Mrs. April Hicks

Phone: 704-736-4292 ext. 21207


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Mrs. April Hicks

Welcome!  I am the Title I Reading Teacher for Iron Station Elementary.  That allows me the wonderful opportunity to read with many students in multiple grade levels.  I enjoy working with our fabulous classroom teachers to support reading growth throughout our school.  I am a National Board certified teacher in Literacy: Reading / Lanugage Arts and I am certified in Reading for grades K-12.  I love reading and sharing my passion for books with my students.  In some cases, students are pulled out of the classroom to work in small groups.  In other cases,  I go into classrooms during scheduled literacy blocks.  Feel free to contact me if I can assit you in any way.

 Together we can help all of our students become successful, enthusiastic, life-long learners.



Click a link to listen to a super book!!!  Practice using our reading strategies just like we do in our small groups! Be sure to click on the picture of the speaker to hear me talk about tips and reminders on our strategy.

 K - 2 Beginning, Middle & End Strategy 

Grades 2-3 Beginning, Middle & End Strategy

Grades 4-5 Beginning Middle & End Strategy


 K - 2 Five Finger Retell Strategy

Grades 3 - 5 Five Finger Retell Strategy


IS K - 2 Who - What Strategy "A Bad Case of Stripes"

IS 3 - 5 Who - What Strategy "Arnie the Doughnut"


IS Grades K - 2 Vocabulary Strategies "Carla's Sandwich"

IS Grades 3 - 5 Vocabulary Strategies "Knots on a Counting Rope"


Below you will find my most recent stories and strategies.  These were posted on April 20, 2020.  

Same books, two strategies:  Green means go back to the text and find the answer.  Red means stop and think about the answer using text clues, prior knowledge and inferences.

IS Grades K - 2 Green Questions Strategy "Spiders" by Gail Gibbons

IS Grades 3 - 5 Green Questions Strategy "Frogs" by Gail Gibbons


IS Grades K - 2 Red Question Strategy "Spiders" by Gail Gibbons

IS Grades 3 - 5 Red Question Strategy "Frogs" by Gail Gibbons



* Please note that I have listed some great resources to help reinforce reading skills and strategies during this time when we are using distance learning.  Check out my resouce tabs for links to super sites that will keep your child reading and learning.  Feel free to contact me via email or Class Dojo if I can help you or your child in any way.  Take care! *