Best Practice Book Study: Chapters 1 and 2

I was super excited to find out about this book study.  If you look at my blog name, you can tell that this book was perfect for me :)

I love that the chapters are short... you can get lots of ideas in a quick amount of time!!!  So far, the theme I see running through the book is students have to be engaged in what they are learning.  Chapter 1 focused on discussion and Chapter 2 focused on drawing.  Here are ways I can incorporate ideas with my students.


  1. It's so funny - I've had my kids draw definitions for different vocabulary they might encounter while reading, but I could never really articulate WHY I did that. This book is so validating on so many levels!

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

    1. I love it!!! I'm excited to keep reading!!! This is a great book study!

  2. Interesting.....looks like a great book! I totally agree about allowing students to REALLY need to learn how to visualize, as usually that is a big point of break down in comprehension. I'll be interested to see what the other chapters hold :)

    Mind Sparks

  3. I love your thought about including drawing as part of literacy workstations every day. Aside from illustrating stories they wrote, I don't think I ever offered my students enough art opportunities in that portion of the day.
    Primary Inspiration

  4. Bridget,
    I would love to know what Kagan Cooperative learning studies are? Do you have a post? I agree with the drawing vocabulary word part too! Melissa

  5. I'll be interested in seeing how you incorporate drawing in your work stations in the future. Please keep us updated! I also struggle in this area, so any ideas would be so, so helpful!


  6. I too feel like I need to be more aware of different ways I can incorporate higher level thinking activities into my daily routines. I love having my kiddos draw vocabulary words. It makes the learning so much more meaningful for them. We also act out our vocabulary words... kids love this and it helps them make connections to the words.

  7. So glad I found your blog through the book study! Such great ideas!

  8. Haha! I was just thinking the same thing...your blog name kind of says it all :) Glad you are participating in the study with us!

  9. I think this is definitely the book study for you! Love your blog name and so glad I found it trough this book study! I am excited to see how you incorporate art into your literacy stations. I need to spend less time copying papers for my word work activities and more time utilizing art and hands on manipulatives! So excited for the rest of this book study!

    Teach Talk Inspire


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