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 of my tried … [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
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
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?