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Elementary Back to School Resources - Previous Revision

The school bells are ringing, classrooms are buzzing, and we're off on this year's adventure with a new group of students.  NCTE has the resources, lesson plans, and activities to support you now and throughout the year.

Check out these new books, Annual Convention events, and lesson plans today!

New Books from NCTE

Look for the 
NCTE 2011-2012 Catalog
in the mail soon!




Supporting Students in a Time of Core StandardsSupporting Students in a Time of Core Standards: Grades K-2 or Grades 3-5

“No one knows as much about your students as you do . . . Your knowledge about your students guides the instructional choices you make, and it shapes your response to any mandate, including the Common Core State Standards.” 
Anne Gere, Core Standards Series Editor

These books reinforce a focus on student learning by demonstrating ways of addressing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in grades K-2 and 3-5 while also adhering to NCTE principles of effective teaching.  

Virtual Conference recordings also available for Grades K-2 or Grades 3-5


Becoming Writers in the Elementary ClassroomBecoming Writers in the Elementary Classroom: Visions and Decisions
Katie Van Sluys demonstrates how to (re)claim our professional practice to ensure that young people have the opportunity to become competent, constantly growing writers who use writing to think, communicate, and pose as well as solve problems. 

Learning to Read the NumbersLearning to Read the Numbers
Phyllis and David Whitin show how critical readers dig beneath the surface of data to understand how numbers are constructed by authors to portray a certain version of reality.

Teaching Phonics in ContextTeaching Phonics in Context
Through myriad classroom vignettes, experienced educators David Hornsby and Lorraine Wilson show just how phonics is taught and learned in literacy-rich classrooms.

On Demand Web SeminarAlso, check out the On Demand Web seminar featuring David and Lorraine on Reading and Writing in the Elementary Classroom:  Teaching Phonics in Context.


 Master Class in Children’s LiteratureA Master Class in Children’s Literature: Trends and Issues in an Evolving Field
This  collection discusses contemporary issues in children's literature and offers suggestions, strategies, and resources for teacher educators, teachers, and librarians.  Edited by April Whatley Bedford and Lettie K. Albright.



Annual Convention

Click here for more informationWe invite you to join us at the Elementary Section Get-Together on Thursday evening. At this event, you will get to meet authors of mentor texts and will honor Kathy G. Short as this year’s Outstanding Educator Award winner. Join us at the Books for Children Luncheon on Saturday and sit with a favorite author and listen to Pam Muñoz Ryan as the featured speaker. There is an affiliate breakfast on Saturday if you are involved or interested in knowing more about your local affiliate. 

Click here for registration informationStart planning your convention experience now by viewing the digital edition of the Convention Preview!

Check out these sessions on key topics for elementary literacy educators:

Convention Sessions by Elementary Level (Pre-K-5)


Lesson Plans

The ReadWriteThink website provides quality lesson plans, interactive student materials, web resources, and ELA standards to classroom teachers. 

Check out these examples of some elementary lesson plans with a focus on back to school and creating classroom community.


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