teaching phonics and phonemic awareness to kiddos in fun ways. Read on to find out what they are! Phonics and phonemic awareness are crucial language features. Children’s letter and sound knowledge assists students to decode words when reading, to sound out words when writing, to form words when speaking,

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Text Time is the perfect reading skills practice that you've been looking for! It includes 60 reading passages, which really translates to 120 passages because there are two levels for each. Click through to read more about what's included in this awesome reading skills review resource!

Reading Skills Review the Easy Way!

So, a few months ago I was thinking about making an ELA skills review product – something with several different skills on one page – but when I asked my Facebook followers what they thought about the idea, a bunch of them basically said, “Well, that’s a swell idea, but what we really need is reading skills practice.” I am all about making what teachers

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Read alouds are an effective and engaging way to practice reading skills with your students. Although students aren't reading themselves, they are practicing skills such as comprehension, recall, listening, and more! Here are tips for implementing read alouds in your classroom.

Read Alouds in Your Classroom

Hi, I’m Cait from Cait’s Cool School. I’m exciting to be guest-posting on Minds in Bloom today! I’m discussing read alouds in your classroom and how you can make the most of them!   I don’t know about you, but I love having someone read aloud to me. I will never forget when I was a senior in high school, and my AP English teacher read aloud

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Boys can knit. Wait, what? The surprising history of knitting is that it started with men and was once a prized skill. While knitting is often associated with females today, boys can try knitting in school during read aloud time so that they have something to do with their hands. This is a great activity for kinesthetic learners!

Hobbies for Kinesthetic Learners: What Do I Do With My Hands During Read Aloud Time?

Hobbies for kinesthetic learners: Archery Target shooting Knife sharpening Tomahawk throwing Knitting Wait. What? Boys don’t knit!   I bet when you think of knitting, you think of a little old granny in her rocking chair. But do you know who dominates the history of the art of knitting?   Men. Macho men, in fact.   Knitting is a perfect quiet activity during read aloud time. Your boys, however, may need some

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Do you need more rigorous spelling practice in your instruction? Our guest blogger shares her three best apps for spelling practice in this post. She explains how each app works and what she likes about it.

3 Best Apps for Spelling Practice

Hi!  My name is Amy, and I’m from 180 Days of Reading.  I am a Reading Specialist and former kindergarten teacher with a first grader at home. Some days I feel like I eat, sleep, and breathe spelling patterns.  I hit a wall at home with my first grader and spelling homework this year.  I was tired of the “write your words three times each”

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It's possible to engage kids by pairing fiction and nonfiction texts. This post gives a list of suggested pairings and tips on how to start this process.

How to Engage Students by Pairing Fiction and Nonfiction Texts

Hello, my name is Jill Richardson. I am honored to have the opportunity to share with you today!   Do you need another way to build excitement and enjoyment of learning for your students?  Try pairing fiction and nonfiction texts.  Most of my career has been in teaching reading in the primary grades.  This year I am teaching English as a Second Language and loving it!  Pairing fiction and nonfiction texts

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Some of the most important communication skills include learning to retell, relate and reflect. Build these skills in your students with these helpful tips.

Learning to Retell, Relate & Reflect Using Verbal & Written Responses

Our guest blogger today is Mrs. Naufal, and she’s been kind enough to share her insight with us about three important communication skills: learning to retell, learning to relate, and learning to reflect! “Retell, relate, and reflect” are oral and written responses that showcase various levels of communication and thinking ability.  Each step requires more experience than the previous step.  When students retell, they are able to discuss

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