5 Great Reasons to Use Task Cards

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Task cards are sets of individual cards organized by a skill or concept. Each card contains a question or a response from the student. They are best used for practice, review, and reinforcing a skill. 1) Students love task cards because there is only one task per card. This format is less overwhelming that a worksheet. Also, there is an element of choice with task cards. Each card is numbered, and the child can often choose the sequence they want to complete them. 2) Task cards make … [Read more...]

Teaching About Nonfiction

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   We often assume young readers know the differences between fiction and nonfiction and if they can comprehend one, they can automatically understand the other. However research has shown that proficient readers use different strategies for informational texts and that these strategies must be explicitly modeled and practiced. Nonfiction comes in a variety of formats including maps, signs, letters,  recipes, advertisements, diagrams, instructions, textbooks, and certain websites. In … [Read more...]

5 Teacher Organization Ideas

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Spring is a time for renewal and freshening up. If you are getting the itch to clean, purge, and reorganize your work spaces, here are some of my favorite tips. MAXIMIZE FILE CABINET SPACE The sides of your file cabinet are prime real estate when it comes to organizing your class room. The magnetic surface is ideal for use as a bulletin board. To make it fancier, simply add some colored paper and a border. Another use is for a narrow pocket chart.     END CORD … [Read more...]

Morning Work for May

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   One thing I have realized is that even though you teach it, it doesn't mean they've learned it! Like most new learning, it takes an abundant amount of practice before the student "owns" the concept. That is why I am so happy to be using Daily Common Core & More for my morning work. It has shown me which skills they have mastered and which ones... well let's say "haven't stuck" yet. I had some followers ask for a 1st grade edition. So I gladly created two versions for May. One for 1st … [Read more...]

Morning Work for ELA & Math Skills

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Have you been wondering how to incorporate the Common Core Standards into your classroom? Are you worried that it is "one more thing" you have to cram into your already busy schedule? Well, I am happy to share with you a simple, yet effective way to make sure you are addressing Common Core objectives. I created Daily Common Core & More for 2nd grade - April Edition. This is one month's worth of review and practice in the areas of 2nd grade math and language arts. I designed the program … [Read more...]

Identifying Character Traits in Literature

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Readers learn about a character  through their actions and words. Rarely does an author directly say the character is curious or hardworking. Instead, the reader is actually using the skill of making inferences to figure this out. For developing readers, identifying character traits can be a challenge. When I introduce this skill, I like to read aloud a story that has a very strong character such as the little wolf in The Wolf Who Cried Boy.   After reading and discussing the … [Read more...]

Dr. Seuss FONTS

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  Read Across America is on March 2nd. Teachers across the country are preparing by gathering anything and everything "Dr. Seuss". The fonts below would be ideal for worksheets, banners, crafts, and more. When you click on the font name, it will take you to another site where you can download the font. I did not create these fonts I only linked to them. To download the fonts you must click the links to go the various font websites.  Many of the sites linked to below have several … [Read more...]

Celebrating Dr. Seuss

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One of the most well known and beloved children's author for generations is Dr. Seuss. His unique characters combined with lyrical use of rhyme has made him a popular choice for early readers. Both of my children memorized the words to One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish long before they could actually read the text. Now in their twenties, they can still recite lines from their favorite Dr. Seuss  stories. On March 2nd, schools across America will be celebrating his lifetime of … [Read more...]

February Morning Work

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Having something for students to do when they arrive in the morning helps establish good routines. My students know that after they arrive and have had time to catch up with their classmates, its time to grab their morning work. This year, each student has a binder to store the monthly packet. A pocket folder would work well also. I print the entire month ahead of time and staple it at the top. After attendance and lunch count, the class and I review the answers. I show the matching page on my … [Read more...]

Organizing for the Common Core K-4th Toolkits

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Teaching with confidence includes effective organization of all the wonderful resources we've collected. As teachers we are notorious for collecting ideas. It doesn't take long for our files to be filled with potential learning activities. The problem is after all these years, it is hard to separate the good from the clutter.  I knew it was time to revamp my files and what better way than to design attractive labels that also correspond to the Common Core Standards! Aren't they cute? … [Read more...]