There is considerable evidence that the primary difference among good and poor readers lies in the good reader's phonological processing ability. Because it is so vital, we need to saturate early learners with a multitude of opportunities to learn phonological processing skills.
PBS Kids Raising Readers is a great resource. Take a look at these read-alouds. There are several stories that can be used to teach mini-lessons. I especially like this one for teaching similes.
Check out WordWorld and Build a WordThing. Every grade-level can use these ideas to introduce vocabulary in mini-lessons.
Between the Lions is a must-have for K-3. You can download to your computer and then to portable media. Here is how!
Thinking about starting a book club or literacy circle? Here's all the information you need to run a Between the Lions book club for kids 3-5 or 5-7. I know that your Media Specialist will be glad to work with you!