We wanted to teach about Martin Luther King Jr. this month during our read-aloud time so we picked an old favorite: Martin's Big Words. We wanted this to be a meaningful read-aloud for the students so we wrote some deep text dependent questions and created some meaningful … [Read more...] about Martin’s Big Words Read-Aloud
Halloween: Then & Now We can't believe it's almost October... again! We are trying to maintain our focus to engage students in educational activities, even (and maybe especially) for the holidays. (Read more on our focus here...) All teachers know that Halloween is … [Read more...] about Can I turn Halloween into Something Educational?
My students were so excited to get a caterpillar. I have to admit, I was pretty excited too! Meet Cutie the Caterpillar. I have never watched a caterpillar go through the life cycle and didn't know much about it. As I started researching about Monarchs, I found so much to … [Read more...] about Life Cycle of a Monarch Butterfly
How do teachers find time in their day to teach everything? This is the timeless question that all teachers ask themselves on a daily basis. The answer is to integrate, integrate, integrate! Sure, sure... everyone has heard this answer before. But, this time we … [Read more...] about Teach Rocks with Integrated Reading, Writing, and Science Pack
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