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


Courses:
Literacy

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
 
Acknowledgments
 
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

 
Concentration

 
Lining Up With Literacy

 
I Spy

 
Category Chain

 
Ghost Writing

 
Build a Word

 
Classroom Charades

 
Telephone

 
Would You Rather?

 
Hink Pinks

 
Human Hungry Hippos

 
Spelling Connect Four

 
Vocabulary Vase

 
Book Pass

 
Parking Lot

 
Sink or Spell

 
Headbands

 
Twister

 
Letter Formation

 
Sight Word Search

 
Letter Tile Table

 
Tower Tumble

 
Checkers

 
A to Z About

 
Sticky Sort

 
Reading Graffiti

 
Jot Lot

 
Wordoodle

 
Wordo

 
Character Cards

 
Categories

 
Character Chats

 
Blackout Poetry

 
 
Appendix
 
References
 
Index

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