This spring, I did a fun mapping unit in my classroom. Before the students learned anything about maps they looked at different maps and did an "I Notice/I Wonder" activity. They walked around the room and simply wrote what they noticed about different maps and what they wondered … [Read more...] about Map Skills and Little Red Hen
This pack integrates ELA, science, writing, and hands-on experiments. It is a close reading and writing unit designed for young learners. The lessons carefully scaffold from teacher modeling to guided practice, to partner practice, then to independent student practice. Each rock … [Read more...] about All About Rocks
Partner talk is a popular discussion strategy for many teachers. It is often referred to as “turn and talk” or “think-pair-share.” It's a well-loved strategy that never loses its effectiveness if managed well. While using this strategy and observing this in classrooms, I have … [Read more...] about Student Engagement Discussion Strategy: Partner Talk
“Drawing to Retell” is one of my all-time favorite quick writing strategies. It can be used with any topic and can serve as a pre or post assessment. I've shared this strategy with many teachers across the State of Utah and the feedback has been unanimously positive. I had … [Read more...] about Drawing To Retell
We wanted to teach our first graders to grasp the concept of how big our world really is, but didn't know where to start. How do you teach first graders about different cultures, countries, and continents? We searched online for ideas but couldn't find anything that suited our … [Read more...] about How do you teach 1st graders about the continents?