Classroom conversations are important for strengthening young children’s oral language development, which in turn leads to reading success. This session introduces the Strive-for-Five framework that can help early childhood teachers orchestrate conversations that are responsive to children and challenge their thinking. Focusing on the strands of Scarborough’s Rope, the session will provide illustrations of how teachers can have back-and-forth conversations to grow children’s language comprehension through building literacy knowledge, vocabulary, verbal reasoning, background knowledge, and language structures.