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100 Essential Forms for New Teachers
Finally, a one-stop resource for all the forms a teacher needs. From beginning-of-the-year checklists and customizable record-keeping forms to lesson-planning templates, this resource is packed with reproducibles teachers use to gather information about students, plan instruction, document students' progress, teach content, and communicate with parents.
Grades K – 5
Linda Ward Beech

 
 

100 Writing Lessons: Narrative • Descriptive • Expository • Persuasive
Dip into this vast collection of quick writing lessons and activities to find exactly what you need-whether it's a lesson on using exact words, writing an essay, developing a plot, or organizing a report. You'll find dozens of ideas for teaching students the persuasive, narrative, descriptive, and expository writing skills they need.
Grades 4 – 8
Tara McCarthy

 
 

130 FAQs and Practical Answers From Scholastic's Teacher Helpline
This reassuring resource contains dozens and dozens of frequently asked questions about everyday teaching issues—collected from Scholastic's Teacher Helpline. A mentor teacher answers a broad range of questions with a voice that is equal parts patient colleague, encouraging mom, and enthusiastic cheerleader.
Grades K – 6
Ruth Manna

 
 

25 Essential Language Arts Strategies to Help Striving Readers Succeed
Discover how to harness the full teaching force of the integrated language arts—-reading, writing, talking, listening, and visually viewing—-to support your striving readers as they work their way toward reading proficiency. The authors present seven guiding principles and 25 engaging strategies that provide the smart scaffolding uncertain readers need to take the risks necessary to learn.
Grades 1 – 6
Roland Schendel; Michael Opitz

 
 

75 Language Arts Assessment Tools
You're sure to find exactly what you need in this extensive resource. The rubrics, checklists, rating sheets, evaluation forms, and other easy-to-use tools help teachers assess student achievement in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. In addition, there are sheets for evaluating specific work products, such as summaries, editorials, oral presentations, and many others.
Grades 5 – 8
Mary Sullivan

 
 

A Practical Guide to Tiering Instruction in the Differentiated Classroom
In this practical guide, teacher and brain-based learning expert Sarah Armstrong offers the tools and techniques that make designing tiered lessons manageable.
Grades 3 – 8
Sarah Armstrong; Stephanie Haskins

 
 

Accelerated Vocabulary Instruction
A comprehensive guide to developing a rich vocabulary that helps children access and understand the core curriculum.
Grades 2 – 6
Nancy Akhavan

 
 

Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Mainstream Classroom
This engaging and informative book gives you the knowledge you need to understand students with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and the strategies you can use to help them succeed in school.
Grades K – 6
Barbara L. Boroson

 
 

Building Independent Readers With Interactive Read-Alouds & Shared Reading
Guided practice is a key component of reading instruction that is too often shortchanged in busy classrooms. Reading experts and veteran teachers Valorie Falco and Rochelle Soloway share their research-based, classroom-tested strategies for filling this instructional gap.
Grades 2 – 5
Rochelle Soloway; Valorie Falco

 
 

Check-in Assessments for Differentiated Lessons
These 30 classroom-tested mini-assessments gauge students’ background knowledge at the beginning of a lesson or evaluate what they’ve learned at the end. Highly motivating formats like Alphabet Activator and Incredible Shrinking Summary require little preparation and actively engage students, priming their brains to retain and process key information and ideas.
Grades 5 – & Up
Beverly Strayer; Troy Strayer

 
 

Closing the Achievement Gap
To meet the instructional needs of the increasingly diverse students in today's middle and high schools, teachers must be more than content area specialists--they must also know how to teach reading. In this practical resource, two teachers share the research-based, classroom-tested techniques they've developed that allow you to teach reading strategies as you teach content.
Grades 6 – 12
Noah Borrero; Shawn Bird

 
 

Content-Rich Reading & Writing Workshop, The
By teaching reading and writing through content and by folding rich content into your reading and writing instruction, not only do you create more powerful and exciting learning experiences for your students—helping them learn more—you save time and become a more efficient and effective teacher.
Grades 4 – 8
Nancy Akhavan

 
 

