As a 5th grade language arts teacher, I think that I often bring a unique perspective to literature as I am always looking at it with an educator’s eye. I am constantly thinking about which of my students a book would be a right-fit for, how to incorporate it into writing activities, and what kind of message it sends or discussion it could illicit. My ultimate goal as a teacher is to cultivate my students’ love of reading and writing so that they may enjoy it and partake in it their whole lives.
In my quest to discover new ideas and share my own ideas about literature and writing with others, I came up with a weekly feature called Teacher Feature. In the Teacher Feature, I explore ideas, issues and activities relating to the world of language arts and reading from an educator’s perspective. This page will allow you to easily access all of my Teacher Feature posts that may be of interest to you!
Books for the Reluctant Reader – While I have many students who absolutely love to read, I do have students for whom reading is a challenge. It is so important to help those children find “just right” books that will engage them and hook them into reading. This post addresses several books that I have found to be extremely popular with reluctant readers through my work in the classroom.
Seasonal Writing Activities – Halloween Edition – This post includes activities to do with the book The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, a fun Halloween story prompt from Margaret Peterson Haddix, and an idea for a spooky word wall.
A Tour of My Classroom Library – See how my classroom library is set up with book bins, colorful shelves and a comfortable reading corner full of pillows!
Novel Scavenger Hunt – Build excitement for a class novel study by creating a novel scavenger hunt. Students become detectives and search for clues to help discover the identity of the book.