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
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