Creating the Best Literacy Block Ever
Literacy scholar Maryann Manning together with Nationally Board Certified teachers Deborah Camp and Gayle Morrison bring new energy, efficiency, and effectiveness into the 60-90-minute literacy block with a flexible 3-part framework that supports intentional teaching, peer interactions, and independent engagement. The authors provide an in-depth explanation of the framework and devote separate chapters to showing what a literacy block looks like at each grade level, K–3.
Grades K – 3
Maryann Manning; Deborah Camp; Gayle Morrison

 
 

Differentiated Literacy Centers
Developing leveled materials and creating an organizational system to manage it all is an immense undertaking. In this comprehensive resource, veteran teacher and staff developer Margo Southall shares management tools along with hundreds of leveled activities that she has fine-tuned over the years.
Grades K – 3
Margo Southall

 
 

Differentiated Small-Group Reading Lessons
In this highly practical, research-based resource, veteran teacher Margo Southall demonstrates how to form groups based on students' reading goals instead of their reading levels, allowing teachers to target instruction based on specific needs. She includes "When/Then" charts that describe common student difficulties and links them to the appropriate lesson.
Grades K – 3
Margo Southall

 
 

Differentiating Reading Instruction
Differentiated instruction—matching just-right instruction to the needs of each learner—is a powerful and effective way to help all students be successful. In this resource, reading expert, Laura Robb, invites you into her classroom so you can see differentiated reading instruction in action.
Grades 5 – 12
Loviah Aldinger; Laura Robb

 
 

Differentiating Reading Instruction for Success With RTI
Margo Southall shares her classroom-tested tools for differentiating reading instruction within an RTI framework: assessment strategies; when-then charts describing a menu of intervention options; targeted lessons and interventions in word recognition, fluency, and comprehension; techniques for forming and managing small groups; guidelines and practical tips for implementing Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions, and so much more.
Grades K – 3
Margo Southall

 
 

English Learners in American Classrooms: 101 Questions, 101 Answers
The book provides a basic but comprehensive introduction that serves as a state-of-the-art guide to the field, using a straightforward Q&A format designed to focus sharply on the major issues, such as the research on effectiveness of various programs, and assessment and accountability for ELLs.
Grades K – 12
James Crawford; Stephen Krashen

 
 

Expanding Comprehension With Multigenre Text Sets
In order to understand a topic deeply, learners must access information from a variety of sources and in many different text genres and media--yet our comprehension instruction often focuses on strategies for understanding single texts in isolation. In this book, a gifted teacher shares a powerful approach she's developed for teaching students to explore a topic using multigenre text sets.
Grades 2 – 5
Maria Nichols

 
 

First Grade in Photographs
Full-color photographs selected by seasoned first-grade teacher Judy Lynch showcase dozens and dozens of creative, practical ideas, each accompanied by Judy's insightful comments. From arranging furniture and creating storage space to designing teaching areas and making schedules, Judy guides teachers through the creation of a successful classroom environment.
Grades 1 – 1
Judy Lynch

 
 

Fresh Takes on Teaching Literary Elements
Bring new power and purpose to the study of literature with innovative tools and strategies that deepen students' understanding of literary elements and help them apply that understanding to their reading as well as their writing.
Grades 6 – & Up
Jeffrey Wilhelm; Michael Smith

 
 

Getting It Right: Fresh Approaches to Teaching Grammar, Usage, and Correctness
The authors consider what grammatical concepts and correctness issues are most worth teaching and how to teach those concepts and issues deeply.
Grades 4 – & Up
Jeffrey Wilhelm; Michael Smith

 
 

Grammar Lessons You'll Love to Teach
A motivating way to teach grammar in middle school and beyond. Lively lessons teach parts of speech, parts of sentences, tricky homonyms, and more. Students create a Personal Skills Record to monitor their errors and guide their proofreading.
Grades 6 – 12
Cathleen Greenwood; Ruth Story

 
 

Grammar Study
Asking students to memorize the rules of grammar is of limited value; on the other hand, helping them understand the power of grammar from the inside out has the potential to transform their writing—and develop their lifelong love affair with language. A brilliant writer herself, Janet Angellilo shows you how to teach your students all the essential skills they need related to grammar through a deeply engaging inquiry study of grammar.
Grades 3 – 6
Janet Angelillo

 
 

