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Do you find yourself seeking new ideas when it comes to literacy instruction in elementary classrooms?

The Literacy Dive is a podcast that offers actionable steps and information for ELA teachers. The host, Megan Polk from The Literacy Dive, shares literacy tips and strategies she has learned from her years of experience as an elementary teacher and literacy specialist.

Dive in with us every Monday for a new episode on various literacy topics!

The Literacy Dive Podcast Megan Polk

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Do you find yourself seeking new ideas when it comes to literacy instruction in elementary classrooms?

The Literacy Dive is a podcast that offers actionable steps and information for ELA teachers. The host, Megan Polk from The Literacy Dive, shares literacy tips and strategies she has learned from her years of experience as an elementary teacher and literacy specialist.

Dive in with us every Monday for a new episode on various literacy topics!

    How to Teach Context Clues

    How to Teach Context Clues

    Last week I talked about context clues strategies, but I’m sure many of you are wondering how to apply them and when. I got you! This episode is going to cover how to use the different strategies I shared and really give you a framework for implementing them.
    Just like all the great activities in literacy, you can start teaching context clues by using highlighters and anchor charts. As you listen you’ll realize that the strategies I’ve provided can seamlessly be woven into your current lessons. Before you know it your students will be internalizing and utilizing these strategies all on their own!
    Don't forget to enter my giveaway to celebrate a full year of The Literacy Dive Podcast:
    1. Leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Before you submit, take a screenshot and send it to me on Instagram @theliteracydive.
    2. BONUS ENTRY: Screenshot a favorite episode, share it in your Instagram stories, and tag me @theliteracydive.
    In this episode I share:
    -How to introduce context clues to your students
    -Steps for implementing context clue strategies
    -4 words that will remind students how to find the meaning of unknown words
    -When to apply strategies unknown words throughout your reading block
    -Tips for differentiating instruction
    SHOW NOTES: theliteracydive.com/podcast-episode54
    Resources mentioned:
    -Context Clues FREEBIE
    -Context Clues Mini Unit
    -Episode 53, 7 Context Clues Strategies Every Student Should Know
    Connect with me:
    -Check out my TpT Store
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    -Instagram Posts
    -Blog Posts
    -Facebook Posts
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    If you are enjoying The Literacy Dive Podcast, please follow, leave a rating, and a helpful review! It is much appreciated and thank you for listening!

    • 29 min
    7 Context Clue Strategies Every Student Should Know

    7 Context Clue Strategies Every Student Should Know

    There’s a good chance that your students have heard the term “context clues” before. But do they actually know what it means? Are they really able to apply strategies to figure out the meaning of unknown words? In my experience, using context clues is one of those skills that students are aware of, but struggle to implement independently.
    Today I’m sharing several different types of context clues strategies that you can intentionally teach to your students. My best advice is to not only teach these strategies in your lessons, but to also find other opportunities throughout your day where you can decipher unknown words. This could be during read alouds, while watching a video, or in everyday conversation.
    Practice these strategies with your students whenever possible, so that when they come across tricky words during independent reading they will not only have strategies in place, but be able to use them effectively and independently!
    In this episode I share:
    -Examples of how to teach the various context clues strategies
    -The importance of background knowledge in relation to context clues
    -The “why” behind using pictures and other visuals to help with meaning
    -How to embed and model context clues strategies throughout your day
    SHOW NOTES: theliteracydive.com/podcast-episode53
    Resources mentioned:
    -Context Clues FREEBIE
    -Context Clues Mini-Lesson
    Connect with me:
    -Check out my TpT Store
    -Subscribe to my E-mail list
    -Instagram Posts
    -Blog Posts
    -Facebook Posts
    -Watch my YouTube channel 
    If you are enjoying The Literacy Dive Podcast, please follow, leave a rating, and a helpful review! It is much appreciated and thank you for listening!

    • 22 min
    Watch Your Students Become Strong and Descriptive Writers Through the Art of Storytelling

    Watch Your Students Become Strong and Descriptive Writers Through the Art of Storytelling

    How do your students become successful and descriptive writers? I get this question all the time. Do you want to know my secret? The one thing that plays the greatest role in helping young learners improve their writing skills is the art of storytelling.
    The power of storytelling became clear to me when I was teaching kindergarten. Telling personal stories is how my kindergartners learned how to write a story. I continued to practice storytelling with all of my students, even in upper elementary grades.
    You may not realize it, but we are all storytellers. We typically think about events in terms of beginning, middle, and end. Every part of our day is a story! Giving opportunities to storytell in your classroom is a great way to teach your students important skills that will transfer to their writing. If storytelling seems intimidating for you, don’t worry! I’m going to give you actionable strategies that you can implement as soon as TODAY.
    In this episode I share:
    -The many benefits of storytelling
    -Steps to take to get this practice up and running in your classroom
    -Simple ways to make storytelling interactive
    -The importance of asking questions and how it translates into more descriptive writing
    -Suggestions on what to do if you feel like you aren’t a natural storyteller
    -What a prop box is and how I use it
    SHOW NOTES: theliteracydive.com/podcast-episode52
    Resources mentioned:
    -Free Writing and Conversation Prompts
    -Creative Writing Picture Cards
    -Monthly Writing Prompt and Journal Bundle
    Connect with me:
    -Check out my TpT Store
    -Subscribe to my E-mail list
    -Instagram Posts
    -Blog Posts
    -Facebook Posts
    -Watch my YouTube channel 
    If you are enjoying The Literacy Dive Podcast, please follow, leave a rating, and a helpful review! It is much appreciated and thank you for listening!

