Kincaid’s Journey to Balanced Literacy

Cobb is excited to share a common thread of balanced literacy, math, and content areas.   Kincaid is moving in this direction with a focus group for beginning Reading Workshop at each grade level.

Are you interested in what this looks like?  Check out this presentation to find out more:

Reading Workshop Overview Presentation Link:

Happy Reading!

Marnia Letendre

Gettin’ Nerdy With Some Great Titles!

Often times, I’m asked about great titles, book suggestions for primary and intermediate grades, and general read alouds.  Here is a “go to” source that keeps a running list of great titles that are perfect for both home and school! Every year, they put titles into categories that make searching easy and fun.  If you’re interested in reading reviews, finding a few new and exciting titles, or just curious about a book to purchase for a loved one, this will helpful for you! Enjoy!


Why Should Your Child be Reading Each Day?

Although I’m not always a big fan of the homework that is given to children, I am a HUGE supporter of the importance of reading at home.  This study shows the impact of only 20 minutes of reading per day.  It all adds up! (click image to see at a larger scale)


Also, courtesy of Kelly Gallagher’s work in the text Deeper Reading (2004), check out additional reasons by clicking the link below.  Reading is ESSENTIAL!

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“The Kids Should See This!”

Interacting with your child can pose some difficulties at times.  As a parent, I will ask my child, “How was your day?” or “What have you been learning in school?” and will often get a mediocre response and, dare do I say, sometimes just a grunt.  Is it that I’ve become that uninteresting that we don’t have valuable and worthwhile conversations?  I’m not really sure, but I do know that I’ve got to come up with something to build memories of exploring our world and sparking interests for possible careers and empathy.  So, I bring you my newest solution and one that was recently shared with me through a professional development session:  “The Kids Should See This!” website.

This website is about building curiosity and conversation through the reading of articles that are both interesting and informative.  The website offers a constant feed of engaging titles on it’s main page; however, it also provides more focused topics to help align to your interests.  For example, your child might be interested in technology, animals, art, or food; the website has organized these at the top of the page for easy access.  As you click on the topics, you’ll notice that there are short video clips to support learning, as well as, additional links for continued curiosity.   This is how genuine research and the journey of learning takes place within a child.  What better way for you to do this together?! Check it out!

Mentor Sentences Are Awesome!

We are on a roll with mentor sentences! If you haven’t seen this in action, you’re missing out! Check out this podcast, with Jeff Anderson, describing the rationale of mentor sentences and the book that started it all. Jeff explains that mentor sentences are meant for students to notice how an author uses grammar and mechanics in a way that helps the reader understand the text.

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Let me know if you’d like to have this modeled within your classroom or if you’d like to take a look at your current mentor text and plan out how to text lift a sentence that meets your grade-level requirements.

Mrs. Letendre

Smithsonian’s “Tween Tribune”

Who wants to read boring articles about topics that mean nothing to the reader?  No one.  Many adults have the privilege of having access to websites that provide interesting articles that even sifts into categories that you’ve plugged in as “interesting.”  So, why don’t we have this same capability for students?  Are there sites similar to “Reddit,” “Newsvine,” and “Flipboard” that provide opportunities like this for kids?  YES! Check out this site, Smithsonian’s “Tween Tribune.”  (


This website includes Lexile levels to assist in making sure that students are reading “just right” text.  At the top of the page, it allows the reader to sort by grade levels and lists topics that are both engaging and informational.  Each article provides tiered passages that address the same topic, but can help with differentiating by level.

Although there is some access for parents, the site will ask for teachers to login for additional articles and resources.  This might be just what you were looking for to include that close reading lesson! 🙂 Enjoy!

Mrs. Letendre