Spark Writers with Images

Spark Writers with Images

Inspired by John Stoffel’s Fall-Walk Sentence contest, fifth grade teacher Barb Mahnesmith, Prairie Trace Elementary (Carmel, IN), challenged her students to write descriptive paragraphs based on images of doors. Barb collected images of doors from around the...
10 Reasons to Collect Photographs

10 Reasons to Collect Photographs

An image can act as a foundation to build knowledge, foster curiosity, and inspire writing–all of which open the door for discussion before you begin reading specific subject information. For these reasons and more, why you might want to spend time this summer...
Target Students’ Inferring Skills in Daily Doses

Target Students’ Inferring Skills in Daily Doses

Inferring while reading includes drawing conclusions and making assumptions about what is implied. These higher-level thinking skills need to be taught explicitly through teacher Think Alouds. Model how to draw conclusions about the text by noting word/verbal and...