Category: Anchor Charts

Teaching Students to Make Inferences

Ideas for Teaching Students to Make Inferences

Teaching students the differences between making inferences, drawing conclusions, and predicting outcomes may be one of the most difficult skills to teach.  This series of three posts includes definitions, examples, and activities. 


An inference is a conclusion reached on the basis of evidence and reasoning. Readers infer many topics. For example — Continue Reading

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Distinguishing Fact from Opinion

The blog post offers helpful tips for teaching fact vs. opinion including a free foldable organizer going over rules and examples.

Teaching students to understand the differences between fact and opinion is essential. This is a tested skill. More importantly, helping students to correctly evaluate information will help them make informed life choices. For example, the news is full of campaign ads. Sorting facts from opinions helps people vote intelligently.

Also, the Internet has opened up vast sources of information. Learning to distinguish what is true is of vital importance. Studies show that teens are sharing more and more information about themselves online. This information can even lead to cyber bullying. Teens need to sort out what is true. Continue Reading

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Separate is Never Equal

Enjoy this free lesson for the picture book Separate is Never Equal ~Sylvia Mendez & Her Fight for Desegregation~. Free resources include both printable and digital versions.

Welcome to the Reading Crew’s Link-up

The Reading Crew is a group of primary through middle school reading specialists. About three to four times a year, we share materials and ideas through a blog link up. Enjoy reading through our posts and collecting free materials to use in your classroom this fall. Links to all the posts are found at the end of this post.  Continue Reading

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Five Ideas for Teaching Point of View

Five Ideas for Teaching Point of View with Free Printable Activities

Teaching point of view can be both challenging and fun. The Common Core State Standards includes a point of view standard at each grade level.

Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.
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Proverbs and Adages

Teaching Proverbs and Adages

Teaching students to understand proverbs and adages improves reading comprehension. These sayings have meanings beyond what can be understood in their individual words.

A proverb is a simple statement of practical wisdom popularly known and repeated. These common sense statements express some truth often giving advice to the listener. Adages are a well-known proverbs that have been used for a long time. Because these two terms are so closely related, the terms are often used interchangeably. Continue Reading

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Teaching Conflicts in Literature

This blog post contains ideas for teaching 'Conflicts in Literature.' It includes an anchor chart and free materials including a foldable organizer and PowerPoint lesson.

When I realized that I have a number of resources on ‘Types of Conflict in Literature,’ but they are scattered throughout my website and blog, I decided to create one post with information plus links to help people find the materials.


In a person vs. supernatural conflict, a character battles that which is beyond nature. It can’t be explained by natural law. This could be witches, vampires, mythical creatures, and so forth. Continue Reading

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D Reading and Thinking Strategy

D Reading and Thinking Strategy Anchor Chart

The D Reading and Thinking Strategy provides students with a method for narrowing down research topics into manageable amounts.

Literally hundreds of teaching strategies have been devised. Here is a great hook activity for a topic you plan to study. Continue Reading

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