Scholastic's Blog offers some important reminders as well as links and ideas for how to incorporate and grow vocabulary in order to develop stronger readers. http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/top-teaching/2016/09/content-area-literacy-focusing-vocabulary
In this post from Think Written, there are 365 possible writing prompt ideas to spark creativity and thought. Many would be appropriate for discussion or as an addition to students' writing territories. http://thinkwritten.com/365-creative-writing-prompts/
IGame Mom's website has links to reading apps and free books for kids. They can be accessed on mobile devices and computers. http://igamemom.com/10-free-reading-programs-for-kids-on-mobile-devices/
A wiki from Troy Hicks Kristen Turner is a companion to their recent book by the same name. It covers web-based text, social media, infographics, and video. There are resources and explanations to use in your instruction. http://argumentintherealworld.wikispaces.com/
This site can help students and teachers explore the appropriate tool for a task before them. The site can help student personalize their learning and demonstrate his/her understanding by identifying the most effort digital tools for him/her. http://dirtdirectory.org/
This site nurtures creativity, research, collaboration, and connectivity for children of all ages. There are parent and educator resources, as well as projects created by children that touch lives around the world. https://thewonderment.com/
While the headline refers to the 24 poems for middle and high school, the We Are Teachers page has a link to 25 elementary-appropriate poems as well.
From Middle Web, this blog post explains how to engage students in vocabulary acquisition by treating it like a game show using a digital tool. The post focuses on the collaborative nature of vocabulary instruction.
With the recent selection of Bob Dylan as a Nobel Prize winner, the NY Times Learning Network has gathered resources and links to analyzing Dylan's work in the English/Language Arts classroom. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/14/learning/questions-for-bob-dylan-awarded-nobel-prize-in-literature.html?_r=0&WT.mc_id=SmartBriefs-Newsletter&WT.mc_ev=click&ad-keywords=smartbriefsnl
In transitioning to reading on devices, there are many concerns about how to teach students to do careful and thoughtful reading. In this article from Mindshift, there are numerous strategies and suggestions for guiding students as digital readers.
Kimber Tate, Coordinator of English, Reading and Libraries