Morning meeting is an engaging way to start each day and an easy way to build a strong classroom community. Teachers and students sit in a circle for an organized start-of-day activity. A morning meeting consists of 5 components: message, greeting, reading, sharing, and an activity. Preferably, … [Read More...] about Why is Morning Meeting Magical?
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Marvelous March Read-alouds for First and Second Graders We chose 7 Marvelous books for our March read-alouds. We picked 'The Luckiest Leprechaun' by Justine Korman because it is an old favorite of ours. We chose to do a compare and contrast with 'The Three Little Aliens' by Margaret McNamara … [Read More...] about 7 Interactive Read-Alouds for March
Discussing Kids' Cell Phone use to improve on-demand writing skills It seems that younger and younger children are walking around with their own cell phones these days. You have probably seen plenty of students bring their devices to school and maybe even right into your classrooms. If you listen … [Read More...] about Cell Phones- Paired Texts to Improve Students’ Writing
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