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?
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
Morning Greetings: Hug, Handshake, High-Five or Fistbump A great way to build classroom community When I was a classroom teacher, I moved from Utah to Virginia. In our first back to school meeting my new principal asked all teachers to greet students at the classroom door each … [Read more...] about Morning Greetings: Hug, Handshake, High-Five, or Fistbump
I love summertime! It gives me a chance to recharge, reflect, and revamp for the coming school year. With my move from 1st to 4th grade, I feel even more motivated to reflect on my teaching practices and make some adjustments! This week I've been considering some … [Read more...] about Cooperative Grouping Strategy
This strategy teaches even our youngest writers to take notes and write about text. You will be blown away at the writing your students will produce after a couple of taking notes lessons. I like to use differentiated printable books so all students can easily read the text and … [Read more...] about Taking Notes Without Copying