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Every Minute Matters [Grades K-5]

Every Minute Matters [Grades K-5]
40+ Activities for Literacy-Rich Classroom Transitions


July 2020 | 152 pages | Corwin

Make the most of every instructional minute with engaging literacy activities

Time—or lack thereof—may be the most precious commodity in the classroom. From covering all the necessary curriculum and imparting life skills to attending meetings and answering emails, educators are faced with real challenges when there never seems to be enough time to do it all. Although teachers don’t have the power to create more minutes in the school day, they do have the power to be effective and efficient with the time given.

Molly Ness asks teachers first to examine their use of time in the classroom in order to make more space for literacy. She then introduces 40 innovative activities designed to replace seatwork. These literacy-rich alternatives for classroom transitions are presented alongside

  • Research on instructional time in K–5 classrooms
  • Strategies for how to maximize every minute of instruction
  • Suggestions for improving efficiency to expand independent reading and writing time
  • Reflective practices to help teachers examine how they use the time they have

The instructional day is ripe for redesign with a thoughtful and authentic time audit. Every Minute Matters guides educators through that process by outlining literacy-rich activities to optimize transitional times and minimize lost instructional minutes.

Guide to Literacy-Rich Experiences
Introduction: So Much to Do, So Little Time
Activity Walkthrough
PART ONE: Thinking Through Instructional Time
Time Audits: Why and How

Maximize Your Routines and Transition Times

Think Flexibly

PART TWO: Literacy-Rich Experiences at Your Fingertips
Rotate Your Writing

Reader’s Notebook Tours

Library Love

Be a Book Matchmaker

“I Wonder” Writing

Beach Ball Bonanza

Laughing Through Rereadings

Read, Record, Reflect

Book Tasting

Go Fish


Lining Up With Literacy

I Spy

Category Chain

Ghost Writing

Build a Word

Classroom Charades


Would You Rather?

Hink Pinks

Human Hungry Hippos

Spelling Connect Four

Vocabulary Vase

Book Pass

Parking Lot

Sink or Spell



Letter Formation

Sight Word Search

Letter Tile Table

Tower Tumble


A to Z About

Sticky Sort

Reading Graffiti

Jot Lot



Character Cards


Character Chats

Blackout Poetry


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