Do you love reading aloud to your students? We do too! It is one of our favorite times of the day. It is a time when we come together as a class and escape into a fantasy world for a short period. Our students instantly become mesmerized by the stories. We love watching … [Read more...] about Teaching the Core One Read Aloud at a Time
We planted seeds, pollinated them, and then harvested new seeds in my classroom this year. My students were thrilled when they saw the new baby seeds in the bean pods! This is project based learning that students will never forget! We started each lesson by … [Read more...] about Grow, Pollinate, and Harvest Seeds in Your Classroom!
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?
It's that time of year again when teachers are looking for new ideas to bring to their classrooms. As the new school year approaches, I find myself thinking about our spelling program (among a million other things)! Research has shown that integrated approaches to spelling … [Read more...] about Don’t forget about spelling!
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