What Makes a Great Intervention Activity and Lesson?

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What Makes a Great Intervention Activity and Lesson? Are you looking for a powerful intervention activity to accelerate student learning? It’s easy to get overwhelmed hunting for an intervention activity or lessons that fits your students’ needs.   I have been an interventionist for 3rd-5th graders in reading and math for the last five years. […]

How to Teach Main Idea and Supporting Details – 5 Simple Steps

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How to Teach Main Idea and Supporting Details – 5 Simple Steps As teachers, we often learn how to teach main idea and supporting details by teaching students that the main idea is the “big idea” or “what it’s all about,” but these strategies are often too abstract for students to understand and identify the […]

How to Teach Multi-Step Word Problems in Intervention Groups

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How to Teach Multi-Step Word Problems Use these four easy steps to help your students master multi-step word problems.Are your students having trouble mastering multi-step word problems? It’s a tough skill, but I’m here to make your life easier by outlining simple lesson plans to help you take your students from intervention to mastery. Just […]

What Are Sketch Notes and How Can I Use Them to Help My Struggling Readers?

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  What are sketch notes? Sketch noting is a visual note-taking strategy to help students with comprehension-monitoring and understanding the text.    Why did I start using sketch notes?    My fourth-grade intervention group hit a reading comprehension wall. They seemed to be able to read and understand text when they were with me in […]

How to Decode Words Effortlessly With Your Upper Elementary Students

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  Why should you teach upper elementary students how to decode words? Isn’t that a skill they learn in first grade? Maybe. Many upper elementary students need a strategy to decode longer multisyllabic they encounter as they read at higher levels.    Do have upper elementary students who seem to be “stuck” in reading? Have […]