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Character Traits with Anchor Texts

March 11, 2018 No Comments

While discussing with my young students different character traits, it became clear that there were many terms that they were not familiar with. So this year I decided to pair some traits with characters in our read aloud stories. After reading and discussing the story, I ask the children to give me two or three words that describe the character on the inside. Then I print a copy of the book cover and add the terms…

Celebrating Read Across America with Dr. Seuss

February 24, 2018 3 Comments

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…

Groundhogs vs Prairie Dogs – What’s the Difference?

January 28, 2018 No Comments

As we near Groundhog’s Day with all the superstition and folklore, I have always wanted to dig deeper (pun intended) than what the great Prognosticator forecasts. So I decided to do a little research and learn more about this infamous rodent of Punxsutawney. This integrated literacy unit has informational texts on each animal, writing activities, work word activities, and a card game featuring food chains called CHOMP! on the Prairie. In addition, there is a craft…

Mentor Sentences – Teach It So They Remember It!

January 6, 2018 7 Comments

DO YOU HAVE THIS Problem? Each year you and your colleagues teach grammar and mechanics, yet they still don’t know how to write complete detailed sentences? Research has shown that completing numerous grammar worksheets or editing sentences with mistakes do not transfer to writing. You know this to be true, too. How many times have you said, “I taught it and they STILL don’t do it!” It’s time for a different approach. Students need to see…

Identifying Character Traits in Literature

December 9, 2017 4 Comments

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….

Daily Morning Work for November

October 30, 2017 No Comments

  Are you looking for solid grade level Morning Work? Would quick assessment checks help you design future lessons? Then Daily Common Core and More is for you! This is a monthly series of daily math, reading, and writing  activities. Every month provides 4 weeks worth of review and practice in  math and language arts that are on a 5 day rotation. Click on the picture to learn more!     Each page is identified with…

Pumpkin Themed Activities and Resources

October 29, 2017 3 Comments

It’s that time of year again! Pumpkin mania!! Yes, I am also quite a fan of everything PUMPKIN. I love  the soothing taste of a Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea or the delightful aroma of pumpkin scented soaps and air fragrances. And don’t forget the pumpkin roll with the cream cheese filling!!! So, now that you are drooling with me, how about some pumpkin ideas for your home and classroom?   Pumpkin Play Dough   This recipe…

Stories That Touch Your Heart

September 2, 2017 No Comments

  What are some of the best stories to read aloud?  I can’t imagine not having great books and stories to share with my class. My 2nd graders LOVE when I read to them each day. They have come to cherish stories that touch their heart, make them laugh, or inspire them. What books are your class favorites? Here are a couple of mine: The Royal Bee by Frances and Ginger Park is a touching story…

Setting Up Your Classroom with Style

August 26, 2017 4 Comments

This time of year I love to find new ideas to make my classroom functional, yet cute. The way I figure it, I spend more awake hours in my classroom than any other room in my house. So, why not make it visually appealing! Here are some ideas that are functional, yet adorable at the same time. Create a Cohesive Look Can’t you just feel the soothing appeal of this chalkboard and burlap room created by…

Back to School Resources

August 1, 2017 No Comments

Over the summer I write new resources for teachers. Often they are based upon needs I see with my own students. Here are 2 new items I added in July: These passages start off with an intriguing question. Perhaps something you have been wondering yourself ❉ Can I Make My Parents’ Hair Turn Gray? ❉ Where Do Marshmallows Come From? ❉ Can I Sneeze In My Sleep? ❉ Did Castle Moats Have Alligators? ❉ What’s a…

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