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  • Classroom Library Organization Tips

    Classroom Library Organization Tips

    Get students excited about reading by organizing your classroom library with relevant books and updated displays.

    Shaped Staff

    October 13, 2021

  • Structuring the Literacy Block

    Structuring the Literacy Block

    The most productive, balanced literacy block schedules include various reading and writing activities and instruction to help build foundational skills.

    Shaped Staff

    October 04, 2021

  • National Dyslexia Awareness Month 2021

    National Dyslexia Awareness Month 2021

    Honor National Dyslexia Awareness Month this October by better understanding how learning differences can affect your students' social and emotional learning.

    Ali Habashi
    Shaped Editor

    September 21, 2021

  • How to Build a Classroom Library

    How to Build a Classroom Library

    Get tips on how to build a classroom library—and where to find books for elementary and middle school students.

    Lisa Sims
    Former HMH Consultant

    August 31, 2021

  • Integrating Science and Literacy in the Classroom

    Integrating Science and Literacy in the Classroom

    Learn how integrating science and literacy in the classroom helps students behave and think like real scientists and engineers.

    Marjorie Frank
    Author, ELD Specialist, Adjunct Faculty of Hunter, Manhattan, and Brooklyn Colleges

    August 23, 2021

  • Nine 9/11 Activities & Lesson Plans for the Classroom

    Nine 9/11 Activities & Lesson Plans for the Classroom

    Looking for ways to help your students understand the September 11 terror attacks and their impact? Use these 9/11 activities and lesson plans designed for middle and high school classrooms.

    Shaped Staff

    August 10, 2021

  • Mayan Pyramids vs. Egyptian Pyramids Lesson Plan Idea

    Mayan Pyramids vs. Egyptian Pyramids Lesson Plan Idea

    Looking to include ELA instruction in your social studies classroom? This Mayan pyramids vs. Egyptian pyramids lesson plan idea has students discuss the similarities and differences between the two types of structures through writing an essay.

    Shaped Staff

    August 05, 2021

  • What Is Oral Reading Fluency?

    What Is Oral Reading Fluency?

    This article answers the question, what is oral reading fluency? It provides fluency teaching strategies after defining fluency and explaining why it's important.

    Dr. Amy Endo
    Education Research Director, Supplemental & Intervention Language & Literacy

    July 20, 2021

  • Optimizing Literacy Instruction with Oral Reading Fluency Assessments

    Optimizing Literacy Instruction with Oral Reading Fluency Assessments

    Providing an oral reading fluency assessment is an important part of not just providing oral reading fluency instruction but measuring growth and ensuring effective instruction.

    Dr. Amy Endo
    Education Research Director, Supplemental & Intervention Language & Literacy

    July 20, 2021

  • The Benefits of Independent Reading in the Classroom

    The Benefits of Independent Reading in the Classroom

    There are various benefits of independent reading, including improving your students’ fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Read more about how you can empower your students to become lifelong readers by providing an independent reading library.

    Shaped Staff

    July 12, 2021

  • 3 Strategies for Small-Group Reading Instruction

    3 Strategies for Small-Group Reading Instruction

    Get tips from literacy expert JillE on small-group reading instruction, which allows for a more intimate setting and enables teachers to observe students more closely.

    Jill Eggleton, QSO
    International Literacy Consultant and Children’s Book Author; Author and Advisor, Into Reading

    June 24, 2021

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