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Every Minute Matters [Grades K-5]

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

September 2020 | 112 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.

INTRODUCTION - So Much to Do, So Little Time
Making the Most of Our Time by Examining What We Have

Why You Need This Book

The #1 Literacy Activity: Independent Reading

The #1 Literacy Tool: Readers' Notebooks

How to Use this Book

Keep the Conversation Going

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

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ISBN: 9781544382449