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Here you will find all of my posts about reading in one place! From reading anchor charts, activities, task cards, to novel projects, you can reference my reading blog posts in one easy place! Simply click on each picture to be redirected a blog post featuring the reading ideas and other activities related to the topic!

Back to school read alouds are a great way to build community, get to know your students, and discuss important topics for the year.

A Complete List of Back to School Read Alouds

Teaching Informational Text Skills

Download free Skill of the Day weeks for spiral review in reading, math, and language from Teaching with a Mountain View.

FREE Skill of the Day Week

Book recommendations and related activities for the best morning meeting read alouds in upper elementary.

10 Morning Meeting Read Aloud Activities

Literacy tips and activities to start the year strong in upper elementary. Includes ideas for morning work, centers, and review.

Literacy Tips To Start The Year Strong

Upper elementary language skill activities to teach conjunctions, interjections, articles, and prepositions. Download a FREE reference guide.

Language Skill Activities: How to Teach Conjunctions, Interjections, Articles, and Prepositions

Amazing reading skill videos to teach key upper elementary reading skills. Includes activity ideas for each video and related resource too.

Amazing Reading Skill Videos

Graphic novels are important tools to use in the upper elementary classroom. Includes recommended graphic novel lists and activities.

Graphic Novel Lists for Upper Elementary

Comparing and contrasting texts, characters, themes, and literary elements takes critical thinking and is key to reading comprehension.

Comparing and Contrasting Texts: Why it’s Important and How to Teach It

This post includes an anchor chart and practice activities for teaching adjectives and adverbs in upper elementary.

Teaching Adjectives and Adverbs

End of the Year Reading Projects

Upper Elementary ELA test prep tips, strategies, and resources to make review productive and engaging too!

4 ELA Test Prep Tips

Teaching tips and activities to use when teaching narrative writing in upper elementary. Includes mentor text examples too!

Tips for Teaching Narrative Writing in Upper Elementary

Upper elementary descriptive writing activities. Includes anchor charts for expanding sentences and descriptive writing prompts.

How to Teach Descriptive Writing in Upper Elementary

Teaching synthesis requires students to combine different sources of information to create meaning. These synthesizing ideas can help!

3 Tips for Teaching Synthesis

Advanced chapter books for higher-level readers in second through fourth grade. Each of these books vary in topic to reach more interests.

Advanced Chapter Books for Elementary Readers

Literacy choice boards increase comprehension and accountability during novel studies. These work with ANY book and work for assessment too.

Literacy Choice Boards

Novel projects are engaging ways to boost comprehension and hold students accountable or independent reading. Includes several FREE projects!

Engaging Novel Projects for ANY Book

Teaching tips and ideas for fact vs. opinion practice in upper elementary. Includes an anchor chart and practice activities.

4 Activities to Teach Fact vs. Opinion

Here are some of the consistent strategies and skills I use in my classroom to help my students master nonfiction comprehension.

Nonfiction Comprehension Guide

Learn how to use The Week Junior, a magazine for children ages 8-14. It covers timely topics, news, sports and technology features, and more.

Using The Week Junior In The Classroom

Three ways to supplement textbooks in upper elementary to provide engaging instruction and meet all students' needs.

Beyond the Book: 3 Ways to Supplement Textbooks

Includes anchor chart and centers for how to teach sequencing as the foundation of many key reading skills in upper elementary.

How To Teach Sequencing In Upper Elementary

8 ways to use task cards with your upper elementary students, including easy differentiated practice, games, centers, and more.

8 Exciting Ways To Use Task Cards In Upper Elementary

An honest review of The Week Junior, a weekly news magazine for 8-to-14 year olds with topical and timely takes on a broad range of subjects.

The Week Junior: My Honest Review of the Magazine

Teach students to use dialogue to make inferences about characters and improve their comprehension skills in upper elementary.

What Can Dialogue Tell Us? Inferring Character Traits and Feelings From Dialogue

Teaching and analyzing story elements is a critical comprehension skill. Includes ideas for a deeper understanding in upper elementary.

Beyond Story Elements: Encouraging your students to think critically about elements of the text

Analyzing Text Features in Upper Elementary

Tips for organizing your upper elementary literacy block. Includes daily routines, whole group lessons, and literacy rotations.

How I Organize My Literacy Block

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Teaching Domain Specific Vocabulary

Incorporating Picture Books In Your Upper Elementary Classroom

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Digging Deeper: Teaching Inference in Upper Elementary

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Teaching Language Skills: Nouns and Verbs

Comparing Texts: Moving Beyond the Basics

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How to Teach Poetry in Upper Elementary

Free anchor charts, interactive notebook pages, and activities to teach commonly confused words in upper elementary.

How To Teach Commonly Confused Words in Upper Elementary

There are many amazing books to read, but which ones should make the cut? Here are my best tips for how to select novels in upper elementary.

Thoughtful Tips for How To Select Novels in Upper Elementary

free upper elementary resources for teaching prefixes and suffixes along with Greek or Latin roots

The Complete Guide to Teaching Prefixes and Suffixes

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Must-Read Novels and Engaging Reading Response Activities for Any Book

Teaching the Presidential Election

Teaching the Difference Between Literal and Inferential Observations

Using Picture Books to Support At-Home Learning

Supporting Student Learning at Home

Teaching Character Conflict

Teaching Students To Use Observations to Infer

Main Idea Vs. Theme with Song Lyrics

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Teaching Oral Reading Fluency

Using Pictures to Teach Reading Skills Part 2

Weekly Letter Writing to Build Community

Best Back to School Picture Books

Reading Skills Quick Reference Guide

One Reading Game: Five Ways

Reading Skill Review

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Thanksgiving Writing Activity

Complete Sentences and Beyond!

