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First activities for the school year are the focus of this week's Big Fresh.
Christy Rush-Levine introduces her middle school students to the complexity of reading on the first day of school.
Sean Moore leads a second-grade whole-class reading share early in the year. This quick video shows that this instruction time is as much about establishing social norms as talking about reading.
Franki Sibberson finds an "I Used to and Now I" format helps her third-grade students understand how technology is changing reading habits.
Launching a sort with primary students early in the year begins not with words, but with leaves for Max Brand.
Memoir is the focus of this week's Big Fresh.
Ruth Ayres gives fourth grader Allie an organization tool for brainstorming memoir possibilities early in the year.
Gigi McAllister finds the ever-popular six-word memoirs are a wonderful way to build community and help students get to know each other.
Mandy Robek shares her favorite texts for building understanding early in the year of writing workshop with young writers. These books are ideal for launching discussions about how writers find ideas.
Gretchen Schroeder ditches the long discussion of rules and procedures with her high school students, and instead gives writing workshop a sweet start.
We feature books for launching reading workshop in this week's Big Fresh.
Mandy Robek shares her favorite texts to use early in the year with young students to introduce them to everything from places to read to how to handle books.
Katherine Sokolowski explains how she spends her time during the first days of literacy workshops in her fifth-grade classroom.
Karen Terlecky has advice for using summer reading for launching and closing the school year to build community and enduring connections with students.
Aimee Buckner helps fourth grader Isaiah focus his reading early in the year in this quick conference.
Building community early in the school year is the focus of this week's Big Fresh.
Max Brand continues his new tutoring series. In this installment, he designs a creative intake assessment for Ruth, a first grader who struggles with following directions.
Katherine Sokolowski finds that the beginning of the year is the best time to build community with a unit on character and morals through literature.
Ruth Ayres confers with fifth grader Wesley about his personal narrative on scouting.
Karen Terlecky uses sea glass as a metaphor for the assessments she completes to launch the year, and data analysis all year long.
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