LitCentric Radio

LitCentric Radio

By Julie Webb
A literacy coach in your pocket! A podcast for elementary teachers who love all things literacy. Dive into favorite mentor texts with literacy expert Julie Webb and take your teaching to a whole new level.
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#18 The Night I Followed the Dog
A book full of surprises! The Night I Followed the Dog by Nina Laden lets kids’ imaginations run wild! We’ll use their fantastic ideas and try out a brief write in today’s lesson. Join National Board Certified Teacher, Reading Specialist, and Literacy Coach Julie Webb as she describes the teaching possibilities hidden inside this treasured mentor text. Try this lesson in your class tomorrow: https://litcentric.podia.com
24:48
September 16, 2019
#17 What Athletes Are Made Of
You’ve never seen biography presented like this! What Athletes Are Made Of by Hanoch Piven is one of several books he’s done with his unique twist. He combines found objects and brings them to life through his mini-biographical style. We’ll take a closer look at the patterns in his work that will improve biographical writing in today’s episode. Join National Board Certified Teacher, Reading Specialist, and Literacy Coach Julie Webb as she describes the teaching possibilities hidden inside this treasured mentor text. Try this lesson in your class tomorrow: https://litcentric.podia.com
15:33
September 9, 2019
#16 My Very Own Octopus
Opinion writing will improve in your classroom with another fabulous text by a beloved author. My Very Own Octopus by Bernard Most is clever and creative, and gives students permission to write in a similar way. We’ll take a closer look at providing evidence-based reasons and use video to do it! Join National Board Certified Teacher, Reading Specialist, and Literacy Coach Julie Webb as she describes the teaching possibilities hidden inside this treasured mentor text. Try this lesson in your class tomorrow: https://litcentric.podia.com
22:01
September 2, 2019
#15 Knuffle Bunny
Our old buddy Mo is back, this time helping us teach conventions like only he can! Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems always delights. Do we ever get tired of sharing it with kids? No way! In this episode we’re getting busy with periods, commas, ellipses...and more! It’ll be fun, I promise! Join National Board Certified Teacher, Reading Specialist, and Literacy Coach Julie Webb as she describes the teaching possibilities hidden inside this treasured mentor text. Try this lesson in your class tomorrow: https://litcentric.podia.com
22:54
August 26, 2019
#14 On Monday When It Rained
Explore emotions with this week’s text! On Monday When It Rained by Cherryl Kachenmeister, photographs by Tom Berthiaume, is a wonderful tool for social emotional learning. We’ll combine feelings and personal narrative in a bridge chart to help students write pieces of their own. Join National Board Certified Teacher, Reading Specialist, and Literacy Coach Julie Webb as she describes the teaching possibilities hidden inside this treasured mentor text. Download your copy of the Sound-Along Alphabet Readiness Table to see where your students are starting their journey into literacy: https://litcentric.podia.com/sound-along-alphabet-program Try this lesson in your class tomorrow: https://litcentric.podia.com
18:09
August 19, 2019
#13 Enemy Pie
Have some fun with sentences! No, really...more fluent sentences are on the horizon this week! Enemy Pie by Derek Munson, illustrated by Tara King, seems to be on everyone’s back-to-school reading list. Not only is the message of friendship a valuable one, it’s also a great book to combine playful predictions with a bit of poetry tossed in. Join National Board Certified Teacher, Reading Specialist, and Literacy Coach Julie Webb as she describes the teaching possibilities hidden inside this treasured mentor text. Try this lesson in your class tomorrow: https://litcentric.podia.com
29:47
August 12, 2019
#12 Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon
What tools can we use to uncover the author’s message in a treasured story? Find out right now! Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell offers a unique character who advances the plot in interesting ways. Learn what the author really wants us to know about Molly Lou and about ourselves. Join National Board Certified Teacher, Reading Specialist, and Literacy Coach Julie Webb as she describes the teaching possibilities hidden inside this treasured mentor text. Try this lesson in your class tomorrow: https://litcentric.podia.com
31:52
May 27, 2019
#11 Harry the Dirty Dog
50 years of Harry and we still can’t get enough! Listen in to learn about a unique way to make predictions and fix them when you’re wrong. Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion is a book many of us grew up with, and for good reason. Join Harry on his adventure through town as students make and change predictions along the way. Join National Board Certified Teacher, Reading Specialist, and Literacy Coach Julie Webb as she describes the teaching possibilities hidden inside this treasured mentor text. Try this lesson in your class tomorrow: https://litcentric.podia.com
27:19
May 20, 2019
#10 The Dot
Practice empathy in this episode as we explore what makes a character tick. The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds is a text you’ll truly fall in love with - from the first moment you meet the main character, to her relatable problem, and the remarkable conclusion. Listen as we explore what the characters says, what she does, what she thinks, and what she feels. Join National Board Certified Teacher, Reading Specialist, and Literacy Coach Julie Webb as she describes the teaching possibilities hidden inside this treasured mentor text. Try this lesson in your class tomorrow: https://litcentric.podia.com
