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
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
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?
It's the end of the year and we are all likely feeling teacher burnout. We still have a couple of weeks before we can stack the chairs on the tables, cover up the bulletin boards, and turn in our keys. Our students are starting to get summer fever and we are trying ANYTHING … [Read more...] about End of Year: Interactive Drama