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Hidden Gems: A Bear Called Paddington

I was so happy to see Paddington Bear make a comeback a few years ago. I really enjoyed those books as a kid, and it was great to be able to share them with my own students. Before the movie came out, I figured I had better reread the book so I could see if I wanted...

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5 Easy Ways to Teach Summarizing

One reading strategy that students use frequently is summarizing texts and passages. Summarizing means restating the most important points in the reading. When school becomes more about reading to learn than learning to read, students really need to learn how to...

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Hidden Gems: Sammy Keyes & the Hotel Thief

Hands down, one of the most popular novels I used in my 5th and 6th grade classrooms was Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief by Wendelin Van Draanen. This mystery book was a favorite of both boys and girls, voracious readers and reluctant readers. If you can find the...

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