Teaching Students to Dissect Responding to Reading Prompts

Using Pictures to Teach Reading and Writing Skills

Coordinating Conjunctions and Compound Sentences

A book tasting is a wonderful way to get kids engaged in reading and familiarizing them with a wide variety of genres.

Host a Classroom Book Tasting!

How and When I Teach Reading Skills in Upper Elementary

Restating the Question Lesson

Teaching Quotation Marks and Dialogue

Learn how to use main idea task cards for this quick and easy main idea activity. Also includes resources for main idea vs. theme.

Main Idea Task Cards Activity: Quick and Easy Practice!

Writing Summaries

Topic Sentences

Teaching Story Elements & A WONDER Freebie!

The Best Anchor Chart Paper Ever & A Giveaway!

Encouraging EXPRESSIVE Readers {A quick and easy activity with a picture book!}

Teaching Cause and Effect in Upper Elementary

Teach students to analyze firsthand and secondhand accounts with this anchor chart, interactive notebook template, and task cards.

Analyzing Firsthand and Secondhand Accounts

An Amazon Listing Cumulative Novel Project!

Teaching compare and contrast in upper elementary is simple and fun with this picture book and accompanying activities.

Teaching Compare & Contrast

Advanced Reading Intervention Plans

Another Cumulative Novel Project!

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Teaching Main Idea Vs. Theme

Using Pictures to Teach Key Reading Skills

Ratios and Mysteries!

Fiction comprehension anchor charts, foldable notes, and practice activities for upper elementary. Includes book list and questions too!

Fiction Comprehension

Figurative Language Review

Upper Elementary point of view teaching ideas, anchor charts, and practice activities. Includes several FREE resources too.

Teaching Point of View

Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting Texts

Tell Me a Story Tuesday!

Informational Text Structures & Features Cumulative Assignment

Nonfiction Summaries

Upper elementary ideas for teaching informational text structures with anchor chart, interactive notebooks, task cards, assessments and more.

Informational Text Structures

Use this free informational text book report with magazines or newspapers as a cumulative assessment in your next nonfiction unit.

Informational Text Newspaper or Magazine “Book” Report

Setting the Stage for Novels

Character Project for ANY Novel!

Characters, Characters, and more Characters! {And a FREEBIE!}

Getting busy!

Top 10 Tips for Building Reading Fluency

Independent Reading Response Anchor Charts

Novel Preview Quick Write

Tell Me a Story Tuesday: Figurative Language

Tell Me a Story Tuesday

This Quarter's Novel Project!

Literal Vs. Inferential Thinking

Answering Comprehension Questions

Tell Me a Story Tuesday

Pre-Reading Task Cards

-dge and -ge Word Ending Intervention (and Freebie) & A Newsletter Surprise!

Hard and Soft C and G Sounds

Visualizing & A Freebie

Theme & Evidence Anchor Charts

Task Card Corner

Context Clues

Help upper elementary students learn to identify nonfiction main ideas using authentic texts.

Nonfiction Main Idea

These FREE reading response cards in printable and digital formats are great for thinking critically about ANY text in upper elementary.

Open Ended Comprehension Cards

Vacationing Student Assignment and Task Card Craziness!

Story Elements & Main Idea Freebie!

Consonant + le Intervention

ABC Novel Project

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Here you will find all of my posts about reading in one place!  From reading anchor charts, activities, task cards, to novel projects, you can reference my reading blog posts in one easy place!  Simply click on each picture to be redirected a blog post featuring the reading ideas and other activities related to the topic!

Topic Sentences
Story Elements Reading Response Task Cards
Story Elements 

Cumulative Novel Project



Teaching Main Idea vs. Theme 



Top 10 Tips for Building Fluent Readers


Teaching Point of View


Fiction Comprehension


Activities for Teaching Informational Text Structures


Teaching Cause & Effect in Upper Elementary 


Analyzing Firsthand and Secondhand Accounts


Amazon Listing Novel Project


Teaching Children to Compare and Contrast


Advanced Reading Comprehension Intervention


Using Pictures to Teach and Review Reading Skills


Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting Text


Tell Me a Story Tuesday: Using Pictures to Teach Key Reading Skills


Nonfiction Text Structures & Features Cumulative Assignment


Teaching Students to Write Nonfiction Summaries


Nonfiction Book Report


Setting the Stage for Novels


Character Project for ANY Novel!


Teaching Character Development, Character Conflict, and Character Traits


Independent Reading Response 


Novel Preview Quick Write


Tell Me a Story Tuesday: Teach Reading Skills Using Pictures


This Quarter's Novel Project


Teaching Literal vs. Inferential


Answering Comprehension Questions


Tell Me a Story Tuesday: Using Pictures to Teach Key Reading Skills


Pre-Reading Task Cards Freebie


Hard and Soft C and G Sounds


Visualizing Freebie


Winter Wonderland Reading Incentive


Theme & Evidence Anchor Charts


Context Clues


Teaching Nonfiction Main Idea


Teaching Syllable Segmentation


Open Ended Comprehension Cards




Story Elements & Main Idea Freebie
























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