Reading in the Upper Grades

Unique reading ideas for teaching upper elementary grades (3-6). Find blog posts, creative ideas, freebies, and resources to use in upper elementary: reading…
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Character Study Part 2: Character Traits, Character Change, and More - In the Classroom with Kristin
Read Alouds - Shared by teacher Kristine Nannini - Read aloud time is a sacred, coveted time in our classroom. The best conversations and deepest thinking happen. Go farther into characters with personality traits and physical traits. Analyze character's actions, dialogue, thinking. Anchor charts, activities, resources, and more included! Great for teaching various standards & lessons in 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade upper elementary. (third, fourth, fifth, sixth graders, Year 3, 4, 5, 6)
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Teaching Literary Theme in Upper Elementary
Theme can be tricky because it is not explicitly stated. It's the overall message or lesson from a text. Here Kristine Nannini shares the step-by-step process to teach upper elementary students this literacy concept. You get anchor charts, printable posters, mentor texts, definition, independent practice activities, and more for fiction and informational text options. Great for 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade classroom or homeschool students. (third, fourth, fifth, sixth graders, Year 3, 4, 5, 6)
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Growth Mindset and Self-Motivated Learners with Debbie Silver
Expert interviews, classroom best practices, and entertaining and engaging conversations...all driven by our mission to help every elementary educator empower their teaching.
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Understanding Close Reading: Part 1 - What is Close Reading? - In the Classroom with Kristine Nannin
Understanding Close Reading in the Upper Elementary Classroom - Kristine Nannini walks through how 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade teachers can carefully read and reread, analyze text, use complex texts, focus on key ideas and details, work through the craft and structure, and use integration of knowledge and ideas. Get examples, step-by-step explanations, an anchor chart, AND MORE. (third, fourth, fifth, sixth graders, Year 3, 4, 5, 6)
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Character Study Part 2: Character Traits, Character Change, and More - In the Classroom with Kristin
Help upper elementary students learn how to "code the text" - particularly for nonfiction passages. Use the anchor chart and lesson plan included in this post to help 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade students. Learn how to go slow, model, and then give gradual release. (third, fourth, fifth, sixth graders, Year 3, 4, 5, 6)
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Reading at Home: 7 Ways to Help Encourage Kids to Love Reading
Reading at Home: 7 Ways to Help Encourage Kids to Love Reading - Allow free choice, do not FORCE reading, provide high interest materials, give positive reinforcement, model good reading habits yourself, provide a space to read, plus read to AND with them. Great tips and ideas in the article plus a FREE ebook for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade upper elementary students. (second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth graders, Year 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Kristine Nannini)
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How to Teach Genres to Engage Your Upper Elementary Readers - In the Classroom with Kristine Nannini
How to Teach Genres to Engage Your Upper Elementary Readers - Learn how to introduce different genres to peak student interest, explain the types of characters, where and when is it often set, and what are the frequent plot points? There's also a great lesson plan with anchor charts, posters, characteristics, teaching slides, definitions, characteristics, setting, characters, plot, worksheets, popular titles, task cards, Would You Rather, & more. 3rd, 4th, 5th, & 6th grade approved!
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Character Study Part 2: Character Traits, Character Change, and More - In the Classroom with Kristin
Read Alouds - Shared by teacher Kristine Nannini - Read aloud time is a sacred, coveted time in our classroom. The best conversations and deepest thinking happen. Go farther into characters with personality traits and physical traits. Analyze character's actions, dialogue, thinking. Anchor charts, activities, resources, and more included! Great for teaching various standards & lessons in 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade upper elementary. (third, fourth, fifth, sixth graders, Year 3, 4, 5, 6)
how to teach genre to engage your upper - elementary readers
How to Teach Genres to Engage Your Upper Elementary Readers - In the Classroom with Kristine Nannini
How to Teach Genres to Engage Your Upper Elementary Readers - Learn how to introduce different genres to peak student interest, explain the types of characters, where and when is it often set, and what are the frequent plot points? There's also a great lesson plan with anchor charts, posters, characteristics, teaching slides, definitions, characteristics, setting, characters, plot, worksheets, popular titles, task cards, Would You Rather, & more. 3rd, 4th, 5th, & 6th grade approved!
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Reading Comprehension Strategies
Find tips and suggestions for using reading comprehension strategies in your upper elementary classroom. Teaching reading comprehension is very complex. One tool teachers can utilize is to teach reading comprehension strategies.
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Character Study Part 1: Using The Westing Game to Study Characters - In the Classroom with Kristine
Read Aloud - The Westing Game - Shared by veteran teacher Kristine Nannini - Read aloud time is a sacred, coveted time in our classroom. The best conversations and deepest thinking happen. This book is great with 26 characters to track. Each student is assigned one character to track throughout the book via sticky notes and anchor charts. Great for teaching various standards and lessons in 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade upper elementary. (third, fourth, fifth, sixth graders, Year 3, 4, 5, 6)
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The Importance of Text Structures
Learn how to teach text structures to your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th grade, or home school students. These include cause and effect, compare and contrast, sequence, problem and solution, and descriptions. These work for informational and non fiction texts only. There’s a great video you can find that easily explains it. Introduce these concept to your class during your next reading or ELA lesson. Use worksheets for centers or stations. #Elementary #TextStructures #Reading