Children develop their language abilities through meaningful interactions with people in storytime, at mealtimes, during chores, while playing and while at school. In the classroom, the teacher serves as a language model, providing opportunities for talking about ideas and demonstrating literacy. Constructing Meaning: Balancing Elementary Language Arts, 4th edition, is an introduction to teaching elementary language arts from an integrated, balanced, and social constructive approach. It balances the theoretical and practical considerations of language acquisition for both future and current teachers. Balance is a key theme throughout the book, and current debates find their place beside teaching strategies and grade-appropriate reading selections.