Grand Conversations - Updated Edition
This updated edition of a 1990 classic advocates the use of real books in a classroom context that places children's enjoyment and interpretation of literature at the center. New material includes a foreword by Shelley Harwayne and tributes to the book's influence by Stephanie Harvey, Lester Laminack, Frank Serafini, and Mary Glover. Assessment tools included.
Grades 2 – 6
Ralph Peterson; Maryann Eeds

 
 

Integrating Test Prep Into Reading & Writing Workshops
Literacy expert Nancy Jennison has more than 18 years experience in successfully preparing students for standardized reading and writing tests, so she knows what works to raise those scores. In this comprehensive resource, she presents her strategies for integrating the skills students need to succeed on the tests with best practice teaching and your school's curriculum.
Grades 3 – 8
Nancy Jennison

 
 

It's Not Complicated! What I Know for Sure About Helping Our Students of Color Become Successful Readers
The book showcases renowned educator Phyllis Hunter’s pivotal guidance for administrators, teachers, parents, and concerned citizens about how best to serve the literacy needs of students of color.
Grades K – 12
Phyllis C. Hunter

 
 

Literacy Centers in Photographs
This unique resource is packed with full-color photographs to show you how to make your literacy centers the best they can be.
Grades K – 2
Nikki Campo-Stallone

 
 

Managing a Differentiated Classroom: A Practical Guide
An indispensable resource from the foremost expert on differentiation! From pre-assessments of students' needs, interests, and learning profiles, to instructional strategies and on-going assessment ideas, to task cards, rubrics, and final assessments, everything you need to successfully differentiate is here.
Grades K – 8
Carol Ann Tomlinson; Marcia B. Imbeau

 
 

Mastering the Mechanics: Grades 6–8
A collection of easy-to-use lessons that focus on grammar, spelling, punctuation, editing and use of conventions in writing.
Grades 6 – 8
Linda Hoyt; Lynnette Brent

 
 

Note Taking Made Easy!
Knowing how to take effective notes is an essential skill students need to be successful. But teaching students this skill is often challenging, but Deana Hippie, an experienced teacher, has developed clear, research-based lessons that really work.
Grades 5 – & Up
Deana Hippie

 
 

Now I Get It! Teaching Struggling Readers to Make Sense of What They Read
In this comprehensive resource, veteran reading specialists Joan Lazar and Christine Vogel share eight key comprehension strategies together with ready-to-use lessons that they have fine-tuned over years of working with hundreds of struggling readers of all ages—from youngsters to adults.
Grades 2 – 6
Joan Lazar; Christine Vogel

 
 

Pam Allyn's Best Books for Boys
Get all boys reading with this extraordinary guide—chock-full of a wide range of must-read titles organized by interest, age, and development. With this resource in hand, you'll never again struggle to find the right book for even your most reluctant readers.
Grades K – 8
Pam Allyn

 
 

Planning & Managing Effective Reading Instruction Across the Content Areas
In our time-starved, standards-driven world, it's essential to make the most of every classroom minute. This research-based, practical guide shows teachers how to seamlessly integrate reading strategy instruction across the curriculum and across the day, so students use strategies in a purposeful way that makes the instruction stick.
Grades 3 – 8
Deborah Corpus; Ann Giddings

 
 

Principal's Guide to Literacy in the Elementary Classroom, The
Many principals are excellent leaders and managers, but feel less confident about their roles as curriculum leaders. This essential guide will help them with the most important area of learning that takes place in a school: literacy. Foreword by Gay Fawcett.
Grades K – 6
Autumn Tooms; Timothy Rasinski; Nancy Padak

 
 

Punctuation Tales
Mastering tricky mechanics is a snap with these humorous storybooks that teach kids everything they need to know about capitalization, exclamation points, question marks, commas, apostrophes, quotation marks, colons, abbreviations, and more!
Grades 2 – 5
Liza Charlesworth

 
 

Quick Start to Writing Workshop Success
Get writing workshop up and running with these classroom-tested ideas from veteran teacher Janiel Wagstaff. Janiel shares the essentials: the materials and routines you need to get kids writing right from the start, and the management and teaching ideas to keep them going strong.
Grades 2 – 5
Janiel Wagstaff

 
 

