Virtual Discussion Groups

After reading and discussing in individual classes, create small discussion groups combining students from both classes.  Groups can connect for discussion virtually and share their

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Chalk Talk

Use the Chalk Talk (Links to an external site.) strategy to engage small groups of students in silent conversations. Students can be invited to respond to questions, prompts,

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Identifying Theme

Begin by explaining to students that the theme of a story is the underlying message or “big idea” the writer wants to communicate to their

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Exploring Vocabulary

Invite students to explore vocabulary through context clues by revisiting words from the story and asking, “Can you tell me what this word means? How

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Reflecting to Reading

Provide opportunities for students to reflect on their reading in a variety of ways, including: Talking Writing Drawing Creating models Dramatizing This activity can be

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