    • 25 min
    How to Find Time to ACTUALLY Teach

    How to Find Time to ACTUALLY Teach

    Today’s episode is about something we all wish we had more of: time. There are so many demands on teachers and it always feels like there’s not enough time in the day. I found there are some ways to maximize your schedule and I will be sharing some tips and tricks I’ve found helpful. I hope these action steps will allow you to really focus on what is important, your students!
    By the end of this episode, there will be three different areas for you to look at that will free up your schedule. Before you get worried, this does not mean you have to cancel all the activities that you enjoy the most. If you make these small changes to your day, you will actually find you have more time for both mandatory and optional activities. After you finish this episode, please share what you decided to do with those extra 20-40 minutes you now have available!
    In this episode I share:
    -3 parts of your day that you can look at to free up your time
    -Ways you can maximize your schedule
    -How to balance what you want vs need to get accomplished
    -The 3 questions you need to ask yourself about your transitions
    SHOW NOTES: theliteracydive.com/podcast-episode51
    Resources mentioned:
    -Episode 50: 50th Episode Celebration: Ask me Anything!
    Connect with me:
    -Check out my TpT Store
    -Subscribe to my E-mail list
    -Instagram Posts
    -Blog Posts
    -Facebook Posts
    -Watch my YouTube channel 
    If you are enjoying The Literacy Dive Podcast, please follow, leave a rating, and a helpful review! It is much appreciated and thank you for listening!

    • 28 min
    LISTENER FAVORITE: 5 Components of a Mini-Lesson

    LISTENER FAVORITE: 5 Components of a Mini-Lesson

    To continue the celebration of reaching 50 episodes of The Literacy Dive, I've got a BONUS episode for you today! This is a replay of a listener favorite, episode 2! It's all the importance and power of a mini-lesson. Enjoy!
    SHOW NOTES: theliteracydive.com/podcast-episode2
    In this episode I share:
    -The definition of a mini-lesson
    -How to find content for your mini-lesson
    -The structure of a mini-lesson (5 parts)
    -Tips and reminders to make mini-lessons successful
    Connect with me:
    -Check out my TpT Store
    -Subscribe to my E-mail list
    -Instagram Posts
    -Blog Posts
    -Facebook Posts
    -Watch my YouTube channel 
    If you are enjoying The Literacy Dive Podcast, please follow, leave a rating, and a helpful review! It is much appreciated and thank you for listening!

    • 20 min
    50TH EPISODE CELEBRATION: ASK ME ANYTHING!

    50TH EPISODE CELEBRATION: ASK ME ANYTHING!

    Oh my goodness! This is the 50th episode of The Literacy Dive Podcast! I am so thankful and have been having a blast with all of you. To celebrate this milestone we will be doing something spontaneous and laid-back. I hope you enjoy this question and answer format just as much as I enjoyed recording it!
    I originally thought I would answer 50 questions for the 50th episode, but my dear friend has narrowed down the questions so that we can play a little game of 20 questions. You’ll learn about me and my experiences, both good and bad! From reality TV shows to reading lessons, we cover it all. I loved this interactive and fun episode and would love to hear what you thought as well!
    SHOW NOTES: theliteracydive.com/podcast-episode50
    In this episode I answer your questions such as:
    -What should a good guided reading lesson contain?
    -What tips do you have for lesson planning?
    -What advice do you have for first year teachers?
    -What is the most spontaneous thing you have done?
    -If I could look at your DVR or Netflix, what would I find?
    -Where do you see yourself in five years?
    Resources Mentioned:
    -Guided Reading: What Is It? (blog post)
    -Guided Reading Small Groups: Face-to-Face vs. Virtual (blog post)
    -Sticky Note Resources
    Connect with me:
    -Check out my TpT Store
    -Subscribe to my E-mail list
    -Instagram Posts
    -Blog Posts
    -Facebook Posts
    -Watch my YouTube channel 
    If you are enjoying The Literacy Dive Podcast, please follow, leave a rating, and a helpful review! It is much appreciated and thank you for listening!

    • 35 min

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