Scaffolded Writing Instruction
Fisher and Frey share six research-based strategies that support every developing writer. They present each strategy within a scaffolded framework of lessons that begin with teacher-directed instruction and support students as they learn to use the strategy independently.
Grades 3 – 8
Douglas Fisher; Nancy Frey

 
 

Scholastic Differentiated Instruction Plan Book, The
This 40-week planner, complete with interior storage pocket, is chockfull of resources to help teachers streamline and focus differentiated instruction. Includes CD with customize-and-print planning grids, lesson templates, and other tools to streamline planning and save time.
Grades 1 – 7
Cindy Middendorf

 
 

Spelling List and Word Study Resource Book, The
This book provides the word study lists teachers need. Not sure what spelling words to use? Look it up! Ready to teach Greek and Latin roots? You'll find handy lists and tips for teaching students how these roots influenced the English language.
Grades 1 – 6
Mary Jo Fresch; Aileen Wheaton

 
 

Stretching Students' Vocabulary
Research shows that a large vocabulary is vital for students' success with reading comprehension, standardized tests, and communication skills. Here, Karen Bromley offers a wealth of teacher-tested activities designed to help all learners master words.
Grades 3 – 8
Karen Bromley

 
 

Success with RTI
This book provides practical, research-based support to help teachers in grades K—5 improve their core instruction and manage the three tiers of intervention that comprise RTI.
Grades K – 5
J. David Cooper; Nancy D. Kiger

 
 

Systematic Word Study for Grade 1
Fun, fast, interactive lessons that teach print and language concepts while helping students develop greater fluency in reading and writing. Activities teach and reinforce phonemic awareness, letter-sound correspondence, blending and segmenting sounds, syllabication, rhymes, high frequency words and more.
Grades 1 – 1
Cheryl Sigmon

 
 

Systematic Word Study for Grades 2–3
Fun, fast, interactive lessons that engage students in word study and help them develop greater fluency in reading and writing. Activities teach and reinforce syllabication, onsets and rhymes, prefixes and suffixes, high frequency words, parts of speech, and more.
Grades 2 – 3
Cheryl Sigmon

 
 

Systematic Word Study for Grades 4–6
Fun, fast, interactive lessons that engage students in word study and help them develop greater fluency in reading and writing. Activities teach and reinforce syllabication, prefixes and suffixes, commonly misspelled words, parts of speech, and more.
Grades 4 – 6
Cheryl Sigmon

 
 

Teacher's Essential Guide Series: Classroom Management
Classroom management is about not only creating an effective classroom environment but reducing teachers’ stress, increasing productivity—for both teachers and students—and ensuring a safe, equitable environment committed to the proposition that all kids can learn and succeed.
Grades 6 – 12
Jim Burke

 
 

Teaching and Assessing Spelling
This resource will make teaching spelling more effective, no matter what spelling program you use. It includes an easy-to-use assessment so you can determine each student's spelling knowledge, and then plan whole-class, small-group, and individualized instruction that works.
Grades 1 – 6
Mary Jo Fresch; Aileen Wheaton

 
 

Teaching Comprehension With Questioning Strategies That Motivate Middle School Readers
Middle-school literacy expert Larry Lewin shares 12 questioning strategies that boost students' critical thinking and comprehension during and after reading. Easy to integrate into reading assignments in any content-area, these classroom-tested techniques help students engage in a dialogue with the text they're reading, improve their recall and understanding, and build a strong sense of purpose for reading.
Grades 5 – & Up
Larry Lewin

 
 

Teaching Grammar With Playful Poems
No kidding, this is a collection of grammar lessons that teachers and students will love! Poems by Jack Prelutski, Shel Silverstein, and others who take a playful approach to language introduce each grammar concept--from parts of speech to sentence construction and agreement.
Grades 3 – 5
Nancy Mack

 
 

Teaching Literary Elements With Picture Books
Two master teachers share 15 ready-to-use lessons for using engaging picture books to teach literary elements such as point of view, voice, irony, theme, metaphor, simile, and more. For each literary element, you'll find a clear definition; a detailed picture book-based lesson that incorporates before-, during-, and after-reading strategies; and writing and extension activities.
Grades 4 – 8
Susan Van Zile; Mary Napoli

 
 

