You may have heard a lot about close reading over the last few years as the Common Core State Standards have been implemented throughout much of the country. Or, the idea of close reading may still be new to you. Through trial and error in our own classrooms, we have come to an … [Read more...] about What is Close Reading?
It's that time of year again when teachers are looking for new ideas to bring to their classrooms. As the new school year approaches, I find myself thinking about our spelling program (among a million other things)! Research has shown that integrated approaches to spelling … [Read more...] about Don’t forget about spelling!
Unique Columbus Day Lesson Plans Each year, we have a goal to teach meaningful and educational lessons about different holidays. Don't get us wrong, we love giving kids holiday-themed activities (like making those oh-so-cute holiday crafts) but we were ready for a change. We … [Read more...] about Christopher Columbus: A 1492 Lesson Kids Will Remember
Maybe I'm old fashioned....or maybe I'm way behind the technological times. (Probably both.) At any rate, I've got a ton of audio cassette tapes lying around my classroom. Besides being bulky, they're almost obsolete. I mean- I can hardly find a reasonably priced … [Read more...] about Don’t toss out your audio cassette tapes just yet!
We are now a little over a month into our TPT journey. This is week 2 of the #TPTsellerchallenge which got us thinking about our dreams. Our dreams change day-to-day as we embark on this adventure. Right now most of our dreams are very small. We dream our preview stats go up by 1 … [Read more...] about Dare to Dream