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Link: Teaching Reading: K-2

Shari Frost's First- and Second-Grade Class

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100 Days of Reading

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The Teacher and the Class

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In Shari Frost's multi-grade classroom, literacy activities have a real-world emphasis. Students read, write, and do math while celebrating Valentine's Day and the 100th Day of School. Ms. Frost's literacy instruction connects what's going on inside the classroom to what's going on outside the classroom -- at home and in the world -- while following the required district curriculum. She challenges each student to advance as a literacy learner, and promotes higher-order thinking, whether in a book comparison group activity or in an individual lesson about the Internet.

Ms. Frost's literacy lessons demonstrate the following:

Literacy Teaching Practices


Guided Reading


Independent Reading


Interactive Writing


Independent Writing

  • Authentic reasons for reading and writing
  • Connections between the language arts -- reading, writing, speaking, and listening
  • Literacy skills used as a foundation for learning in all content areas, including math
  • Teaching that encourages independence but provides support when needed
  • Validation of and responsiveness to students' suggestions and interests
  • Multi-level activities that challenge students and meet individual needs

"Everything I teach goes back to reading and writing. I think literacy is the foundation for everything. Children who are not literate can't do a good job of science, social studies, technology, or math."
Shari Frost

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