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We look at student research in this week's Big Fresh.
Jillian Heise's middle school students design text sets late in the school year. It's a great activity for discovering how they have grown as readers, as well as a gift to next year's class.
Katherine Sokolowski helps her fifth graders build notetaking skills for research.
Andrea Smith helps a group of boys take notes during an owl research project.
Conventions are the focus of this week's Big Fresh.
Melanie Meehan finds third grade is a good age for helping students develop paragraphing skills.
Jillian Heise shares a marvelous poetry writing activity for students who are transitioning from elementary to middle school, or middle to high school.
Ruth Ayres uses a student text to demonstrate the importance of paragraph breaks in this second-grade minilesson.
Closing out the year is the focus of this week's Big Fresh.
Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris explain how ending the year is all about making space for memories, and provide some texts to help in the process.
Melanie Meehan encourages teachers to build a video collection of students at work to use with next year's class.
Jennifer Schwanke shares a favorite activity for building community and self-esteem.
Shirl McPhillips highlights the pleasures and challenges of using a strict poetic form.
Teaching the concept of theme is the focus of this week's Big Fresh.
Bitsy Parks introduces her first graders to the concept of theme.
Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris present some of their favorite children's books for teaching inference.
Just-right books are the focus of this week's Big Fresh.
Jennifer Allen uses commercials to promote the importance of rereading to students while teaching theme.
Melanie Meehan presents a fun activity for late in the school year that uses the format of The Voice television series.
Gigi McAllister uses picture books to strengthen her fourth grade classroom community.
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