21:40
May 13, 2019
#9 Pattern Fish
Sentence fluency abounds in this light hearted text that invites writers to craft versions of their own. Pattern Fish by Trudy Harris is a playful book with just a hint of plot but a whole lot of spirit. Explore poetic phrases and patterns as your students chant along. Join National Board Certified Teacher, Reading Specialist, and Literacy Coach Julie Webb as she describes the teaching possibilities hidden inside this treasured mentor text. Try this lesson in your class tomorrow: https://litcentric.podia.com
18:12
May 6, 2019
#8 Imogene's Antlers
A spiral story is waiting for you in today’s episode! Imogene’s Antlers by David Small tells the unlikely story of one day waking up with a serious problem, and the interesting ways the characters go about solving it. This mentor text offers a unique organizational style you’ll want to tell your students about. Join National Board Certified Teacher, Reading Specialist, and Literacy Coach Julie Webb as she describes the teaching possibilities hidden inside this treasured mentor text. Try this lesson in your class tomorrow: https://litcentric.podia.com
18:59
April 29, 2019
#7 Caps for Sale
This time honored classic still has lessons to teach us about organization and retelling. Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina takes us back to simpler times when a peddler sold his wares. The surprises in store still delight children, and the clear-cut organization and plot makes this text ideal for retelling. Join National Board Certified Teacher, Reading Specialist, and Literacy Coach Julie Webb as she describes the teaching possibilities hidden inside this treasured mentor text. Try this lesson in your class tomorrow: https://litcentric.podia.com
18:28
April 22, 2019
#6 The Recess Queen
Listen for examples of cause and effect and what the responses characters have to one another can teach us. The Recess Queen, by Alexis O’neill and illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith, combines delightful, creative language with the seriousness of a school yard bully. One character’s ingenuity provides a lesson for us all. Join National Board Certified Teacher, Reading Specialist, and Literacy Coach Julie Webb as she describes the teaching possibilities hidden inside this treasured mentor text. Try this lesson in your class tomorrow: https://litcentric.podia.com
23:28
April 15, 2019
#5 From Tadpole to Frog
Let's talk sentence coherence! From Tadpole to Frog by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld is a science reader that keeps readers engaged with up close photographs, just enough informational text, and consistent text features that support comprehension. Join National Board Certified Teacher, Reading Specialist, and Literacy Coach Julie Webb as she describes the teaching possibilities hidden inside this treasured mentor text. Try this lesson in your class tomorrow: https://litcentric.podia.com
17:41
April 8, 2019
#4 Library Lion
Yes! Your students can learn to analyze text! Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes, is a charming tale of curiosity, empathy, and understanding. The traditional-style illustrations are endearing as is the lion himself. Join National Board Certified Teacher, Reading Specialist, and Literacy Coach Julie Webb as she describes the teaching possibilities hidden inside this treasured mentor text. Try this lesson in your class tomorrow: https://litcentric.podia.com
24:53
April 1, 2019
#3 Unlovable
Students can map changes throughout a text using turning points to infer meaning. Unlovable by Dan Yaccarino is a simple story with a surprising twist. Alfred the pug is a character your students will identify with, no matter their age. Join National Board Certified Teacher, Reading Specialist, and Literacy Coach Julie Webb as she describes the teaching possibilities hidden inside this treasured mentor text. Try this lesson in your class tomorrow: https://litcentric.podia.com
16:46
March 25, 2019
#2 Surprising Sharks
Welcome to LitCentric Radio! The podcast that truly is a literacy coach in your pocket. Surprising Sharks by Nicola Davies and illustrated by James Croft offers readers a creative exploration of shark facts with unique illustrations, strong organization, and a presentation that hooks readers from the start. Join National Board Certified Teacher, Reading Specialist, and Literacy Coach Julie Webb as she describes the teaching possibilities hidden inside this treasured mentor text. Try this lesson in your class tomorrow: https://litcentric.podia.com
21:43
March 18, 2019
#1 Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
Welcome to LitCentric Radio! This is the first episode of an all new podcast designed for elementary teachers who love literacy. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems is a highly engaging call-and-response text that students can’t help but respond to. Join National Board Certified Teacher, Reading Specialist, and Literacy Coach Julie Webb as she describes the teaching possibilities hidden inside this treasured mentor text. Try this lesson in your class tomorrow: https://litcentric.podia.com
12:36
March 18, 2019
#0 New to LitCentric Radio? Start Here!
Welcome to LitCentric Radio! An all new podcast designed for elementary teachers who love literacy. In this episode your host, National Board Certified Teacher, Reading Specialist, and Literacy Coach Julie Webb, explains what you can expect from LitCentric Radio episodes. Learn about a different mentor text each week and get a fresh teaching idea to support your reading and writing instruction. Try the lessons from LitCentric Radio in your classroom: https://litcentric.podia.com/
03:37
March 12, 2019
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