Morning meeting is an engaging way to start each day and an easy way to build a strong classroom community. Teachers and students sit in a circle for an organized start-of-day activity. A morning meeting consists of 5 components: message, greeting, reading, sharing, and an activity. Preferably, … [Read More...] about Why is Morning Meeting Magical?
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When Spring Comes Kindergarten and First Grade Read-Aloud and Activities. Husband and wife Kevin Henkes and Laura Dronzek collaborate to create the story, "When Spring Comes." This beautiful book captures the magic of seasonal change. Henkes' lyrical words, along with Dronzek's vibrant … [Read More...] about When Spring Comes Interactive Read-Aloud
and then it's spring Kindergarten and First Grade read-aloud and activities. "and then it's spring" by Julie Fogliano is the perfect book to read to your class those first days of spring. Everyone gets spring fever as they wait for the temperature to raise just enough to allow the plants to … [Read More...] about and then it’s spring Interactive Read-Aloud
Discussing Kids' Cell Phone use to improve on-demand writing skills It seems that younger and younger children are walking around with their own cell phones these days. You have probably seen plenty of students bring their devices to school and maybe even right into your classrooms. If you listen … [Read More...] about Cell Phones- Paired Texts to Improve Students’ Writing
Trendy Tricks that Help Students Produce Higher Quality Writing After 15 years in the classroom, I have found that using relevant or trendy topics as a springboard for writing really helps to motivate my students, especially my most reluctant writers. Here is the basic formula that works for … [Read More...] about Encourage Quality Writing From Students Using Relevant Topics
As we enter April, spring fever is in full effect at our school. Our kids are getting a little restless and wishing they were outside enjoying the nice weather instead of being cooped up inside a classroom. The one special time of our day is our read-aloud time. Keeping them engaged during this time … [Read More...] about 6 Adorable Read-Alouds for April
Discussion Strategies that Increase Student Engagement Expressive and receptive language skills are arguably some of the most important skills that students will need in the real world. Every relationship and job requires strong communication skills involving speaking and listening, however, we … [Read More...] about Discussion Strategies and Accountable Talk in the Classroom