Resources for Educators

Need inspiration? Check out some of these ideas!

Let students drive their learning with these targeted activity ideas. Each one is perfect for students reading self-selected books. Stand back and watch their engagement skyrocket!

Sketchnotes

It’s a fresh twist on taking notes by encouraging students to be active, creative listeners.

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One-Pagers

Here’s a way to get to the point and focus only on the main ideas of any book or topic.

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Literacy Food Truck Festival

Try this as a wrap-up activity for literature circles or choice reading units as a way to engage students and draw meaningful connections.

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#BookSnaps

Snapshots of a page in a book with responses in the form of emojis and other digital markups engage readers of all ages.

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Broaden your approach to selecting books.

There are many considerations to keep in mind when building a classroom library, adding to a school library, selecting books to use during instruction or when recommending books to students. Check out these blogs from educators who provide tips for selecting engaging books, keeping them organized and getting them in the hands of students.

Elementary Classroom Libraries

This three-part blog series from Nicole Stroup, Lake County Regional Office of Education's ELA Facilitator, shares techniques you can use to stay organized while you manage and share your books, and how to keep your book selection relevant to ensure that your students keep reading!

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Middle/High School Classroom Libraries

When it comes to student choice in reading, a classroom library can make all the difference. Find out why Betsy Potash from Spark Creativity recommends that secondary teachers organize and use a classroom library in this two-part blog series.

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Create a Virtual Library

Looking to engage all students in a love of reading? Shannon McClintock Miller, district teacher librarian at Van Meter Community School and Future Ready Librarian spokesperson, shares two virtual library ideas you can use at school and with your students virtually.

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Support reading goals with these webinars.

Take a look at our literacy-focused webinars featuring timely tips from educators around the world.

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Building Community: #classroombookaday Read-Alouds

Daily picture book read-alouds grow community and give the chance to bring more mirrors and windows into your classroom. Jillian Heise, the founder of #classroombookaday, shares how to bring this routine into your classroom.

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Classroom Strategies for Improving Literacy
Classroom Strategies for Improving Literacy

Join educator Nicole Stroup, Lake County Regional Office of Education's ELA Facilitator, as she shares strategies to reach striving readers. She explores creative ideas including assessment, intervention and promoting student choice, plus ways to help striving readers make connections.

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Maximizing Your Classroom Library
Maximizing Your Classroom Library

From organization to selecting books, you’ll learn how to use and maintain your classroom library. Find out about the strides in literacy that come from having a classroom library available to Grades K-12 students.

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Teaching Historical Fiction with Primary Resources
Teaching Historical Fiction with Primary Resources

Educator John Reid shares his own experiences teaching with historical fiction brings history to life, and combined with the use of primary sources, students are able to make connections between past and present. Best-selling author Ruta Sepetys talks about her writing process using historical events. Educator John Reid will share his own experiences on the importance of using primary and secondary sources.

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Posters for your walls (or for your Bitmoji classrooms), bookmarks and bin/shelf cards will keep your work space looking fresh for spreading a love of reading!