Teaching Reading: A Differentiated Approach
This 3-ring binder from reading expert Laura Robb is the comprehensive resource for research-based reading instruction. In it, Robb has compiled classroom-tested lessons and strategies that help students activate prior knowledge, monitor comprehension, make inferences, write in response to fiction and nonfiction texts, and so much more.
Grades 4 – 12
Laura Robb

 
 

Teaching Students to Make Writing Visual and Vivid
It's all about the pictures. When student writers rely primarily on vague statements, adjectives, and adverbs, their writing doesn't score well on tests, and worse, sounds generic, voiceless, and dull. Creating vivid pictures is the key to good writing.
Grades 5 – & Up
David Lee Finkle

 
 

Teaching Students to Write Effective Essays
Carefully developed, classroom-tested lessons that build upon one another, focusing exactly on the kinds of skills kids need to do well on state assessments plus communicate effectively in high school and beyond.
Grades 5 – & Up
Marilyn Pryle

 
 

Teaching Writing That Matters
Language Arts teachers and teachers in other content areas will find in this book an exciting new framework for teaching adolescent writing and a wealth of tools to enact it in their classrooms.
Grades 6 – & Up
Chris W. Gallagher; Amy Lee

 
 

The ABCs of Emergent Literacy
This dynamic video from early literacy expert Nell Duke presents simple strategies that can boost children’s early reading and writing skills when their brains are primed to absorb new language learning! Filmed in exemplary child-care settings, this video gives you a visual tour of environments that enhance young children’s awareness of print and provide rich opportunities to interact with letters and sounds.
Grades PreK – Prek
V. Susan Bennett-Armistead; James Blasingame; Nell K. Duke; Annie Moses

 
 

The Lesson Planning Handbook
Great teachers often make teaching look almost effortless but, inevitably, if you look closer, you’ll discover their "perfect lessons" are the result of thoughtful planning and strategic organization. Peter Brunn draws from his own teaching experience as well as years of classroom research with hundreds of teachers across the country to bring you the steps, strategies, and structures successful teachers use to organize and manage their lessons so that you, too, can experience success with every lesson you teach.
Grades K – 6
Peter Brunn

 
 

Using Name Walls to Teach Reading and Writing
Veteran teacher Janiel Wagstaff shows how to harness the power of children's names to teach key reading and writing skills. ABC Name Walls jumpstart lessons on letter-sound correspondence, identifying beginning, middle, and ending sounds, and blending and segmenting sounds.
Grades K – 2
Janiel Wagstaff

 
 

Using Picture Books to Teach Comprehension Strategies
Reading teacher and children's literature authority Joanne Zimny presents 30 model lessons that teach children to become strategic readers.
Grades 2 – 5
Joanne M. Zimny

 
 

Using the Power of Poetry to Teach Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, and More
A gifted poet and a talented teacher share their insights and practical strategies for using poetry to enrich language arts, science, social studies, and math. With dozens of model lessons and poems, writing prompts, reproducible activities, and much more.
Grades 3 – 5
David L. Harrison; Kathleen M. Holderith

 
 

Vocabulary-Enriched Classroom, The
A student's ability to read depends largely on the size and quality of his or her vocabulary. However, despite that fact, vocabulary instruction has not evolved to the same degree as instruction in word recognition, comprehension, and other areas of literacy.
Grades 3 – 12
Cathy Collins Block; John N. Mangieri

 
 

Writing Extraordinary Essays
How do you turn unmotivated students into eager and accomplished essay writers? In this powerful resource, a master teacher gives you the tools you need to make this happen. Using his own original comic strips to engage students, the author demonstrates a variety of ways to teach students how to organize an essay, create vivid details, make effective word choices, and revise and proofread effectively.
Grades 5 – & Up
David Lee Finkle

 
 

Your Core Reading Program & Children's Literature: Grades 4–6
Through this pragmatic approach to core reading programs and literature-based instruction teachers are offered opportunities to effectively use both to enhance their students' literacy instruction and learning.
Grades 4 – 6
Diane Barone; Suzette Youngs

 
 

Your Core Reading Program & Children's Literature: Grades K-3
Through this pragmatic approach to core reading programs and literature-based instruction teachers are offered opportunities to effectively use both to enhance their students' literacy instruction and learning.
Grades K – 3
Diane Barone; Suzette Youngs

 
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